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Stochastic antagonism between two proteins governs a bacterial cell fate switch.

Lord ND, Norman TM, Yuan R, Bakshi S, Losick R, Paulsson J.

Science. 2019 Oct 4;366(6461):116-120. doi: 10.1126/science.aaw4506.


Robust Suppression of Lipopolysaccharide Deficiency in Acinetobacter baumannii by Growth in Minimal Medium.

Nagy E, Losick R, Kahne D.

J Bacteriol. 2019 Oct 21;201(22). pii: e00420-19. doi: 10.1128/JB.00420-19. Print 2019 Nov 15.


Maturation of polycistronic mRNAs by the endoribonuclease RNase Y and its associated Y-complex in Bacillus subtilis.

DeLoughery A, Lalanne JB, Losick R, Li GW.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Jun 12;115(24):E5585-E5594. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1803283115. Epub 2018 May 24.


For Want of a Template.

Losick R, Pero J.

Cell. 2018 Mar 8;172(6):1146-1152. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.02.041. No abstract available.


Single-cell Microfluidic Analysis of Bacillus subtilis.

Cabeen MT, Losick R.

J Vis Exp. 2018 Jan 26;(131). doi: 10.3791/56901.


Reconstitution of Staphylococcus aureus Lipoteichoic Acid Synthase Activity Identifies Congo Red as a Selective Inhibitor.

Vickery CR, Wood BM, Morris HG, Losick R, Walker S.

J Am Chem Soc. 2018 Jan 24;140(3):876-879. doi: 10.1021/jacs.7b11704. Epub 2018 Jan 9.


Noise in a phosphorelay drives stochastic entry into sporulation in Bacillus subtilis.

Russell JR, Cabeen MT, Wiggins PA, Paulsson J, Losick R.

EMBO J. 2017 Oct 2;36(19):2856-2869. doi: 10.15252/embj.201796988. Epub 2017 Aug 24.


Mechanism of biofilm-mediated stress resistance and lifespan extension in C. elegans.

Smolentseva O, Gusarov I, Gautier L, Shamovsky I, DeFrancesco AS, Losick R, Nudler E.

Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 2;7(1):7137. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-07222-8.


Use of a microfluidic platform to uncover basic features of energy and environmental stress responses in individual cells of Bacillus subtilis.

Cabeen MT, Russell JR, Paulsson J, Losick R.

PLoS Genet. 2017 Jul 20;13(7):e1006901. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006901. eCollection 2017 Jul.


Genome-wide screen for genes involved in eDNA release during biofilm formation by Staphylococcus aureus.

DeFrancesco AS, Masloboeva N, Syed AK, DeLoughery A, Bradshaw N, Li GW, Gilmore MS, Walker S, Losick R.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jul 18;114(29):E5969-E5978. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1704544114. Epub 2017 Jul 3.


A novel RNA polymerase-binding protein that interacts with a sigma-factor docking site.

Wang Erickson AF, Deighan P, Chen S, Barrasso K, Garcia CP, Martínez-Lumbreras S, Alfano C, Krysztofinska EM, Thapaliya A, Camp AH, Isaacson RL, Hochschild A, Losick R.

Mol Microbiol. 2017 Aug;105(4):652-662. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13724. Epub 2017 Jun 19.


A widespread family of serine/threonine protein phosphatases shares a common regulatory switch with proteasomal proteases.

Bradshaw N, Levdikov VM, Zimanyi CM, Gaudet R, Wilkinson AJ, Losick R.

Elife. 2017 May 20;6. pii: e26111. doi: 10.7554/eLife.26111.


An Amino Acid Substitution in RNA Polymerase That Inhibits the Utilization of an Alternative Sigma Factor.

Wang Erickson AF, Deighan P, Garcia CP, Weinzierl ROJ, Hochschild A, Losick R.

J Bacteriol. 2017 Jun 27;199(14). pii: e00277-17. doi: 10.1128/JB.00277-17. Print 2017 Jul 15.


Bacterial backstabbing: EF-Tu, brute?

Cabeen MT, Losick R.

Cell. 2015 Oct 22;163(3):537-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.10.007. Epub 2015 Oct 22.


Colony-morphology screening uncovers a role for the Pseudomonas aeruginosa nitrogen-related phosphotransferase system in biofilm formation.

Cabeen MT, Leiman SA, Losick R.

Mol Microbiol. 2016 Feb;99(3):557-70. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13250. Epub 2015 Nov 27.


Biofilm formation by Bacillus subtilis requires an endoribonuclease-containing multisubunit complex that controls mRNA levels for the matrix gene repressor SinR.

DeLoughery A, Dengler V, Chai Y, Losick R.

Mol Microbiol. 2016 Jan;99(2):425-37. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13240. Epub 2015 Oct 26.


An Electrostatic Net Model for the Role of Extracellular DNA in Biofilm Formation by Staphylococcus aureus.

Dengler V, Foulston L, DeFrancesco AS, Losick R.

