Justin Merritt

Associate Professor

  • 2033 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
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Research Output 2001 2020

  • 2033 Citations
  • 24 h-Index
  • 67 Article
  • 1 Chapter
Article
1 Citation (Scopus)

An anaerobic bacterium host system for heterologous expression of natural product biosynthetic gene clusters

Hao, T., Xie, Z., Wang, M., Liu, L., Zhang, Y., Wang, W., Zhang, Z., Zhao, X., Li, P., Guo, Z., Gao, S., Lou, C., Zhang, G., Merritt, J., Horsman, G. P. & Chen, Y., Dec 1 2019, In : Nature communications. 10, 1, 3665.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Anaerobic Bacteria
Multigene Family
Biological Products
genes
bacteria

Antibacterial, ester-free monomers: Polymerization kinetics, mechanical properties, biocompatibility and anti-biofilm activity

Fugolin, A. P., Dobson, A., Huynh, V., Mbiya, W., Navarro, O., Franca, C. M., Logan, M., Merritt, J. L., Ferracane, J. L. & Pfeifer, C. S., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Acta Biomaterialia.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acrylamides
Biofilms
Biocompatibility
Polymerization
Esters

At the Interface of Materials and Microbiology: A Call for the Development of Standardized Approaches to Assay Biomaterial-Biofilm Interactions

Kreth, J., Ferracane, J. L., Pfeifer, C. S., Khajotia, S. & Merritt, J., Jul 1 2019, In : Journal of dental research. 98, 8, p. 850-852 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Materials Testing
Streptococcus mutans
Composite Resins
Biocompatible Materials
Biofilms
41 Citations (Scopus)

A unique nine-gene comY operon in Streptococcus mutans

Merritt, J., Qi, F. & Shi, W., Jan 2005, In : Microbiology. 151, 1, p. 157-166 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Contagious Ecthyma
Streptococcus mutans
Operon
Mental Competency
Genes
23 Citations (Scopus)

Autoaggregation response of Fusobacterium nucleatum

Merritt, J., Niu, G., Okinaga, T. & Qi, F., Dec 2009, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75, 24, p. 7725-7733 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fusobacterium nucleatum
inhibitor
gene
mouth
saliva
14 Citations (Scopus)
Veillonella
Porphyromonas gingivalis
Cheek
Hemagglutinins
Streptococcus
92 Citations (Scopus)

Bacterial and host interactions of oral streptococci

Kreth, J., Merritt, J. & Qi, F., Aug 1 2009, In : DNA and Cell Biology. 28, 8, p. 397-403 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biofilms
Streptococcus
Mouth Diseases
Ecology
Immune System
4 Citations (Scopus)

Bacterial biofilm and dentistry.

Merritt, J., Anderson, M. H., Park, N. H. & Shi, W., 2001, In : Journal of the California Dental Association. 29, 5, p. 355-360 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biofilms
Dentistry
Tooth
Bacteria
53 Citations (Scopus)

Cell density- and ComE-dependent expression of a group of mutacin and mutacin-like genes in Streptococcus mutans

Kreth, J., Merritt, J., Zhu, L., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Dec 2006, In : FEMS Microbiology Letters. 265, 1, p. 11-17 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Cell Count
Mental Competency
Genes
Peptides
20 Citations (Scopus)

Characterization of irvR, a novel regulator of the irvA-dependent pathway required for genetic competence and dextran-dependent aggregation in Streptococcus mutans

Niu, G., Okinaga, T., Zhu, L., Banas, J., Qi, F. & Merritt, J., Nov 2008, In : Journal of Bacteriology. 190, 21, p. 7268-7274 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Dextrans
Mental Competency
Mutation
Genetic Vectors
54 Citations (Scopus)

Cloning-independent and counterselectable markerless mutagenesis system in streptococcus mutans

Xie, Z., Okinaga, T., Qi, F., Zhang, Z. & Merritt, J., Nov 2011, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77, 22, p. 8025-8033 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
mutagenesis
Mutagenesis
Organism Cloning
molecular cloning
9 Citations (Scopus)

