Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

PHIL HILL


Quorum-sensing, intra- and inter-species competition in the staphylococci (2023)
Journal Article
Williams, P., Hill, P., Bonev, B., & Chan, W. C. (2023). Quorum-sensing, intra- and inter-species competition in the staphylococci. Microbiology, 169(8), https://doi.org/10.1099/mic.0.001381

In Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and the coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS), the accessory gene regulator (agr) is a highly conserved but polymorphic quorum-sensing system involved in colonization, virulence and biofilm de... Read More about Quorum-sensing, intra- and inter-species competition in the staphylococci.

Conformational analysis and interaction of the Staphylococcus aureus transmembrane peptidase AgrB with its AgrD propeptide substrate (2023)
Journal Article
Bardelang, P., Murray, E. J., Blower, I., Zandomeneghi, S., Goode, A., Hussain, R., …Bonev, B. B. (2023). Conformational analysis and interaction of the Staphylococcus aureus transmembrane peptidase AgrB with its AgrD propeptide substrate. Frontiers in Chemistry, 11, Article 1113885. https://doi.org/10.3389/fchem.2023.1113885

Virulence gene expression in the human pathogen, S. aureus is regulated by the agr (accessory gene regulator) quorum sensing (QS) system which is conserved in diverse Gram-positive bacteria. The agr QS signal molecule is an autoinducing peptide (AIP)... Read More about Conformational analysis and interaction of the Staphylococcus aureus transmembrane peptidase AgrB with its AgrD propeptide substrate.

Synthetic Biology Toolbox, Including a Single-Plasmid CRISPR-Cas9 System to Biologically Engineer the Electrogenic, Metal-Resistant Bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 (2022)
Journal Article
Turco, F., Garavaglia, M., Van Houdt, R., Hill, P., Rawson, F. J., & Kovacs, K. (2022). Synthetic Biology Toolbox, Including a Single-Plasmid CRISPR-Cas9 System to Biologically Engineer the Electrogenic, Metal-Resistant Bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34. ACS Synthetic Biology, https://doi.org/10.1021/acssynbio.2c00130

Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34 exhibits extraordinary metabolic versatility, including chemolithoautotrophic growth; degradation of BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene); high resistance to numerous metals; biomineralization of gold, platinum... Read More about Synthetic Biology Toolbox, Including a Single-Plasmid CRISPR-Cas9 System to Biologically Engineer the Electrogenic, Metal-Resistant Bacterium Cupriavidus metallidurans CH34.

Enhancing Microbial Electron Transfer through Synthetic Biology and Biohybrid Approaches: Part I: Bioelectrochemistry for sustainable energy conversion (2022)
Journal Article
Myers, B., Hill, P., Rawson, F., & Kovacs, K. (2022). Enhancing Microbial Electron Transfer through Synthetic Biology and Biohybrid Approaches: Part I: Bioelectrochemistry for sustainable energy conversion. Johnson Matthey Technology Review, 66(4), 443-454. https://doi.org/10.1595/205651322X16548607638938

Traditional microbial synthesis of chemicals and fuels often rely on energy-rich feedstocks such as glucose, raising ethical concerns as they are directly competing with the food supply. Therefore, it is imperative to develop novel processes that rel... Read More about Enhancing Microbial Electron Transfer through Synthetic Biology and Biohybrid Approaches: Part I: Bioelectrochemistry for sustainable energy conversion.

Oxygen-Tolerant RAFT Polymerization Initiated by Living Bacteria (2022)
Journal Article
Gurnani, P., Bennett, M. R., Moloney, C., Catrambone, F., Turco, F., Myers, B., …Rawson, F. J. (2022). Oxygen-Tolerant RAFT Polymerization Initiated by Living Bacteria. ACS Macro Letters, 11(8), 954-960. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.2c00372

Living organisms can synthesize a wide range of macromolecules from a small set of natural building blocks, yet there is potential for even greater materials diversity by exploiting biochemical processes to convert unnatural feedstocks into new abiot... Read More about Oxygen-Tolerant RAFT Polymerization Initiated by Living Bacteria.

Oxygen-Tolerant RAFT Polymerization Initiated by Living Bacteria (2022)
Journal Article
Bennett, M. R., Moloney, C., Catrambone, F., Turco, F., Myers, B., Kovacs, K., …Gurnani, P. (2022). Oxygen-Tolerant RAFT Polymerization Initiated by Living Bacteria. ACS Macro Letters, 11(8), 954-960. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.2c00372

Living organisms can synthesize a wide range of macromolecules from a small set of natural building blocks, yet there is potential for even greater materials diversity by exploiting biochemical processes to convert unnatural feedstocks into new abiot... Read More about Oxygen-Tolerant RAFT Polymerization Initiated by Living Bacteria.

Engineering bacteria to control electron transport altering the synthesis of non-native polymer (2021)
Journal Article
Bennett, M. R., Jain, A., Kovacs, K., Hill, P. J., Alexander, C., & Rawson, F. J. (2021). Engineering bacteria to control electron transport altering the synthesis of non-native polymer. RSC Advances, 12, 451-457. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1ra06403g

The use of bacteria as catalysts for radical polymerisations of synthetic monomers has recently been established. However, the role of trans Plasma Membrane Electron Transport (tPMET) in modulating these processes is not well understood. We sort to s... Read More about Engineering bacteria to control electron transport altering the synthesis of non-native polymer.

Marine-Source Quorum Quenching Enzyme YtnP to Improve Hygiene Quality in Dental Units (2021)
Journal Article
Sun, X., Hill, P., Liu, J., Qian, J., Ma, Y., & Zhou, S. (2021). Marine-Source Quorum Quenching Enzyme YtnP to Improve Hygiene Quality in Dental Units. Marine Drugs, 19(4), Article 225. https://doi.org/10.3390/md19040225

Biofilm in dental unit water lines may pose a health risk to patients and dental practitioners. An AdiC-like quorum quenching enzyme, YtnP, was cloned from a deep-sea probiotic Bacillus velezensis, and heterologously expressed in E. coli to examine t... Read More about Marine-Source Quorum Quenching Enzyme YtnP to Improve Hygiene Quality in Dental Units.

Gaussia luciferase as a reporter for quorum sensing in staphylococcus aureus (2020)
Journal Article
Blower, I., Tong, C., Sun, X., Murray, E., Luckett, J., Chan, W., …Hill, P. (2020). Gaussia luciferase as a reporter for quorum sensing in staphylococcus aureus. Sensors, 20(15), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20154305

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. Gaussia luciferase (GLuc) is a secreted protein with significant potential for use as a reporter of gene expression in bacterial pathogenicity studies. To date there are relatively few example... Read More about Gaussia luciferase as a reporter for quorum sensing in staphylococcus aureus.

Development of a Corynebacterium glutamicum bio-factory for self-sufficient transaminase reactions (2020)
Journal Article
Grigoriou, S., Kugler, P., Kulcinskaja, E., Walter, F., King, J., Hill, P., …O'Reilly, E. (2020). Development of a Corynebacterium glutamicum bio-factory for self-sufficient transaminase reactions. Green Chemistry, 22(13), 4128-4132. https://doi.org/10.1039/d0gc01432j

The development of biocatalytic routes for the synthesis of chiral amines starting from achiral building blocks is highly desirable. Here, we report a self-sufficient whole-cell system for the conversion of a model ketone to the corresponding cyclic... Read More about Development of a Corynebacterium glutamicum bio-factory for self-sufficient transaminase reactions.