ZMB Member Robert Huber

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Robert Huber

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Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Robert Huber FRS

Center of Medical Biotechnology
Room: S03 S02 A45
University of Duisburg-Essen
45141 Essen

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
Am Klopferspitz 18
82152 Martinsried

Research Overview

Professional interests

Structure and function of biological macromolecules, in particular those of large complex aggregates.

Systems studied

  • Proteases and their natural and synthetic inhibitors.
  • Metalloenzymes (iron, nickel, molybdenum, copper).
  • Proteins of the immune system (antibodies and antibody receptors).
  • Protein hormones and their receptors.
  • Protein kinases.
  • Proteins of amino acid biosynthesis (PLP containing enzymes).
  • Proteins of cofactor and vitamin biosynthesis.
  • Proteins of energy and electron transport.

Methods development

  • Patterson methods in crystallography.
  • Methods of structure determination of proteins and protein ligand complexes by NMR.
  • Synthesis and use of electron rich metal clusters.
  • Crystal annealing and improvement, methods and instruments.
  • Analysis and evaluation of targets for research and application in pharmacology and crop science.

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Selected Publications

    Journal articles

  • Ross, Breyan; Krapp, Stephan; Friedlander, Ruth Geiss; Littmann, Walter; Huber, Robert; Kiefersauer, Reiner
    Aerosol-based ligand soaking of reservoir-free protein crystals
    In: Journal of Applied Crystallography Vol. 54 (2021) pp. 895 - 902
    ISSN: 1600-5767; 0021-8898
  • Ross, Breyan; Krapp, Stephan; Geiss-Friedlander, Ruth; Littmann, Walter; Huber, Robert; Kiefersauer, Reiner
    Aerosol-based ligand soaking of reservoir-free protein crystals
    In: Journal of Applied Crystallography Vol. 54 (2021) Nr. 3, pp. 895 - 902
    ISSN: 1600-5767; 0021-8898
  • Lee, Jung-Hoon; Bollschweiler, Daniel; Schäfer, Tillman; Huber, Robert
    Structural basis for the regulation of nucleosome recognition and HDAC activity by histone deacetylase assemblies
    In: Science Advances Vol. 7 (2021) Nr. 2, pp. eabd4413
    ISSN: 2375-2548
  • Merdanovic, Melisa; Burston, Steven G.; Schmitz, Anna Laura; Köcher, Steffen; Knapp, Stefan; Clausen, Tim; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Ehrmann, Michael
    Activation by substoichiometric inhibition
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 117 (2020) Nr. 3, pp. 1414 - 1418
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Garcia-Guerrero, Maria C.; Garcia-Pardo, Javier; Berenguer, Esther; Fernandez-Alvarez, Roberto; Barfi, Gifty B.; Lyons, Peter J.; Aviles, Francesc X.; Huber, Robert; Lorenzo, Julia; Reverter, David
    Crystal structure and mechanism of human carboxypeptidase O : Insights into its specific activity for acidic residues
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 115 (2018) Nr. 17, pp. E3932 - E3939
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Ross, Breyan; Krapp, Stephan; Augustin, Martin; Kierfersauer, Reiner; Arciniega, Marcelino; Geiss-Friedlander, Ruth; Huber, Robert
    Structures and mechanism of dipeptidyl peptidases 8 and 9, important players in cellular homeostasis and cancer
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 115 (2018) Nr. 7, pp. E1437 - E1445
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Dahms, Sven O.; Arciniega, Marcelino; Steinmetzer, Torsten; Huber, Robert; Than, Manuel E.
    Structure of the unliganded form of the proprotein convertase furin suggests activation by a substrate-induced mechanism
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 113 (2016) Nr. 40, pp. 11196 - 11201
