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Hasenjäger S, Trauth J, Hepp S, Goenrich J, Essen LO, Taxis C (2019) - Optogenetic Downregulation of Protein Levels with an Ultrasensitive Switch. ACS Synth. Biol. 2019 April.

Hoffmann L, Anders K, Bischof LF, Ye X, Reimann J, Khadoumas S, Pham TK, van der Does C, Wright PC, Essen LO, Albers SV (2019) - Structure and interactions of the archaeal motility repression module ArnA-ArnB that modulates archaellum gene expression in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. J. Biol. Chem. 2019 Mar.

Albert L, Peñalver A, Djokovic N, Werel L, Hoffarth M, Ruzic D, Xu J, Essen LO, Nikolic K, Dou Y, Vázquez O (2019) - Modulating Protein-Protein Interactions with Visible-Light-Responsive Peptide Backbone Photoswitches. Chembiochem. 2019 Jan; 20, 1-14.


Assafa TE, Anders K, Linne U, Essen LO, Bordignon E (2018) - Light-Driven Domain Mechanics of a Minimal Phytochrome Photosensory Module Studied by EPR. Structure 2018 Nov;26(11):1534-1545.

Vogt MS, Völpel SL, Albers SV, Essen LO, Banerjee A (2018) - Crystal structure of an Lrs14-like archaeal biofilm regulator from Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. Acta Crystallogr D Struct Biol. 2018 Nov;74(Pt 11):1105-1114.

Kock M, Brückner S, Wozniak N, Maestre-Reyna M, Veelders M, Schlereth J, Mösch HU, Essen LO (2018) - Structural and Functional Characterization of PA14/Flo5-Like Adhesins From Komagataella pastoris. Front Microbiol. 2018 Oct;9:2581.

Lacombat F, Espagne A, Dozova N, Plaza P, Ignatz E, Kiontke S, Essen LO (2018) - Delocalized hole transport coupled to sub-ns tryptophanyl deprotonation promotes photoreduction of class II photolyases. Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2018 Oct; 20(39):25446-25457.

Helizon H, Rösler-Dalton J, Gasch P, von Horsten S, Essen LO, Zeidler M (2018) - Arabidopsis phytochrome A nuclear translocation is mediated by a far-red elongated hypocotyl 1importin complex.Plant J. 2018 Sep; DOI: 10.1111/tpj.14107.

Maestre-Reyna M, Yamamoto J, Huang WC, Tsai MD, Essen LO, Bessho Y (2018) - Twist and turn: a revised structural view on the unpaired bubble of class II CPD photolyase in complex with damaged DNA. IUCrJ 2018 Sep; 5(Pt 5):608-618.

Kahlstatt J, Reiß P, Halbritter T, Essen LO, Koert U, Heckel A (2018) - A light-triggered transmembrane porin. Chem. Commun. 2018 Aug;  54: 9623-9626.

Franz S, Ignatz E, Wenzel S, Zielosko H, Putu EPGN, Maestre-Reyna M, Tsai MD, Yamamoto J, Mittag M, Essen LO (2018) - Structure of the bifunctional cryptochrome aCRY from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Nucleic Acids Research 2018 Jul; 46(15):8010-8022.

Ignatz E, Geisselbrecht Y, Kiontke S, Essen LO  (2018) - Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotides Arrest Photoredction of Class II DNA Photolyases in FADH.-State. Photochem. Photobiol. 2018 Jan; 94(1):81-87.


Müller P, Ignatz E, Kiontke S, Brettel K, Essen LO (2017) - Sub-nanosecond tryptophan radical deprotonation mediated by a protein-bound water cluster in class II DNA photolyases. Chem. Sci. 2017 Dec; 9(5):1200-1212.

Essen LO, Franz S, Banerjee A (2017) - Structural and evolutionary aspects of algal blue light receptors of the cryptochrome and aurechrome type. J. Plant Physiol. 2017 Oct; 217:27-37.

Li L, Banerjee A, Bischof LF, Maklad HR, Hoffmann L, Henche AL, Veliz F, Bildl W, Schulte U, Orell A, Essen LO, Peeters E, Albers SV (2017) - Wing phosphorylation is a majorfunctional determinant of the Lrs14-type biofilm and motility regulator AbfR1 in Sulfolobus acidocaldarius. Mol. Microbiol. 2017 Sep; 105(5):777-793.

