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Group papers in the last 5 years

ATPase activity and oligomeric state of TrwK, the VirB4 homologue of plasmid R388 Type IV secretion system
Arechaga I, Peña A, Zunzunegui S, Del Carmen Fernández-Alonso M, Rivas G, de la Cruz F.
J Bacteriol. 2008 Jun 6.
Why is entry exclusion an essential feature of conjugative plasmids?
Garcillán-Barcia MP, de la Cruz F.
Plasmid. 2008 Jul;60(1):1-18. 2008 Apr 28.
Different pathways to acquire resistance genes illustrated by the recent evolution of IncW plasmids.
Revilla C, Garcillán-Barcia MP, Fernández-López R, Thomson NR, Sanders M, Cheung M, Thomas CM, de la Cruz F.
Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2008 Feb 11
Tato I, Matilla I, Arechaga I, Zunzunegui S, de la Cruz F, Cabezon E.
The ATPase activity of the DNA transporter TrwB is modulated by protein TrwA: 
implications for a common assembly mechanism of DNA translocating motors
J Biol Chem. 2007 Aug 31;282(35):25569-76. 
Gonzalez-Perez B, Lucas M, Cooke LA, Vyle JS, de la Cruz F, Moncalián G. (2007)
Analysis of DNA processing reactions in bacterial conjugation by using suicide oligonucleotides.
EMBO J. 2007 Aug 22;26(16):3847-57.
Sanchez-Magraner L, Viguera AR, Garcia-Pacios M, Garcillan MP, Arrondo JL, de la Cruz F, Goni FM, Ostolaza H (2007).
The calcium-binding C-terminal domain of Escherichia coli alpha -haemolysin is a major determinant in the surface-active   
of the protein.
J Biol Chem. Feb 26.

Garcillán-Barcia MP, Jurado P, González-Pérez B, Moncalián G, Fernández LA, de la Cruz F (2007).
Conjugative transfer can be inhibited by blocking relaxase activity within recipient cells with intrabodies
Mol Microbiol 63(2):404-16. 
César CE, Machón C, de la Cruz F, Llosa M (2006).
A new domain of conjugative relaxase TrwC responsible for efficient oriT-specific recombination on minimal target sequences
Mol Microbiol 62(4):984-996 
Fernández-López R, Garcillán-Barcia MP, Revilla C, Lázaro M, Vielva L, de la Cruz F (2006).
Dynamics of the IncW genetic backbone imply general trends in conjugative plasmid evolution
FEMS Microbiol Rev 30(6):942-966.

Yim G, de la Cruz F, Spiegelman GB, Davies J (2006).
Transcription modulation of S. typhimurium promoters by sub-MIC levels of rifampicin
J Bacteriol 188(22):7988-7991.
Perez-Mendoza D, Lucas M, Munoz S, Herrera-Cervera JA, Olivares J, de la Cruz F, Sanjuan J (2006). 
The relaxase of the Rhizobium etli symbiotic plasmid shows nic site cis-acting preference.
J Bacteriol 188(21):7488-7499. 

Hormaeche I, Segura RL, Vecino AJ, Goni FM, de la Cruz F, Alkorta I (2006).
The transmembrane domain provides nucleotide binding specificity to the bacterial conjugation protein TrwB. 
FEBS Lett 580(13):3075-82. 

Boer R, Russi S, Guasch A, Lucas M, Blanco AG, Pérez-Luque R, Coll M, de la Cruz F (2006). 
Unveiling the Molecular Mechanism of a Conjugative Relaxase: The Structure of TrwC Complexed with a 27-mer DNA Comprising the   
Recognition Hairpin and the Cleavage Site
J Mol Biol 358(3):857-869. 
Cabezón E, de la Cruz F (2006).
TrwB: An F1-ATPase-like molecular motor involved in DNA transport during bacterial conjugation
Res Microbiol 157:299–305. 
de la Cruz F, Davies J (2005).
Industrial revolution and microbial evolution”. En: “The influence of cooperative bacteria on animal host biology
(Eds. M.J. McFall-Ngai, B. Henderson, E.G. Ruby), pp. 73-82. Advances in Molecular and Cellular Microbiology, vol. 10., Cambridge   
University Press, Cambridge USA. 

Draper O, César CE, Machón C, de la Cruz F, Llosa M (2005). 
Site-specific recombinase and integrase activities of a conjugative relaxase in the recipient cell. 
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102:16385-16390.

de Paz HD, Sangari FJ, Bolland S, García-Lobo JM, Dehio C, de la Cruz F, Llosa M (2005) 
Functional interactions between Type IV secretion systems involved in DNA transfer and virulence
Microbiology 151:3505-3516

Fernández-López R, Machón C, Longshaw CM, Martin S, Molin S, Zechner EL, Espinosa M, Lanka E, de la Cruz F (2005)
Unsaturated fatty acids are inhibitors of bacterial conjugation
Microbiology 151:3517-3526. 
Camacho EM, Serna A, Madrid C, Marqués S, Fernández R, de la Cruz F, Juárez A, Casadesús J (2005) 
Regulation of finP transcription by DNA adenine methylation in the virulence plasmid of Salmonella enterica
J Bacteriol.187:5691-5699 
Tato I, Zunzunegui S, de la Cruz F, Cabezón E (2005)
TrwB, the coupling protein involved in DNA transport during bacterial conjugation, is a DNA-dependent ATPase
Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 102:8156-61. 
Llosa M, de la Cruz F (2005) 
Bacterial conjugation: a potential tool for genomic engineering
Res Microbiol. 156:1-6. 
Moncalián G, de la Cruz F (2004)
DNA binding properties of protein TrwA, a possible structural variant of the Arc repressor superfamily
Biochim Biophys Acta 1701:15-23. 

