Research group FOR1530

Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation: Organisms, Biochemistry, and (Eco-)physiology

Research Unit FOR 1530 

2011 to 2018

supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Sulfurospirillum multivorans, simplified scheme of organohalide respiration


NEWS (publication authors in bold are part of the research unit):


September 2018: Professor Gabriele Diekert retired after exactly 20 years of research in Jena! All the best in your future life, Gabi!



Jan 2018: Several new publications from the upcoming FEMS Microbiology Ecology are 'Epub ahead of print':

Türkowsky D, Jehmlich N, Diekert G, Adrian L, von Bergen M, Goris T
An integrative overview of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses in organohalide respiration research.
FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2018 Jan 30 (Epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy013.

Nijenhuis I, Stollberg R, Lechner U
Anaerobic microbial dehalogenation and its key players in the contaminated Bitterfeld-Wolfen megasite.
FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2018 Jan 29 (Epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1093/femsec/fiy012.

Gadkari J, Goris T, Schiffmann CL, Rubick R, Adrian L, Schubert T, Diekert G
Reductive tetrachloroethene dehalogenation in the presence of oxygen by Sulfurospirillum multivorans: Physiological studies and proteome analysis
FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 2017 Dec 22 (Epub ahead of print) DOI:

Franke S, Lihl C, Renpenning J, Elsner M, Nijenhuis I
Triple-element compound-specific stable isotope analysis of 1,2-dichloroethane for characterization of the underlying dehalogenation reaction in two Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains
FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 2017 Oct 22 (Epub ahead of print) DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fix137.

Kruse T, Goris T, Maillard J, Woyke T, Lechner U, de Vos W, Smidt H
Comparative genomics of the genus Desulfitobacterium
FEMS Microbiol Ecol, 2017 Oct 11 (Epub ahead of print) DOI: 10.1093/femsec/fix135.

Jan 2018: Our PhD student Jennifer Gadkari defended her PhD thesis successfully in Jena! Congratulations, Jennifer!

Dec 2017: A new study on the mechanisms of deflourination from Oliver Tiedt and Matthias Boll from Freiburg is avaiable open access!

Tiedt O, Mergelsberg M, Eisenreich W, Boll M
Promiscuous Defluorinating Enoyl-CoA Hydratases/Hydrolases Allow for Complete Anaerobic Degradation of 2-Fluorobenzoate
Front. Microbiol., 21 December 2017 (Epub ahead of print) DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02579.

Jul 2017: The new work of Cindy Kunze, Gabriele Diekert and co-workers is published in Nature Communications! Congratulations!

Kunze C, Bommer M, Hagen WR, Uksa M, Dobbek H, Schubert T, Diekert G
Cobamide-mediated enzymatic reductive dehalogenation via long-range electron transfer
Nat Comm, 2017 Jul 3 (Epub ahead of print) DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15858.

June 2017: New publications are available: Stefanie Hartwig from the group of Gary Sawers (University of Halle) isolated a H2-dependent, trichlorobenzene-dechlorinating complex from the bacterium Dehalococcoides mccartyi, Tobias Goris analyzed the genome from the tetrachloroethene-respiring Sulfurospirillum halorespirans

April 2017: DehaloCon II, held in Leipzig from March 26th to March 29th, was an exciting conference with lots of new results, interesting meetings and nearly 90 attendants from four continents! Thanks to everyone for participating.

March 2017: Publication #50 is available!

Kruse S, Goris T, Wolf M, Wei X, Diekert G.
The NiFe Hydrogenases of the Tetrachloroethene-Respiring Epsilonproteobacterium Sulfurospirillum multivorans: Biochemical Studies and Transcription Analysis.
Front Microbiol. 2017 Mar 20; DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00444.



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