Orth C, Niemann N, Hennig L, Essen LO, Batschauer A (2017) - Hyperactivity of the Arabidopsis cryptochrome (cry1) L407F mutant is caused by a structural alteration close to the cry1 ATP-binding site. J. Biol. Chem. 2017 Aug; 292(31):12906-12920.

Velázquez Escobar F, Buhrke D, Fernandez Lopez M, Shenkutie SM, von Horsten S, Essen LO, Hughes J, Hildebrandt P (2017) - Structural communication between the chromophore-binding pocket and the N-terminal extension in plant phytochrome phyB. FEBS Lett. 2017 May; 591(9):1258-1265.

Angerer V, Essen LO, Wilde A (2017) - Analysis of c-di-GMP Levels Synthesized by a Photoreceptor Protein in Response to Different Light Qualities Using an In Vitro Enzymatic Assay. Methods Mol. Biol. 2017; 1657:187-204.

Ma H, Zhang F, Ignatz E, Suehnel M, Xue P, Scheerer P, Essen LO, Krauß N, Lamparter T (2017) - Divalent Cations Increase DNA Repair Activities of Bacterial (6-4) Photolyases. Photochem Photobiol. 2017 Jan; 93(1):323-330.


von Zadow A, Ignatz E, Pokorny R, Essen LO, Klug G (2016) - Rhodobacter sphaeroides CryB is a bacterial cryptochrome with (6-4) photolyase activity. FEBS J. 2016 Dec;283(23):4291-4309.

Dümmer M, Michalski C, Essen LO, Rath M, Galland P, Forreiter C (2016) - EHB1 and AGD12, two calcium-dependent proteins affect gravitropism antagonistically in Arabidopsis thaliana. J Plant Physiol. 2016 Nov 1;206:114-124.

von Horsten S, Straß S, Hellwig N, Gruth V, Klasen R, Mielcarek A, Linne U, Morgner N, Essen LO (2016) - Mapping light-driven conformational changes within the photosensory module of plant phytochrome B. Sci Rep. 2016 Oct 3;6:34366.

Krol E, Klaner C, Gnau P, Kaever V, Essen LO, Becker A. (2016) - Cyclic mononucleotide- and Clr-dependent gene regulation in Sinorhizobium meliloti. Microbiology. 2016 Aug 16.

Nohr D, Franz S, Rodriguez R, Paulus B, Essen LO, Weber S, Schleicher E (2016) - Extended Electron-Transfer in Animal Cryptochromes Mediated by a Tetrad of Aromatic Amino Acids. Biophys J. 2016 Jul 26;111(2):301-11.

Oldemeyer S, Franz S, Wenzel S, Essen LO, Mittag M, Kottke T (2016) - Essential Role of an Unusually Long-lived Tyrosyl Radical in the Response to Red Light of the Animal-like Cryptochrome aCRY. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jul 1;291(27):14062-71.

Banerjee A, Herman E, Serif M, Maestre-Reyna M, Hepp S, Pokorny R, Kroth PG, Essen LO, Kottke T (2016) - Allosteric communication between DNA-binding and light-responsive domains of diatom class I aureochromes. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016 Jul 8;44(12):5957-70.

Banerjee A, Herman E, Kottke T, Essen LO (2016) - Structure of a Native-like Aureochrome 1a LOV Domain Dimer from Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Structure. 2016 Jan 5;24(1):171-8.


Anders K, Essen LO (2015) - The family of phytochrome-like photoreceptors: diverse, complex and multi-colored, but very useful. Curr Opin Struct Biol. 2015 Jul 31;35:7-16.

Velazquez Escobar F, von Stetten D, Günther-Lütkens M, Keidel A, Michael N, Lamparter T, Essen LO, Hughes J, Gärtner W, Yang Y, Heyne K, Mroginski MA, Hildebrandt P (2015) - Conformational heterogeneity of the Pfr chromophore in plant and cyanobacterial.Front Mol Biosci. 2015 Jul 10;2:37.

