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Hans Merzendorfer

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Merzendorfer, H., and Cohen, E. (2019). Chitin/chitosan - versatile ecological, industrial and biomedical applications. In Extracellular sugar-based biopolymers matrices, E. Cohen, and H. Merzendorfer, eds. (Berlin: Springer), pp. 541-624.

Merzendorfer, H. (2019). Chitosan Derivatives and Grafted Adjuncts with Unique Properties. In Extracellular Sugar-Based Biopolymers Matrices, E. Cohen, and H. Merzendorfer, eds. (Berlin: Springer), pp. 95-151.

Jiang, X., Bao, H., Merzendorfer, H., and Yang, Q. (2019). Immune Responses of Mammals and Plants to Chitin-Containing Pathogens. Advances in experimental medicine and biology 1142, 61-81.

Steinfeld, L., Vafaei, A., Rosner, J., and Merzendorfer, H. (2019). Chitin Prevalence and Function in Bacteria, Fungi and Protists. Advances in experimental medicine and biology 1142, 19-59.

Muthukrishnan, S., Merzendorfer, H., Arakane, Y., and Yang, Q. (2019). Chitin Organizing and Modifying Enzymes and Proteins Involved In Remodeling of the Insect Cuticle. Adv Exp Med Biol 1142, 83-114.

Gohlke, S., Heine, D., Schmitz, H.P., and Merzendorfer, H. (2018). Septin-associated protein kinase Gin4 affects localization and phosphorylation of Chs4, the regulatory subunit of the Baker's yeast chitin synthase III complex. Fungal Gen Biol. 17, 11-20.

Vogt, S., Kelkenberg, M., Noll, T., Steinhoff, B., Schonherr, H., Merzendorfer, H., and Noll, G. (2018). Rapid determination of binding parameters of chitin binding domains using chitin-coated quartz crystal microbalance sensor chips. The Analyst 143, 5255-5263.

Albaum D., Broehan G., Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H. (2017) Functional analysis of TcCTLP-5C2, a chymotrypsin-like serine protease needed for molting in Tribolium castaneum. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 86, 20-28.

Gohlke S., Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H. (2017) In vitro and in vivo studies on the structural organization of Chs3 from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Intl. J. Mol. Sci. 18, pii: E702.

Kanost et al. (2016) Multifaceted biological insights from a draft genome sequence of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 76, 118-47.

Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H., Yasuyuki Arakane, Quing Yang (2016) Chitin metabolic pathways in insects and their regulation: In Extracellular composite matrices in arthropods (Eds. Cohen E., Moussian B.), pp. 31-66. Springer Int. Publ. Switzerland

Merzendorfer H., Kelkenberg M., Muthukrishnan S. (2016) Peritrophic matrices: In Extracellular composite matrices in arthropods (Eds. Cohen E., Moussian B.), pp. 255-324. Springer Int. Publ. Switzerland

Zhu K. Y., Merzendorfer H., Zhang W., Zhang J., Muthukrishnan S. (2016) Biosynthesis, turnover, and functions of chitin in insects. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 61, 177-96.

Kelkenberg M., Odman-Naresh J., Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H. (2015) Chitin is a necessary component to maintain the barrier function of the peritrophic matrix in the insect midgut. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 56, 21-28.

Demaeght P., Osborne E.J., Odman-Naresh J., Grbić M., Nauen R., Merzendorfer H., Clark R.M., Van Leeuwen T. (2014) High resolution genetic mapping uncovers chitin synthase-1 as the target-site of the structurally diverse mite growth inhibitors clofentezine, hexythiazox and etoxazole in Tetranychus urticae. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 51, 52-61.

Agrawal S., Kelkenberg M., Begum K., Steinfeld L., Williams C. E., Kramer K.J., Beeman R.W., Park Y., Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H. (2014) Two essential peritrophic matrix proteins mediate matrix barrier functions in the insect midgut. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 49, 24-34.

Merzendorfer H. (2014) ABC Transporters and their role in protecting insects from pesticides and their metabolites. In Target receptors in the control of insect pests: Part II (Ed. Cohen, E.), first edition, pp. 1-73, Advances in Insect Physiology 46, Elsevier, Oxford.

Odman-Naresh J., Duevel M., Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H. (2013) A lepidopteran-specific gene family encoding valine-rich midgut proteins. PLoS One 8:e82015.

Broehan G., Kroeger T., Lorenzen M., Merzendorfer H. (2013) Functional analysis of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter gene family of Tribolium castaneum. BMC Genomics 14:6.

