Mohammed Dehbi

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Over evolutionary time bacteriophages have developed unique proteins that arrest critical cellular processes to commit bacterial host metabolism to phage reproduction. Here, we apply this concept of phage-mediated bacterial growth inhibition to antibiotic discovery. We sequenced 26 Staphylococcus aureus phages and identified 31 novel polypeptide families(More)
The developing renal system has long been exploited to study the regulation of gene expression during mesenchymal-epithelial transitions. Several transcription factors, including WT1 and PAX8, are expressed early in nephrogenesis and play a key role in this process. The expression of PAX8 occurs in the induced mesenchyme of the developing kidney prior to(More)
When the Bacillus subtilis dnaB37 mutant, defective in initiation, is returned to permissive temperature after growth at 45 degrees C, DNA replication is synchronized. Under these conditions, we have shown previously that DNA replication is inhibited when the Stringent Response is induced by the amino acid analogue, arginine hydroxamate. We have now shown,(More)
The primary sigma factor of Staphylococcus aureus, sigma(SA), regulates the transcription of many genes, including several essential genes, in this bacterium via specific recognition of exponential growth phase promoters. In this study, we report the existence of a novel staphylococcal phage G1-derived growth inhibitory polypeptide, referred to as G1ORF67,(More)
The Wilms' tumor suppressor gene, wt1, encodes a zinc finger protein which functions as a transcriptional regulator. Expression of the wt1 gene is developmentally regulated and restricted to a small set of tissues which include the fetal urogenital system, mesothelium, and spleen. In the developing kidney, induction of neprohogenesis by the ureter is(More)
The CEF-4/9E3 gene is expressed constitutively in Rous sarcoma virus (RSV)-transformed cells. This expression is largely determined by an increase in transcription of the gene. In this report, we characterize the regulatory elements responsible for the transformation-dependent activation of CEF-4/9E3. Three sequences corresponding to AP-1, PRD II/kappa B,(More)
The Wilm's tumor suppressor gene, wt1, is expressed in a very defined spatial-temporal fashion and plays a key role in development of the urogenital system. Transacting factors governing wt1 expression are poorly defined. The presence of putative kappa-B binding sites within the wt1 gene prompted us to investigate whether members of the NF-kappaB/Rel family(More)
Bacteriophages have evolved specific mechanisms that redirect bacterial metabolic pathways to the bacteriophage reproduction cycle. In this study, we characterized the bactericidal mechanism of two polypeptides from bacteriophages Twort and G1 that target the DNA sliding clamp of Staphylococcus aureus. The DNA sliding clamp, which tethers DNA polymerase to(More)
The Wilm's tumor suppressor gene, wt1, is expressed in a very defined spatial-temporal fashion and plays a key role in development of the urogenital system. Trans-acting factors governing wt1 expression are poorly defined. The presence of putative κB binding sites within the wt1 gene prompted us to investigate whether members of the NF-κB/Rel family of(More)
The Wilms' tumor (WT) suppressor gene, WT1, encodes a zinc finger DNA binding protein (wt1) which functions as a transcriptional regulator. Germline WT1 mutations predispose to WTs and in many cases are associated with urogenital anomalies. Identification of wt1 downstream targets is essential to understanding regulatory processes involved in development of(More)