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 Marine Biomedicine and Environmental Sciences | Faculty | Erika E. Büllesbach, Ph.D.

Erika E. Büllesbach, Ph.D.

Research Interest:
Chemistry of proteohormones and antimicrobial peptides: Our research focuses on the molecular diversity of the ovarian hormone relaxin and the structure and function of this hormone and its receptors. Recently we extended our research to penaeidins, peptides of the innate immune system of the shrimp. The chemistry includes isolation, sequencing, and synthesis of small proteins by solid phase peptide synthesis in combination with site-directed disulfide synthesis and native ligation. The method allows for specific modifications including many that are not obtainable by recombinant technologies.

Selected Publications:
1.  Cuthbertson, B. J., Deterding, L. J., Williams, J. G., Tomer, K. B., Etienne, K., Blackshear, P. J., Büllesbach, E. E., and Gross, P. S. (2008) Diversity in penaeidin antimicrobial peptide form and function, Developmental and comparative immunology 32, 167-181.

2.  Wu, B. X., Snook, C. F., Tani, M., Büllesbach, E. E., and Hannun, Y. A. (2007) Large-scale purification and characterization of recombinant Pseudomonas ceramidase: Regulation by calcium. J Lipid Res 48, 600-608.

3.  Schwabe, C., and Büllesbach, E. E. (2007) Relaxin. The relaxin-like factor and their receptors, in Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. (Agoulnik, A. I., Ed.), pp 14-25, Landes Bioscience, Austin, Tx.

4.  Büllesbach, E. E., Boockfor, F. R., Fullbright, G., and Schwabe, C. (2008) Chryptorchidism induced in normal rats by the relaxin-like factor inhibitor, Reproduction 135, 351-355.

5.  Steinetz, B. G., Williams, A. J., Lust, G., Schwabe, C., Büllesbach, E. E., and Goldsmith, L. T. (2008) Transmission of relaxin and estrogens to suckling canine pups via milk and possible association with hip joint laxity, American journal of veterinary research 69, 59-67.

Erika E. Bullesbach, Ph.D.

Erika E. Büllesbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Ph.D. University of Aachen

Dr. Bullesbach's Contact Information

Room 745C
Basic Science Building
173 Ashley Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

Phone: (843)792-9926
Fax: (843)792-4850