Cloning-independent plasmid construction for genetic studies in streptococci

Xie, Z., Qi, F. & Merritt, J., 2013, In : Journal of Microbiological Methods. 94, 2, p. 77-82 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Streptococcus
Genetic Vectors
Organism Cloning
Plasmids
54 Citations (Scopus)

Community and gene composition of a human dental plaque microbiota obtained by metagenomic sequencing

Xie, G., Chain, P. S. G., Lo, C. C., Liu, K. L., Gans, J., Merritt, J. & Qi, F., Dec 2010, In : Molecular Oral Microbiology. 25, 6, p. 391-405 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Metagenomics
Dental Plaque
Microbiota
Genes
Mouth Diseases
244 Citations (Scopus)

Competition and coexistence between Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sanguinis in the dental biofilm

Kreth, J., Merritt, J., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Nov 2005, In : Journal of Bacteriology. 187, 21, p. 7193-7203 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bacteriocins
Streptococcus mutans
Biofilms
Streptococcus
Tooth
17 Citations (Scopus)

Construction of a counterselection-based in-frame deletion system for genetic studies of Streptococcus mutans

Merritt, J., Tsang, P., Zheng, L., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Apr 2007, In : Oral Microbiology and Immunology. 22, 2, p. 95-102 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Galactose
Plasmids
Galactosidases
Lac Operon
135 Citations (Scopus)
Bacteriocins
Streptococcus mutans
Mental Competency
DNA
Plasmids
12 Citations (Scopus)
antitoxins
Antitoxins
Streptococcus mutans
Xylose
gene induction
30 Citations (Scopus)

Differential response of Streptococcus mutans towards friend and foe in mixed-species cultures

Liu, J., Wu, C., Huang, I. H., Merritt, J. & Qi, F., Sep 2011, In : Microbiology. 157, 9, p. 2433-2444 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Streptococcus gordonii
Down-Regulation
Growth
Veillonella
5 Citations (Scopus)

Distinct regulatory role of carbon catabolite protein A (CcpA) in oral streptococcal spxB expression

Redanz, S., Masilamani, R., Cullin, N., Giacaman, R. A., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., Apr 1 2018, In : Journal of Bacteriology. 200, 8, e00619-17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Staphylococcal Protein A
Carbon
Streptococcus gordonii
Carbohydrates
Streptococcus
1 Citation (Scopus)

Effect of salivary agglutination on oral streptococcal clearance by human polymorphonuclear neutrophil granulocytes

Itzek, A., Chen, Z., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., 2016, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Oral Microbiology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Agglutination
Phagocytosis
Granulocytes
Neutrophils
Streptococcus gordonii
8 Citations (Scopus)

Establishment of a tractable genetic transformation system in Veillonella spp.

Liu, J., Xie, Z., Merritt, J. & Qi, F., May 2012, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78, 9, p. 3488-3491 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veillonella
Genetic Transformation
genetic transformation
genetic vectors
Genetic Vectors
34 Citations (Scopus)

Examination of the hdrRM regulon yields insight into the competence system of Streptococcus mutans

Okinaga, T., Xie, Z., Niu, G., Qi, F. & Merritt, J., 2010, In : Molecular Oral Microbiology. 25, 3, p. 165-177 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Regulon
Streptococcus mutans
Mental Competency
Bacteriocins
Genes

Examining the Protein Interactome and Subcellular Localization of RNase J2 Complexes in Streptococcus mutans

Mu, R., Shinde, P., Zou, Z., Kreth, J. & Merritt, J., Sep 18 2019, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 10, 2150.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Streptococcus mutans
Ribonucleases
Proteins
Escherichia coli
Enzymes
1 Citation (Scopus)
Streptococcus suis
Zoonoses
Pathogens
NAD
Homeostasis
16 Citations (Scopus)

Genes involved in the repression of mutacin I production in Streptococcus mutans

Nguyen, T., Zhang, Z., Huang, I. H., Wu, C., Merritt, J., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Jan 1 2009, In : Microbiology. 155, 2, p. 551-556 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Genes
Clone Cells
Bacteriocins
Mutation
22 Citations (Scopus)