Diderrich R, Kock M, Maestre-Reyna M, Keller P, Steuber H, Rupp S, Essen LO, Mösch HU (2015) - Structural Hotspots Determine Functional Diversity of the Candida glabrata Epithelial Adhesin Family. J Biol Chem. 2015 Aug 7;290(32):19597-613.

Kraushaar T, Brückner S, Veelders M, Rhinow D, Schreiner F, Birke R, Pagenstecher A, Mösch HU, Essen LO (2015) - Interactions by the Fungal Flo11 Adhesin Depend on a Fibronectin Type III-like Adhesin Domain Girdled by Aromatic Bands. Structure. 2015 Jun 2;23(6):1005-17.


Engelhard C, Wang X, Robles D, Moldt J, Essen L-O, Batschauer A, Bittl R, Ahmad M. (2014) - Cellular Metabolites Enhance the Light Sensitivity of Arabidopsis Cryptochrome through Alternate Electron Transfer Pathways. Plant Cell. 26(11):4519-31.

Usherenko S, Stibbe H, Muscò M, Essen L-O, Kostina EA, Taxis C. (2014) - Photo-sensitive degron variants for tuning protein stability by light. BMC Syst Biol. 18;8:128.

Mertins B, Psakis G, Essen LO. - (2014) VDAC: the wizard of mitochondrial OM. Biol Chem.

Anders K, Gutt A, Gärtner W, Essen LO (2014)- Phototransformation of the red light sensor cyanobacterial phytochrome 2 from synechocystis species depends on its tongue motifs. J Biol Chem. 289(37), 25590-600.

Grosse W, Psakis G, Mertins B, Reiss P, Windisch D, Brademann F, Bürck J, Ulrich A, Koert U, Essen LO (2014) - Structure-based engineering of a minimal porin reveals loop-independent channel closure. Biochemistry 53(29), 4826-38

Kiontke S, Gnau P, Haselsberger R, Batschauer A, Essen L-O (2014) - Structural and Evolutionary Aspects of Antenna Chromophore Usage by Class II Photolyases. J Biol Chem

Samel S A, Czodrowski P, Essen L-O , Structure of the epimerization domain of tyrocidine synthetase A. Acta Cryst D,

Sineshchekov V, Mailliet J, Psakis G, Feilke K, Kopycki J, Zeidler M, Essen L-O, Hughes J. (2014) - Tyrosine 263 in Cyanobacterial Phytochrome Cph1 Optimizes Photochemistry at the prelumi-R→lumi-R Step. Photochem Photobiol. 


Anders K, Daminelli-Widany G, Mroginski MA, von Stetten D, Essen L-O (2013) - Structure of the cyanobacterial phytochrome 2 photosensor implies a tryptophan switch  for phytochrome signaling. J Biol Chem 288(50), 35714-25.

Renicke C, Schuster D, Usherenko S, Essen L-O, Taxis C. (2013) - A LOV2 Domain-Based Optogenetic Tool to Control Protein Degradation and Cellular Function. Chemistry & biology 20(4), 619–26.


Mertins B, Psakis G, Grosse W, Back K, Salisowski A, Reiss P, Koert U, Essen L-O (2012) - Flexibility of the N-terminal mVDAC1 segment controls the channel’s gating behavior. PloS one 7(10): e47938.

Maestre-Reyna M, Diderrich R, Veelders M, Eulenburg G, Kalugin V, Brückner S, Keller P, Rupp S, Mösch HU, Essen L-O (2012) - Structural basis for promiscuity and specificity during Candida glabrata invasion of host epithelia. PNAS, 109, 16864–9.

Veelders M, Essen L-O   (2012) - Complex gadolinium-oxo clusters formed along concave protein surfaces. ChemBioChem, DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201200441

Blanck S, Geisselbrecht Y, Kräling K, Middel S, Mietke T, Harms K, Essen L-O, Meggers E (2012) - Bioactive cyclometalated phthalimides: design, synthesis and kinase inhibition. Dalton Trans, 41, 9337-9348.

Savakis P, De Causmaecker S, Angerer V, Ruppert U, Anders K, Essen L-O , Wilde A (2012) - Light-induced alteration of c-di-GMP level controls motility of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Mol. Microbiol, 85, 239-251.

Kiekebusch D, Michie KA, Essen L-O, Löwe J, Thanbichler M (2012) - Localized Dimerization and Nucleoid Binding Drive Gradient Formation by the Bacterial Cell Division Inhibitor MipZ. Mol Cell, 46, 245-59.

