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Referred Publications Since 2008.

  • Tran, E.N., Papadopoulos, M., and Morona R. (2014) Relationship between O-antigen chain length and resistance to colicin E2 in Shigella flexneri. Microbiology (SGM). 160:589-601.
  • Kalynych, S., Morona, R., and Miroslaw, C. (2014) Progress in understanding the assembly process of bacterial O-Antigen. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2014 Mar 11. doi: 10.1111/1574-6976.12070. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Zumsteg, A.B., Goosmann, C., Brinkmann, V., Morona, R., and Arturo Zychlinsky, A. (2014) “IcsA is an adhesin in Shigella flexneri that is regulated by the activity of the Type III secretion system”. Cell Host and Microbe 15:435-45
  • Lum M, Morona R. (2014) Dynamin-related protein Drp1 and mitochondria are important for Shigella flexneri infection. Int J Med Microbiol. 304:530-541
  • Lum, M., and Morona R. (2014) Myosin IIA is essential for Shigella flexneri cell-to-cell spread. Pathog Dis. doi: 10.1111/2049-632X.12202.
  • Standish, A.J., Salim, A.A., Capon, R.J., and Morona R. (2013) Dual inhibition of DNA polymerase PolC and protein tyrosine phosphatase CpsB uncovers a novel antibiotic target. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 430:167-172.
  • Teh, M.Y. and Morona, R. (2013) Identification of Shigella flexneri IcsA residues affecting interaction with N-WASP, and evidence for IcsA-IcsA co-operative interaction. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e55152. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055152. Epub 2013 Feb 6.
  • Tran, E.N.H. and Morona R. (2013) Residues located inside the Escherichia coli FepE protein oligomer are essential for lipopolysaccharide O-antigen modal chain length regulation. Microbiology (SGM). 159: 701-714.
  • Tran, E.N, Doyle, M.T, and Morona R. (2013) “LPS unmasking of Shigella flexneri reveals preferential localisation of tagged outer membrane protease IcsP to septa and new poles”. PLoS One. 2013 Jul 25;8(7):e70508. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070508.
  • Morona R. Encapsulating bacteria. (2013) Structure. 2013 May 7;21(5):692-3. doi: 10.1016/j.str.2013.04.011.
  • George, D.T., Stephenson, D.P., Tran, E., Morona, R., Verma, N.K. (2013) Complete genome sequence of SfII, a serotype-converting bacteriophage of the highly prevalent Shigella flexneri serotype 2a. Genome Announc. 2013 Sep 12;1(5). pii: e00626-13. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00626-13.
  • Standish, A.J., and Morona, R. (2013) The role of bacterial protein tyrosine phosphatases in the regulation of the biosynthesis of secreted polysaccharides.” Antioxid Redox Signal. 2013 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Lum, M., Attridge, S.R., and Morona R. (2013) Impact of dynasore an inhibitor of dynamin II on Shigella flexneri Infection. PLoS One. 8(12):e84975. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084975. eCollection 2013.
  • Lum, M. and Morona, R. (2012) IcsA autotransporter passenger promotes increased fusion protein expression on the cell surface. Microbial Cell Factories. 11:20.
  • Paton, A.W., Morona, R., and Paton JC. (2012) Bioengineered microbes in disease therapy.” Trends Mol. Med. 18:417-425.
  • Zvarec, O., Polyak, S.W., Tieu, W., Kwan, K., Dai, H., Sejer Pedersen, D., Morona, R., Zhang, L., Booker, G.W. and Abell, A.D. (2012) Novel 5-benzylidenerhodanine and 5-benzylidene-2-4-thiazolidinedione scaffolds containing optically active amino acids: a antibacterial activity study. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Letts. 22:2720-2722
