Institut für Angewandte Biowissenschaften - Abteilung Genetik



Janevska, S., Baumann, L., Sieber, C.M.K., Münsterkötter, M., Ulrich, J., Kämper, J., Güldener, U., and Tudzynski, B. (2018). Elucidation of the Two H3K36me3 Histone Methyltransferases Set2 and Ash1 in Fusarium fujikuroi Unravels Their Different Chromosomal Targets and a Major Impact of Ash1 on Genome Stability. Genetics 208, 153-171.


Riquelme, M., Aguirre, J., Bartnicki-Garcia, S., Braus, G.H., Feldbrügge, M., Fleig, U., Hansberg, W., Herrera-Estrella, A., Kämper, J., Kück, U., Mourino-Perez, R.R., Takeshita, N., and Fischer, R. (2018). Fungal Morphogenesis, from the Polarized Growth of Hyphae to Complex Reproduction and Infection Structures. Microbiol. Mol. Biol. Rev. 82.


Schuler, D., Höll, C., Grün, N., Ulrich, J., Dillner, B., Klebl, F., Ammon, A., Voll, L.M., and Kämper, J. (2018). Galactose metabolism and toxicity in Ustilago maydis. Fungal Genet. Biol. 114, 42-52.


Zhou, L., Obhof, T., Schneider, K., Feldbrügge, M., Nienhaus, G.U., and Kämper, J. (2018). Cytoplasmic Transport Machinery of the SPF27 Homologue Num1 in Ustilago maydis. Sci Rep 8, 3611.



Yu, Y., Hube, B., Kämper, J., Meyer, V., and Krappmann, S. (2017). When green and red mycology meet: Impressions from an interdisciplinary forum on virulence mechanisms of phyto- and human-pathogenic fungi. Virulence 8, 1435-1444.



Bosch, K., Frantzeskakis, L., Vranes, M., Kämper, J., Schipper, K., and Göhre, V. (2016). Genetic Manipulation of the Plant Pathogen Ustilago maydis to Study Fungal Biology and Plant Microbe Interactions. J Vis Exp. 



Schuler, D., Wahl, R., Wippel, K., Vranes, M., Münsterkötter, M., Sauer, N., and Kämper, J. (2015). Hxt1, a monosaccharide transporter and sensor required for virulence of the maize pathogen Ustilago maydis. New Phytol 206, 1086-1100.


Wagner-Vogel, G., Lammer, F., Kämper, J., and Basse, C.W. (2015). Uniparental mitochondrial DNA inheritance is not affected in Ustilago maydis ∆atg11 mutants blocked in mitophagy. BMC Microbiol 15, 23. 




Kellner, N., Heimel, K., Obhof, T., Finkernagel, F., and Kämper, J. (2014). The SPF27 homologue Num1 connects splicing and kinesin 1-dependent cytoplasmic trafficking in Ustilago maydis. PLoS Genet 10, e1004046.


Heimel, K., Freitag, J., Hampel, M., Ast, J., Bölker, M., and Kämper, J. (2013). Crosstalk between the unfolded protein response and pathways that regulate pathogenic development in Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell 25, 4262-4277..


Pfeifer, A., Martin, B., Kämper, J., and Basse, C.W. (2012). The mitochondrial LSU rRNA group II intron of Ustilago maydis encodes an active homing endonuclease likely involved in intron mobility. PLoS One 7, e49551.


Voll, L.M., Horst, R.J., Voitsik, A.M., Zajic, D., Samans, B., Pons-Kuhnemann, J., Doehlemann, G., Munch, S., Wahl, R., Molitor, A., et al. (2011). Common Motifs in the Response of Cereal Primary Metabolism to Fungal Pathogens are not Based on Similar Transcriptional Reprogramming. Front Plant Sci 2, 39



Horst RJ, Doehlemann G, Wahl R, Hofmann J, Schmiedl A, Kahmann R, Kämper J, Voll LM. A model of Ustilago maydis leaf tumor metabolism. Plant Signal Behav. 5 (11):1446-1449.