Song C, Essen L-O, Gärtner W, Hughes J, Matysik J (2012) - Solid-state NMR spectroscopic study of chromophore-protein interactions in the pr ground state of plant phytochrome A. Mol Plant, 5, 172-89.

Geisselbrecht Y, Frühwirth S, Schroeder S, Pierik AJ, Klug G, Essen L-O†  (2012) - CryB from Rhodobacter sphaeroides: a unique class of cryptochromes with new cofactors. EMBO Reports, 13, 223 - 229.


Vinzenz X, Grosse W, Linne U, Meissner B, Essen L-O (2011) - Chemical engineering of Mycobacterium tuberculosis dodecin hybrids. Chem Commun, 47, 11071-11073.

Kiontke S, Geisselbrecht Y, Pokorny R, Carell T, Batschauer A and Essen L-O  (2011) - Crystal structures of an archaeal class II DNA photolyase and its complex with UV-damaged duplex DNA. EMBO J, 30, 4437-4449.

Chaves I, Pokorny R, Byrdin M, Hoang N, Ritz T, Brettel K, Essen L-O, van der Horst GTJ, Batschauer A and Ahmad M (2011) - The Cryptochromes: Blue Light Photoreceptors in Plants and Animals. Annu Rev Plant Biol, 62, 335-364.

Anders K, von Stetten D, Mailliet J, Kiontke S, Sineshchekov VA, Hildebrandt P, Hughes J, Essen L-O  (2011) - Spectroscopic and Photochemical Characterization of the Red-Light Sensitive Photosensory Module of Cph2 from Synechocystis PCC 6803. Photochem Photobiol, 87, 160-173.

Feng L, Geisselbrecht Y, Blanck S, Wilbuer A, Atilla-Gokcumen GE, Filippakopoulos P, Kräling K, Celik MA, Harms K, Maksimoska J, Marmorstein R, Frenking G, Knapp S, Essen L-O, Meggers E (2011) - Structurally Sophisticated Octahedral Metal Complexes as Highly Selective Protein Kinase Inhibitors. J Am Chem Soc, 133, 5976–5986.

Grosse W, Essen L-O , Koert U (2011) - Strategies and Perspectives in Ion-Channel Engineering. ChemBioChem, 12, 830-839.

Malliet J, Psakis G, Sineshchekov V, Essen L-O , Hughes J (2011) - Spectroscopy and a high-resolution crystal structure of Tyr-263 mutants of cyanobacterial phytochrome Cph1. J Mol Biol, 413, 115-127.

Psakis G, Mailliet J, Lang C, Teufel L, Essen L-O, Hughes J (2011) - Signalling kinetics of cyanobacterial phytochrome cph1, a light regulated histidine kinase. Biochemistry, 50, 6178-6188.

Mroginski M A, Kaminski S, von Stetten D, Ringsdorf S, Gärtner W, Essen L-O, Hildebrandt P (2011) - Structure of the chromophore binding pocket in the Pr state of plant phytochrome phyA. J Phys Chem B, 115, 1220-1231.

Weber S, Schroeder C, Kacprzak S, Mathes T, Kowalczyk R M, Essen L-O, Hegemann P, Schleicher E, Bittl R (2011) - Light-generated paramagnetic intermediates in BLUF-domains. Photochem Photobiol, 87, 574-583.

Johnson A, Schlegel M, Meggers E, Essen L-O , Wiest O (2011). On the Structure and Dynamics of Duplex GNA.J Org Chem, 76, 7964-7974.

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Veelders M, Brückner S, Ott D, Unverzagt C, Mösch H-U, Essen L-O (2010) - Structural basis of flocculin-mediated social behavior in yeast. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 107, 22511-22516.

Grosse W, Reiss P, Reitz S, Cebi M, Lubben W, Koert U, Essen L-O (2010) - Structural and functional characterization of a synthetically modified OmpG. Bioorg Med Chem, 18, 7716-7723.

