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Alexander Mankin


Distinguished Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Center for Biomolecular Sciences

Contact

Address:

900 S. Ashland Ave, Rm. 3052, Chicago, IL

Office Phone:

(312) 413-1406 (work)

Email:

shura@uic.edu

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Overview:
The research in Mankin/Vázquez-Laslop lab is aimed on understanding fundamental mechanisms of protein synthesis and antibiotic action.

The ribosome has the ability to monitor the sequence of the polypeptides it makes. It can recognize and respond to specific nascent peptide sequences. Functional interactions between the ribosome and the nascent peptide are used for the regulation of gene expression and may also facilitate protein folding and targeting. We are investigating the molecular mechanisms of nascent peptide-sensing by the ribosome and studying the ribosomal response to regulatory sequences in the nascent peptides.

Many antibiotics interfere with bacterial growth by inhibiting protein synthesis. However, the mechanisms of action of many antibiotics are unknown or unclear. We have recently found that many ribosome-targeting antibiotics inhibit protein synthesis in a context-specific manner arresting translation only at specific mRNA sites. We are exploring what distinguishes the sites of preferential drug action and what cryptic features of translation could be exposed context specificity of antibiotics.

The ability to modify and expand the ribosome functionality is one of the main tasks of synthetic biology. We are using the current knowledge of the ribosome structure and function to engineer altered ribosomal RNA designs to enable properties unattainable for the ‘native’ ribosome.

Research Interests:
Fundamental mechanisms of protein synthesis. Structure and function of the ribosome. Ribosome engineering. Mechanisms of antibiotic action. Mechanisms of resistance to antibiotics.

Teaching Statement:
Mechanisms of antibiotic action and resistance.
Bacterial genomics in the age of next-generation DNA sequencing.
Mechanisms of protein synthesis and gene expression.
Approaches for studying gene expression and mechanisms of antibiotic action.

Teaching and Supervision Heading link

PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022
PDAT 6: Infectious Diseases (PHAR 506), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022
PDAT 6: Infectious Diseases (PHAR 506), 1/10/2022 – 4/29/2022
Topics in Biopahrmaceutical Sciences (BPS425), 10/4/2021 – Present
Pharmaceutical Applications of Genomics (PSCI541), 9/1/2021 – Present
Molecular Biology (GEMS 502), 8/23/2021 – 12/3/2021
PhD Thesis Research (BPS 599), 8/23/2021 – 12/3/2021
PSCI Ph.D. Thesis Research (PSCI 599), 8/23/2021 – 12/3/2021
Biochemistry (GEMS 501), 8/23/2021 – 12/3/2021

Selected Grants

Advancing ribosome-targeting antibacterial peptides with a unique mechanism of action, NIH/NIAID., 2/8/2022 - 1/31/2027, Obligated Amount: $454250; Anticipated Amount: $3299182

Advancing ribosome-targeting antibacterial peptides with a unique mechanism of action, NIH/NIAID., 2/8/2022 - 1/31/2027, Obligated Amount: $454250; Anticipated Amount: $3299182

Advancing ribosome-targeting antibacterial peptides with a unique mechanism of action, NIH/NIAID., 7/16/2021 - 2/7/2022, Obligated Amount: $730027; Anticipated Amount: $730027

Advancing ribosome-targeting antibacterial peptides with a unique mechanism of action, NIH/NIAID., 7/16/2021 - 2/7/2022, Obligated Amount: $730027; Anticipated Amount: $730027

Mode of action of sarecycline on the bacterial ribosome, Yale University., 5/1/2020 - 12/21/2021, Obligated Amount: $20846; Anticipated Amount: $98703

Mode of action of sarecycline on the bacterial ribosome, Yale University., 5/1/2020 - 12/21/2021, Obligated Amount: $20846; Anticipated Amount: $98703

Repurposing antibacterial peptides for stimulating premature stop codons, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation., 4/1/2020 - 3/31/2023, Obligated Amount: $168000; Anticipated Amount: $168000

Control of translation by the nascent protein after its full synthesis and release, National Science Foundation., 3/15/2020 - 2/29/2024, Obligated Amount: $1000000; Anticipated Amount: $1000000

Control of translation by the nascent protein after its full synthesis and release, Directorate for Biological Sciences., 3/15/2020 - 2/29/2024, Obligated Amount: $1000000; No Anticipated Amount Set

Selected Publications

Laczkovich, Irina, Mangano, Kyle, Shao, Xinhao, Hockenberry, Adam J, Gao, Yu, Mankin, Alexander, Vázquez-Laslop, Nora, Federle, Michael J. (2022). Discovery of Unannotated Small Open Reading Frames in Streptococcus pneumoniae D39 Involved in Quorum Sensing and Virulence Using Ribosome Profiling. mBio, e01247-e01222. doi:10.1128/mbio.01247-22.