Gomis-Ruth FX, Sola M, de la Cruz F, Coll M. (2004) 
Coupling factors in macromolecular type-IV secretion machineries.
Curr Pharm Des.10:1551-65. 
Francia MV, Varsaki A, Garcillan-Barcia MP, Latorre A, Drainas C, de la Cruz F. (2004). 
A classification scheme for mobilization regions of bacterial plasmids.
FEMS Microbiol Rev. 28(1):79-100. 

Hormaeche I, Iloro I, Arrondo JL, Goni FM, de la Cruz F, Alkorta I. (2004).
Role of the transmembrane domain in the stability of TrwB, an integral protein involved in bacterial conjugation.
J Biol Chem. 279(12):10955-61. .

Guasch A, Lucas M, Moncalian G, Cabezas M, Perez-Luque R, Gomis-Ruth FX, de la Cruz F, Coll M. (2003) 
Recognition and processing of the origin of transfer DNA by conjugative relaxase TrwC.
Nat Struct Biol. 10(12):1002-10. 
Seubert A, Hiestand R, de la Cruz F, Dehio C. (2003) 
A bacterial conjugation machinery recruited for pathogenesis
Mol Microbiol. 49(5):1253-66.
Llosa M, Zunzunegui S, de la Cruz F. (2003) 
Conjugative coupling proteins interact with cognate and heterologous VirB10-like proteins while exhibiting specificity for cognate  
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 100(18):10465-70

Varsaki A, Lucas M, Afendra AS, Drainas C, de la Cruz F. (2003) 
Genetic and biochemical characterization of MbeA, the relaxase involved in plasmid ColE1 conjugative mobilization
Mol Microbiol. 48(2):481-93

Arrondo JL, Echabe I, Iloro I, Hernando MA, de la Cruz F, Goñi FM. (2003). 
A bacterial TrwC relaxase domain contains a thermally stable alpha-helical core.
J Bacteriol. 185(14):4226-32.

Selected papers between 2003- 2000

Llosa M., F.X. Gomis-Rüth, M. Coll y F. de la Cruz  (2002)
Bacterial conjugation: a two-step mechanism for DNA transport
Mol Microbiol.  153:199-204. 
de la Cruz F., J.M. García-Lobo y J. Davies (2002)
Antibiotic resistance: on how bacterial populations respond to a simple evolutionary force
In  “Bacterial Resistance to Antimicrobials:  Mechanisms, Genetics, Medical Practice and Public Health” pp. 19-36 (K. Lewis, A.    
Salyers, H. Taber, y R. Wax, editors)  Ed. Marcel Dekker

Garcillán-Barcia M.P., I. Bernales, M.V. Mendiola, F. de la Cruz (2001) 
IS91 rolling-circle transposition 
in “Mobile DNA II” (N.L. Craig, R. Craigie, M. Gellert, A. Lambowitz, eds.) ASM Press, Washington.

Núñez B., F. de la Cruz (2001)
Two atypical mobilization proteins are involved in plasmid CloDF13 relaxation 
Mol Microbiol. 39:1088-1099. 
Gomis-Ruth F.X., G. Moncalián, R. Pérez Luque, A. González, E. Cabezón, F. de la Cruz, M. Coll (2001)
The bacterial conjugation protein TrwB resembles ring helicases and F1-ATPase
Nature 409:637-641

Garcillán-Barcia M.P., I. Bernales, M.V. Mendiola, F. de la Cruz (2001) 
Single-stranded DNA intermediates in IS91 rolling-circle transposition
Mol Microbiol. 39:494-502. 

de la Cruz F., J. Davies (2000)  
Horizontal gene transfer and the origin of species: lessons from bacteria
Trends Microbiol. 8:128-133.

Grandoso  G., P. Avila, A. Cayón, M.A. Hernando, M. Llosa, F. de la Cruz (2000) 
Two active-site tyrosyl residues of protein TrwC act sequentially at the origin of transfer during plasmid R388 conjugation
J Mol Biol. 295:1163-1172. 

Zechner, E. L., de la Cruz, F., Eisenbrandt, R., Grahn, A. M., Koraimann, G., Lanka, E., Muth, G., Pansegrau, W., Thomas, C. M.,  
Wilkins, B. M., Zatyka, M. (2000).  Conjugative-DNA transfer processes  
in "The Horizontal Gene Pool:  Bacterial Plasmids and Gene Spread" (Thomas, C. M., ed.), pp. 87-173. Harwood Academic Publishers, 
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