Representative Publications

Daou N, Yu C, McClure R, Gudino C, Reed GW, Genco CA.

A Neisseria Prophage Repressor Implicated in Gonococcal Pathogenesis. Infect Immun. 2013 Jul 22.

McClure R, Balasubramanian D, Sun Y, Bobrovskyy M, Sumby P, Genco CA, Vanderpool CK, Tjaden B.

McClure R, Balasubramanian D, Sun Y, Bobrovskyy M, Sumby P, Genco CA, Vanderpool CK, Tjaden B. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Aug 1;41(14):e140.

Papadopoulos G, Weinberg EO, Massari P, Gibson FC 3rd, Wetzler LM, Morgan EF, Genco CA.

Macrophage-specific TLR2 signaling mediates pathogen-induced TNF-dependent inflammatory oral bone loss. J Immunol. 2013 Feb 1;190(3):1148-57.

Barth K, Remick DG, Genco CA.

Disruption of immune regulation by microbial pathogens and resulting chronic inflammation. J Cell Physiol. 2013 Jul;228(7):1413-22.

Weinberg EO, Genco CA.

Directing TRAF-ic: cell-specific TRAF6 signaling in chronic inflammation and atherosclerosis. Circulation. 2012 Oct 2;126(14):1678-80.

Hayashi C, Papadopoulos G, Gudino CV, Weinberg EO, Barth KR, Madrigal AG, Chen Y, Ning H, LaValley M, Gibson FC 3rd, Hamilton JA, Genco CA.

Protective role for TLR4 signaling in atherosclerosis progression as revealed by infection with a common oral pathogen. J Immunol. 2012 Oct 1;189(7):3681-8.

Lopez, C.A., G.G. Daaboul, S.  Ahn, A. P. Reddington, M.R. Monroe, X.  Zhang, R.J. Irani, C. Yu, C. A. Genco, M. Cretich, M. Chiari, B. B. Goldberg, J. H. Connor, and M. Selim Ünlü.

Biomolecular detection employing the Interferometric Reflectance Imaging Sensor (IRIS).  JoVE Bioengineering.
 J Vis Exp. (51): 2694, 2011.

Hayashi, C., J. Viereck, N. Hua, A.G. Madrigal, F.C. Gibson, J.A. Hamilton, and C.A. Genco.

Porphyromonas gingivalisaccelerates inflammatory atherosclerosis in the innominate artery of ApoE deficient mice. Atherosclerosis. 215: 52-59, 2011.

Hayashi, C., Gudino, C.V., Gibson, F. C. III, C. A. Genco.

Pathogen-Induced Inflammation at Sites Distant from Oral Infection: Bacterial Persistence and Induction of Cell Specific Innate Immune Inflammatory Pathways. Review. Mol Oral Microbiol. 25 (5) 305-16, 2010.


Mellin JR, McClure R, Lopez D, Green O, Genco CA.

Role of Hfq in iron dependent and independent gene regulation Neisseria meningitidis. Microbiology.  156:  2316-2326, 2010.

Hayashi, C., Madrigal, A. G., Liu, X., Ukai, T., Goswami, S., Gudino, C. V., Gibson, F. C. III, and C. A. Genco.

Pathogen Mediated Inflammatory Atherosclerosis is Mediated in Part via TLR2 Induced Inflammatory Responses. J Innate Immun. 2:334-43, 2010.

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Genco C, Wetzler L.

Neisseria: Molecular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis. 2009. January 2010. Caister Academic Press.

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Follows SA, Murlidharan J, Massari P, Wetzler LM, Genco CA.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae Infection Protects Human Endocervical Epithelial from Apoptosis via Expression of Host Anti-Apoptotic Proteins. Infect. Immun. 77: 3602-3610, 2009.

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Blair P, Rex S, Vitseva O, Beaulieu L, Tanriverdi K, Chakrabarti S, Hayashi C, Genco CA, Iafrati M, Freedman JE.

Stimulation of Toll-like receptor 2 in human platelets induces a thromboinflammatory response through activation of phosphoinositide 3-kinase. Cir. Res. 104: 346-354, 2009.

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Agarwal S, Sebastian S, Szmigielski B, Rice PA, Genco CA.

Expression of the gonococcal global regulatory protein Fur and genes encompassing the Fur and iron regulon during in vitro and in vivo infection in women. J. Bacteriol.  190:3129-3139, 2008.

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Isabella, V., L. F. Wright, K. Barth, J.M. Spence, S. Grogan, C.A.  Genco, and V.L.  Clark.

cis- and trans-acting elements involved in regulation of norB (norZ), the gene encoding nitric oxide reductase in Neisseria gonorrhoeae.  Microbiology 154: 226-239, 2008.

