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Said et al. in Nature Communications

Zuber et al. in Nature Communications

Concerted transformation of a hyper-paused transcription complex and its reinforcing protein

Herzel in Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology

In this joint review with the Karla Neugebauer lab at Yale University we discuss co-transcriptional gene regulation in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes and highlight striking parallels in how RNA polymerases interact with the machineries that act on nascent RNA.

Wei et al. in Nature Communications

The Stricker group shows a critical requirement for Neurofibromin to coordinate muscle fiber growth and muscle stem cell quiescence induction, and to prevent detrimental metabolic reprogramming with life-long consequences.

Knaus in iScience

Fluid Shear Stress-modulated chromatin accessibility reveals the mechano-dependency of endothelial SMAD1/5-mediated gene transcription

Stricker in Immunity

The Stricker group provides a new model for lymph node initiation in the embryo

Dyhr et al. in PNAS

3D surface reconstruction of cellular cryo-soft X-ray microscopy tomograms using semisupervised deep learning

Thielhorn et al. in Angewandte Intl.. Ed.

Controlled Grafting Expansion Microscopy

Freund in Nature Chemical Biology

In this paper by Abualrous et al., catalyzed peptide exchange, a process that shapes T cell responses, is reported for 12 different MHC class II variants. Experimental approaches taken by the Freund laboratory are combined with a theoretical description by the Noe group. It is shown that the population of a transient state has predictive value for catalyzed exchange and that MHC class II dynamics correlates with the odds ratio for the autoimmune disease rheumatoid arthritis.

Kotsaris and Stricker in NPJ Regenerative Medicine

The Stricker group shows that Osr1 is a central transcriptional regulator of fibro-adipogenic progenitors during skeletal muscle regeneration

Chakrabarti in RNA

Modulation of RNA binding properties of the RNA helicase UPF1 by its activator UPF2

Heyd in EMBO Mol Med

A splicing-based mechanism may form the basis for a new therapeutic concept
in neurodegenerative diseases

Preussner & Heyd in Science Advances

Regulation of alternative splicing after step 1 by C* factors

Jia et al. in Nature Communication

Extended DNA threading through a dual-engine motor module of the activating signal co-integrator 1 complex

Vester et al. in Acta Crystallographica D

Conformation-dependent ligand hot spots in the spliceosomal RNA helicase, BRR2

Knaus in BMC Biology

Atheroprone fluid shear stress-regulated ALK1-Endoglin-SMAD signaling originates from early endosomes

Jatzlau & Burdzinski et. al. Commun. Biol.

Jatzlau & Burdzinski et al. have established techniques for visualization of TGFβ superfamily receptors and growth factors

Dang et al. in Nature Communications

Molecular basis of antibiotic self-resistance in a bee larvae pathogen

Vester et al. in Communications Biology

Recruitment of a splicing factor to the nuclear lamina for its inactivation

Huang et al. in Methods in Enzymology

Fluorogenic RNA aptamers to probe transcription initiation and co-transcriptional RNA folding by multi-subunit RNA polymerases

Barthel et al. in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Large-scale crystallographic fragment screening expedites compound optimization and identifies putative protein-protein interaction sites

Preußner et al. in Acta Crystallographica D

Structural and functional investigation of the human snRNP assembly factor AAR2 in complex with the RNase H-like domain of PRPF8

Fritsch et al. in Molecular Microbiology

The MerR‐family regulator NmlR is involved in the defense against oxidative stress in Streptococcus pneumonia

Franz et al. in Life Science Alliance

Branch point strength controls species-specific CAMK2B alternative splicing and regulates LTP

Maciej in Nucleic Acids Research

Intrinsically disordered regions of tristetraprolin and DCP2 directly interact to mediate decay of ARE-mRNA

Dimos et al in Microbial Cell Factories

Biotechnological potential and initial characterization of two novel sesquiterpene synthases from Basidiomycota Coniophora puteana for heterologous production of δ-cadinol

Jehle et al. in Molecular Systems Biology

A human kinase yeast array for the identification of kinases modulating phosphorylation-dependent protein–protein interactions

Knaus in Stem Cell Rev and Rep

ActivinA Induced SMAD1/5 Signaling in an iPSC Derived EC
Model of Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) Can Be Rescued by the
Drug Candidate Saracatinib

Geertsema in Nature Biotechnology

Left-handed DNA-PAINT for improved super-resolution imaging in the nucleus

Li in Nature Communications

Directed manipulation of membrane proteins by fluorescent magnetic nanoparticles

Pei in Nature Communications

The δ subunit and NTPase HelD institute a two-pronged mechanism for RNA polymerase recycling

