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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Simon Jackson

PositionResearch Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Microbiology and Immunology
QualificationsPhD

Research

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in A/P Peter Fineran’s lab working on Toxin/anti-toxin systems and the CRISPR type I-F system. Previously I worked in the field of molecular and structural biology looking at Photosystem II assembly and repair in cyanobacteria.

Publications

Jackson, S. A., Birkholz, N., Malone, L. M., & Fineran, P. C. (2019). Imprecise spacer acquisition generates CRISPR-Cas immune diversity through primed adaptation. Cell Host & Microbe. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2018.12.014

Nicholson, T. J., Jackson, S. A., Croft, B. I., Staals, R. H. J., Fineran, P. C., & Brown, C. M. (2018). Bioinformatic evidence of widespread priming in Type I and II CRISPR-Cas systems. RNA Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2018.1509662

Hampton, H. G., Jackson, S. A., Fagerlund, R. D., Vogel, A. I. M., Dy, R. L., Blower, T. R., & Fineran, P. C. (2018). AbiEi binds cooperatively to the Type IV abiE toxin-antitoxin operator via a positively-charged surface and causes DNA bending and negative autoregulation. Journal of Molecular Biology, 430(8), 1141-1156. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2018.02.022

Jackson, S. A., McKenzie, R. E., Fagerlund, R. D., Kieper, S. N., Fineran, P. C., & Brouns, S. J. J. (2017). CRISPR-Cas: Adapting to change. Science, 356(6333), eaal5056. doi: 10.1126/science.aal5056

Silas, S., Lucas-Elio, P., Jackson, S. A., Aroca-Crevillén, A., Hansen, L. L., Fineran, P. C., … Sánchez-Amat, A. (2017). Type III CRISPR-Cas systems can provide redundancy to counteract viral escape from type I systems. eLIFE, 6, e27601. doi: 10.7554/eLife.27601

Journal - Research Article

Jackson, S. A., Birkholz, N., Malone, L. M., & Fineran, P. C. (2019). Imprecise spacer acquisition generates CRISPR-Cas immune diversity through primed adaptation. Cell Host & Microbe. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2018.12.014

Hampton, H. G., Jackson, S. A., Fagerlund, R. D., Vogel, A. I. M., Dy, R. L., Blower, T. R., & Fineran, P. C. (2018). AbiEi binds cooperatively to the Type IV abiE toxin-antitoxin operator via a positively-charged surface and causes DNA bending and negative autoregulation. Journal of Molecular Biology, 430(8), 1141-1156. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2018.02.022

Nicholson, T. J., Jackson, S. A., Croft, B. I., Staals, R. H. J., Fineran, P. C., & Brown, C. M. (2018). Bioinformatic evidence of widespread priming in Type I and II CRISPR-Cas systems. RNA Biology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15476286.2018.1509662

Jackson, S. A., & Eaton-Rye, J. J. (2017). Modular growth vessels for the cultivation of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 55(1), 14-24. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2016.1231123

Silas, S., Lucas-Elio, P., Jackson, S. A., Aroca-Crevillén, A., Hansen, L. L., Fineran, P. C., … Sánchez-Amat, A. (2017). Type III CRISPR-Cas systems can provide redundancy to counteract viral escape from type I systems. eLIFE, 6, e27601. doi: 10.7554/eLife.27601

Jackson, S. A., McKenzie, R. E., Fagerlund, R. D., Kieper, S. N., Fineran, P. C., & Brouns, S. J. J. (2017). CRISPR-Cas: Adapting to change. Science, 356(6333), eaal5056. doi: 10.1126/science.aal5056

Patterson, A. G., Jackson, S. A., Taylor, C., Evans, G. B., Salmond, G. P. C., Przybilski, R., Staals, R. H. J., & Fineran, P. C. (2016). Quorum sensing controls adaptive immunity through the regulation of multiple CRISPR-Cas systems. Molecular Cell, 64(6), 1102-1108. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2016.11.012

Staals, R. H. J., Jackson, S. A., Biswas, A., Brouns, S. J. J., Brown, C. M., & Fineran, P. C. (2016). Interference-driven spacer acquisition is dominant over naive and primed adaptation in a native CRISPR–Cas system. Nature Communications, 7, 12853. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12853

Jackson, S. A., Eaton-Rye, J. J., Bryant, D. A., Posewitz, M. C., & Davies, F. K. (2015). Dynamics of photosynthesis in the glycogen-deficient glgC mutant of Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 81(18), 6210-6222. doi: 10.1128/aem.01751-15

Jackson, S. A., & Eaton-Rye, J. J. (2015). Characterization of a Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 double mutant lacking the CyanoP and Ycf48 proteins of Photosystem II. Photosynthesis Research, 124, 217-229. doi: 10.1007/s11120-015-0122-0

Jackson, S. A., Hervey, J. R. D., Dale, A. J., & Eaton-Rye, J. J. (2014). Removal of both Ycf48 and Psb27 in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 disrupts Photosystem II assembly and alters QĀ oxidation in the mature complex. FEBS Letters, 588(20), 3751-3760. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2014.08.024

Luo, H., Jackson, S. A., Fagerlund, R. D., Summerfield, T. C., & Eaton-Rye, J. J. (2014). The importance of the hydrophilic region of PsbL for the plastoquinone electron acceptor complex of Photosystem II. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Bioenergetics, 1837(9), 1435-1446. doi: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2014.02.015

Jackson, S. A., Hinds, M. G., & Eaton-Rye, J. J. (2012). Solution structure of CyanoP from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803: New insights on the structural basis for functional specialization amongst PsbP family proteins. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Bioenergetics, 1817(8), 1331-1338. doi: 10.1016/j.bbabio.2012.02.032

Jackson, S. A., Fagerlund, R. D., Wilbanks, S. M., & Eaton-Rye, J. J. (2010). Crystal structure of PsbQ from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 at 1.8 Å: Implications for binding and function in cyanobacterial photosystem II. Biochemistry, 49(13), 2765-2767. doi: 10.1021/bi100217h

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