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Esther S. Bullitt, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPhysiology & Biophysics
Address700 Albany St Ctr for Adv Biomed Res
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-5037
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0003-2447-6209
Other Positions
TitleGraduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Structural studies of biological macromolecular assemblies are providing an understanding of cellular function. In our laboratory, we utilize electron microscopy and image reconstruction to investigate questions about how adhesion pili aid pathogenic bacterial survival under harsh physiological conditions.

Work in the lab currently focuses on bacterial adhesion pili and poliovirus polymerase. These projects address basic medical research questions directed at understanding bacterial adhesion to human host tissue and viral replication. Our data support development of novel therapeutics targeting these important health issues including, for example, development of a vaccine against traveler’s diarrhea.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Image processing
  • Macromolecular assemblies
  • Structural biology
 Publications
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  1. Mortezaei N, Singh B, Bullitt E, Uhlin BE, Andersson M. P-fimbriae in the presence of anti-PapA antibodies: new insight of antibodies action against pathogens. Sci Rep. 2013; 3:3393.
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  2. Wang J, Ptacek JB, Kirkegaard K, Bullitt E. Double-membraned liposomes sculpted by poliovirus 3AB protein. J Biol Chem. 2013 Sep 20; 288(38):27287-98.
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  3. Wang J, Lyle JM, Bullitt E. Surface for catalysis by poliovirus RNA-dependent RNA polymerase. J Mol Biol. 2013 Jul 24; 425(14):2529-40.
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  4. Bushkin GG, Motari E, Magnelli P, Gubbels MJ, Dubey JP, Miska KB, Bullitt E, Costello CE, Robbins PW, Samuelson J. ß-1,3-glucan, which can be targeted by drugs, forms a trabecular scaffold in the oocyst walls of Toxoplasma and Eimeria. MBio. 2012; 3(5).
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  5. Wang J, Bullitt E, Kirkegaard K. Surface for catalysis by poliovirus RNA dependent RNA polymerase. Microsc Microanal. 2012 Jul; 18 Suppl 2:68-9.
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  6. Epler CR, Dickenson NE, Bullitt E, Picking WL. Ultrastructural analysis of IpaD at the tip of the nascent MxiH type III secretion apparatus of Shigella flexneri. J Mol Biol. 2012 Jun 29; 420(1-2):29-39.
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  7. Andersson M, Björnham O, Svantesson M, Badahdah A, Uhlin BE, Bullitt E. A structural basis for sustained bacterial adhesion: biomechanical properties of CFA/I pili. J Mol Biol. 2012 Feb 3; 415(5):918-28.
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  8. Tellez AB, Wang J, Tanner EJ, Spagnolo JF, Kirkegaard K, Bullitt E. Interstitial contacts in an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase lattice. J Mol Biol. 2011 Sep 30; 412(4):737-50.
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  9. Aprikian P, Interlandi G, Kidd BA, Le Trong I, Tchesnokova V, Yakovenko O, Whitfield MJ, Bullitt E, Stenkamp RE, Thomas WE, Sokurenko EV. The bacterial fimbrial tip acts as a mechanical force sensor. PLoS Biol. 2011 May; 9(5):e1000617.
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  10. Chatterjee A, Carpentieri A, Ratner DM, Bullitt E, Costello CE, Robbins PW, Samuelson J. Giardia cyst wall protein 1 is a lectin that binds to curled fibrils of the GalNAc homopolymer. PLoS Pathog. 2010; 6(8):e1001059.
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  11. Spagnolo JF, Rossignol E, Bullitt E, Kirkegaard K. Enzymatic and nonenzymatic functions of viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerases within oligomeric arrays. RNA. 2010 Feb; 16(2):382-93.
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  12. Chatterjee A, Ghosh SK, Jang K, Bullitt E, Moore L, Robbins PW, Samuelson J. Evidence for a "wattle and daub" model of the cyst wall of entamoeba. PLoS Pathog. 2009 Jul; 5(7):e1000498.
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  13. Li YF, Poole S, Nishio K, Jang K, Rasulova F, McVeigh A, Savarino SJ, Xia D, Bullitt E. Structure of CFA/I fimbriae from enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 30; 106(26):10793-8.
