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Publications Batschauer group 2003-2017



  • Orth, C., Niemann, N., Hennig, L., Essen, L.-O., Batschauer, A. (2017) Hyperactivity of the Arabidopsis cryptochrome 1 (cry1) L407F mutant is caused by a structural alteration close to the cry1 ATP-binding site. J. Biol. Chem. 292, 12906 - 12920


  • Göbel T., Reisbacher S., Batschauer A., Pokorny R. (2017). Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide and N5,N10-Methenyltetrahydrofolate are the in planta cofactors of Arabidopsis thaliana cryptochrome 3. Photochem. Photobiol., 93, 355-362.



  • von Zadow A., Ignatz E., Pokorny R., Essen L.-O., Klug G. (2016) Rhodobacter sphaeroides CryB is a bacterial cryptochrome with (6-4) photolyase activity. FEBS J., doi: 10.1111/febs.13924.


  • Göbel T., Reisbacher S., Batschauer A., Pokorny R. (2016) Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide and N5, N10-Methenyltetrahydrofolate are the in planta cofactors of Arabidopsis thaliana cryptochrome 3. Photochem. Photobiol., doi:10.111/php.12622


  • Banerjee A., Herman E., Serif M., Maestre-Reyna M., Hepp S., Pokorny R., Kroth P. G., Essen L.-O., Kottke T. (2016) Allosteric communication between DNA-binding and light-responsive domains of diatom class I aureochromes. Nucleic Acids Res. 44, 5957-5970

  • Fankhauser C., Batschauer A. (2016) Shadow on the plant: A strategy to exit. Cell, 164, 15-17. (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2015.12.043).

  • Bazalova O., Kvicalova M., Valkova T., Slaby P., Bartos P., Netusil R., Tomanova K., Braeunig P., Lee H.J., Sauman I., Damulewicz M., Provaznik J., Pokorny R., Dolezel D., Vacha M. (2016) Cryptochrome 2 mediates directional magnetoreception in cockroaches. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 1660-1665.




  • Castrillo M., Bernhardt A., Avalos J., Batschauer A., Pokorny R. (2015) Biochemical characterization of the DASH-type cryptochrome CryD from Fusarium fujikuroi. Photochem. Photobiol. 91, 1356-1367 (doi: 10.1111/php.12501).


  • Tagua V.G., Pausch M., Eckel M., Gutiérrez G., Miralles-Durána A., Sanz C., Eslava A. P., Pokorny R., Corrochano L. M., Batschauer A. (2015) Fungal cryptochrome with DNA repair activity reveals an early stage in cryptochrome evolution. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 15130-15135.


  • Brych A., Mascarenhas J., Jaeger E., Charkiewicz E., Pokorny R., Bölker M., Doehlemann G., Batschauer A. (2015) White collar-1-induced photolyase expression contributes to UV-tolerance of Ustilago maydis. Microbiology Open, doi: 10.1002/mbo3.332.




  • Kiontke S., Gnau P., Haselsberger R., Batschauer A. and Essen L.-O. (2014) Structural and evolutionary aspects of antenna chromophore usage by class II photolyases. J. Biol. Chem. 289, 19659-19669.

  • Engelhard C., Wang X., Robles D., Moldt J., Essen L.-O., Batschauer A., Bittl R. and Ahmad M. (2014). Cellular metabolites enhance light sensitivity of Arabidopsis cryptochrome through alternate electron transfer pathways. Plant Cell 26(11), 4519-4531.




  • Herbel V., Orth C., Wenzel R., Ahmad M., Bittl R., Batschauer A. (2013) Lifetimes of Arabidopsis cryptochrome signaling states in vivo. Plant J. 74, 583-592.


  • Weidler G., zur Oven-Krockhaus S., Heunemann, M., Orth C., Schleifenbaum F., Harter K., Hoecker U., Batschauer A. (2012) Degradation of Arabidopsis cry2 is mediated by SPA proteins and phytochrome A. Plant Cell 24, 2610-2623.


  • Chavez I., Pokorny R. , Byrdin M, Hoang N., Ritz T., Brettel K., Essen L.-O, van der Horst G.T.J., Batschauer A., Ahmad M. (2011) The cryptochromes: Blue light photoreceptors in plants and animals. Ann. Rev. Plant Biol., 62, 335-364.

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

  • Oberpichler I., Pierik A.J., Wesslowski J., Pokorny R., Rosen R., Vugman M., Zhang F., Neubauer O., Ron E.Z., Batschauer A., Lamparter T. (2011) A photolyase-like protein from Agrobacterium tumefaciens with an iron-sulfur cluster. PLoS ONE, 6(10): e26775.



  • Okafuji A., Biskup T., Hitomi K., Getzoff E.D., Kaiser G., Batschauer A., Bacher A., Hidema J., Teranishi M., Yamamoto K., Schleicher E., Weber S. (2010) Light-induced activation of class II cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer photolyases. DNA Repair 9, 495-505.

  • Exner V., Alexandre C., Rosenfeldt G., Alfarano P., Nater M., Caflisch A., Gruissem W., Batschauer A., Hennig L. (2010) A gain-of-function mutation of Arabidopsis CRYPTOCHROME 1 promotes flowering. Plant Physiol.  154, 1633-1645.

