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Selected Publications

A full list of papers from our lab can be found here



Boden JS, Nieves-Morión M, Nürnberg DJ, Arévalo S, Flores E and Sánchez-Baracaldo P (2024). Evolution of Multicellularity Genes in the Lead Up to the Great Oxidation Event. bioRxiv


Jung P, Briegel-Williams L, Werner L, Jost E, Schultz M, Nürnberg DJ, Grube M and Lakatos M (2024). A direct PCR approach with low biomass-insert opens new horizons for molecular sciences on cryptogam communities. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 0:e00024-24.



Antonaru LA*, Selinger V, Jung P, Di Stefano G, Sanderson N, Barker L, Wilson D, Büdel B, Canniffe D, Billi D and Nürnberg DJ* (2023). Common loss of far-red light photoacclimation in cyanobacteria from hot and cold deserts: a case study in the Chroococcidiopsidales. ISME Commun. 3, 113.


Velázquez-Suárez C, Springstein BL, Nieves-Morión M, Helbig AO, Kieninger A-K, Maldener I, Nürnberg DJ, Stucken K, Luque I, Dagan T, and Herrero A (2023). SepT, a novel protein specific to multicellular cyanobacteria, influences peptidoglycan growth and septal nanopore formation in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120. mBio 14:e00983-23.


Mäusle SM, Agarwala N, Eichmann VG, Dau H*, Nürnberg DJ* and Hasting G* (2023). Nanosecond Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy for the Study of Electron Transfer in Photosystem I. Photosynth. Res.


Mager M,  Hernandez HP, Brandenburg F, López-Maury L, McCormick AJ,  Nürnberg DJ, Orthwein T, Russo DA, Victoria AJ, Wang X, Zedler JAZ,  dos Santos FB and Schmelling NM (2023). Interlaboratory Reproducibility in Growth and Reporter Expression in the Cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. ACS Synth. Biol. 12(6): 1823–1835.


Jung P, Harion F, Wu S, Nürnberg DJ, Bellamoli F, Guillen A, Leira M and Lakatos M (2023). Dark blue-green: Cave-inhabiting cyanobacteria as a model for astrobiology. Front. Astron. Space Sci. 10:1107371.



Vergara-Barros P, Alcorta J, Casanova-Katny A, Nürnberg DJ and Díez B. (2022). Compensatory Transcriptional Response of Fischerella thermalis to Thermal Damage of the Photosynthetic Electron Transfer Chain. Molecules. 27(23):8515.


Billi D, Napoli A, Mosca C, Fagliarone C, de Carolis R, Balbi A, Scanu M, Selinger VM, Antonaru LA and Nürnberg DJ (2022). Identification of far-red light acclimation in an endolithic Chroococcidiopsis strain and associated genomic features: Implications for oxygenic photosynthesis on exoplanets. Front. Microbiol. 13:933404.

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Viola S, Roseby W, Santabarbara S, Nürnberg DJ, Assunção R, Dau H, Sellés J, Boussac A, Fantuzzi A and Rutherford AW (2022). Impact of energy limitations on function and resilience in long-wavelength Photosystem II. Elife, 11:e79890.


Oliver N, Avramov AP, Nürnberg DJ, Dau H and Burnap RL (2022). From manganese oxidation to water oxidation: assembly and evolution of the water-splitting complex in photosystem II. Photosynth Res 152, 107–133 (2022).


Opel F, Siebert N, Klatt S, Tüllinghoff A, Hantke J, Toepel J, Bühler B, Nürnberg DJ and Klähn S (2022). Generation of synthetic shuttle vectors enabling modular genetic engineering of cyanobacteria. ACS Synth Biol, 11, 5, 1758-71.


MacGregor-Chatwin C#, Nürnberg DJ#, Jackson PJ#, Vasilev C, Hitchcock A, Ho M-Y, Shem G, Gisriel CJ, Wood WHJ, Mahbub M, Selinger VM, Johnson MP, Dickman MJ, Rutherford AW, Bryant DA and Hunter CN (2022). Changes in supramolecular organization of cyanobacterial thylakoid membrane complexes in response to far-red light photoacclimation. Science Advances, 8, eabj4437.

DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abj4437



Kanevche K, Burr DJ, Nürnberg DJ, Hass PK, Elsaesser A and Heberle J (2021). Infrared nanoscopy and tomography of intracellular structures. Commun Biol 4, 1341.



Chernev P, Fischer S, Hoffmann J, Oliver N, Burnap RL, Zaharieva I, Nürnberg DJ, Haumann M and Dau H (2020). Light-driven formation of manganese oxide by today’s photosystem II supports evolutionarily ancient manganese-oxidizing photosynthesis.