★ Vazquez-Laslop, Nora, Sharma, Cynthia M, Mankin, Alexander, Buskirk, Allen R. (2021). Identifying Small Open Reading Frames in Prokaryotes with Ribosome Profiling. Journal of Bacteriology, 204, (1), e00294-e00221. doi:10.1128/jb.00294-21.

★ Svetlov, Maxim S, Koller, Timm O, Meydan, Sezen, Shankar, Vaishnavi, Klepacki, Dorota, Polacek, Norbert, Guydosh, Nicholas R, Vázquez-Laslop, Nora, Wilson, Daniel N, Mankin, Alexander S. (2021). Context-specific action of macrolide antibiotics on the eukaryotic ribosome. Nature Communications, 12, (1), 2803. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-23068-1.

★ Baliga, Chetana, Brown, Tyler J, Florin, Tanja, Colon, Sarah, Shah, Vallari, Skowron, Kornelia J, Kefi, Amira, Szal, Teresa, Klepacki, Dorota, Moore, Terry W, Vázquez-Laslop, Nora, Mankin, Alexander S. (2021). Charting the sequence-activity landscape of peptide inhibitors of translation termination. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 118, (10), e2026465118. doi:10.1073/pnas.2026465118.

★ Svetlov, Maxim S, Syroegin, Egor A, Aleksandrova, Elena V, Atkinson, Gemma C, Gregory, Steven T, Mankin, Alexander S, Polikanov, Yury S. (2021). Structure of Erm-modified 70S ribosome reveals the mechanism of macrolide resistance. Nature Chemical Biology, 17, (4), 412-420. doi:10.1038/s41589-020-00715-0.

★ Mangano, Kyle, Florin, Tanja, Shao, Xinhao, Klepacki, Dorota, Chelysheva, Irina, Ignatova, Zoya, Gao, Yu, Mankin, Alexander S, Vázquez-Laslop, Nora. (2020). Genome-wide effects of the antimicrobial peptide apidaecin on translation termination in bacteria. eLife, 9, e62655. doi:10.7554/elife.62655.

★ Meydan, Sezen, Marks, James, Klepacki, Dorota, Sharma, Virag, Baranov, Pavel V, Firth, Andrew E, Margus, Tōnu, Kefi, Amira, Vázquez-Laslop, Nora, Mankin, Alexander S. (2019). Retapamulin-Assisted Ribosome Profiling Reveals the Alternative Bacterial Proteome. Molecular Cell, 74, (3), 481-493.e6. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2019.02.017.

★ Meydan, Sezen, Vázquez-Laslop, Nora, Mankin, Alexander S. (2018). Genes within Genes in Bacterial Genomes.. , 6, (4). doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.rwr-0020-2018.

★ Vázquez-Laslop, Nora, Mankin, Alexander S. (2014). Triggering Peptide-Dependent Translation Arrest by Small Molecules: Ribosome Stalling Modulated by Antibiotics. Regulatory Nascent Polypeptides. (pp. 165-186). doi:10.1007/978-4-431-55052-5_10.

Professional Leadership

SURF students conference judge, University of Illinois at Chicago, 8/6/2021 - Present

Interview with Dr. Kochlar, Science historian (phage therapy), University of Illinois at Chicago, 11/19/2019 - Present

Hosting students and postdocs from Northwestern U (Jewett lab) to train in ribosome techniques, Northwestern University, 10/1/2019 - Present

Hosting joint lab meeting with Dr. Wolfe (Loyola University) to discuss their researh, Loyola University Chicago, 7/3/2019 - Present

Education

Degrees:
PhD, Moscow State University, Russian Federation
DSci, Moscow State University, Russian Federation