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Per Sunnerhagen


Per Sunnerhagen
+46 31 786 3830

Postal Address: Box 462, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 9C , 41390 Göteborg

Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology (More Information)
Box 462
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 2599
Visiting Address: Medicinaregatan 9 C , 413 90 Göteborg

About Per Sunnerhagen

Contact: Lundberg Laboratory, Medicinaregatan 9, room 1413


Exam project available

Posttranscriptional regulation under stress

A cell uses several mechanisms to deal with the stress imposed by a rapidly changing environment. It has to focus on expressing those particular proteins that enable it to survive the stress, and then quickly readapt to normal conditions.
Regulation on the RNA level (”post-transcriptional regulation”) is both rapid and energy-efficient since it interferes before the energy-demanding process of protein synthesis. Under stress, the cell chooses certain mRNAs for making proteins (translation). We search for the sequence signals in mRNA that control this mechanism, and also the RNA-binding proteins that recognize these signals and direct mRNA to ribosomes for translation.

Stress granules (SGs) constitute a spectacular mechanism used by the cell under severe stress. These are large complexes of RNA and proteins. In SGs, mRNAs remain silent without being translated, in order to later be reactivated when the stress disappears and conditions improve. We identify the genes required for formation of SGs. We want to understand how formation of SGs is organized, and how the cellular signaling pathways control this pathway according to the type of stress. SGs can also affect aspects of cellular life, such as intracellular signaling and apoptosis, which makes SGs significant for cellular responses to cancer therapy.

Antimicrobial resistance

Pathogens resistant to treatment with antimicrobial agents pose a rising global threat. Antibiotics are being overused, misused, and spread into the environment. As a result, genes encoding proteins designated to inactivate antibiotics, as well as mutations in genes encoding target proteins for antibiotics, accumulate in microbial populations. Our group is member of the Centre for antibiotics resistance research at the University of Gothenburg, CARe. We aim at discovering novel antibacterial molecules from natural and synthetic sources. To identify their mode of action and possible synergies with existing antibiotics is a priority. We are also involved in a project to identify genetic factors determining transfer between bacterial cells of plasmids carrying antibiotics resistance genes.

In an international collaboration with partners in Brazil and Cambodia, we search for novel molecules active against drug-resistant Plasmodium, the malaria parasite. Here we use yeast genetic engineering tools to find bioactive molecules selective for the parasite’s proteins over the human counterparts.

Research group: Dennis Persson (postdoctoral scientist), Catarina Bourgard (postdoctoral scientist), Johanna Johansson Sjölander (PhD student), Hanna Alalam (PhD student)

Publications ORCID 



Publications Google Scholar: scholar.google.se/citations



Molecular genetics BIO905

Molecular biology BIO545

Eukaryotic molecular microbiology BIO440 (course examiner)

Molecular biology methods KMG042

The cell and its hereditary material CEB210

Cell physiology CEB220

Drug development BIO523/KMG046


Latest publications

Linkage between endosomal escape of LNP-mRNA and loading into EVs for transport to other cells
Maugeri Marco, Muhammad Nawaz, Alexandros Papadimitriou, Annelie Angerfors, Alessandro Camponeschi et al.
Nature Communications, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Chemical Genomic Profiling Unveils the in Vitro and in Vivo Antiplasmodial Mechanism of Açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) Polyphenols.
Letícia T Ferreira, Vinícius P Venancio, Taila Kawano, Lailah C C Abrão, Tatyana A Tavella et al.
ACS Omega, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Horizontal transmission factors spreading antibiotic resistance
Fabrice Graf, Hanna Alalam, Martin Zackrisson, Martin Palm, Payam Ghiaci et al.
International Symposium of the International Society for Plasmid Biology and other Mobile Genetic Elements , Poster 2018

The Lsm1-7/Pat1 complex binds to stress-activated mRNAs and modulates the response to hyperosmotic shock.
Elena Garre, Vicent Pelechano, Manuel Sánchez Del Pino, Paula Alepuz, Per Sunnerhagen
PLoS Genetics, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Plasmodium vivax Biology: Insights Provided by Genomics, Transcriptomics and Proteomics.
Catarina Bourgard, Letusa Albrecht, Ana C A V Kayano, Per Sunnerhagen, Fabio T M Costa
Frontiers in cellular and infection microbiology, Review article 2018
Review article

Horizontal transmission factors spreading antibiotic resistance
Fabrice Graf, Hanna Alalam, Martin Zackrisson, Per Sunnerhagen, Jonas Warringer et al.
7th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2017), Poster 2017

The mRNA cap-binding protein Cbc1 is required for high and timely expression of genes by promoting the accumulation of gene-specific activators at promoters
Tianlu Li, Nikki De Clercq, Daniel Medina, Elena Garre, Per Sunnerhagen et al.
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, Journal article 2016
Journal article

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Ancient Evolutionary Trade-Offs between Yeast Ploidy States
Enikö Zörgö, Karolina Chwialkowska, A. B. Gjuvsland, Elena Garre, Per Sunnerhagen et al.
Plos Genetics, Journal article 2013
Journal article

Anthraquinones of the roots of Pentas micrantha
Milkyas Endale, Annabel Ekberg, John Patrick Alao, Hoseah Akala, Albert Ndakala et al.
Molecules, Journal article 2013
Journal article


Yeast mRNA cap-binding protein Cbc1/Sto1 is necessary for the rapid reprogramming of translation after hyperosmotic shock
Elena Garre, Lorena Romero-Santacreu, Nikki De Clercq, Nati Blasco-Angulo, Per Sunnerhagen et al.
Molecular Biology of the Cell, Journal article 2012
Journal article

Antiplasmodial Quinones from Pentas longiflora and Pentas lanceolata
Milkyas Endale, John Patrick Alao, H. M. Akala, N. K. Rono, F. L. Eyase et al.
Planta Medica, Journal article 2012
Journal article

Analysis of stress granule assembly in Schizosaccharomyces pombe
Chun-Yu Wang, Wei-Ling Wen, Daniel Nilsson, Per Sunnerhagen, Tien-Hsien Chang et al.
RNA, Journal article 2012
Journal article

Busseihydroquinones A-D from the Roots of Pentas bussei
Milkyas Endale, Annabel Ekberg, Hoseah Akala, John Patrick Alao, Per Sunnerhagen et al.
Journal of Natural Products, Journal article 2012
Journal article


Global estimation of mRNA stability in yeast
Julia Marín-Navarro, Alexandra Jauhiainen, Joaquín Moreno, Paula Alepuz, José E. Pérez-Ortín et al.
Methods in Molecular Biology, Journal article 2011
Journal article

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