  • Soares da Costa, T.P., Tieu, W., Yap, M.Y., Pendini, N.R., Polyak, S.W., Sejer Pedersen, D., Morona, R., Turnidge, J.D., Wallace, J.C., Wilce, M.C., Booker, G.W., Abell, A.D. (2012) Selective inhibition of biotin protein ligase from Staphylococcus aureus. J. Biol. Chem. 87:17823-17832.
  • Standish, A.J, Salim, A.A., Capon, R.J, and Morona, R. “Chemical inhibition of bacterial protein tyrosine phosphatase suppresses capsule production.” (2012) PLoS ONE 7(5): e36312. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036312.
  • May, K.L., Grabowicz, M., Polyak, S.W. and Morona, R. (2012) “Self-association of the Shigella flexneri IcsA autotransporter. Microbiology (SGM). 158:1874-1883.
  • Watts, R.E., Tan C.K., Ulett, G.C., Carey, A.J., A.J., Totsika, M., Idris, A., Paton, A.W., Morona, R., Paton, J.C., and Schembri, M.A. (2012) Escherichia coli 83972 expressing a P fimbriae oligosaccharide receptor mimic impairs adhesion of uropathogenic E. coli. J. Infect. Dis. 206:1242-1249.
  • Ericsson, D.J., Standish, A, Kobe, B., and Morona, R. (2012) Wzy-dependent bacterial capsules as potential drug targets. Curr Drug Targets. 13:1421-1431.
  • Teh, M.Y., Tran, E.N., and Morona, R. (2012) Absence of O-antigen suppresses Shigella flexneri IcsA autochaperone region mutations. Microbiology (SGM). 158: 2835-2850.
  • Byrne, J., Morona, J,K., Paton, J.C., and Morona, R. (2011) Identification of Streptococcus pneumoniae Cps2C Residues that affect capsular polysaccharide polymerisation, cell wall ligation and Cps2D phosphorylation.” J. Bacteriol. 193:2341-2346
  • Paton, A.W., Morona, R., and Paton, J.C. (2010). Bioengineered bugs expressing oligosaccharide receptor mimics: toxin-binding probiotics for treatment and prevention of enteric infections. Bioengineered Bugs. 1:172 – 177.
  • Papadopoulos, M and Morona, R. (2010) Mutagenesis and chemical cross-linking suggest that Wzz dimer stability and oligomerization affect lipopolysaccharide O-antigen modal chain length control. J. Bacteriol. 192: 3385-3393.
  • Paton, A.W, Morona, R., and Paton J.C. (2010) Receptor-mimic probiotics: potential therapeutics for bacterial toxin-mediated enteric diseases. Expert Rev Gastroenterol Hepatol. 4:253-255
  • Attridge, S.R, Wallerström G, Li, B.L., Morona, R., and Holmgren J. (2009) “Differential immunogenicity of Vibrio cholerae O139 variants expressing different combinations of naturally occurring and atypical forms of the serogroup polysaccharide.” Vaccine 27:1055-1061.
  • Morona, R., Purins, L., Tocilj, A., Matte, A., and Cygler M. (2009) “Sequence-structure relationships in polysaccharide co-polymerase (PCP) proteins.” Trends Biochem Sci. 34:78-84.
  • Tocilj, A., Munger, C., Proteau, A., Morona, R., Purins, L., Ajamina, E., Wagner, J., Papadopoulos, M., Van Den Bosch, L., Rubinstein, J.L., Féthière, J., Matte, A., and Cygler, M. (2008) Bacterial polysaccharide co-polymerases share a common framework for control of polymer length.” Nature Struct. Mol. Biol. 15:130-138.
  • Purins, L., Van Den Bosch, L., and Richardson, V., and Morona, R., (2008) Coiled-coil regions play a role in the function of the Shigella flexneri O-antigen chain length regulator WzzpHS2.” Microbiology (SGM) 154:1104-1116.
  • May, K.M. and Morona, R. (2008) Mutagenesis of the Shigella flexneri autotransporter IcsA reveals novel functional regions involved in IcsA biogenesis and recruitment of host neural Wiscott-Aldrich syndrome protein. J Bacteriol. 190:4666-4676.


Invasive Bacterial Pathogens Laboratory

North Terrace Campus
Level 4, Molecular Life Sciences
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005


Renato Morona
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