Heimel K, Scherer M, Schuler D, Kämper J. (2010) The Ustilago maydis Clp1 Protein Orchestrates Pheromone and b-Dependent Signaling Pathways to Coordinate the Cell Cycle and Pathogenic Development. Plant Cell. 2010 Aug;22(8):2908-22. Epub 2010 Aug 20.

Heimel K, Scherer M, Vranes M, Wahl R, Pothiratana C, Schuler D, Vincon V, Finkernagel F, Flor-Parra I, Kämper J. (2010) The transcription factor Rbf1 is the master regulator for b-mating type controlled pathogenic development in Ustilago maydis. PLoS Pathog. 2010 Aug 5;6(8). pii: e1001035.

Zahiri A, Heimel K, Wahl R, Rath M, Kämper J. (2010) The Ustilago maydis Forkhead Transcription Factor Fox1 Is Involved in the Regulation of Genes Required for the Attenuation of Plant Defenses During Pathogenic Development. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2010 Sep;23(9):1118-29.

Spanu P, Kämper J (2010 - in press) Genomics of biotrophy in fungi and oomycetes-emerging patterns. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2010 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print]

Wahl R, Wippel K, Goos S, Kämper J, Sauer N. (2010) A Novel High-Affinity Sucrose Transporter Is Required for Virulence of the Plant Pathogen Ustilago maydis. PLoS Biol. 2010 Feb 9;8(2):e1000303.

Wahl R, Zahiri A, Kämper J. (2010) The Ustilago maydis b mating type locus controls hyphal proliferation and expression of secreted virulence factors in planta. Mol Microbiol. 2010 Jan;75(1):208-20. Epub 2009 Nov 25.

Horst RJ, Doehlemann G, Wahl R, Hofmann J, Schmiedl A, Kahmann R, Kämper J, Sonnewald U, Voll LM. (2010) Ustilago maydis infection strongly alters organic nitrogen allocation in maize and stimulates productivity of systemic source leaves. Plant Physiol. 2010 Jan;152(1):293-308. Epub 2009 Nov 18.



Mendoza-Mendoza A, Berndt P, Djamei A, Weise C, Linne U, Marahiel M, Vranes M, Kämper J, Kahmann R. (2009) Physical-chemical plant-derived signals induce differentiation in Ustilago maydis. Mol Microbiol. 2009 Feb;71(4):895-911.



Doehlemann G, Wahl R, Horst RJ, Voll LM, Usadel B, Poree F, Stitt M, Pons-Kühnemann J, Sonnewald U, Kahmann R, Kämper J. (2008) Reprogramming a maize plant: transcriptional and metabolic changes induced by the fungal biotroph Ustilago maydis. Plant J. 2008 Oct;56(2):181-95.

Doehlemann G, Wahl R, Vranes M, de Vries RP, Kämper J, Kahmann R. (2008) Establishment of compatibility in the Ustilago maydis/maize pathosystem. J Plant Physiol. 2008 Jan;165(1):29-40.

Bakkeren G, Kämper J, Schirawski J. (2008) Sex in smut fungi: Structure, function and evolution of mating-type complexes. Fungal Genet Biol. 2008 Aug;45 Suppl 1:S15-21.



Teertstra WR, Deelstra HJ, Vranes M, Bohlmann R, Kahmann R, Kämper J, Wösten HA. (2006) Repellents have functionally replaced hydrophobins in mediating attachment to a hydrophobic surface and in formation of hydrophobic aerial hyphae in Ustilago maydis. Microbiology. 2006 Dec;152(Pt 12):3607-12.

Eichhorn H, Lessing F, Winterberg B, Schirawski J, Kämper J, Müller P, Kahmann R. (2006) A ferroxidation/permeation iron uptake system is required for virulence in Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell. 2006 Nov;18(11):3332-45.

Kämper, J., Kahmann, R., Bölker, M., Saville, B.J., Banuett, F., Kronstad, J., Gold, S., et al. (2006) The genome of the biotrophic phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Nature 444, 97-101.