Eckhardt B, Grosse W, Essen L-O , Geyer A (2010) - Structural characterization of a beta-turn mimic within a protein-protein interface. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 107, 18336-18341. (Radio Report Deutschlandfunk)

Schleicher E, Wenzel R, Ahmad M, Batschauer A, Essen L-O, Hitomi K, Getzoff ED, Bittl R, Weber S, Okafuji A (2010). The Electronic State of Flavoproteins: Investigations with Proton Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance. Appl Magn Reson, 37, 339-352.

Schlegel M K, Essen L-O , Meggers E (2010). Atomic resolution duplex structure of the simplified nucleic acid GNA. Chem Commun, 46, 1094-1096.



Mailliet J, Psakis G, Schroeder C, Kaltofen S, Durrwang U, Hughes J, Essen L-O  (2009) - Dwelling in the dark: procedures for the crystallography of phytochromes and other photochromic proteins. Acta Cryst D, 65, 1232-1235.

Reitz S, Essen L-O  (2009) - alpha-Helical Cytolysins: Molecular Tunnel-Boring Machines in Action. ChemBioChem, 10, 2305-2307.

Kress D, Bruegel D, Schall I, Linder D, Buckel W and Essen L-O  (2009) - An asymmetric model for Na+-translocating glutaconyl-CoA decarboxylases. J Biol Chem, 284, 28401-28409.

Moldt J, Pokorny R, Orth C, Linne U, Geisselbrecht Y, Marahiel MA, Essen L-O, Batschauer A (2009) - Photoreduction of the folate cofactor in members of the photolyase family. J Biol Chem, 284, 21670-21683.

Zirak P, Penzkofer A, Moldt J, Pokorny R, Batschauer A, Essen L-O (2009). Photocycle dynamics of the E149A mutant of cryptochrome 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana. J Photochem Photobiol, 97, 94-108.

Mroginski M A, von Stetten D, Escobar F V, Strauss H M, Kaminski S, Scheerer P, Günther M, Murgida D H, Schmieder P, Bongards C, Gärtner W, Mailliet J, Hughes J, Essen L-O, Hildebrandt P (2009) - Chromophore Structure of Cyanobacterial Phytochrome Cph1 in the Pr State: Reconciling Structural and Spectroscopic Data by QM/MM Calculations. Biophys J, 96, 4153-4163.

Helmetag V, Samel S A, Thomas M G, Marahiel M A, Essen L-O  (2009) - Structural basis for the erythro-stereospecificity of the L-arginine oxygenase VioC in viomycin biosynthesis. FEBS J, 276, 3669-3682.

Peukert F, Miethke M, Albrecht A, Essen L-O , Marahiel M A (2009) - Structural basis and stereochemistry of triscatecholate siderophore binding by FeuA. Angew Chemie Int Ed, 48, 7924-7927.

Marahiel M A, Essen L-O  (2009) - Chapter 13. Nonribosomal peptide synthetases mechanistic and structural aspects of essential domains. Methods Enzymol, 458, 337-351.

Reitz S, Cebi M, Reiss P, Studnik G, Linne U, Koert U, Essen, L-O  (2009) - On the Function und Structure of Synthetically Modified Porins. Angew Chem Int Ed, 48, 4853-4857.

Reitz S, Cebi M, Reiss P, Studnik G, Linne, U, Koert U, Essen, L-O  (2009) - Zur Funktion und Struktur synthetisch modifizierter Porine. Angew Chem, 121, 4947-4951.

Psakis G, Saidijam M, Shibayama K, Polaczek J, Bettaney K E, Baldwin J M, Baldwin SA, Hope R, Essen L-O, Essenberg R C, Henderson P J (2009) - The sodium-dependent D-glucose transport protein of Helicobacter pylori. Mol Microbiol, 71, 391-403.

Psakis G, Polaczek J, Essen L-O  (2008) - AcrB et al.: Obstinate contaminants in a picogram scale. One more bottleneck in the membrane protein structure pipeline. J Struct Biol, 166, 107-111.



Pokorny R, Klar T., Hennecke U, Carell T, Batschauer A, Essen L-O  (2008) - Recognition and repair of UV lesions in loop structures of duplex DNA by DASH-type cryptochrome. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 105, 21023-21027.

Rohmer T, Lang C, Hughes J, Essen L-O, Gärtner W, Matysik J (2008) - Light-induced chromophore activity and signal transduction in phytochromes observed by 13C and 15N magic-angle spinning NMR. Proc Natl Acad Sci, 105, 15229-15234.