Merzendorfer H. (2013) Insect-derived chitinases. Adv. Biochem. Eng. Biotechnol. 136, 19-50.

Merzendorfer H. (2013) The Integument. In The Insects – Structure and Function (Eds. Douglas, A.E., Simpson, S.J.), fifth edition, pp. 463-498, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Merzendorfer H., (2013) Chitin synthesis inhibitors: old molecules and new developments. Insect Science 20, 121-138.Merzendorfer H., Heinisch J. (2013) Microcompartments within the yeast plasma membrane. Biol. Chem. 394, 189-202.

Van Leeuwen T., Demaeght P., Osborne E.J., Dermauw W., Gohlke S., Nauen R., Grbic M., Tirry L., Merzendorfer H., Clark R.M. (2012). Population bulk segregant mapping uncovers resistance mutations and the mode of action of a chitin synthesis inhibitor in arthropods. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109, 4407-12.

Muthukrishnan S., Merzendorfer H., Arakane Y., Kramer K. J. (2012) Chitin Metabolism in Insects. In Comprehensive Molecular Insect Science (Gilbert, L. I., Ed.), Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego, pp.193-235.

Merzendorfer H., Kim, H. S., Chaudari S. S., Kumari, M., Specht, C. A., Butcher, S., Brown, S. J., Manak, J. R., Beeman R.W. Kramer K.J., Muthukrishnan S. (2012) Genomic and proteomic studies on the effects of the insect growth regulator diflubenzuron in the model beetle species Tribolium castaneum. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 42:264-276.

Merzendorfer H. (2011) The cellular basis of chitin synthesis in fungi and insects: common principles and differences. Eur. J. Cell Biol. 90, 759-769.

Blaesse A.K., Broehan G., Meyer H., Merzendorfer H., Weihrauch D. (2010). Ammonia uptake in Manduca sexta midgut is mediated by an amiloride sensitive cation/proton exchanger: Transport studies and mRNA expression analysis of NHE7, 9, NHE8, and V-ATPase (subunit D). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 157, 364-376.

Meissner, D., Odman-Naresh, J., Vogelpohl, I., Merzendorfer, H. (2010). A novel role of the yeast CaaX protease Ste24 in chitin synthesis. Mol. Biol. Cell, 21, 2425-33.

Prasad E.R., Merzendorfer H., Madhurarekha Ch., Dutta-Gupta A., Padmasree K. (2010) Bowman-Birk proteinase inhibitor from Cajanus Cajan seeds: purification, characterization and insecticidal properties. J. Agric. Food Chem. 58, 2838-2847.

Broehan G., Arakane Y, Beeman R.W., Kramer K.J., Muthukrishnan S. Merzendorfer, H. (2010) Molecular analyses of chymotrypsin-like peptidases from Tribolium castaneum involved in digestion and molting. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 40, 274-283.

Kaufmann C., Merzendorfer H., Gäde G. (2009) The Adipokinetic Hormone System in Culicinae (Diptera: Culicidae): Molecular Identification and Characterization of two Adipokinetic Hormone (AKH) Precursors from Aedes aegypti and Culex pipiens and two Putative AKH Receptor Variants from Aedes aegypti. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 39, 770-81.

Merzendorfer, H. (2009) Chitin: structure, function and metabolism. In The sugar code: fundamentals of glycosciences (Ed. H.-J. Gabius), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim

Maue L., Meissner D., Merzendorfer H. (2009) Purification of an active, oligomeric chitin synthase complex from the midgut of the tobacco hornworm. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 39, 654-659.

Arakane Y., Begum K., Dixit R., Park Y., Specht C.A., Merzendorfer H., Kramer K.J., Muthukrishnan S., Beeman R.W. (2009) Analysis of functions of the chitin deacetylase gene family in Tribolium castaneum. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 39, 355-365.

Broehan G., Kemper M., Driemeier D., Vogelpohl I. and Merzendorfer H. (2008) Cloning and expression analysis of midgut chymotrypsin-like proteinases in the tobacco hornworm. J. Insect Physiol. 54, 1243-1252.

Broehan G., Zimoch L., Wessels A., Ertas B. and Merzendorfer H. (2007) A chymotrypsin-like serine protease interacts with the chitin synthase from the midgut of the tobacco hornworm. J. Exp. Biol. 210, 3636-3643.