Genetic characterization of the hdrRM operon: A novel high-cell-density-responsive regulator in Streptococcus mutans

Merritt, J., Zheng, L., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Aug 2007, In : Microbiology. 153, 8, p. 2765-2773 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Operon
Cell Count
Bacteriocins
Biofilms
5 Citations (Scopus)

Genetic transformation of Veillonella parvula

Liu, J., Merritt, J. & Qi, F., Sep 2011, In : FEMS Microbiology Letters. 322, 2, p. 138-144 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Veillonella
Genetic Transformation
Mouth
Mutation
Electroporation
1 Citation (Scopus)

Genome-wide screening of potential RNase Y-processed mRNAs in the M49 serotype Streptococcus pyogenes NZ131

Chen, Z., Raghavan, R., Qi, F., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., Apr 1 2019, In : MicrobiologyOpen. 8, 4, e00671.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Streptococcus pyogenes
Ribonucleases
Genome
Messenger RNA
Streptococcus
37 Citations (Scopus)
Peptide Synthases
Polyketide Synthases
genomic islands
polyketide synthases
Streptococcus mutans
27 Citations (Scopus)

Hydrogen peroxide-dependent DNA release and transfer of antibiotic resistance genes in Streptococcus gordonii

Itzek, A., Zheng, L., Chen, Z., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., Dec 2011, In : Journal of Bacteriology. 193, 24, p. 6912-6922 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus gordonii
Microbial Drug Resistance
Hydrogen Peroxide
DNA
Genes
30 Citations (Scopus)

Identification of a novel bacteriocin regulatory system in Streptococcus mutans

Xie, Z., Okinaga, T., Niu, G., Qi, F. & Merritt, J., Dec 2010, In : Molecular Microbiology. 78, 6, p. 1431-1447 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bacteriocins
Streptococcus mutans
Operon
Membrane Proteins
Nucleic Acid Repetitive Sequences
23 Citations (Scopus)

Identification of genes associated with mutacin I production in Streptococcus mutans using random insertional mutagenesis

Tsang, P., Merritt, J., Nguyen, T., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Dec 2005, In : Microbiology. 151, 12, p. 3947-3955 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Insertional Mutagenesis
Clone Cells
Genes
Bacteriocins
2 Citations (Scopus)

Identification of new degrons in Streptococcus mutans reveals a novel strategy for engineering targeted, controllable proteolysis

Liu, N., Chaudhry, M. T., Xie, Z., Kreth, J. & Merritt, J., Dec 19 2017, In : Frontiers in Microbiology. 8, DEC, 2572.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Proteolysis
Poisons
Proteins
Peptide Hydrolases
64 Citations (Scopus)

Immunological evaluation of Lactobacillus casei Zhang: A newly isolated strain from koumiss in Inner Mongolia, China

Ya, T., Zhang, Q., Chu, F., Merritt, J., Bilige, M., Sun, T., Du, R. & Zhang, H., Nov 19 2008, In : BMC Immunology. 9, 68.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lactobacillus casei
Lactobacillus
China
Probiotics
Hot Temperature
79 Citations (Scopus)
Streptococcus mutans
Gene Silencing
Biofilms
Mental Competency
Sucrose
2 Citations (Scopus)

Interference of a speB 5′ untranslated region partial deletion with mRNA degradation in Streptococcus pyogenes

Chen, Z., Mashburn-Warren, L., Merritt, J., Federle, M. J. & Kreth, J., 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Oral Microbiology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5' Untranslated Regions
Streptococcus pyogenes
RNA Stability
Messenger RNA
Ribonucleases
17 Citations (Scopus)

IrvA-dependent and IrvA-independent pathways for mutacin gene regulation in Streptococcus mutans

Tsang, P., Merritt, J., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Aug 2006, In : FEMS Microbiology Letters. 261, 2, p. 231-234 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bacteriocins
Streptococcus mutans
Dental Caries
Biofilms
Genes
11 Citations (Scopus)
bioluminescence
Biofilms
Luciferases
biofilm
mouth
7 Citations (Scopus)

Live and let die: Hydrogen peroxide production by the commensal flora and its role in maintaining a symbiotic microbiome

