Defense Date

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Microbiology & Immunology

First Advisor

Cynthia Nau Cornelissen

Abstract

Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the etiologic agent of gonorrhea, utilizes TonB-dependent transporters to import essential nutrients such as iron. Study of TonB-dependent transporters is extremely important due to the fact that they make excellent vaccine targets. In order to learn more about the structure, function, expression, and regulation of selected TonB-dependent transporters, three goals were established for this study. The first goal was to examine the role of two highly conserved regions of TbpB in lipidation. One of the conserved regions of TbpB, the LSAC motif, was shown to be critical for lipidation. The second goal was to determine whether MisR/MisS regulates expression of TbpA and TbpB. MisR/MisS was shown to regulate the expression of TbpA and TbpB. The third goal was to assess the ability of recombinant TdfJ to bind hemin when expressed in E. coli. Recombinant TdfJ was shown to specifically bind hemin when expressed in E. coli.

Rights

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Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

8-18-2014

Included in

Diseases Commons

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