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Institut für Angewandte Biowissenschaften (IAB)
Abteilung Angewandte Biologie
Prof. Dr. Johannes Gescher

Geb. 30.44

Fritz-Haber-Weg 2  

D-76131 Karlsruhe

Tel.:  +49-721-608-41940
Fax.: +49-721-608-41941
E-Mail: johannes gescherRsa1∂kit edu



Simonte F M, Dötsch A, Galego L, Arraiano C, Gescher J: Investigation on the anaerobic propionate degradation by Escherichia coli K12. Mol Micro 2016, in press.


Yingge Wang, Alexandre Gélabert, F. Marc Michel, Yongseong Choi, Johannes Gescher, Georges Ona-Nguema, Peter J. Eng, John R. Bargar, Francois Farges, Alfred M. Spormann, Gordon E. Brown Jr.: Effect of biofilm coatings at metal-oxide/water interfaces I: Pb(II) and Zn(II) partitioning and speciation at Shewanella oneidensis/metal-oxide/water interfaces. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Volume 188, 1 September 2016, Pages 368–392.


Madjarov J, Prokhorova A, Messinger T, Gescher J, Kerzenmacher S: The performance of microbial anodes in municipal wastewater: Pre-grown multispecies biofilm vs. natural inocula. Bioresour Technol. 2016 Sep 4;221:165-171. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.09.004. PMID: 27639235


Dolch K, Wuske J, Gescher J: Genomic Barcode-Based Analysis of Exoelectrogens in Wastewater Biofilms Grown on Anode Surfaces. J Microbiol Biotechnol 2016 Mar 28;26(3):511-20. doi: 10.4014/jmb.1510.10102. PMID: 26699756




Sturm-Richter K, Golitsch F, Sturm G, Kipf E, Dittrich A, Beblawy S, Kerzenmacher S, Gescher J. Unbalanced fermentation of glycerol in Escherichia coli via heterologous production of an electron transport chain and electrode interaction in microbial electrochemical cells. Bioresour Technol. 2015 Jun;186:89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.02.116. Epub 2015 Mar 6. PMID: 25812811


Sturm G, Richter K, Doetsch A, Heide H, Luoro RO, Gescher J: A dynamic periplasmic electron transfer network enables respiratory flexibility beyond a thermodynamic regulatory regime. ISME J. 2015 Aug;9(8):1802-11. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2014.264. Epub 2015 Jan 30. PMID: 25635641




Majzlan J, Plasil J, Skoda R, Gescher J, Koegler F, Rusznyak A, Kuesel K, Neu TR, Mangold S and Rothe J: Arsenic-rich acid mine water with extreme arsenic concentration: mineralogy, geochemistry, microbiology, and environmental implications. Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Dec 2;48(23):13685-93. doi: 10.1021/es5024916. Epub 2014 Nov 14


Kipf E, Zengerle R, Gescher J and Kerzenmacher S: How does the choice of anode material inflence electrical performance? A comparison of the microbial fuel cell model organisms G. sulfurreducens and S. oneidensis. ChemElectroChem, Special Issue: Biofuel Cells Volume 1, Issue 11, pages 1849–1853, November 11, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/celc.201402036


Förster AH, Gescher J: Metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli for production of mixed-acid fermentation end products. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. 2014.


Richter K, Gescher J: Accelerated glycerol fermentation in Escherichia coli using methanogenic formate consumption. Bioresour Technol. 2014 Jun;162:389-91. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.04.011. Epub 2014 Apr 16. PMID: 24785787


Sané S, Richter K, Rubenwolf S, Matschke NJ, Jolivalt C, Madzak C, Zengerle R, Gescher J, Kerzenmacher S: Using planctonic microorganisms to supply the unpurified multi-copper oxidases laccase and copper efflux oxidase at a biofuel cell cathode. Bioresour Technol. 2014 Apr; 158:231-8. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.02.038. Epub 2014 Feb 17. PMID: 24607459


Dolch K, Danzer J, Kabbeck T, Bierer B, Erben J, Förster AH, Maisch J, Nick P, Kerzenmacher S, Gescher J: Characterization of microbial current production as a function of microbe-electrode-interaction.Bioresour Technol. 2014 Apr;157:284-92. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.01.112. Epub 2014 Feb 4. PMID: 24566287