Essen L-O , Mailliet J, Hughes J (2008) - The structure of a complete phytochrome sensory module in the Pr ground state. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 105, 14709-14714.

Schroeder C, Werner K, Otten H, Krätzig S, Schwalbe H, Essen L-O  (2008) - Influence of a Joining Helix on the BLUF Domain of the YcgF Photoreceptor from Escherichia coli. ChemBioChem, 9, 2463 - 2473.

Kress D, Alhapel A, Pierik A J, Essen L-O  (2008) - The Crystal Structure of Enamidase: a bifunctional Enzyme of the Nicotinate Catabolism. J Mol Biol, 384, 837-847. 

Reitz S, Alhapel A, Essen L-O , Pierik A J (2008) - Structural and Kinetic Properties of a β−Hydroxyacid Dehydrogenase involved in Nicotinate Fermentation. J Mol Biol, 382, 802-811.

Essen L-O  and Koert U (2008) - Ion-channel engineering. Review. Annu Rep Prog Chem, Sect C: Phys Chem, 104, 165-188.

Tanovic A, Samel S A , Essen L-O , Marahiel M A (2008) - Crystal Structure of the Termination Module of a Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetase. Science, 321 (5889), 659-663.

Schlegel M K, Essen L-O , Meggers E (2008) - Duplex Structure of a Minimal Nucleic Acid. J Am Chem Soc, 130, 8158-8159.

Samel S A, Marahiel M A, Essen L-O  (2008) - How to tailor non-ribosomal peptide products-new clues about the structures and mechanisms of modifying enzymes. Molecular Biosystems, 4, 387-393.

Strieker M, Essen LO, Walsh CT, Marahiel MA. (2008) - Non-heme hydroxylase engineering for simple enzymatic synthesis of L-threo-hydroxyaspartic acid. ChemBioChem, 9, 374-376.

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Psakis G, Nitschkowski S, Holz C, Kreß D, Maestre-Reyna M, Polaczek J, Illing G, Essen L-O  (2007) - Expression screening of integral membrane proteins from Helicobacter pylori 26695. Protein Science, 16, 2667-2676.

Meissner B, Schleicher E, Weber S, Essen L-O  (2007) - The Dodecin from Thermus thermophilus, a Bifunctional Cofactor Storage Protein. J Biol Chem, 282, 33142-33154.

Samel S A, Schoenafinger G, Knappe, T A, Marahiel, M A, Essen, L-O  (2007) - Structural and functional insights into a peptide bond-forming bidomain from a nonribosomal peptide synthetase. Structure, 15, 781-792.

Strieker M, Kopp F, Mahlert C, Essen L-O , Marahiel M A (2007) - Mechanistic and structural basis of stereospecific Cbeta-hydroxylation in calcium-depentent antibiotic, a daptomycin-type lipopeptide. ACS Chem Biol, 2, 187-196.

Bosch J, Tamura T, Tamura N, Baumeister W, Essen, L-O  (2007) - The beta-propeller domain of the trilobed protease from Pyrococcus furiosus reveals an open Velcro topology. Acta Cryst D, 63, 179-187.

Klar T, Pokorny R, Moldt J, Batschauer A, Essen, L-O  (2007) - Cryptochrome 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana: Structural and functional analysis of its complex with a folate light antenna. J Mol Biol, 366, 954-964.

Klar T, Kaiser G, Hennecke U, Carell T, Batschauer A, Essen L-O  (2006) - Natural and non-natural antenna chromophores in the DNA photolyase from Thermus thermophilus. ChemBioChem, 7, 1798-1806.

Essen L-O , Klar T (2006) - Light-driven DNA repair by photolyases Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 63, 1266-1277.

Schönafinger A, Morbitzer A, Kreß D, Essen L-O, Noll F, Hampp N (2006) - Morphology of dry solid supported protein monolayers in dependence on substrate and protein surface properties. Langmuir, 22, 7185-7191.

Song S-H, Dick B, Penzkofer A, Pokorny R, Batschauer A, Essen L-O (2006) - Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic characterization of cryptochrome 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana. J Photochem Photobiol B, 85, 1-16.

