Top journal recognition for one of Porterhouse’s senior writers


Many congratulations to our Senior Medical Writer Jennifer Shepherd, who has just had a paper published based on some of the findings from her PhD thesis. The paper, entitled ‘A molecular link between cell wall biosynthesis, translation fidelity, and stringent response in Streptococcus pneumoniae’ was published in the eminent journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

The publication highlights the connection between two key pathways important for cellular growth in Streptococcus pneumoniae.1 It demonstrates that enzymes responsible for cell wall biosynthesis are connected to the stringent response pathway (a survival mechanism activated by bacteria when exposed to stress) via their ability to ameliorate errors in protein translation.

“Having your work published in such a prestigious journal as PNAS must be thrilling for Jen. We congratulate her and former colleagues at the University of Warwick,” said Brian Parsons, Joint MD at Porterhouse Medical Group.

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