J Bacteriol. 2015 Dec;197(24):3779-87. doi: 10.1128/JB.00726-15. Epub 2015 Sep 28.


Stochastic Switching of Cell Fate in Microbes.

Norman TM, Lord ND, Paulsson J, Losick R.

Annu Rev Microbiol. 2015;69:381-403. doi: 10.1146/annurev-micro-091213-112852. Epub 2015 Aug 21. Review.


Alternative modes of biofilm formation by plant-associated Bacillus cereus.

Gao T, Foulston L, Chai Y, Wang Q, Losick R.

Microbiologyopen. 2015 Jun;4(3):452-64. doi: 10.1002/mbo3.251. Epub 2015 Mar 31.


Identification and characterization of mutations conferring resistance to D-amino acids in Bacillus subtilis.

Leiman SA, Richardson C, Foulston L, Elsholz AK, First EA, Losick R.

J Bacteriol. 2015 May;197(9):1632-9. doi: 10.1128/JB.00009-15. Epub 2015 Mar 2.


A love affair with Bacillus subtilis.

Losick R.

J Biol Chem. 2015 Jan 30;290(5):2529-38. doi: 10.1074/jbc.X114.634808. Epub 2014 Dec 22.


Self-regulation of exopolysaccharide production in Bacillus subtilis by a tyrosine kinase.

Elsholz AK, Wacker SA, Losick R.

Genes Dev. 2014 Aug 1;28(15):1710-20. doi: 10.1101/gad.246397.114.


Reconstitution of peptidoglycan cross-linking leads to improved fluorescent probes of cell wall synthesis.

Lebar MD, May JM, Meeske AJ, Leiman SA, Lupoli TJ, Tsukamoto H, Losick R, Rudner DZ, Walker S, Kahne D.

J Am Chem Soc. 2014 Aug 6;136(31):10874-7. doi: 10.1021/ja505668f. Epub 2014 Jul 24.


A DNA mimic: the structure and mechanism of action for the anti-repressor protein AbbA.

Tucker AT, Bobay BG, Banse AV, Olson AL, Soderblom EJ, Moseley MA, Thompson RJ, Varney KM, Losick R, Cavanagh J.

J Mol Biol. 2014 May 1;426(9):1911-24. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2014.02.010. Epub 2014 Feb 15.


Functional analysis of the accessory protein TapA in Bacillus subtilis amyloid fiber assembly.

Romero D, Vlamakis H, Losick R, Kolter R.

J Bacteriol. 2014 Apr;196(8):1505-13. doi: 10.1128/JB.01363-13. Epub 2014 Jan 31.


A serine sensor for multicellularity in a bacterium.

Subramaniam AR, Deloughery A, Bradshaw N, Chen Y, O'Shea E, Losick R, Chai Y.

Elife. 2013 Dec 17;2:e01501. doi: 10.7554/eLife.01501.


Memory and modularity in cell-fate decision making.

Norman TM, Lord ND, Paulsson J, Losick R.

Nature. 2013 Nov 28;503(7477):481-486. doi: 10.1038/nature12804. Epub 2013 Nov 20.


D-amino acids indirectly inhibit biofilm formation in Bacillus subtilis by interfering with protein synthesis.

Leiman SA, May JM, Lebar MD, Kahne D, Kolter R, Losick R.

J Bacteriol. 2013 Dec;195(23):5391-5. doi: 10.1128/JB.00975-13. Epub 2013 Oct 4.


A conserved ClpP-like protease involved in spore outgrowth in Bacillus subtilis.

Traag BA, Pugliese A, Setlow B, Setlow P, Losick R.

Mol Microbiol. 2013 Oct;90(1):160-6. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12355. Epub 2013 Aug 19.


Retrospective. Francois Jacob (1920-2013).

Shapiro L, Losick R.

Science. 2013 May 24;340(6135):939. doi: 10.1126/science.1239975. No abstract available.


A novel RNA polymerase-binding protein controlling genes involved in spore germination in Bacillus subtilis.

Traag BA, Ramirez-Peralta A, Wang Erickson AF, Setlow P, Losick R.

Mol Microbiol. 2013 Jul;89(1):113-22. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12262. Epub 2013 Jun 5.


Isolation, characterization, and aggregation of a structured bacterial matrix precursor.

Chai L, Romero D, Kayatekin C, Akabayov B, Vlamakis H, Losick R, Kolter R.

J Biol Chem. 2013 Jun 14;288(24):17559-68. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M113.453605. Epub 2013 Apr 30.


Respiration control of multicellularity in Bacillus subtilis by a complex of the cytochrome chain with a membrane-embedded histidine kinase.

Kolodkin-Gal I, Elsholz AK, Muth C, Girguis PR, Kolter R, Losick R.

Genes Dev. 2013 Apr 15;27(8):887-99. doi: 10.1101/gad.215244.113. Epub 2013 Apr 18.


Bacillus subtilis biofilm induction by plant polysaccharides.