Merzendorfer, H. (2006) Insect chitin synthases: a review. J. Comp. Physiol. B 176, 1-15.

Hogenkamp D.G., Arakane, Y. Zimoch L., Merzendorfer, H., Kramer K.J., Beeman, R.W., Kanost, M.R., Specht, C.A., Muthukrishnan, S. (2005) Chitin synthase genes in Manduca sexta: Characterization of a gut-specific transcript and differential tissue expression of alternately spliced mRNAs during development. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 35, 529-540

Zimoch L, Hogenkamp D.G., Kramer, K. Muthukrishnan K., Merzendorfer, H. (2005) Regulation of chitin synthesis in the larval midgut of Manduca sexta. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 35, 515-527

Vitavska O, Merzendorfer H, Wieczorek H. (2005) The V-ATPase subunit C binds to polymeric F-actin as well as to monomeric G-actin and induces cross-linking of actin filaments. J Biol. Chem. 280, 1070-1076

Merzendorfer H., Zimoch L. (2003) Chitin metabolism in insects: structure, function and regulation of chitin synthases and chitinases. J. Exp. Biol. 206, 4393-4412

Wieczorek H., Huss M., Merzendorfer H., Reineke S., Vitavska O., Zeiske W. (2003) The Insect Plasma Membrane H+ V-ATPase: Intra-, Inter-, and Supramolecular Aspects. J. Bioenerg. Biomembr. 35, 359-366

Vitavska O, Wieczorek H, Merzendorfer H. (2003) A novel role for subunit C in mediating binding of the H+-V-ATPase to the actin cytoskeleton. J. Biol. Chem. 278, 18499-18505

Zimoch L. und Merzendorfer H. (2002) Immunolocalization of chitin synthase in the tobacco hornworm. Cell Tissue Res. 308, 287-297

Reineke S., Wieczorek H., Merzendorfer H. (2002) Expression of Manduca sexta V-ATPase genes mvB, mvG and mvd is regulated by ecdysteroids. J. Exp. Biol. 205, 1059-1067

Merzendorfer H., Reineke S., Zhao X. F., Jacobmeier B., Harvey W. R., Wieczorek H. (2000) The multigene family of the tobacco hornworm V-ATPase: novel subunits a, C, D, H, and putative isoforms. Biochim. Biophys. Acta. 1467, 369-379

Wieczorek H., Grüber G., Harvey W. R., Huss M., Merzendorfer H, Zeiske W. (2000) Structure and regulation of insect plasma membrane H(+)V-ATPase. J. Exp. Biol. 203, 127-135

Merzendorfer H., Huss M., Schmid R., Harvey W. R., Wieczorek H. (1999) A novel insect V-ATPase subunit M9.7 is glycosylated extensively. J. Biol. Chem. 274, 17372-17378

Wieczorek H., Grüber G., Harvey W. R., Huss M., Merzendorfer H. (1999) The plasma membrane H+-V-ATPase from tobacco hornworm midgut. J. Bioenerg. Biomembr. 31, 67-74

Merzendorfer H., Harvey W. R., Wieczorek H. (1997) Sense and antisense RNA for the membrane associated 40 kDa subunit M40 of the insect V-ATPase. FEBS Lett. 411, 239-244.

Merzendorfer H., Gräf R., Huss M., Harvey W. R., Wieczorek H. (1997) Regulation of proton-translocating V-ATPases. J. Exp. Biol. 200, 225-235

Lepier A., Gräf R., Azuma M., Merzendorfer H., Harvey W. R., Wieczorek H. (1996) The peripheral complex of the tobacco hornworm V-ATPase contains a novel 13-kDa subunit G. J. Biol. Chem. 271, 8502-8508.

News & Views Articles  


Merzendorfer H. (2015) Evolution of insects' renal control system. J. Exp. Biol. 218 (15), 2320.

Merzendorfer H. (2015) Dragonfly hunting is based on predictive models. J. Exp. Biol. 218 (9), 1278-79.

Merzendorfer H. (2015) Bat's jamming sonar tricks echolocation in rivals. J. Exp. Biol. 218 (3), 332.

Merzendorfer H. (2014) Anthropogenic pollutants disturb moth navigation. J. Exp. Biol. 217 (21), 3771-72.

Merzendorfer H. (2014) A novel ant protein for chemical communication. J. Exp. Biol. 217 (15), 2624-2625.Merzendorfer H. (2014) A unique way to see colors. J. Exp. Biol. 217 (9), 1422.

