Nicolette A Zielinski

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The algC gene from Pseudomonas aeruginosa has been shown to encode phosphomannomutase (PMM), an essential enzyme for biosynthesis of alginate and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). This gene was overexpressed under control of the tac promoter, and the enzyme was purified and its substrate specificity and metal ion effects were characterized. The enzyme was(More)
Pulmonary infection by mucoid, alginate-producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa is the leading cause of mortality among patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. Alginate-producing P. aeruginosa is uniquely associated with the environment of the cystic fibrosis-affected lung, where alginate is believed to increase resistance to both the host immune system and(More)
The nucleotide sequence of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa algC gene encoding phosphomannomutase (PMM; EC 5.4.2.8) was determined. The codon usage in algC in the wobble base position was 90.4% G+C, typical of Pseudomonas genes. The predicted amino acid sequence of phosphomannomutase (PMM) showed homology over a stretch of 112 amino acids in the carboxyl terminus(More)
Significant activation of promoters of alginate genes such as algD or algC occurs in mucoid Pseudomonas aeruginosa during its proliferation in the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. These promoters have been shown to be responsive to environmental signals such as high osmolarity. The signaling is mediated by a so-called two-component signal transduction(More)
Sulfonate analogues of combretastatin A-4 have been prepared. These compounds compete with colchicine and combretastatin A-4 for the colchicine binding site on tubulin and are potent inhibitors of tubulin polymerization and cell proliferation. Importantly, these compounds also inhibit the proliferation of P-glycoprotein positive (+) cancer cells, which are(More)
Chromosomal DNA from group I Pseudomonas species, Azotobacter vinelandii, Azomonas macrocytogens, Xanthomonas campestris, Serpens flexibilis, and three enteric bacteria was screened for sequences homologous to four Pseudomonas aeruginosa alginate (alg) genes (algA, pmm, algD, and algR1). All the group I Pseudomonas species tested (including alginate(More)
Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains infecting cystic fibrosis patients often produce copious amounts of the exopolysaccharide alginate. Expression of alginate genes in P. aeruginosa is regulated by several proteins including members of the two-component bacterial signal transduction systems. Two of these regulatory proteins are AlgR1, the DNA-binding response(More)
The exopolysaccharide alginate is a major virulence factor of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains that infect the lungs of cystic fibrosis patients. The synthesis of alginate is almost uniquely associated with the pathogenicity of P. aeruginosa within the environment of the cystic fibrosis lung. The gene algC is one of the essential alginate biosynthetic genes(More)
A series of indole containing oxazolines has been discovered as a result of structural modifications of the lead compound A-105972. The compounds exert their anticancer activity through inhibition of tubulin polymerization by binding at the colchicine site. A-289099 was identified as an orally active antimitotic agent active against various cancer cell(More)
During a screen for compounds that could inhibit cell proliferation, a series of new tubulin-binding compounds was identified with the discovery of oxadiazoline 1 (A-105972). This compound showed good cytotoxic activity against non-multi-drug-resistant and multi-drug-resistant cancer cell lines, but its utility in vivo was limited by a short half-life.(More)