Beauregard PB, Chai Y, Vlamakis H, Losick R, Kolter R.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Apr 23;110(17):E1621-30. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1218984110. Epub 2013 Apr 8.


Chemical shift assignments and secondary structure prediction of the master biofilm regulator, SinR, from Bacillus subtilis.

Stowe SD, Olson AL, Losick R, Cavanagh J.

Biomol NMR Assign. 2014 Apr;8(1):155-8. doi: 10.1007/s12104-013-9473-7. Epub 2013 Mar 10.


Synthesis and activity of biomimetic biofilm disruptors.

Böttcher T, Kolodkin-Gal I, Kolter R, Losick R, Clardy J.

J Am Chem Soc. 2013 Feb 27;135(8):2927-30. doi: 10.1021/ja3120955. Epub 2013 Feb 18.


Sticking together: building a biofilm the Bacillus subtilis way.

Vlamakis H, Chai Y, Beauregard P, Losick R, Kolter R.

Nat Rev Microbiol. 2013 Mar;11(3):157-68. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro2960. Epub 2013 Jan 28. Review.


Liquid transport facilitated by channels in Bacillus subtilis biofilms.

Wilking JN, Zaburdaev V, De Volder M, Losick R, Brenner MP, Weitz DA.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jan 15;110(3):848-52. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1216376110. Epub 2012 Dec 27.


Gene conservation among endospore-forming bacteria reveals additional sporulation genes in Bacillus subtilis.

Traag BA, Pugliese A, Eisen JA, Losick R.

J Bacteriol. 2013 Jan;195(2):253-60. doi: 10.1128/JB.01778-12. Epub 2012 Nov 2.


Biocontrol of tomato wilt disease by Bacillus subtilis isolates from natural environments depends on conserved genes mediating biofilm formation.

Chen Y, Yan F, Chai Y, Liu H, Kolter R, Losick R, Guo JH.

Environ Microbiol. 2013 Mar;15(3):848-864. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2012.02860.x. Epub 2012 Aug 30.


Galactose metabolism plays a crucial role in biofilm formation by Bacillus subtilis.

Chai Y, Beauregard PB, Vlamakis H, Losick R, Kolter R.

MBio. 2012 Aug 14;3(4):e00184-12. doi: 10.1128/mBio.00184-12. Print 2012. Erratum in: MBio. 2013;4(1). doi:10.1128/mBio.00555-12.


Osmotic pressure can regulate matrix gene expression in Bacillus subtilis.

Rubinstein SM, Kolodkin-Gal I, McLoon A, Chai L, Kolter R, Losick R, Weitz DA.

Mol Microbiol. 2012 Oct;86(2):426-36. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2012.08201.x. Epub 2012 Sep 7.


Evidence for cyclic Di-GMP-mediated signaling in Bacillus subtilis.

Chen Y, Chai Y, Guo JH, Losick R.

J Bacteriol. 2012 Sep;194(18):5080-90. doi: 10.1128/JB.01092-12. Epub 2012 Jul 20.


A Bacillus subtilis sensor kinase involved in triggering biofilm formation on the roots of tomato plants.

Chen Y, Cao S, Chai Y, Clardy J, Kolter R, Guo JH, Losick R.

Mol Microbiol. 2012 Aug;85(3):418-30. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2012.08109.x. Epub 2012 Jun 20.


A self-produced trigger for biofilm disassembly that targets exopolysaccharide.

Kolodkin-Gal I, Cao S, Chai L, Böttcher T, Kolter R, Clardy J, Losick R.

Cell. 2012 Apr 27;149(3):684-92. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2012.02.055. Retraction in: Cell. 2015 May 7;161(4):946.


Whole-genome sequences of Bacillus subtilis and close relatives.

Earl AM, Eppinger M, Fricke WF, Rosovitz MJ, Rasko DA, Daugherty S, Losick R, Kolter R, Ravel J.

J Bacteriol. 2012 May;194(9):2378-9. doi: 10.1128/JB.05675-11.


Competencies: a cure for pre-med curriculum.

Anderson WA, Amasino RM, Ares M Jr, Banerjee U, Bartel B, Corces VG, Drennan CL, Elgin SC, Epstein IR, Fanning E, Guillette LJ Jr, Handelsman J, Hatfull GF, Hoy RR, Kelley D, Leinwand LA, Losick R, Lu Y, Lynn DG, Neuhauser C, O'Dowd DK, Olivera T, Pevzner P, Richards-Kortum RR, Rine J, Sah RL, Strobel SA, Walker GC, Walt DR, Warner IM, Wessler S, Willard HF, Zare RN.

Science. 2011 Nov 11;334(6057):760-1. doi: 10.1126/science.334.6057.760-b. No abstract available.


Interspecies interactions that result in Bacillus subtilis forming biofilms are mediated mainly by members of its own genus.

Shank EA, Klepac-Ceraj V, Collado-Torres L, Powers GE, Losick R, Kolter R.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Nov 29;108(48):E1236-43. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1103630108. Epub 2011 Nov 10.

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