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Hierold, Judith; Baek, Sohee; Rieger, Rene; Lim, Tae-Guy; Zakpur, Saman; Arciniega, Marcelino; Lee, Kiwon; Huber, Robert; Tietze, Lutz Friedjan
    Design, Synthesis, and Biological Evaluation of Quercetagetin Analogues as JNK1 Inhibitors
    In: Chemistry: A European Journal Vol. 21 (2015) Nr. 47, pp. 16887 - 16894
    ISSN: 0947-6539; 1521-3765
  • Park, Gaeun; Baek, Sohee; Kim, Jong-Eun; Lim, Tae-gyu; Lee, Charles C.; Yang, Hee; Kang, Young-Gyu; Park, Jun Seong; Augustin, Martin; Mrosek, Michael; Lee, Chang Yong; Dong, Zigang; Huber, Robert; Lee, Ki Won
    Flt3 is a target of coumestrol in protecting against UVB-induced skin photoaging
    In: Biochemical Pharmacology Vol. 98 (2015) Nr. 3, pp. 473 - 483
    ISSN: 0006-2952
  • Beaufort, Nathalie; Scharrer, Eva; Kremmer, Elisabeth; Lux, Vanda; Ehrmann, Michael; Huber, Robert; Houlden, Henry H.; Werring, David John; Haffner, Christof; Dichgans, Martin
    Cerebral small vessel disease-related protease HtrA1 processes latent TGF-β binding protein 1 and facilitates TGF-β signaling
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 111 (2014) Nr. 46, pp. 16496 - 16501
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Arciniega, M.; Beck, P.; Lange, O. F.; Groll, M.; Huber, Robert
    Differential global structural changes in the core particle of yeast and mouse proteasome induced by ligand binding
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 111 (2014) Nr. 26, pp. 9479 - 9484
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Kiefersauer, Reiner; Grandl, Brigitte; Krapp, S.; Huber, Robert
    IR laser-induced protein crystal transformation
    In: Acta Crystallographica Section D: Biological Crystallography Vol. D70 (2014) Nr. 5, pp. 1224 - 1232
    ISSN: 2059-7983; 1399-0047
  • Lesca, E.; Lammens, A.; Huber, Robert; Augustin, M.
    Structural analysis of the human fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 kinase
    In: Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 426 (2014) Nr. 22, pp. 3744 - 3756
    ISSN: 1089-8638; 0022-2836
  • Baek, Sohee; Kang, Nam Joo; Popowicz, Grzegorz M.; Arciniega, Marcelino; Jung, Sung Keun; Byun, Sanguine; Song, Nu Ry; Heo, Yong-Seok; Kim, Bo Yeon; Lee, Hyong Joo; Holak, Tad A.; Augustin, Martin; Bode, Ann M.; Huber, Robert; Dong, Zigang; Lee, Ki Won
    Structural and Functional Analysis of the Natural JNK1 Inhibitor Quercetagetin
    In: Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 425 (2013) Nr. 2, pp. 411 - 423
    ISSN: 1089-8638; 0022-2836
  • Schneider, Elisabeth V.; Böttcher, Jark; Huber, Robert; Maskos, Klaus; Neumann, Lars
    Structure-kinetic relationship study of CDK8/CycC specific compounds
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 110 (2013) Nr. 20, pp. 8081 - 8086
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Huber, Robert
    “How I Chose Research on Proteases or, More Correctly, How it Chose Me”
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 52 (2013) Nr. 1, pp. 68 - 73
    ISSN: 1521-3773
  • Weski, Juliane; Meltzer, Michael; Spaan, Lina; Mönig, Timon; Oeljeklaus, Julian; Hauske, Patrick; Vouilleme, Lars; Volkmer, Rudolf; Boisguerin, Prisca; Boyd, Dana; Huber, Robert; Kaiser, Markus; Ehrmann, Michael
    Chemical Biology Approaches Reveal Conserved Features of a C-Terminal Processing PDZ Protease
    In: ChemBioChem Vol. 13 (2012) Nr. 3, pp. 402 - 408
    ISSN: 1439-4227; 1439-7633
  • Tennstaedt, Annette; Pöpsel, Simon; Trübestein, Linda; Hauske, Patrick; Brockmann, Anke; Schmidt, Nina; Irle, Inga; Sacca, Barbara; Niemeyer, Christof M.; Brandt, Roland; Ksiezak-Reding, Hanna; Tirniceriu, Anca Laura; Egensperger, Rupert; Baldi, Alfonso; Dehmelt, Leif; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Clausen, Tim; Ehrmann, Michael