Roske in Nucleic Acids Research

A skipping rope translocation mechanism in a widespread family of DNA repair helicases

Loll in JACS

Loll in JACS: The Impression of a Nonexisting Catalytic Effect: The Role of CotB2 in Guiding the Complex Biosynthesis of Cyclooctat-9-en-7-ol

Said in Science

Steps toward translocation-independent RNA polymerase inactivation by terminator ATPase ρ

Preussner in EMBO Reports

Neumann in EMBO Reports
Neumann, Heyd, Preußner - Alternative splicing coupled mRNA decay shapes
the temperature‐dependent transcriptome

Stricker in Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle

Stricker in Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle: Cell autonomous requirement of neurofibromin (Nf1) for postnatal muscle hypertrophic growth and metabolic homeostasis

Hiepen in Cells

Hiepen, Mendes, Knaus in Cells:
"It Takes Two to Tango:
Endothelial TGFβ/BMP Signaling Crosstalk with Mechanobiology"

Huang in Molecular Cell

Huang - Structure-Based Mechanisms of a Molecular RNA Polymerase/Chaperone Machine Required for Ribosome Biosynthesis

Freund in Brain

Freund in Brain
Syntaxin-1B mutations reveal clear molecular disease mechanisms that translate into distinct neurophysiological phenotypes

Knaus in Bone

Knaus in Bone
BMP signalling in a mechanical context – Implications for bone biology

Meinke in eLife

Meinke et al, in eLife
Srsf10 and the minor spliceosome control
tissue-specific and dynamic SR protein expression

Haltenhof in Molecular Cell

Tom Haltenhof et al. in Molecular Cell: A conserved kinase-based body
temperature sensor globally controls alternative splicing and gene

Knaus in MBC of the cell

Knaus-AMOT130 drives BMP-SMAD signaling at the apical membrane in polarized cells

Hiepen in PLOS Biology

Hiepen-BMPR2 acts as a gatekeeper to protect endothelial cells from increased TGFβ responses and altered cell mechanics

Chakrabarti in Nature Communications

Chakrabarti - Insights into the assembly and architecture of a Staufen-mediated mRNA decay (SMD)-competent mRNP

Loll in Beilstein J Org Chem

Loll - Current understanding and biotechnological application of the bacterial diterpene synthase CotB2

Wahl in Nucleic Acids Research

Wahl - Structural basis for the function of SuhB as a transcription factor in ribosomal RNA synthesis

Freund in Structure

Freund - Exon Inclusion Modulates Conformational Plasticity and Autoinhibition of the Intersectin 1 SH3A Domain

Stauber in eLIFE

Stauber - A FRET sensor of C-terminal movement reveals VRAC activation by plasma membrane DAG signaling rather than ionic strength

DeBortoli in Nucleic Acids Research

F. De Bortoli - Increased versatility despite reduced molecular complexity: evolution, structure and function of metazoan splicing factor PRPF39

Neumann in Journal of Cell Science

A. Neumann - Genome-wide identification of
alternative splicing events that regulate protein transport across the
secretory pathway

Sticht in Biophysical Journal

J. Sticht - FBP21’s C-Terminal Domain Remains Dynamic When Wrapped around the c-Sec63 Unit of Brr2 Helicase

Driller in Nature Communications

R. Driller - Towards a comprehensive understanding of the
structural dynamics of a bacterial diterpene
synthase during catalysis

Stricker in Stem Cell Research

S. Stricker - Odd skipped-related 1 (Osr1) identifies muscle-interstitial fibro-adipogenic progenitors (FAPs) activated by acute injury

Loll in Nature Communications

B. Loll - Molecular insights into antibiotic resistance - how a binding protein traps albicidin

Stricker in Development

S. Stricker - Genome-wide strategies identify downstream target genes of connective tissue-associated transcription factors

Stricker in PLoS ONE

Sigmar Stricker - Cooperation of BMP and IHH signaling in interdigital cell fate determination

Wollenhaupt in Biophysical Journal

Jan Wollenhaupt - Intrinsically Disordered Protein Ntr2 Modulates the Spliceosomal RNA Helicase Brr2

Loll in ChemBioChem

B. Loll: Ketonization of Proline Residues in the Peptide Chains of Actinomycins by a 4-Oxoproline Synthase

Loll in ChemCatChem

B. Loll: Rhodococcus erythropolis Oleate Hydratase: a New Member in the Oleate Hydratase Family Tree