Francis Roy

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Regulation/activation of the Porphyromonas gingivalis gingipains is poorly understood. A 1.2-kb open reading frame, a putative glycosyltransferase, downstream of vimE, was cloned, insertionally inactivated using the ermF-ermAM antibiotic resistance cassette, and used to create a defective mutant by allelic exchange. In contrast to the wild-type W83 strain,(More)
We have previously shown that gingipain activity in Porphyromonas gingivalis is modulated by the unique vimA and vimE genes. To determine if these genes had a similar phenotypic effect on protease maturation and activation, isogenic mutants defective in those genes were further characterized. Western blot analyses with antigingipain antibodies showed RgpA-,(More)
In several micro-organisms, HtrA, a serine periplasmic protease, is considered an important virulence factor that plays a regulatory role in oxidative and temperature stress. The authors have previously shown that the vimA gene product is an important virulence regulator in Porphyromonas gingivalis. Further, purified recombinant VimA physically interacted(More)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) mortality and morbidity remains a public health challenge. Because experimental studies support an important role of bradykinin (BK) in the neurological deterioration that follows TBI, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of Anatibant (LF16- 0687Ms), a selective and potent antagonist of the BK B(2) receptor, was(More)
Recombinant VimA protein can interact with the gingipains and several other proteins that may play a role in its biogenesis in Porphyromonas gingivalis. In silico analysis of PG2096, a hypothetical protein that was shown to interact with VimA, suggests that it may have environmental stress resistance properties. To further evaluate the role(s) of PG2096,(More)
Previously, we have reported that gingipain activity in Porphyromonas gingivalis, the major causative agent in adult periodontitis, is post-translationally regulated by the unique Vim proteins including VimF, a putative glycosyltransferase. To further characterize VimF, an isogenic mutant defective in this gene in a different P. gingivalis genetic(More)
The Porphyromonas gingivalis vimA gene has been previously shown to play a significant role in the biogenesis of gingipains. Further, in P. gingivalis FLL92, a vimA-defective mutant, there was increased auto-aggregation, suggesting alteration in membrane surface proteins. In order to determine the role of the VimA protein in cell surface biogenesis, the(More)
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