    Human high temperature requirement serine protease A1 (HTRA1) degrades tau protein aggregates
    In: Journal of Biological Chemistry Vol. 287 (2012) Nr. 25, pp. 20931 - 20941
    ISSN: 0021-9258; 1083-351X
  • Gallastegui, Nerea; Beck, Philipp; Arciniega, Marcelino; Huber, Robert; Hillebrand, Stefan; Groll, Michael
    Hydroxyureas as noncovalent proteasome inhibitors
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 51 (2012) Nr. 1, pp. 247 - 249
    ISSN: 1521-3773
  • Baek, Sohee; Kutchukian, Peter S.; Verdine, Gregory L.; Huber, Robert; Holak, Tad A.; Lee, Ki Won; Popowicz, Grzegorz M.
    Structure of the stapled p53 peptide bound to Mdm2
    In: Journal of the American Chemical Society Vol. 134 (2012) Nr. 1, pp. 103 - 106
    ISSN: 0002-7863; 1520-5126
  • Gallastegui, Nerea; Stein, Martin; Schmidt, Boris; Kloetzel, Peter-Michael; Huber, Robert; Groll, Michael; Gräwert, Melissa Ann
    Elucidation of the α-keto-aldehyde binding mechanism : A lead structure motif for proteasome inhibition
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 50 (2011) Nr. 2, pp. 542 - 544
    ISSN: 1521-3773
  • Clausen, Tim; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Ehrmann, Michael
    HTRA proteases : regulated proteolysis in protein quality control
    In: Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology Vol. 12 (2011) Nr. 3, pp. 152 - 162
    ISSN: 1471-0072
  • Sitar, Tomasz; Gallinger, Julia; Ducka, Anna M.; Ikonen, Teemu P.; Wohlhoefler, Michael; Schmoller, Kurt M.; Bausch, Andreas R.; Joel, Peteranne; Trybus, Kathleen M.; Noegel, Angelika A.; Schleicher, Michael; Huber, Robert; Holak, Tad A.
    Molecular architecture of the Spire-actin nucleus and its implication for actin filament assembly
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 108 (2011) Nr. 49, pp. 19575 - 19580
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Merdanovic, Melisa; Clausen, Tim; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Ehrmann, Michael
    Protein quality control in the bacterial periplasm
    In: Annual Review of Microbiology Vol. 65 (2011) pp. 149 - 168
    ISSN: 1545-3251; 0066-4227
  • Schneider, Elisabeth V.; Böttcher, Jark; Blaesse, Michael; Neumann, Lars; Huber, Robert; Maskos, Klaus
    The structure of CDK8/CycC implicates specificity in the CDK/cyclin family and reveals interaction with a deep pocket binder
    In: Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 412 (2011) Nr. 2, pp. 251 - 266
    ISSN: 0022-2836; 1089-8638
  • Clerc, Jérôme; Schellenberg, Barbara; Groll, Michael; Bachmann, André S.; Huber, Robert; Dudler, Robert; Kaiser, Markus
    Convergent synthesis and biological evaluation of syringolin a and derivatives as eukaryotic 20S proteasome inhibitors
    In: European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2010) Nr. 21, pp. 3991 - 4003
    ISSN: 1099-0690; 0075-4617; 0170-2041; 0365-5490; 0947-3440; 1434-193X; 1434-243X
  • Hasenbein, Sonja; Meltzer, Michael; Hauske, Patrick; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Clausen, Tim; Ehrmann, Michael
    Conversion of a regulatory into a degradative protease
    In: Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 397 (2010) Nr. 4, pp. 957 - 966
    ISSN: 0022-2836; 1089-8638
  • Merdanovic, Melisa; Mamant, Nicolette; Meltzer, Michael; Poepsel, Simon; Auckenthaler, Alexandra; Melgaard, Rie; Hauske, Patrick; Nagel-Steger, Luitgard; Clarke, Anthony R.; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Ehrmann, Michael
    Determinants of structural and functional plasticity of a widely conserved protease chaperone complex
    In: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology Vol. 17 (2010) Nr. 7, pp. 837 - 843
