School of Physical and Chemical Sciences Te Kura Matū Seminar Series

Synthetic glycomimetics to explore carbohydrate-specific adhesion of bacteria to surfaces

Speaker

Prof Thisbe K. Lindhorst

Institute

Department of Organic Chemistry, Kiel University

Time & Place

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 12:00:00 NZDT in Room 701, Level 7, West

All are welcome

Abstract

The carbohydrate-specific attachment (adhesion) of bacteria to cell surfaces often is the first step to infection.  Therefore, we have a twofold interest in studying bacterial adhesion, first to combat infectious diseases by an anti-adhesion therapy, and second to understand principles of carbohydrate recognition. We take an approach from Biological Chemistry, where we design and synthesise specific glycomimetics and then test them in a biological context such as in bacterial adhesion-inhibition assays. The research of my group has been focused on multivalency effects and more recently on the investigation of rientational control of carbohydrate recognition. Our work contributes to a more conclusive understanding of the biological meaning of the glycome which, in addition to the genome and proteome of an organism, regulates fundamental processes of life.

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Biography

Read more about Thisbe's group here.