Nat Commun 11, 6110 (2020).

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Zamzam N, Rakowski R, Kaucikas M, Dorlhiac G, Viola S, Nürnberg DJ, Fantuzzi A, Rutherford AW and van Thor J (2020). Femtosecond visible transient absorption spectroscopy of chlorophyll f-containing Photosystem II. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 117, 23158-64..


Antonaru LA, Cardona T, Larkum AWD and Nürnberg DJ* (2020). Global distribution of a chlorophyll f cyanobacterial marker. ISME J 14, 2275–2287.



Alcorta J, Vergara-Barros P, Antonaru LA, Alcamán E, Nürnberg DJ and Díez D (2019). Fischerella thermalis: a model organism to study thermophilic diazotrophy, photosynthesis and multicellularity in cyanobacteria. Extremophiles 23, 635–647.



Nürnberg DJ*, Morton J, Santabarbara S, Telfer A, Joliot P, Antonaru LA, Ruban AV, Cardona T, Krausz E, Boussac A, Fantuzzi A* and Rutherford AW* (2018). Photochemistry beyond the red-limit in chlorophyll f-photosystems. Science 360: 1210-13.



Antonaru LA and Nürnberg DJ* (2017). Role of PatS and cell type on the heterocyst spacing pattern in a filamentous branching cyanobacterium. FEMS Microbiol Lett, 364: fnx154.


Kaucikas M, Nürnberg DJ, Dorlhiac G, Rutherford AW and van Thor J (2017). Femtosecond visible transient absorption spectroscopy of Chlorophyll f-containing Photosystem I. Biophys J, 112(2): 234-49.


Nieves-Morión M, Lechno-Yossef S, López-Igual R, Mariscal M, Frías JE, Nürnberg DJ, Mullineaux CW, Wolk CP and Flores E. (2017). Specific glucoside transporters influence septal structure and function in the filamentous, heterocyst-forming cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. Strain PCC 7120. J Bacteriol, 199(7): e00876-16.



Lea-Smith DJ, Ortiz-Suarez ML, Lenn T, Nürnberg DJ, Baers LL, Davey MP, Parolini L, Cotton CAR, Mastroianni G, Bombelli P, Ungerer P, Stevens T, Cicuta P, Smith AG, Bond PJ, Mullineaux CW and Howe CJ (2016). Hydrocarbons are essential for optimal cell size, division and growth of cyanobacteria. Plant Physiol, 172(3): 1928-40.


Mariscal V, Nürnberg DJ, Herrero A, Mullineaux CW and Flores E (2016). Overexpression of SepJ alters septal morphology and heterocyst pattern regulated by diffusible signals in Anabaena. Mol Microbiol, 101(6):968-81.



Klemke F#, Nürnberg DJ#, Ziegler K#, Beyer G, Kahmann U, Lockau W and Volkmer T (2015). CphA2, a second Type of Cyanophycin Synthetase that is present in N2-fixing Cyanobacteria. Microbiology, 162(3):526-36.


Nürnberg DJ, Mariscal V, Bornikoel J, Nieves-Morión M, Mariscal V, Krauß N, Herrero A, Maldener I, Flores E and Mullineaux CW (2015). Intercellular Diffusion of a Fluorescent Sucrose Analog via the Septal Junctions in a Filamentous Cyanobacterium. mBio, 6 (2): e02109-14.


Schuergers N, Nürnberg DJ, Wallner T, Mullineaux CW and Wilde A (2015). PilB localisation correlates with the direction of twitching motility in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Microbiology, 160 (5): 960-66.



Mullineaux CW and Nürnberg DJ (2014). Tracing the path of a prokaryotic paracrine signal. Mol Microbiol, 94 (6): 1208-1212.


Klemke F, Beyer G, Sawade L, Saitov A, Korte T, Maldener I, Lockau W, Nürnberg DJ and Volkmer T (2014). All1371 is a polyphosphate-dependent glucokinase in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120. Microbiology, 160 (12): 2807-19.

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Nürnberg DJ*, Mastroianni G, Mullineaux CW and McPhail GD (2014). Visualization of Cell Complexity in the Filamentous Cyanobacterium Mastigocladus laminosus by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). Bio-protocol, 4(23): e1305.


Nürnberg DJ, Mariscal V, Parker J, Mastroianni G, Flores E and Mullineaux CW (2014). Branching and intercellular communication in the Section V cyanobacterium Mastigocladus laminosus, a complex multicellular prokaryote. Mol Microbiol, 91(5):935-49.

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