Merzendorfer H. (2014) Airway clearance by reducing tensile strength. J. Exp. Biol. 217 (3), 315-316.

Merzendorfer H. (2013) A new clock for molting. J. Exp. Biol. 216 (21), vi.Merzendorfer H. (2013) Cell death triggers life in muscles. J. Exp. Biol. 216 (15), v-vi.

Merzendorfer H. (2013) Protecting sperm in seminal fluid. J. Exp. Biol. 216 (9), v.Merzendorfer H. (2013) A new view of photoreceptors. J. Exp. Biol. 216 (3), iv.

Merzendorfer H. (2012) Striated muscles evolved independently. J. Exp. Biol. 215 (21), iv.

Merzendorfer H. (2012) Hydrophobicity counts in large amounts. J. Exp. Biol. 215 (15), v.

Merzendorfer H. (2012) A potential antidote to a myotoxin from snake venomes. J. Exp. Biol. 215 (9), iv.

Merzendorfer H (2012) Insects’ intestinal barrier against infection. J. Exp. Biol. 215 (3), iv.

Merzendorfer H (2011) Parasites’ grappling hook for host cell boarding. J. Exp. Biol. 214(21), v-vi

Merzendorfer H (2011) Active component in honeybees’ royal jelly discovered. J. Exp. Biol. 214(15), iv

Merzendorfer H (2011) Mechanism for stretch activation proposed. J. Exp. Biol. 214(9), iv-v

Merzendorfer H (2011) Immune memory found in mosquitoes. J. Exp. Biol. 214 (3), iv-a

Merzendorfer H (2010) Pri peptides switch on transcription factor. J. Exp. Biol. 213(21), v

Merzendorfer H. (2010). A taste for water. J. Exp. Biol., 213(15), v-vi.

Merzendorfer H. (2010). Eat less, live longer. J. Exp. Biol., 213 (9), vi

Merzendorfer H. (2010). A mitochondrial door for calcium. J. Exp. Biol., 213 (4), v-a

Merzendorfer H. (2009). Epithelial polarity: a complex picture. J. Exp. Biol., 212 (23), vi

Merzendorfer H. (2009) GnRH evolutionarily conserved in reproduction. J. Exp. Biol., 212 (17), vi

Merzendorfer H. (2009) Bridging the nephrocyte gap. J. Exp. Biol. 212 (12), iv

Merzendorfer H. (2009) Beetle’s moult is different from fly’s. J. Exp. Biol. 212 (5), vi

Merzendorfer H. (2008) Sleepless gene helps flies 40 winks. J. Exp. Biol. 211 (21), vi

Merzendorfer H. (2008) Follow the nose. J. Exp. Biol. 211 (15), iv

Merzendorfer H. (2008) Subtle differences. J. Exp. Biol. 211 (9), v-a

Merzendorfer H. (2008) Size matters. J. Exp. Biol. 211 (3), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2007) Timeless clock. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (21), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2007) Cilia’s coxswain. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (15), v

Merzendorfer H. (2007) A hot venom. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (7), v-v

Merzendorfer H. (2007) Exploiting erythrocytes. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (1), v-vi

Merzendorfer H. (2006) Disc control. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (19), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2006) Soluble oligomer triggers memory loss. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (13), v

Merzendorfer H. (2006) Clip it. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (7), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2006) Old pore – new edition. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (1), iii

Merzendorfer H. (2005) Modular functions. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (19), iv

Merzendorfer H. (2005) A sexy receptor. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (13), iv.

Merzendorfer H. (2005) microRNA hit it macro. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (17), iv.

Merzendorfer H. (2005) Muscular Dystrophies: A novel player. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (1), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2004) Calcium pump: a closer look. J. Exp. Biol. 207 (21), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2004) A bulk of bundles. J. Exp. Biol. 207 (15), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2004) Cover the distance. J. Exp. Biol. 207 (9), vii

Merzendorfer H. (2004) Sensor not transporter. J. Exp. Biol. 207 (3), vii.

Merzendorfer H. (2003) Flip and fuse. J. Exp. Biol. 206 (22), 3892

Merzendorfer H. (2003) Sniffing sperm. J. Exp. Biol. 206 (15), 2528

Merzendorfer H. (2003) Killing Drosophila with ineffective toxins. J. Exp. Biol. 206 (9), 1433a-1434a

Merzendorfer H. (2003) Puzzling contractile rings. J. Exp. Biol. 206, 428