  • Immeln D., Pokorny R., Herman E., Moldt J., Batschauer A., Kottke T. (2010) Photoreaction of plant and DASH cryptochrome probed by infrared spectroscopy: The neutral radical state of flavoproteins. J. Phys. Chem. B. 114, 17155-17161.

  • Schleicher E., Wenzel R., Ahmad M., Batschauer A., Essen L.-O., Hitomi K., Getzoff E.D., Bittl R., Weber S. (2010) The electronic state of flavoproteins: Investigations with proton electron-nuclear double resonance. Appl. Magn. Reson. 37, 339-352. 


  • Tyagi A., Penzkofer A., Batschauer A., Wolf E. (2009) Thermal degradation of (6R,S)-5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate in aequeos solution at pH 8.  Chem. Phys. 358, 132-136.

  • Tyagi A., Penzkofer A., Batschauer A., Wolf E. (2009) Fluorescence Behaviour of 5,10-Methenyltetrahydrofolate, 10-Formyltetrahydrofolate, 10-Formyldihydrofolate, and 10-Formylfolate in Aqueous Solution at pH 8  Chem. Phys. 361, 75-82.

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

  • Kaiser G., Kleiner O., Beisswenger C., Batschauer A. (2009). Increased DNA-repair in Arabidopsis plants overexpressing CPD photolyase. Planta 230, 505-515.

  • 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. B: Biol. 97, 94-108.

  • Hendrischk A.-K., Frühwirt S.W., Moldt J., Pokorny R., Metz S., Kaiser G., Jäger A., Batschauer A., Klug G. (2009) A cryptochrome-like protein is involved in the regulation of photosynthesis genes in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Mol. Microbiol. 74, 990-1003.


  • Rosenfeldt G., Muñoz Viana R., von Arnim A.G., Mootz H.D., Batschauer A. (2008) Chemically induced and light-independent cryptochrome photoreceptor activation. Molecular Plant, 1, 4-14.

  • Drath M., Kloft N., Batschauer A., Marin K., Forchhammer K. (2008) Ammonia triggers photodamage of photosystem II in Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803. Plant Physiol., 147, 206-215.

  • 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.


  • Batschauer A., Banerjee R., Pokorny R. (2007) Cryptochromes. In: Light and Plant Development; Whitelam G. C, Halliday K. J. (eds.). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp 17-48.

  • Klar T., Pokorny R., Moldt J.,  Batschauer A., EssenL.-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.

  • Bouly J.-P., Schleicher E., Dionisio-Sese M., Vandenbussche F., van der Straeten D., Bakrim N., Meier S., Batschauer A., Galland P., Bittl R. Ahmad M. (2007) Cryptochrome blue-light photoreceptors are activated through interconversion of flavin redox states. J. Biol. Chem., 282, 9383-9391.

  • Banerjee R., Schleicher E., Meier S., Muñoz Viana R., Pokorny, R., Ahmad M., Bittl R., Batschauer A. (2007) The signaling state of Arabidopsis cryptochrome 2 contains flavin semiquinone. J. Biol. Chem., 282, 14916-14922.



  • Kottke T., Batschauer A., Ahmad, M., Heberle J. (2006) Blue-Light Induced Changes in Cryptochrome 1 Probed by FTIR Difference Spectroscopy. Biochemistry 45, 2472-2479.

  • Fittinghoff K., Laubinger S., Nixdorf M., Fackendahl P., Baumgardt R.L., Batschauer A., Hoecker U. (2006) Functional and expression analysis of Arabidopsis SPA genes during seedling photomorphogenesis and adult growth. Plant J. 47, 577-590.

  • 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: Biol. 85, 1-6.

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



  • Banerjee R., Batschauer A. (2005) Plant blue light receptors. Planta 220, 498-502.

  • Berendzen K., Searle I., Ravenscroft D., Koncz Cs., Batschauer A., Coupland G., Somssich I.E., Ülker B. (2005) A rapid and versatile DNA/RNA extraction protocol and its application to the analysis of a novel DNA marker set polymorphic between Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes Col-0 and Landsberg erecta. Plant Methods, 1:4

  • Pokorny R., Klar T., Essen L.-O., Batschauer A. (2005) Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of cryptochrome 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana. Acta Crys. F61, 935-938.

  • Batschauer A. (2005) Plant cryptochromes: Their genes, biochemistry, and physiological roles. In: Handbook of photosensory receptors. Briggs W.R., Spudich J.L. (eds.) Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, pp. 211-256.


  • Lyon E.J., Shima S., Buurman G., Chowdhuri S., Batschauer A., Steinbach K., Thauer R.K. (2004). UV-A/blue-light inactivation of the ‘metal-free hydrogenase (Hmd) from methanogenic archae: The enzyme contains functional iron. Eur. J. Biochem. 271, 195-204.



  • Kleine T. Lockhart, P., Batschauer A. (2003) An Arabidopsis protein closely related to Synechocystis cryptochrome is targeted to organelles. Plant J. 35, 93-103.

  • Bouly J.-P., Giovani B., Djamei A., Mueller M., Zeugner A., Dudkin E.A., Batschauer A., Ahmad M. (2003) Novel ATP-binding and autophosphorylation activity associated with Arabidopsis and human cryptochrome 1. Eur. J. Biochem. 270, 2921-2928.

  • Batschauer A. (2003) Photoreceptors and light signalling. Batschauer A. (ed.). The Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK.



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