Samel S, Wagner B, Marahiel M A, Essen L-O (2006) - Crystal structure of the thioesterase domain of the fengycin biosynthesis cluster. J Mol Biol 359, 876-889.

Essen L-O  (2006) - Photolyases and cryptochromes: common mechanisms of DNA repair and light-driven signaling? Curr Opin Struct Biol, 16, 51-59.

Pokorny R, Klar T, Essen L-O, Batschauer A (2005) - Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of cryptochrome 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana. Acta Cryst F, 61, 935-938.

Sakasegawa S-I, Hagemeier C, Thauer R, Essen L-O , Shima S  (2004) - Structural and functional analysis of the putative gpsA gene product of Archaeoglobus fulgidus: A glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase with an unusual NADP+ preference. Protein Science, 13, 3161-3171.

Mees A, Klar T, Gnau P, Hennecke U, Eker A P M, Carell T Essen, L-O  (2004) - Crystal structure of a photolyase bound to a CPD-like DNA lesion after in situ repair. Science, 306, 1789-1793.

Zeth K, Offermann S, Essen L-O , Oesterhelt D  (2004) - Iron-oxo clusters biomineralizing on protein surfaces – structural analysis of H. salinarum DpsA in its low and high iron states. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 101, 13780-13785.

Mofid M R, Finking R, Essen L-O, Marahiel M A (2004) - Mutational analysis of the 4'-phosphopantetheinyl transferases Sfp from Bacillus subtilis: carrier protein recognition and reaction mechanism. Biochemistry, 43, 4128-4134.

Kunz S, Kloeckner T, Essen L-O, Seebeck T, Boshart M (2004) - TbPDE1, a novel class I phosphodiesterase from Trypanosoma brucei. Eur J Biochem, 271, 637-647.


Bieger B, Essen L-O , Oesterhelt D  (2003) - Crystal structure of halophilic dodecin: A novel, dodecameric riboflavin-binding protein from Halobacterium salinarum. Structure, 11, 375-385.

Essen L-O , Harrenga A, Ostermeier C, Michel H (2003) - 1.3 Å X-ray structure of an antibody Fv-fragment used for enforced membrane protein crystallization. Acta Cryst D, 59, 677-687.

Essen L-O  (2002) - Halorhodopsin: light-driven ion pumping made simple? Curr Opin Struct Biol, 12, 516-522.

Essen  L-O  (2002) - Structural genomics of "non-standard" proteins: a chance for membrane proteins? Gene, Function & Disease, 3, 39-48.

Bosch J, Tamura T, Bourenkov G P, Baumeister W, Essen, L-O  (2001) - Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of the Tricorn protease hexamer from Thermoplasma acidophilum. J Struct Biol, 134, 83-87.

Bieger B,  Essen L-O  (2001) - Crystal structure of the catalytic core component of the alkylhydroperoxide reductase AhpF from E. coli. J Mol Biol, 307, 1-8.

Bieger B,  Essen L-O  (2001) - Structural analysis of adenylate cyclases from Trypanosoma brucei in their monomeric state. EMBO J, 20, 433-445 (Corrigendum in EMBO J, 20, 5302).

Essen  L-O  (2001) - G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) for light: The 3D-structure of rhodopsin. ChemBioChem, 2, 513-516.

Bosch G, Baumeister W Essen L-O  (2000) - Crystal structure of the b-apical domain of the thermosome reveals structural plasticity in protrusion region. J Mol Biol, 301, 19-25.

Kolbe M, Besir H, Essen L-O , Oesterhelt D  (2000) - Structure of the light-driven chloride pump halorhodopsin at 1.8 Å resolution. Science, 288, 1390-1396.

Bieger B Essen, L-O  (2000) - Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the catalytic domain of the adenylate cyclase GRESAG4.1 from Trypanosoma brucei. Acta Cryst D, 56, 359-362.

Bieger B Essen, L-O  (2000) - Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the catalytic core of the alkylhydroperoxide reductase component AhpF from E. coli. Acta Cryst D, 56, 92-94.

Gutsche I,  Essen, L-O, Baumeister W  (1999) - Group II chaperonins: new TRiC(k)s and turns of a protein folding machine. J Mol Biol, 293, 295-312.

