Nicholas D. Peterson

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FtsE and FtsX have homology to the ABC transporter superfamily of proteins and appear to be widely conserved among bacteria. Early work implicated FtsEX in cell division in Escherichia coli, but this was subsequently challenged, in part because the division defects in ftsEX mutants are often salt remedial. Strain RG60 has an ftsE::kan null mutation that is(More)
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a first-line antitubercular drug for which the mode of action remains unresolved. Mycobacterium tuberculosis lacks measurable susceptibility to PZA under standard laboratory growth conditions. However, susceptibility to this drug can be induced by cultivation of the bacilli in an acidified growth medium. Previous reports suggested that(More)
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a first-line tuberculosis drug that inhibits the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis via an as yet undefined mechanism. An M. tuberculosis laboratory strain that was auxotrophic for pantothenate was found to be insensitive to PZA and to the active form, pyrazinoic acid (POA). To determine whether this phenotype was strain or condition(More)
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a first-line tuberculosis (TB) drug that has been in clinical use for 60 years yet still has an unresolved mechanism of action. Based upon the observation that the minimum concentration of PZA required to inhibit the growth of Mycobacterium tuberculosis is approximately 1,000-fold higher than that of other first-line drugs, we(More)
Acknowledgments I would like to thank the following people for helping me get as far as I have today. First of all I would like to thank my advisor Mike Roggemann. Not only did you give me this chance to continue my education on the graduate level, but you have helped me at every step along the way. I would also like to thank Dan Hand and John Stryjewski(More)
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a first line anti-tubercular drug for which the mechanism of action remains unresolved. Recently, it was proposed that the active form of PZA, pyrazinoic acid (POA), disrupts the ribosome rescue process of trans-translation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This model suggested that POA binds within the carboxy-terminal domain of(More)
The emergence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) strains that are resistant to most or all available antibiotics has created a severe problem for treating tuberculosis and has spurred a quest for new antibiotic targets. Here, we demonstrate that trans-translation is essential for growth of MTB and is a viable target for development of antituberculosis(More)
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