Davey M, Liu X, Ukai T, Jain V, Gudino C, Gibson FC 3rd, Golenbock D, Visintin A, Genco CA.

Bacterial fimbriae stimulate proinflammatory activation in the endothelium through distinct TLRs. J Immunol. 2008 Feb 15;180(4):2187-95.

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Gibson FC 3rd, Genco CA.

Porphyromonas gingivalis mediated periodontal disease and atherosclerosis: disparate diseases with commonalities in pathogenesis through TLRs. Curr Pharm Des. 2007;13(36):3665-75. Review.


Ukai T, Yumoto H, Gibson FC 3rd, Genco CA.

Macrophage-elicited osteoclastogenesis in response to bacterial stimulation requires Toll-like receptor 2-dependent tumor necrosis factor-alpha production. Infect Immun. 2008 Feb;76(2):812-9. Epub 2007 Nov 12.

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Gibson FC 3rd, Ukai T, Genco CA.

Engagement of specific innate immune signaling pathways during Porphyromonas gingivalis induced chronic inflammation and atherosclerosis. Front Biosci. 2008 Jan 1;13:2041-59. Review.


Liu X, Ukai T, Yumoto H, Davey M, Goswami S, Gibson FC 3rd, Genco CA.

Toll-like receptor 2 plays a critical role in the progression of atherosclerosis that is independent of dietary lipids. Atherosclerosis. 2008 Jan;196(1):146-54. Epub 2007 Apr 26.


Mellin JR, Goswami S, Grogan S, Tjaden B, Genco CA.

A novel fur- and iron-regulated small RNA, NrrF, is required for indirect fur-mediated regulation of the sdhA and sdhC genes in Neisseria meningitidis. J Bacteriol. 2007 May;189(10):3686-94. Epub 2007 Mar 9.

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Shaik YB, Grogan S, Davey M, Sebastian S, Goswami S, Szmigielski B, Genco CA.

Expression of the iron-activated nspA and secY genes in Neisseria meningitidis group B by Fur-dependent and -independent mechanisms. J Bacteriol. 2007 Jan;189(2):663-9. Epub 2006 Nov 3.

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Takahashi Y, Davey M, Yumoto H, Gibson FC 3rd, Genco CA.

Fimbria-dependent activation of pro-inflammatory molecules in Porphyromonas gingivalis infected human aortic endothelial cells. Cell Microbiol. 2006 May;8(5):738-57.


Miyamoto T, Yumoto H, Takahashi Y, Davey M, Gibson FC 3rd, Genco CA.

Pathogen-accelerated atherosclerosis occurs early after exposure and can be prevented via immunization. Infect Immun. 2006 Feb;74(2):1376-80.

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Takahashi, Y. ,  M. Davey, Yumoto, H., F.C. Gibson, and C.A. Genco.

Fimbria-dependent activation of pro-inflammatory molecules in Porphyromonas gingivalis infected human aortic endothelial cells. Cellular Microbiol. 8: 738-757, 2006

Liu, X, T. Olczak, H.C. Guo, D.W. Dixon, and C. A Genco.

Identification of amino acid residues involved in heme binding and hemoprotein utilization in the Porphyromonas gingivalis heme receptor HmuR.  Infect.  Immun.  74: 1222-1232, 2006.

Bartolini, E., E. Frigimelica, Y. Shaik, G. Galli, J.A. Welsch, D.M. Granoff, C.A. Genco, G. Grandi, and R. Grifantini.

Role of FNR and FNR-regulated, sugar fermentation genes in Neisseria meningitidis infection. Mol. Microbiol. 60: 963-972, 2006.

Mydel, P., Y. Takahashi, H. Yumoto, M. Sztukowska, M. Kubica, F.C. Gibson, D.   Kurtz, J. Travis, C.A. Genco, and J. Potempa.

Role of the host oxidative immune response and the bacterial antioxidant, rubrerythrin during anaerobic infection.  Plos Pathogens. 2:712-725, 2006.

Al-Qutub, M.N, Braham, P.H., Karimi-Naser, K., Liu, X, Genco, C.A. and R.P. Darveau.

Hemin-dependent modulation of the lipidA structure of Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide.  Infect. Immun.  74: 4474-4485, 2006.


*Listed are selected publications generated from the Genco laboratory or through interactions with collaborating laboratories. For a complete list of publications click here and search Caroline Genco.

September 17, 2013
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine