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Microbiology & Immunology

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Cynthia Nau Cornelissen


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.


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