Zarnack, K., Maurer, S., Kaffarnik, F., Ladendorf, O., Brachmann, A., Kämper, J., and Feldbrügge, M. (2006) Tetracycline-regulated gene expression in the pathogen Ustilago maydis. Fungal Genet. Biol. 43, 727-738.

Scherer, M., Starke, V., Heimel, K., Kämper, J. (2006) The Clp1 protein is required for clamp formation and pathogenic development of Ustilago maydis.Plant Cell 18: 2388-2401.

Vranes M., Flor-Parra I., Kämper, J., Pérez-Martín J. (2006) Biz1, a zinc finger protein that is required for plant invasion by Ustilago maydis regulates the levels of a mitotic cyclin. Plant Cell 18, 2369-2387.

Feldbrügge M., Bölker, M., Steinberg, G., Kämper, J.,Kahmann R. (2006) Regulatory and structural networks orchestrating mating, dimorphism, cell shape, and pathogenesis in Ustilago maydis. The Mykota I: Growth, Differentiation and Sexuality, Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg: pp. 375 – 391

Hewald, S., Linne, U., Scherer, M., Marahiel, M.A., Kämper, J., Bölker, M. (2006) Identification of a gene cluster for biosynthesis of mannosylerythritol lipids in the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Appl. Environment. Microbiol. 72, 5469-5477



Balasubramaniyan, R. Hüllermeier, E., Weskamp, N., Kämper, J. (2005)   Clustering of Gene Expression Data Using a Local Shape-Based Similarity Measure. Bioinformatics, 21(7):1069-1077



Kämper, J. (2004)   A gene replacement system for highly efficient generation of gene replacement mutants in Ustilago maydis. Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 271, 103-110

Kahmann, R., Kämper, J. (2004)   Ustilago maydis: How its biology relates to pathogenic development. New Phytologist, 164, 31-42

Feldbrügge, M., Kämper, J., Steinberg, G., Kahmann, R. (2004)   Regulation of mating and pathogenic development in Ustilago maydis. Currrent Opinion in Microbiology, 7, 666-672

Kahmann, R., Kämper, J. (2004)   Der Maisbeulenbrand: Ein Modell für phytopathogene Pilze. Biospektrum, 6/2004, 730-734






Ladendorf, O., Brachmann, A., Kämper, J. (2003) Heterologous transposition in Ustilago maydis. Molecular Genetics and Genomics 269, 395-405


Huber, S. M. F. E., Lottspeich, F. and Kämper, J. (2002) A gene with similarity to dioxygenases is specifically expressed in teliospores of Ustilago maydis. Molecular Genetics and Genomics, 267, 757-771


Reichmann, M., Jamnischek, A., Weinzierl, G., Ladendorf, O., Huber, S., Kahmann, R., Kämper, J. (2002) The histone deacetylase hda1 from Ustilago maydis is essential for spore development. Molecular Microbiology, 46, 1169-1182


Brachmann, A., Weinzierl, G., Kämper, J., Kahmann, R. (2001) Identification of genes in the bW/bE regulatory cascade in Ustilago maydis. Mol. Microbiol. 42, 1047-1063


Grandel, A., Romeis, T., Kämper, J. (2000) Regulation of pathogenic development in the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol. Plant Path. 1: 61-66


Romeis, T., Brachmann, A., Kahmann, R., Kämper, J. (2000) Identification of a target for the heterodimeric bE/bW homeodomain proteins of Ustilago maydis. Mol. Microbiol. 37: 54-66


Quadbeck-Seeger, Q., Wanner, G., Huber, S., Kahmann, R., Kämper, J. (2000) A protein with homologies to the human retinoblastoma binding protein 2 acts specifically as a repressor for genes regulated by the b mating type locus in Ustilago maydis. Mol. Microbiol. 38: 154-166

Kahmann, R., Steinberg G., Basse, C., Kämper, J. (2000) Ustilago maydis, the causative agent of corn smut disease. In: Fungal Pathology. Kronstad, J.W. (ed.) Kluwer academic publishers, Dodrecht, The Netherlands, pp. 347-371


