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Peter Zuber Ph.D.

    • Professor EH.Environmental & Biomolecular Systems
    • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program School of Medicine

Research interests: Regulation of prokaryotic gene expression and development in response to stress; signal transduction; regulation and mechanism of peptide antibiotic biosynthesis; regulation of genetic competence in Bacillus subtilis.


  • B.S., University of Maine, Orono 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia School of Medicine 1982


  • "Regulation of Respiratory Genes by ResD-ResE Signal Transduction System in Bacillus subtilis" Methods in Enzymology  2007
  • "Mapping of the Bacillus subtilis cspB gene and cloning of its homologs in thermophilic, mesophilic and psychrotrophic bacilli" Gene December 22 1993
  • "Associations between Mesodinium rubrum and cryptophyte algae in the Columbia River estuary" Aquatic Microbial Ecology  2012
  • "Control of gene expression in Gram-positive bacteria" Frontiers in Bioscience - Landmark  2002
  • "Altered srf expression in Bacillus subtilis resulting from changes culture pH is dependent on the SpoOK oligopeptide permease and the ComQX system of extracellular control" Journal of Bacteriology March 1998
  • "The YjbH protein of Bacillus subtilis enhances ClpXP-catalyzed proteolysis of Spx" Journal of Bacteriology February 2009
  • "Genetics identification of comS, a gene of the srfA operon that regulates the establishment of genetic competence in Bacillus subtilis" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America September 27 1994
  • "Characterization of anaerobic fermentative growth of Bacillus subtilis" Journal of Bacteriology November 1997
  • "Use of a lacZ fusion to study the role of the spoO genes of bacillus subtilis in developmental regulation" Cell  1983
  • "Protist 18S rRNA gene sequence analysis reveals multiple sources of organic matter contributing to turbidity maxima of the Columbia River estuary" Marine Ecology - Progress Series October 5 2011
  • "Regulation of Bacillus subtilis σH (Spo0H) and AbrB in response to changes in external pH" Journal of Bacteriology November 1997
  • "The global regulator Spx functions in the control of organosulfur metabolism in Bacillus subtilis" Journal of Bacteriology August 2006
  • "spxA2, encoding a regulator of stress resistance in Bacillus anthracis, is controlled by SaiR, a new member of the Rrf2 protein family" Molecular Microbiology November 1 2014
  • "The MarR-type repressor MhqR (YkvE) regulates multiple dioxygenases/ glyoxalases and an azoreductase which confer resistance to 2-methylhydroquinone and catechol in Bacillus subtilis" Molecular Microbiology October 2007
  • "The modular organization of multifunctional peptide synthetases" Protein Journal  1997
  • "Red Waters of Myrionecta rubra are Biogeochemical Hotspots for the Columbia River Estuary with Impacts on Primary/Secondary Productions and Nutrient Cycles" Estuaries and Coasts May 2012
  • "Two amino acids in an RNA polymerase σ factor involved in the recognition of adjacent base pairs in the -10 region of a cognate promoter" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America  1990
  • "A regulatory protein that interferes with activator-stimulated transcription in bacteria" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America April 1 2003
  • "Enzymology of surfactin biosynthesis" FASEB Journal  1997
  • "Structure of Subtilosin A, A Cyclic Antimicrobial Peptide from Bacillus subtilis with Unusual Sulfur to α-Carbon Cross-Links" Biochemistry March 30 2004
  • "Residue substitutions near the redox center of Bacillus subtilis Spx affect RNA polymerase interaction, redox control, and Spx-DNA contact at a conserved cis-acting element" Journal of Bacteriology  2013
  • "srfA is an operon required for surfactin production, competence development, and efficient sporulation in Bacillus subtilis" Journal of Bacteriology  1991
  • "Geobacillus thermodenitrificans YjbH recognizes the C-terminal end of Bacillus subtilis Spx to accelerate Spx proteolysis by ClpXP" Microbiology May 2012
  • "Role of Lon and ClpX in the post-translational regulation of a sigma subunit of RNA polymerase required for cellular differentiation in Bacillus subtilis" Molecular Microbiology  1999
  • "A peptide profile of the Bacillus subtilis genome" Peptides  2001
  • "Discovery of a Katablepharis sp. in the Columbia River estuary that is abundant during the spring and bears a unique large ribosomal subunit sequence element" MicrobiologyOpen October 1 2014
  • "Identification and isolation of a gene required for nitrate assimilation and anaerobic growth of Bacillus subtilis" Journal of Bacteriology  1995
  • "New ways to study developmental genes in spore-forming bacteria" Science  1985
  • "Spx-RNA Polymerase Interaction and Global Transcriptional Control during Oxidative Stress" Journal of Bacteriology April 2004
  • "Evidence that a single monomer of Spx can productively interact with RNA polymerase in Bacillus subtilis" Journal of Bacteriology April 2012

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