Donna Perkins-Balding

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Acquisition of iron and iron complexes has long been recognized as a major determinant in the pathogenesis of Neisseria meningitidis. In this review, high-affinity iron uptake systems, which allow meningococci to utilize the human host proteins transferrin, lactoferrin, hemoglobin, and haptoglobin-hemoglobin as sources of essential iron, are described.(More)
The use of recombinases for genomic engineering is no longer a new technology. In fact, this technology has entered its third decade since the initial discovery that recombinases function in heterologous systems (Sauer in Mol Cell Biol 7(6):2087–2096, 1987). The random insertion of a transgene into a plant genome by traditional methods generates(More)
The HmbR outer-membrane receptor enables Neisseria meningitidis to use haemoglobin (Hb) as a source of iron. This protein functions by binding Hb, removing haem from it, and releasing the haem into the periplasm. Functionally important HmbR receptor domains were discerned using a series of HmbR deletions and site-directed mutations. Mutations exhibiting(More)
An extensive amount of new knowledge on bacterial systems involved in heme processing has been accumulated in the last 10 years. We discuss common themes in heme transport across bacterial outer and inner membranes, emphasizing proteins and mechanisms involved. The processing of heme in the bacterial cytoplasm is extensively covered, and a new hypothesis(More)
The gram-negative marine bacterium Pseudoalteromonas atlantica produces extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) that is important in biofilm formation by this bacterium. Insertion and precise excision of IS492 at a locus essential for extracellular polysaccharide production (eps) controls phase variation of EPS production in P. atlantica. Examination of IS492(More)
Neisseria gonorrhoeae (the gonococcus) is an obligate human pathogen and the causative agent of the disease gonorrhea. The gonococcal pilus undergoes antigenic variation through high-frequency recombination events between unexpressed pilS silent copies and the pilin expression locus pilE. The machinery involved in pilin antigenic variation identified to(More)
The Fis protein of Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium stimulates several site-specific DNA recombination reactions, as well as transcription of a number of genes. Fis binds to a 15-bp core recognition sequence and induces DNA bending. Mutations in Fis which alter its ability to bend DNA have been shown to reduce the stimulatory activity of Fis in(More)
Several genetic systems that allow the use of iron-protoporphyrin IX (heme) have been described for the pathogenic bacterium Neisseria meningitidis. However, many questions about the process of heme acquisition and utilization remain to be answered. To isolate and analyze unidentified genes that play a role in heme iron uptake and utilization, a Himar1(More)
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