Prof. Dr. Lars I. Leichert


Institute for Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry
Microbial Biochemistry
MA 3/140
Universitätsstr. 150
44780 Bochum

Phone: +49 234 3224585
Fax:       +49 234 3214332


Our group is interested in the multifaceted biochemistry of microorganisms. On the one hand, bacteria are the causative agent of many infectious diseases. But on the other hand, microorganisms are also great model organisms to explore basic concepts of biology and a source of proteins with great biotechnological potential.


We use bacteria to study oxidative signaling and redox regulation through reversible modification of proteins. We think that this redox signaling can help bacteria to survive the vast array of oxidants our immune system uses to kill pathogens.


Recent Publications

Allicin Induces Thiol Stress in Bacteria through S-allylmercapto Modification of Protein Cysteines.
Müller A, Eller J, Albrecht F, Prochnow P, Kuhlmann K, Bandow JE, Slusarenko AJ, Leichert LI.
J Biol Chem. 2016 Mar 23. pii: jbc.M115.702308

A combined bioinformatics and functional metagenomics approach to discovering lipolytic biocatalysts.
Masuch T, Kusnezowa A, Nilewski S, Bautista JT, Kourist R, Leichert LI.
Front Microbiol., 2015 Oct 13; (6):1110

A dielectric barrier discharge terminally inactivates RNase A by oxidizing sulfur-containing amino acids and breaking structural disulfide bonds.
Lackmann JW, Baldus S, Steinborn E, Edengeiser E, Kogelheide F, Langklotz F, Schneider S, Leichert LIO, Benedikt J, Awakowicz P, Bandow JE.
Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2015, (48):494003

Does the Transcription Factor NemR Use a Regulatory Sulfenamide Bond to Sense Bleach?
Gray MJ, Li Y, Leichert LI, Xu Z, Jakob U.
Antioxid Redox Signal. 2015 Sep 20; 23(9):747-54.

Label-free and redox proteomic analyses of the triacylglycerol-accumulating Rhodococcus jostii RHA1.
Dávila Costa JS, Herrero OM, Alvarez HM, Leichert L.
Microbiology. 2015 Mar;161(Pt 3):593-610.