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  14. Kendall A, McDonald M, Bian W, Bowles T, Baumgarten SC, Shi J, Stewart PL, Bullitt E, Gore D, Irving TC, Havens WM, Ghabrial SA, Wall JS, Stubbs G. Structure of flexible filamentous plant viruses. J Virol. 2008 Oct; 82(19):9546-54.
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  15. Turcios-Ruiz RM, Axelrod P, St John K, Bullitt E, Donahue J, Robinson N, Friss HE. Outbreak of necrotizing enterocolitis caused by norovirus in a neonatal intensive care unit. J Pediatr. 2008 Sep; 153(3):339-44.
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  16. Mu XQ, Savarino SJ, Bullitt E. The three-dimensional structure of CFA/I adhesion pili: traveler's diarrhea bacteria hang on by a spring. J Mol Biol. 2008 Feb 22; 376(3):614-20.
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  17. Verger D, Bullitt E, Hultgren SJ, Waksman G. Crystal structure of the P pilus rod subunit PapA. PLoS Pathog. 2007 May 18; 3(5):e73.
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  18. Poole ST, McVeigh AL, Anantha RP, Lee LH, Akay YM, Pontzer EA, Scott DA, Bullitt E, Savarino SJ. Donor strand complementation governs intersubunit interaction of fimbriae of the alternate chaperone pathway. Mol Microbiol. 2007 Mar; 63(5):1372-84.
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  19. Jiang ZG, Gantz D, Bullitt E, McKnight CJ. Defining lipid-interacting domains in the N-terminal region of apolipoprotein B. Biochemistry. 2006 Oct 3; 45(39):11799-808.
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  20. Mu XQ, Bullitt E. Structure and assembly of P-pili: a protruding hinge region used for assembly of a bacterial adhesion filament. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Jun 27; 103(26):9861-6.
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  21. Mu XQ, Jiang ZG, Bullitt E. Localization of a critical interface for helical rod formation of bacterial adhesion P-pili. J Mol Biol. 2005 Feb 11; 346(1):13-20.
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  22. Frenkiel-Krispin D, Sack R, Englander J, Shimoni E, Eisenstein M, Bullitt E, Horowitz-Scherer R, Hayes CS, Setlow P, Minsky A, Wolf SG. Structure of the DNA-SspC complex: implications for DNA packaging, protection, and repair in bacterial spores. J Bacteriol. 2004 Jun; 186(11):3525-30.
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  23. Mu XQ, Egelman EH, Bullitt E. Structure and function of Hib pili from Haemophilus influenzae type b. J Bacteriol. 2002 Sep; 184(17):4868-74.
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  24. Lyle JM, Bullitt E, Bienz K, Kirkegaard K. Visualization and functional analysis of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase lattices. Science. 2002 Jun 21; 296(5576):2218-22.
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  25. Cheng W, Bullitt E, Bhattacharyya L, Brewer CF, Makowski L. Electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction studies of Lotus tetragonolobus A isolectin cross-linked with a divalent Lewisx oligosaccharide, an oncofetal antigen. J Biol Chem. 1998 Dec 25; 273(52):35016-22.
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  26. Bullitt E, Makowski L. Bacterial adhesion pili are heterologous assemblies of similar subunits. Biophys J. 1998 Jan; 74(1):623-32.
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  27. Bullitt E, Rout MP, Kilmartin JV, Akey CW. The yeast spindle pole body is assembled around a central crystal of Spc42p. Cell. 1997 Jun 27; 89(7):1077-86.
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  28. Bullitt E, Jones CH, Striker R, Soto G, Jacob-Dubuisson F, Pinkner J, Wick MJ, Makowski L, Hultgren SJ. Development of pilus organelle subassemblies in vitro depends on chaperone uncapping of a beta zipper. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1996 Nov 12; 93(23):12890-5.
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  29. Bullitt E, Makowski L. Structural polymorphism of bacterial adhesion pili. Nature. 1995 Jan 12; 373(6510):164-7.
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