Kipf E, Koch J, Geiger B, Erben J, Richter K, Gescher J, Zengerle R, Kerzenmacher S: Systematic screening of carbon-based anode materials for microbial fuel cells with Shewanella oneidensis. Bioresour Technol. 2013 Oct;146:386-92. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2013.07.076. Epub 2013 Jul 24. PMID:23954244


Golitsch F, Bücking C, Gescher J: Proof of principle for an engineered microbial biosensor based on Shewanella oneidensis outer membrane protein complexes. Biosens Bioelectron. 2013 Sep 15;47:285-91. doi: 10.1016/j.bios.2013.03.010. Epub 2013 Mar 22. PMID: 23584391


Ziegler S, Dolch K, Geiger K, Krause S, Asskamp M, Eusterhues K, Kriews M, Wilhelms-Dick D, Goettlicher J, Majzlan J, Gescher J: Oxygen dependent niche formation of a pyrite dependent acidophilic consortium built by Archea and Bacteria. ISME J. 2013 Sep;7(9):1725-37. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2013.64. Epub 2013 Apr 25. PMID: 23619304


Ziegler S, Waidner B, Itoh T, Schumann P, Spring S, Gescher J: Metallibacterium scheffleri gen. nov., sp. nov., an alkalinizing gammaproteobacterium isolated from an acidic biofilm. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol., 2013 Apr; 63(Pt 4):1499-504. doi: 10.1099/ijs.0.042986-0. Epub 2012 Aug 3. PMID: 22863988


Schicklberger M, Sturm G, Gescher J: Genomic Plasticity Enables a Secondary Electron Transport Pathway in Shewanella oneidensis. Appl Environ Microbiol., 2013 Feb; vol. 79 no. 4 1150-1159.



Sturm G, Dolch K, Richter K, Rautenberg M, Gescher J: Metal Reducers and Reduction Targets. A Short Survey About the Distribution of Dissimilatory Metal Reducers and the Multitude of Terminal Electron Acceptors. Microbial Metal Respiration, 2012 (49-82). ISBN 978-3642328664.


Bücking C, Schicklberger M, Gescher J: The Biochemistry of Dissimilatory Ferric Iron and Manganese Reduction in Shewanella oneidensis. Microbial Metal Respiration, 2012 (49-82). ISBN 978-3642328664.


Richter K, Gescher J: The molecular toolbox for chromosomal heterologous multiprotein expression in Escherichia coli. Biochemical Society Transactions, 2012 Dec;40(6):1222-1226.


Bücking C, Piepenbrock A, Kappler A, Gescher J: Outer membrane cytochrome-independent reduction of extracellular electron acceptors in Shewanella oneidensis. Microbiology. 2012 Aug;158(Pt 8):2144-57.


Ismail W, Gescher J: Epoxy coenzyme a thioester pathways for degradation of aromatic compounds. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Aug;78(15):5043-51.


Richter K, Schicklberger M, Gescher J: Dissimilatory reduction of extracellular electron acceptors in anaerobic respiration. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Feb;78(4):913-21.


Sturm G, Buchta K, Kurz T, Rensing SA, Gescher J: Draft genome sequence of Leucobacter chromiiresistens, an extremely chromium tolerant strain. J Bacteriol. 2012 Jan;194(2):540-1.



Schuetz B, Seidel J, Sturm G, Einsle O, Gescher J: Investigation of the Electron Transport Chain to and the Catalytic Activity of the Diheme Cytochrome c Peroxidase CcpA of Shewanella oneidensis. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Sep;77(17):6172-80.


Sturm G, Jacobs J, Spröer C, Schumann P, Gescher J.: Leucobacter chromiiresistens sp. nov., a novel chromate-resistant strain in the genus Leucobacter. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. 2011 Apr;61(Pt 4):956-60.


Schicklberger M, Bücking C, Schütz B, Heide H, Gescher J: Involvement of the Shewanella oneidensis decaheme cytochrome MtrA in periplasmic stability of the β-barrel protein MtrB. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Feb;77(4):1520-3.



