Jack Christopher Leo

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Mobile phone +47-22859027
Room 3521
Visiting address Kristine Bonnevies hus (Blindernveien 31)
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO

Research interests:

Bacterial virulence and protein secretion: My main area of interest is bacterial pathogenesis, focusing especially on adhesion and other virulence functions mediated by autotransporter proteins of Gram-negative bacteria. These proteins are large, non-fimbrial rod-like surface molecules which mediate adhesion to both biotic and abiotic surfaces, but also promote autoagglutination and serum resistance, and yet others have enzymatic activities. These proteins are also self-contained secretion systems (hence the name autotransporter), in that they are able to transport the extracellular portion of the protein autonomously across the outer membrane. The long-term aim of this research is to understand three aspects of autotransporter-mediated pathogenesis: 1) the mechanisms and mechanics of the autotransporter virulence functions, 2) the biogenesis of autotransporters and 3) regulation of virulence functions and gene expression. All three steps are potential sites for intervention to prevent adhesion to host tissues, and thus host colonisation and infection. Understanding the molecular mechanisms leading to adhesion could allow for the rational design of novel antimicrobials. To understand these phenomena, I use a wide array of different techniques, including classical microbiological methods, molecular genetics, recombinant protein production and purification (including membrane proteins), microplate-based adhesion assays (ELISA and similar), biochemical methods, biophysical techniques (isothermal titration calorimetry, surface plasmon resonance, spectroscopic techniques), structural biology methods (protein crystallisation, X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy), microscopy and bioinformatics.

Biological nanoparticle formation: Under certain conditions, bacteria are able to reduce heavy metal ions into metallic nanoparticles at the cell surface. These nanoparticles have unusual electronic, magnetic and catalytic properties that are of interest in industry (electronics, chemical catalysts). I aim to find out how the bacteria form these nanoparticles and which biochemical pathways are involved.

Tags: Bacteria, autotransporter, adhesion, protein secretion


Bacterial adhesion:

Trunk T, Khalil HS, Leo JC (2018): Bacterial autoaggregation. AIMS Microbiol. 4(1): 140-164. https://doi.org/10.3934/microbiol.2018.1.140

Wrobel A, Ottoni C, Leo JC, Gulla S, Linke D (2018). The repeat structure of two paralogous genes, ruckeri Invasin (yrInv) and a “Y. ruckeri Invasin-like molecule”, (yrIlm) sheds light on the evolution of adhesive capacities of a fish pathogen. J Struct Biol. 210(2): 171-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsb.2017.08.008

Meuskens I, Michalik M, Chauhan N, Linke D, Leo JC (2017): A new strain collection for improved expression of outer membrane proteins. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 74: 464. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2017.00464

Mühlenkamp MC, Hallström T, Autenrieth IB, Bohn E, Linke D, Rinker J, Riesbeck K, Singh B, Leo JC, Hammerschmidt S, Zipfel PF, Schütz MS (2016): Vitronectin binds to a specific stretch within the head region of Yersinia adhesin A and thereby modulates Yersinia enterocolitica host interaction. J Innate Immun. 9(1):33-51. https://doi.org/10.1159/000449200

Leo JC, Oberhettinger P, Yoshimoto S, Udatha DBRKG, Morth JP, Schütz M, Hori K, Linke D (2016): The secretion of the intimin passenger domain is driven by protein folding. J Biol Chem. 291(38):20096-112. http://www.jbc.org/content/291/38/20096

Chauhan N, Wrobel A, Skurnik M, Leo JC (2016): Yersinia adhesins: an arsenal for infection. Proteomics Clin Appl. 10(9-10):949-963. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/prca.201600012/full 

Leo JC, Oberhettinger P, Schütz M, Linke D (2015): The inverse autotransporter family: Intimin, Invasin and related proteins. Int J Med Microbiol., 305(2): 276-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmm.2014.12.011

Mühlenkamp M, Oberhettinger P, Leo JC, Linke D, Schütz M (2015): Yersinia adhesin A (YadA) – beauty and beast. Int J Med Microbiol., 305(2): 252-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmm.2014.12.008

Oberhettinger P, Leo JC, Linke D, Autenrieth IB, Schütz M (2015): The inverse autotransporter Intimin exports its passenger domain via a hairpin intermediate. J Biol Chem., 290(3): 1837-49. http://www.jbc.org/content/290/3/1837.full

Leo JC, Oberhettinger P, Chaubey M, Schütz M, Kühner D, Götz F, Autenrieth IB, Coles M, Linke D (2015): The Intimin periplasmic domain mediates dimerisation and binding to peptidoglycan. Mol Microbiol., 95(1): 80-100. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/mmi.12840/full

Leo JC, Grin I, Linke D (2012): Type V secretion: mechanism(s) of autotransport through the bacterial outer membrane. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci., 367(1592): 1088-1101. http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/367/1592/1088.long



Shen X, Bonde JS, Kamra T, Bülow L, Leo JC, Linke D, Ye L (2014): Bacterial imprinting at Pickering emulsion interfaces. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl., 53(40):10687-90. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/anie.201406049/full 

  • Trunk, Thomas; Salah Khalil, Hawzeen & Leo, Jack Christopher (2018). Bacterial autoaggregation. AIMS Microbiology.  ISSN 2471-1888.  4(1), s 140- 164 . doi: 10.3934/microbiol.2018.1.140 Show summary
  • Meuskens, Ina; Michalik, Marcin; Chauhan, Nandini; Linke, Dirk & Leo, Jack Christopher (2017). A New Strain Collection for Improved Expression of Outer Membrane Proteins. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology.  ISSN 2235-2988.  7 . doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00464 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Wrobel, Agnieszka; Ottoni, Claudio; Leo, Jack Christopher; Gulla, Snorre & Linke, Dirk (2017). The repeat structure of two paralogous genes, Yersinia ruckeri invasin (yrInv) and a “Y. ruckeri invasin-like molecule”, (yrIlm) sheds light on the evolution of adhesive capacities of a fish pathogen.. Journal of Structural Biology.  ISSN 1047-8477. . doi: 10.1016/j.jsb.2017.08.008
  • Chauhan, Nandini; Wrobel, Agnieszka; Skurnik, Mikael & Leo, Jack Christopher (2016). Yersinia adhesins: An arsenal for infection. PROTEOMICS - Clinical Applications.  ISSN 1862-8354.  10(9-10), s 949- 963 . doi: 10.1002/prca.201600012
  • Michalik, Marcin; Djahanshiri, Bardya; Leo, Jack Christoffer & Linke, Dirk (2016). Reverse Vaccinology: The Pathway from Genomes and Epitope Predictions to Tailored Recombinant Vaccines, In Sunil Thomas (ed.),  Vaccine Design Methods and Protocols: Volume 1: Vaccines for Human Diseases.  Springer.  ISBN 978-1-4939-3385-3.  Chapter 4.  s 87 - 106

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  • Khalil, Hawzeen S.; Øgaard, Jonas & Leo, Jack Christopher (2018). Co-aggregation properties of trimeric autotransporter adhesins.. Show summary
  • Leo, Jack Christopher (2018). Recent insights into the function of type Vc and type Vd autotransporters..
  • Torgeman, Eric; Linke, Dirk & Leo, Jack Christopher (2017). Biosynthesis of gold and palladium nanoparticles via bacteria.

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Published Apr. 8, 2015 1:05 PM - Last modified Mar. 2, 2018 3:12 PM