Redanz, S., Cheng, X., Giacaman, R. A., Pfeifer, C., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Molecular Oral Microbiology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

lactate 2-monooxygenase
Microbiota
Hydrogen Peroxide
Pyruvate Oxidase
Oral Health
69 Citations (Scopus)

LuxS controls bacteriocin production in Streptococcus mutans through a novel regulatory component

Merritt, J., Kreth, J., Shi, W. & Qi, F., Aug 2005, In : Molecular Microbiology. 57, 4, p. 960-969 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Bacteriocins
Streptococcus mutans
Cell Count
mutacin I
Gene Expression
2 Citations (Scopus)

LytTR Regulatory Systems: A potential new class of prokaryotic sensory system

Zou, Z., Qin, H., Brenner, A. E., Raghavan, R., Millar, J. A., Gu, Q., Xie, Z., Kreth, J. & Merritt, J., Oct 1 2018, In : PLoS Genetics. 14, 10, p. e1007709

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sensory system
operon
Operon
protein
Streptococcus mutans
19 Citations (Scopus)

Mechanistic, genomic and proteomic study on the effects of BisGMA-derived biodegradation product on cariogenic bacteria

Sadeghinejad, L., Cvitkovitch, D. G., Siqueira, W. L., Merritt, J., Santerre, J. P. & Finer, Y., Feb 1 2017, In : Dental Materials. 33, 2, p. 175-190 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Propane
Biodegradation
Proteomics
Bacteria
Biofilms
23 Citations (Scopus)

Milk helps build strong teeth and promotes oral health.

Merritt, J., Qi, F. & Shi, W., May 2006, In : Journal of the California Dental Association. 34, 5, p. 361-366 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Oral Health
Tooth
Milk
Tooth Remineralization
Oral Hygiene
2 Citations (Scopus)

Murein hydrolase LytF of Streptococcus sanguinis and the ecological consequences of competence development

Cullin, N., Redanz, S., Lampi, K., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., Dec 1 2017, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 83, 24, e01709-17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus sanguinis
N-Acetylmuramoyl-L-alanine Amidase
peptidoglycans
Biofilms
hydrolases
52 Citations (Scopus)

Mutanobactin A from the human oral pathogen Streptococcus mutans is a cross-kingdom regulator of the yeast-mycelium transition

Joyner, P. M., Liu, J., Zhang, Z., Merritt, J., Qi, F. & Cichewicz, R. H., Dec 21 2010, In : Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. 8, 24, p. 5486-5489 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

streptococcus
Streptococcus mutans
pathogens
metabolites
Mycelium
193 Citations (Scopus)

Mutation of luxS affects biofilm formation in Streptococcus mutans

Merritt, J., Qi, F., Goodman, S. D., Anderson, M. H. & Shi, W., Apr 1 2003, In : Infection and Immunity. 71, 4, p. 1972-1979 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Streptococcus mutans
Quorum Sensing
Biofilms
Mutation
Acyl-Butyrolactones
5 Citations (Scopus)
Veillonella
Microbiota
Mental Competency
Veillonellaceae
Aptitude
5 Citations (Scopus)

Negative regulation of ectoine uptake and catabolism in Sinorhizobium meliloti: Characterization of the EhuR gene

Yu, Q., Cai, H., Zhang, Y., He, Y., Chen, L., Merritt, J., Zhang, S. & Dong, Z., 2017, In : Journal of Bacteriology. 199, 1, e00119-16.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sinorhizobium meliloti
Operon
Genes
Surface Plasmon Resonance
ectoine
22 Citations (Scopus)
Streptococcus mutans
Biofilms
Preclinical Drug Evaluations
Luciferases
Aptitude
6 Citations (Scopus)

Plasticity of the pyruvate node modulates hydrogen peroxide production and acid tolerance in multiple oral streptococci

Cheng, X., Redanz, S., Cullin, N., Zhou, X., Xu, X., Joshi, V., Koley, D., Merritt, J. & Kreth, J., Jan 1 2018, In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84, 2, e01697-17.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

acid tolerance
Streptococcus gordonii
Streptococcus
Pyruvic Acid
hydrogen peroxide