Essen L-O , Siegert R, Lehmann W D, Oesterhelt D  (1998) - Lipid patches in membrane protein oligomers: Crystal structure of the bacteriorhodopsin-lipid complex. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 95, 11673-11678.

Essen L-O, Oesterhelt D  (1998) - A cold break for photoreceptors. Nature, 392,131-132.

Heinz D , Essen L-O, Williams R L (1998) - Structural and mechanistic comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic phosphoinositide-specific phospholipases C. J Mol Biol, 275, 635-650.

Nitsch M, Walz J, Typke D, Klumpp M, Essen L-O, Baumeister W  (1998) - Archaeal group II chaperonin in an open conformation: the thermosome from Thermoplasma acidophilum examined by cryo-electron tomography. Nature Structural Biology, 5, 855-857.


Essen  L-O, Perisic O, Lynch D, Katan M, Williams R L (1997) - A ternary metal binding site in the C2 domain of phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C-d1. Biochemistry, 36, 2753-2762.

Essen  L-O, Perisic O, Roberts M, Katan M, Williams R L (1997) - Structural mapping of the catalytic mechanism of a mammalian phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cd. Biochemistry, 36, 1704-1718.

Klumpp M, Baumeister W Essen, L-O (1997) - Structure of the substrate-binding domain of the thermosome, an archaeal groupII chaperonin. Cell, 91, 263-270.

Essen L-O, Perisic O, Cheung R, Katan M, Williams R L  (1996) - Crystal structure of a mammalian phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase Cd. Nature, 380, 595-602.

Grobler J A, Essen L-O, Williams R L, Hurley J H  (1996) - C2 domain conformational changes in phospholipase C-delta 1. Nature Structural Biology, 3, 788-795.

Voss R-H, Ermler U, Essen L-O, Wenzl G, Kim Y-M, Flecker P  (1996) - Crystal structure of the bifunctional soybean Bowman-Birk inhibitor at 0.28 nm resolution. Eur J Biochem, 242, 121-131.

Ostermeier C, Essen L-O, Michel, H  (1995) - Crystals of an antibody Fv fragment against an integral membrane protein diffracting to 1.28 A resolution. Proteins, 21, 74-77.

Essen  L-O, Skerra A (1994) - The de novo design of an antibody combining site. Crystallographic analysis of the VL domain confirms the structural model. J Mol Biol, 238, 226-44.

Essen  L-O, Skerra A (1993) - Single-step purification of a bacterially expressed antibody Fv fragment by immobilized metal affinity chromatography in the presence of betaine. Journal of Chromatography A, 657, 55-61.

Gloor S, Nasse K, Essen L-O, Appel F (1992) - Production and secretion in CHO cells of the extracellular domain of AMOG/beta 2, a type-II membrane protein. Gene, 120, 307-312.

Book Section


Marahiel M A, Essen L-O† (2009) - Non-ribosomal peptide synthetases: Mechanistic and structural aspects of essential domains. In Methods of Enzymology, 458, 337-351.

Essen L-O , Offermann S, Oesterhelt D & Zeth K (2004) - Iron-oxo clusters and the onset of biomineralization on protein surfaces: Lessons from an archaeal ferritin. In Biomineralization, edited by E. Bäuerlein, VCH.

Essen L-O† (2004) - Structural base of halide transport through biological membranes. In Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, edited by J. A. Schwarz, Contescu, C., & Putyera, K., Marcel Dekker, 3697-3711.

Essen L-O, Brownlie P, Perisic O, Katan M, Williams R L (1998) - Structural analysis of the catalysis and membrane association of PLC-d1 from rat. edited by K. Bruzik, Phosphoinositides: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biomedical Applications (ACS Symp. Series 718, 121-136), Washington DC, American Chemical Society.



Bahar I, Buck M, Citterich H, Dahm A, Essen L-O, Fariselli P, Finkelstein A, Hooft R, Hubbard T, Koebnik R, Kuroda Y, Lesk A M, Luo J, Mayr L M, Moult J, Mueller K, Ortigao F R, Osuna J, Reinhardt A, Sander C, Tramontano A, Vallone B, Vriend G (1994) - ProDes94: Protein design on computers. BIOcomputing Technical Document 8, EMBL Heidelberg

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