Principal Investigator Edmund Loh

Edmund Loh publication in Journal of Bacteriology May 2015 in depth

Pathogenic Neisseria express type four pili (Tfp) which are important for adhesion, aggregation and transformation. Some strains of N. meningitidis are able to vary the sequence of the major subunit (PilE) of the Tfp. The mechanisms underlying this variation are not fully defined but the process requires several non-coding elements that are found adjacent to the pilE gene. In this work, Edmund and colleagues have identified a cis-encoded RNA antisense to pilE in N. meningitidis. Using Northern blot and RT-PCR analysis, they have found that the RNA is expressed in stationary phase or following salt stress. This work also indicates that this RNA does not significantly affect pilE or pilin expression levels but instead appears to modulate pilin variation.

Edmund Loh article in Journal of Bacteriology

Edmund Loh awarded the Wallenberg Academy Fellowship 2014

Selected Publications

RNA Thermometers in Bacterial Pathogens.
Loh E, Righetti F, Eichner H, Twittenhoff C, Narberhaus F
Microbiol Spectr 2018 04;6(2):


Structure and mechanism of a molecular rheostat, an RNA thermometer that modulates immune evasion by Neisseria meningitidis.
Barnwal R, Loh E, Godin K, Yip J, Lavender H, Tang C, et al
Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Nov;44(19):9426-9437



Assistant professor

Edmund Loh

Organizational unit: Birgitta Henriques Normark group