Institute for Microbiology and Molecular Biology
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The Thormann lab is interested in the physiology and cell biology of bacterial cells. A major focus is on polar organization and identity of gamma proteobacteria mainly using bacteria of the genus Shewanella. Current research concentrates on polar markers and the molecular mechanisms underlying the spatiotemporal organization of polar localization and function of the polar flagellar apparatus and the flagella-mediated motility in structured environments. Further research interests are the formation and regulation of surface-associated communities (biofilms), and the interaction of single cells or biofilms with newly isolated bacterial phages to further understand how phages affect cells and communities and how phages or phage-derived proteins may be applied.
bacterial cell biology
bacterial biofilm formation
1. Blagotinsek V, Schwan M, Steinchen W, Mrusek D, Hook J, Rossman F, Freibert SA, Kratzat H, Murat G, Kressler D, Beckmann R, Beeby R, Thormann KM, Bange G (2020) An ATP-dependent partner switch links flagellar C-ring assembly with gene expression. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A; doi:10.1073/pnas.200647011
2. Kühn MJ, Schmidt FK, Farthing NE, Rossmann FM, Helm B, Wilson LG, Eckhardt B, Thormann KM (2018) Spatial arrangement of several flagellins within bacterial flagella improves motility in different environments. Nat Commun 9: 5369.
3. Brenzinger S, Pecina A, Mrusek D, Mann P, Völse K, Wimmi S, Ruppert U, Becker A, Ringgaard S, Bange G, Thormann KM (2018) ZomB is essential for flagellar motor reversals in Shewanella putrefaciens and Vibrio parahaemolyticus. Mol Microbiol 109: 694-709.