Majzlan J, Lalinská B, Chovan M, Bläß U, Brecht B, Göttlicher J, Steininger R, Hug K, Ziegler S, Gescher J: A mineralogical, geochemical, and microbiogical assessment of the antimony- and arsenic-rich neutral mine drainage tailings near Pezinok, Slovakia. American Mineralogist, 2010; V. 96; No. 1; p. 1-13; doi 10.2138/am.2011.3556.


Kloke A, Rubenwolf S, Bücking C, Gescher J, Kerzenmacher S, Zengerle R, von Stetten F. A versatile miniature bioreactor and its application to bioelectrochemistry studies. Biosens Bioelectron. 2010 Aug 15;25(12):2559-65.


Richter K, Bücking C, Schicklberger M, Gescher J: A simple and fast method to analyze the orientation of c-type cytochromes in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria. J Microbiol Methods. 2010 Aug;82(2):184-6.


Bücking C, Popp F, Kerzenmacher S, Gescher J: Involvement and specificity of Shewanella oneidensis outer membrane cytochromes in reduction of soluble and solid phase terminal electron acceptors. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2010 May;306(2):144-51.


Defeu Soufo HJ, Reimold C, Linne U, Knust T, Gescher J, Graumann PL: Bacterial translation elongation factor EF-Tu interacts and colocalizes with actin-like MreB protein. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010 Feb 16;107(7):3163-8.



Schuetz B, Schicklberger M, Kuermann J, Spormann AM, Gescher J: Periplasmic electron transfer via the c-type cytochromes MtrA and FccA of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2009 Dec;75(24):7789-96.


Ziegler S, Ackermann S, Majzlan J, Gescher J.: Matrix composition and community structure analysis of a novel bacterial pyrite leaching community. Environ Microbiol. 2009 Sep;11(9):2329-38.



Gescher JS, Cordova CD, Spormann AM: Dissimilatory iron reduction in Escherichia coli: identification of CymA of Shewanella oneidensis and NapC of E. coli as ferric reductases. Mol Microbiol. 2008 May;68(3):706-19. PMID: 18394146


Brown, G. E., Wang, Y., Gelabert, A., Ha, J., Cismasu, C., Ona-Nguema, G., Benzerara, K., Miot, J., Menguy, N., Morin, G., Juillot, F., Guyot, F., Calas, G., Farges, F., Trainor, T. P., Gescher, J., Cordova, C., Spormann, A. M.: Synchrotron X-ray studies of heavy metal mineral-microbe interactions. Mineralogical Magazine, 2008; 72 (1): 169-173.



Gescher J, Ismail W, Olgeschläger E, Eisenreich W, Wörth J, Fuchs G: Aerobic benzoyl-coenzyme A (CoA) catabolic pathway in Azoarcus evansii: Conversion of ring cleavage product by 3,4-dehydroadipyl-CoA semialdehyde dehydrogenase. J Bacteriol. 2006 Apr;188(8):2919-27. PMID: 16585753



Gescher J, Eisenreich W, Wörth J, Bacher A, Fuchs G: Aerobic benzoyl-CoA catabolic pathway in Azoarcus evansii: studies on the non-oxygenolytic ring cleavage enzyme. Mol Microbiol. 2005 Jun;56(6):1586-600. PMID: 15916608.



Zaar A, Gescher J, Eisenreich W, Bacher A, Fuchs G.: New enzymes involved in aerobic benzoate metabolism in Azoarcus evansii. Mol Microbiol. 2004 Oct;54(1):223-38. PMID: 15458418



Schühle K, Gescher J, Feil U, Paul M, Jahn M, Schägger H, Fuchs G.: Benzoate-coenzyme A ligase from Thauera aromatica. One enzyme acting in anaerobic and aerobic benzoate pathways. J Bacteriol. 2003 Aug;185(16):4920-9. PMID: 12897012



Gescher J, Zaar A, Mohamed M, Schägger H, Fuchs G.: Genes coding for a new pathway of aerobic benzoate metabolism in Azoarcus evansii. J Bacteriol. 2002 Nov;184(22):6301-15. PMID: 12399500


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