Recent Publications

A full list of publications from our lab can be found here.


Shen BA, Hustmyer CM, Roston D, Wolfe MB, Landick R. 2022. Bacterial H-NS contacts DNA at the same irregularly spaced sites in both bridged and hemi-sequestered linear filaments. iScience. 25, 104429.

Cao X, Boyaci H, Chen J, Bao Y, Landick R, Campbell EA. 2022. Basis of narrow-spectrum activity of fidaxomicin on Clostridioides difficile. Nature. 604, 541-545.


Dai W, Darst SA, Dunham CM, Landick R, Petsko G, Weixlbaumer A. 2021. Seeing gene expression in cells: the future of structural biology. Fac Rev. 10, 79.

Palo MZ, Zhu J, Mishanina TV, Landick R. 2021. Conserved trigger loop histidine of RNA polymerase II functions as a positional catalyst primarily through steric effects. Biochemistry. 60, 3323-3336.

Lee SB, Tremaine M, Place M, Liu L, Pier A, Krause DJ, Xie D, Zhang Y, Landick R, Gasch AP, Hittinger CT, Sato TK. 2021. Crabtree/Warburg-like aerobic xylose fermentation by engineered Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Metab Eng. 68, 119-130.

Bao Y, Landick R. 2021. Obligate movements of an active site-linked surface domain control RNA polymerase elongation and pausing via a Phe pocket anchor. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 118, e2101805118.

Landick R. 2021. Transcriptional pausing as a mediator of bacterial gene regulation. Annu Rev Microbiol. 75, 291-314.

Shiver AL, Osadnik H, Peters JM, Mooney RA, Wu PI, Henry KK, Braberg H, Krogan NJ, Hu JC, Landick R, Huang KC, Gross CA. 2021. Chemical-genetic interrogation of RNA polymerase mutants reveals structure-function relationships and physiological tradeoffs. Mol Cell. 81, 2201-2215.e9.

Malone B, Chen J, Wang Q, Llewellyn E, Choi YJ, Olinares PDB, Cao X, Hernandez C, Eng ET, Chait BT, Shaw DE, Landick R, Darst SA, Campbell EA. 2021. Structural basis for backtracking by the SARS-CoV-2 replication-transcription complex. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 118, e2102516118.

Saba J, Cao X, Landick R. 2021. Bacterial transcription continues to surprise: activation by alarmone-mediated σ-factor tethering. Mol Cell. 81, 8-9.


Lilic M, Chen J, Boyaci H, Braffman N, Hubin EA, Herrmann J, Müller R, Mooney R, Landick R, Darst SA, Campbell EA. 2020. The antibiotic sorangicin A inhibits promoter DNA unwinding in a Mycobacterium tuberculosis rifampicin-resistant RNA polymerase. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 117, 30423-30432.

Henry KK, Ross W, Myers KS, Lemmer KC, Vera JM, Landick R, Donohue TJ, Gourse RL. 2020. A majority of Rhodobacter sphaeroides promoters lack a crucial RNA polymerase recognition feature, enabling coordinated transcription activation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 117, 29658-29668.

Stoneman HR, Wrobel RL, Place M, Graham M, Krause DJ, De Chiara M, Liti G, Schacherer J, Landick R, Gasch AP, Sato TK, Hittinger CT. 2020. CRISpy-Pop: a web tool for designing CRISPR/Cas9-driven genetic modifications in diverse populations. G3 (Bethesda). 10, 4287-4294.

Myers KS, Vera JM, Lemmer KC, Linz AM, Landick R, Noguera DR, Donohue TJ. 2020. Genome-wide identification of transcription start sites in two Alphaproteobacteria, Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1 and Novosphingobium aromaticivorans DSM 12444. Microbiol Resour Announc. 9, e00880-20.

Kurumbang NP, Vera JM, Hebert AS, Coon JJ, Landick R. 2020. Heterologous expression of a glycosyl hydrolase and cellular reprogramming enable Zymomonas mobilis growth on cellobiose. PLoS One. 15, e0226235.

Vera JM, Ghosh IN, Zhang Y, Hebert AS, Coon JJ, Landick R. 2020. Genome-scale transcription-translation mapping reveals features of Zymomonas mobilis transcription units and promoters. mSystems. 5, e00250-20.

Liu Y, Ghosh IN, Martien JI, Zhang Y, Amador-Noguez D, Landick R. 2020. Regulated redirection of central carbon flux enhances anaerobic production of bioproducts in Zymomonas mobilis. Metab Eng. 61, 261-274.

Harden TT, Herlambang KS, Chamberlain M, Lalanne JB, Wells CD, Li GW, Landick R, Hochschild A, Kondev J, Gelles J. 2020. Alternative transcription cycle for bacterial RNA polymerase. Nat Commun. 11, 448.