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John L. Nitiss


Professor of Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Sciences
Associate Head for Research, College of Pharmacy - Pharmaceutical Sciences
Assistant Dean for Research, Rockford Campus, College of Pharmacy
Adjunct Professor, College of Medicine - Medical Biotechnology

Contact

Address:

1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL

Office Phone:

(815) 395-5583 (work)

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Research Interests:
Mechanisms of action of anticancer drugs; DNA topoisomerases and their roles in biological processes; microbial model systems of drug action; biochemistry and biology of non-homologous recombination; repair inhibitors and cancer chemotherapy.

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Colloquium Lecture Series (PSCI 425), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Colloquium Lecture Series (PSCI 425), 8/21/2023 – 12/1/2023
Undergrad Res Pharm Sci (PSCI 380), 1/9/2023 – 4/28/2023
Pharm Applications of Genomics (PSCI 541), 10/4/2022 – 10/7/2022
Principles and techniques of Molecular Biology (MBT 505), 8/22/2022 – 12/9/2022
Colloquium Lecture Series (PSCI 425), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Colloquium Lecture Series (PSCI 425), 8/22/2022 – 12/2/2022
Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics (BCMG 575), 1/10/2022 – 5/5/2022
PDAT 9:Hematology/Oncology (Phar 509), 1/10/2022 – 5/6/2022

Selected Grants

Genome Instability induced in cancer cells carrying mutations in Type II topoisomerases, National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)., 12/20/2021 - 11/30/2023, Obligated Amount: $159900; Anticipated Amount: $159900

DNA Topoisomerase Misfunctioning in Neurological Disease, National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)., 1/1/2021 - 11/30/2023, Obligated Amount: $159900; Anticipated Amount: $159900

Novel Approaches for Studying Topoisomerase 2 Targeting Anti-Cancer Drugs, National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)., 4/1/2017 - 3/31/2020, Obligated Amount: $159900; Anticipated Amount: $159900

Regulation of Non-Homologous End Joining Through End Processing, National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)., 7/1/2014 - 12/31/2017, Obligated Amount: $360967; Anticipated Amount: $360967

DNA Repair And Antitopoisomerase Drug Effects, National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)., 9/2/2011 - 7/31/2012, Obligated Amount: $5953; Anticipated Amount: $5953

Anti-Topoisomerase Drug Action in Yeast, National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)., 9/2/2011 - 1/31/2016, Obligated Amount: $982606; Anticipated Amount: $1008094

Studies of Childhood Solid Tumors, National Cancer Institute., 8/1/1978 - 7/31/2013, Obligated Amount: $43592000; No Anticipated Amount Set

Selected Publications

Bandak, Afif F, Blower, Tim R, Nitiss, Karin C, Shah, Viraj, Nitiss, John L, Berger, James M. (2023). Using energy to go downhill—a genoprotective role for ATPase activity in DNA topoisomerase II. Nucleic Acids Research, gkad1157. doi:10.1093/nar/gkad1157.

Bandak, Afif F, Blower, Tim R, Nitiss, Karin C, Gupta, Raveena, Lau, Albert Y, Guha, Ria, Nitiss, John L, Berger, James M. (2023). Naturally mutagenic sequence diversity in a human type II topoisomerase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120, (28), e2302064120. doi:10.1073/pnas.2302064120.

Menendez, Daniel, Anand, Jay R, Murphy, Carri C, Bell, Whitney J, Fu, Jiaqi, Slepushkina, Nadia, Buehler, Eugen, Martin, Scott E, Lal-Nag, Madhu, Nitiss, John L, Resnick, Michael A. (2022). Etoposide-induced DNA damage is increased in p53 mutants: identification of ATR and other genes that influence effects of p53 mutations on Top2-induced cytotoxicity. Oncotarget, 13, (1), 332-346. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.28195.

Boot, Arnoud, Liu, Mo, Stantial, Nicole, Shah, Viraj, Yu, Willie, Nitiss, Karin C, Nitiss, John L, Jinks-Robertson, Sue, Rozen, Steven G. (2022). Recurrent mutations in topoisomerase IIα cause a previously undescribed mutator phenotype in human cancers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 119, (4), e2114024119. doi:10.1073/pnas.2114024119.

Nitiss, John L, Kiianitsa, Kostantin, Sun, Yilun, Nitiss, Karin C, Maizels, Nancy. (2021). Topoisomerase Assays. Current Protocols, 1, (10), e250. doi:10.1002/cpz1.250.

Sun, Yilun, Miller Jenkins, Lisa M, Su, Yijun P, Nitiss, Karin C, Nitiss, John L, Pommier, Yves. (2020). A conserved SUMO pathway repairs topoisomerase DNA-protein cross-links by engaging ubiquitin-mediated proteasomal degradation. Science Advances, 6, (46), eaba6290. doi:10.1126/sciadv.aba6290.

Stantial, Nicole, Rogojina, Anna, Gilbertson, Matthew, Sun, Yilun, Miles, Hannah, Shaltz, Samantha, Berger, James, Nitiss, Karin C, Jinks-Robertson, Sue, Nitiss, John L. (2020). Trapped topoisomerase II initiates formation of de novo duplications via the nonhomologous end-joining pathway in yeast. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117, (43), 26876-26884. doi:10.1073/pnas.2008721117.

Wang, Yunke, Rakela, Samantha, Chambers, Jeremy W, Hua, Zi-Chun, Muller, Mark T, Nitiss, John L, Tse-Dinh, Yuk-Ching, Leng, Fenfei. (2019). Kinetic Study of DNA Topoisomerases by Supercoiling-Dependent Fluorescence Quenching. ACS Omega, 4, (19), 18413-18422. doi:10.1021/acsomega.9b02676.

Nitiss, Karin C, Nitiss, John L, Hanakahi, Leslyn A. (2019). DNA Damage by an essential enzyme: A delicate balance act on the tightrope. DNA Repair, 82, 102639. doi:10.1016/j.dnarep.2019.102639.

Professional Leadership

Council member, American Association For The Advancement of Science, 1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

MEMBER-AT-LARGE, Section S, American Association For The Advancement of Science, 1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Education

Degrees:
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, United States, 1986
S.B., University of Chicago, United States, 1978

Postgraduate Training:
Post-doctoral fellow, Harvard University, United States, 1989