Carl W. Gunderson

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In bacteria, the rate of cell proliferation and the level of gene expression are intimately intertwined. Elucidating these relations is important both for understanding the physiological functions of endogenous genetic circuits and for designing robust synthetic systems. We describe a phenomenological study that reveals intrinsic constraints governing the(More)
CRISPR interference confers adaptive, sequence-based immunity against viruses and plasmids and is specified by CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs) that are transcribed and processed from spacer-repeat units. Pre-crRNA processing is essential for CRISPR interference in all systems studied thus far. Here, our studies of crRNA biogenesis and CRISPR interference in naturally(More)
The refinement of tightly regulated prokaryotic expression systems that permit functional expression of toxic recombinant proteins is a continually evolving process. Unfortunately, the current best promoter options are either tightly repressed and produce little protein, or produce substantial protein but lack the necessary repression to avoid mutations(More)
The cyclic AMP (cAMP)-dependent catabolite repression effect in Escherichia coli is among the most intensely studied regulatory processes in biology. However, the physiological function(s) of cAMP signalling and its molecular triggers remain elusive. Here we use a quantitative physiological approach to show that cAMP signalling tightly coordinates the(More)
Holliday junction intermediates arise in several central pathways of DNA repair, replication fork restart, and site-specific recombination catalysed by tyrosine recombinases. Previously identified hexapeptide inhibitors of phage lambda integrase-mediated recombination block the resolution of Holliday junction intermediates in vitro and thereby inhibit(More)
UNLABELLED Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the gonococcus) causes gonorrhea and is uniquely adapted to survive within the human reproductive tract. Gonococci evade host immune surveillance in part by varying their pili and opacity-associated proteins. These variable surface antigens influence interactions with host epithelial and immune cells. A potent(More)
Peptide inhibitors of phage lambda site-specific recombination were previously isolated by screening synthetic combinatorial peptide libraries. These inhibitors cause the accumulation of complexes between the recombinase and the Holliday junction intermediate of several highly divergent tyrosine recombinases. Peptide WRWYCR and its d-amino acid derivative(More)
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