Selected Research Publications (Click here for a full list at google scholar)

  1. Dye KJ, Safoura Salar, Uvina Allen, Wraylyn Smith, Zhaomin Yang. Myxococcus xanthus PilB interacts with c-di-GMP and modulates motility and biofilm formation. Journal of Bacteriology,, 2023
  2. Dye KJ, Vogelaar NJ, O’Hara M, Sobrado P, Santo W, Carlier P and Yang Z. Discovery of two inhibitors of the type IV pilus assembly ATPase PilB as potential antivirulence compounds. Microbiology Spectrum, 2022.
  3. Dye, KJ, Z Yang. Analysis of Myxococcus xanthus Vegetative Biofilms With Microtiter Plates. Frontiers in Microbiology, 13:894562. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2022.894562. 2022
  4. Dye, KJ, NJ Vogelaar, P Sobrado, Z. Yang. High-Throughput Screen for Inhibitors of the Type IV Pilus Assembly ATPase PilB. mSphere 6 (2): DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00129-21. 2020
  5. Dye, KJ, Z Yang. Cyclic-di-GMP and ADP bind to separate domains of PilB as mutual allosteric effectors. Biochem J 477 (1): 213-226. 2020
  6. Riggs-Shute, SD, JO Falkinham, Z Yang. Construction and Use of Transposon MycoTetOP2 1 for Isolation of Conditional Mycobacteria Mutants. Frontiers in Microbiology 10, 3091. 2020
  7. Sukmana, A, and Z. Yang. The type IV pilus assembly motor PilB is a robust hexameric ATPase with complex kinetics. Biochem J 475 (11): 1979-1993. 2018. (Cover image for this issue)
  8. Black WP, Wang L, Jing X, Saldana RC, Li F, Scharf BE, Schubot FD, and  Z. Yang. The type IV pilus assembly ATPase PilB functions as a signaling protein to regulate exopolysaccharide production in Myxococcus xanthus. Sci Rep 7:7263. 2017.
  9. Mancl JM, Black WP, Robinson H, Yang Z, Schubot FD. Crystal Structure of a Type IV Pilus Assembly ATPase: Insights into the Molecular Mechanism of PilB from Thermus thermophilus. Structure. 2016. (Highlighted in a preview)
  10. Wallace R. A., W. P. Black, X. Yang, Z. Yang. A CRISPR with Roles in Myxococcus xanthus Development and Exopolysaccharide Production. J Bacteriol 196: 4036-4043. 2014
  11. Xu, Q., W.P. Black, H.M. Nascimi and Z. Yang. DifA, an MCP-like sensory protein, uses a novel signaling mechanism to regulate exopolysaccharide production in Myxococcus xanthus. Journal of Bacteriology. 193: 759-767. 2011
  12. Black, W.P., F.D. Schubot, Z. Li and Z. Yang. Phosphorylation and dephosphorylation among Dif chemosensory proteins essential for EPS regulation in Myxococcus xanthus. Journal of Bacteriology, 192:4267-4274. 2010 (Accompanied by a commentary in this issue of Journal of Bacteriology).
  13. Xu, Q., W.P. Black, C.L. Cadieux and Z Yang. Independence and interdependence of Dif and Frz chemosensory pathways in Myxococcus xanthus chemotaxis. Molecular Microbiology. 69: 714-723. 2008.
  14. Xu Q., W.P. Black, E.M.F. Mauriello, DR Zusman and Z. Yang. Chemotaxis mediated by NarX-FrzCD chimeras and nonadapting repellent responses in Myxococcus xanthus. Molecular Microbiology. 66:1370-1381. 2007.
  15. Bonner, P.J., W. Black, Z. Yang, and L Shimkets. FibA and PilA act cooperatively during fruiting body formation of Myxococcus xanthus. Molecular Microbiology. 61: 1283-1293. 2006.
  16. Black, W., Q. Xu, and Z. Yang. Type IV pili function upstream of the Dif chemotaxis pathway in Myxococcus xanthus EPS regulation. Molecular Microbiology. 61: 447-456. 2006.