David Whitworth


 David Whitworth


Department of Life Sciences

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My research focuses on the myxobacterial predator Myxococcus xanthus and how it preys upon other microbes. We are studying natural myxobacterial isolates using a variety of genomic, proteomic and phenotypic techniques to identify the genes conferring antimicrobial activity. Particular topics of interest include the predatory vesicles shed by myxobacteria, and myxobacterial signalling pathways and how they alter behaviour in response to a changing environment. 


Payne, S & Whitworth, D 2022, 'Increasing creative self-efficacy: Developing the confidence of biochemistry undergraduates to innovate', Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, vol. 50, no. 3, pp. 296-306. 10.1002/bmb.21628
Whitworth, D 2022, 'Myxobacteria: Physiology and Regulation', Microorganisms, vol. 10, no. 4, 805. 10.3390/microorganisms10040805
Chambers, J, Sparks, N, Sydney, N, Livingstone, PG, Cookson, AR & Whitworth, DE 2021, 'Corrigendum to: “Comparative genomics and pan-genomics of the Myxococcaceae, including a description of five novel species: Myxococcus eversor sp. nov., Myxococcus llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochensis sp. nov., Myxococcus vastator sp. nov., Pyxidicoccus caerfyrddinensis sp. nov. and Pyxidicoccus trucidator sp. nov.” [Genome Biol. Evol. 12(12) (2020) 2289-2302] ', Genome Biology and Evolution, vol. 13, no. 4, evab040. 10.1093/gbe/evab040
Ortet, P, Fochesato, S, Bitbol, A-F, Whitworth, DE, Lalaouna, D, Santaella, C, Heulin, T, Achouak, W & Barakat, M 2021, 'Evolutionary history expands the range of signaling interactions in hybrid multikinase networks', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 11763, pp. 11763. 10.1038/s41598-021-91260-w
Sydney, N, Swain, MT, So, JMT, Hoiczyk, E, Tucker, NP & Whitworth, DE 2021, 'The Genetics of Prey Susceptibility to Myxobacterial Predation: A Review, including an Investigation into Pseudomonas aeruginosa Mutations Affecting Predation by Myxococcus xanthus', Microbial Physiology, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 57-66. 10.1159/000515546
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