Schlesinger, R., Kahmann, R., Kämper, J. (1997) The homeodomains of the heterodimeric bE and bW proteins of Ustilago maydis are both critical for function. Mol. Gen. Genet. 254: 514-519


Romeis, T., Kämper, J. and Kahmann R. (1997) Single-chain fusions of two unrelated homeodomain proteins trigger pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94: 1230-1234


Kahmann, R., Romeis, T., Hartmann, H.A., Böhnert, H.U., Bölker, M. and Kämper, J. (1996) Control of mating, filamentous growth and pathogenicity in Ustilago maydis. In: Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions. Stacey, G., Mullin, B., Gresshoff P.M. (ed.) International Society for Plant-Microbe Interactions, St Paul, Minnesota, USA, pp. 239-244


Bottin, A., Kämper, J. and Kahmann, R. (1996) Isolation of a carbon source regulated gene from Ustilago maydis. Mol. Gen. Genet. 253: 342-352


Richter, W., Pflaum, J. and Kämper, J. (1996) Einfluß der Silierung auf die Keimfähigkeit von Sporen des Maisbeulenbrandes (Ustilago maydis) Informationen der Bayrischen Landesanstalt für Tierzucht Grub, 2/96: 27-30


Kahmann, R., Romeis, T., Bölker, M. and Kämper, J. (1995) Control of mating and development in Ustilago maydis. Curr. Opin. Genet. Dev.5: 559-564


Kämper, J., Reichmann, M., Romeis, T., Bölker, M. and Kahmann, R. (1995) Multiallelic recognition: nonself-dependent dimerization of the bE and bW homeodomain proteins in Ustilago maydis. Cell 81: 73-83


Kämper, J., Bölker, M. and Kahmann, R. (1994) Mating-Type Genes in Heterobasidiomycetes. In: The Mycota I. Wessels, J. and Meinhardt, F. (eds) Springer Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg: pp. 323-332.


Schründer, J., Meinhardt, F., Rohe, M. and Kämper, J. (1994) Lineare Plasmide bei Mikroorganismen- Genetische Grundlagen und potentielle Anwendungen. BioEngineering 2:29-39


Kolattukudy, P.E., Kämper, J, Kämper, U., Gonzales Candelas, L. and Guo, W. (1994) Fungus-induced degradation and reinforcement of defensive barriers of plants. In: Host wall alterations by parasitic fungi. Petrini, O. and Ouelette, G.B. (eds) APS Press, St Paul, Minnesota: pp 67-79


Kämper, J. and Esser, K. (1992) Extrachromosomale DNA-Elemente als Grundlage für die Entwicklung von Vektorsystemen bei Hefen. In: Jahrbuch Biotechnologie. Präve, P., Schlingmann, M., Esser, K., Wagner, F. (eds.) K. Hanser Verlag, München


Kämper, J., Esser, K., Gunge, N. and Meinhardt, F. (1991) Heterologous gene expression on the linear DNA killer plasmid from Kluyveromyces lactis. Curr. Genet. 19: 109-118


Meinhardt, F., Kempken, F., Kämper, J. and Esser, K. (1990) Linear plasmids among eukaryotes: fundamentals and application. Curr. Genet. 17: 89-95


Kämper, J., Meinhardt, F., Gunge, N. and Esser, K. (1989) In vivo construction of linear vectors based on killer plasmids from Kluyveromyces lactis: selection of a nuclear gene results in attachment of telomeres. Mol. Cell. Biol. 9: 3931-3937


Kämper, J., and Meinhardt, F. (1989) Development of stable vectors for yeast based on linear killer plasmids of Kluyveromyces lactis. In: Dechema Biotechnology Conferences 3, Behrens, D. and Driesel, A. J. (eds) Dechema, Frankfurt/Main, pp. 351-355


Kämper, J., Meinhardt, F., Gunge, N. and Esser, K. (1989) New recombinant linear DNA-elements derived from Kluyveromyces lactis killer plasmids. Nucleic Acids Res. 17: 1781


Esser, K. and Kämper, J. (1988) Transformation systems in yeasts: fundamentals and application in biotechnology. Progress Biochemistry 4: 36-42