    ISSN: 1545-9993; 1545-9985
  • Krojer, Tobias; Sawa, Justyna; Huber, Robert; Clausen, Tim
    HtrA proteases have a conserved activation mechanism that can be triggered by distinct molecular cues
    In: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology Vol. 17 (2010) Nr. 7, pp. 844 - 852
    ISSN: 1545-9993; 1545-9985
  • Ducka, Anna M.; Joel, Peteranne; Popowicz, Grzegorz M.; Trybus, Kathleen M.; Schleicher, Michael; Noegel, Angelika A.; Huber, Robert; Holak, Tad A.; Sitar, Tomasz
    Structures of actin-bound Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein homology 2 (WH2) domains of Spire and the implication for filament nucleation
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 107 (2010) Nr. 26, pp. 11757 - 11762
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Ottmann, Christian; Rose, Rolf; Huttenlocher, Franziska; Cedzich, Anna; Hauske, Patrick; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Schaller, Andreas
    Structural basis for Ca2+-independence and activation by homodimerization of tomato subtilase 3
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 106 (2009) Nr. 40, pp. 17223 - 17228
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Meltzer, Michael; Hasenbein, Sonja; Mamant, Nicolette; Merdanovic, Melisa; Poepsel, Simon; Hauske, Patrick; Kaiser, Markus; Huber, Robert; Krojer, Tobias; Clausen, Tim; Ehrmann, Michael
    Structure, function and regulation of the conserved serine proteases DegP and DegS of Escherichia coli
    In: Research in Microbiology Vol. 160 (2009) Nr. 9, pp. 660 - 666
    ISSN: 0923-2508; 1769-7123
  • Clerc, Jérôme; Groll, Michael; Illich, Damir J.; Bachmann, André S.; Huber, Robert; Schellenberg, Barbara; Dudler, Robert; Kaiser, Markus
    Synthetic and structural studies on Syringolin A and B reveal critical determinants for selectivity and potency of proteasome inhibition
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 106 (2009) Nr. 16, pp. 6507 - 6512
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Clerc, Jérôme; Florea, Bogdan I.; Kraus, Marianne; Groll, Michael; Huber, Robert; Bachmann, André S.; Dudler, Robert; Driessen, Christoph; Overkleeft, Herman S.; Kaiser, Markus
    Syringolin A selectively labels the 20S proteasome in murine EL4 and wildtype and bortezomib adapted leukemic cell lines
    In: ChemBioChem Vol. 10 (2009) Nr. 16, pp. 2638 - 2643
    ISSN: 1439-4227; 1439-7633
  • Groll, Michael; Schellenberg, Barbara; Bachmann, André S.; Archer, Crystal R.; Huber, Robert; Powell, Tracy K.; Lindow, Steven; Kaiser, Markus; Dudler, Robert
    A plant pathogen virulence factor inhibits the eukaryotic proteasome by a novel mechanism
    In: Nature Vol. 452 (2008) pp. 755 - 758
    ISSN: 0028-0836; 1476-4687
  • Krojer, Tobias; Pangerl, Karen; Kurt, Juliane; Sawa, Justyna; Stingl, Christoph; Mechtler, Karl; Huber, Robert; Ehrmann, Michael; Clausen, Tim
    Interplay of PDZ and protease domain of DegP ensures efficient elimination of misfolded proteins
    In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Vol. 22 (2008) pp. 7702 - 7707
    ISSN: 1091-6490; 0027-8424
  • Kaiser, Markus; Groll, Michael; Siciliano, Carlo; Assfalg-Machleidt, Irmgard; Weyher, Elisabeth; Kohno, Jun; Milbradt, Alexander G.; Renner, Christian; Huber, Robert; Moroder, Luis
    Binding mode of TMC-95A analogues to eukaryotic 20S proteasome
    In: ChemBioChem Vol. 5 (2004) Nr. 9, pp. 1256 - 1266
    ISSN: 1439-4227; 1439-7633
  • Kim, Jeong-Sun; Groll, Michael; Musiol, Hans-Jürgen; Behrendt, Raymond; Kaiser, Markus; Moroder, Luis; Huber, Robert; Brandstetter, Hans
    Navigation inside a protease: Substrate selection and product exit in the tricorn protease from Thermoplasma acidophilum
    In: Journal of Molecular Biology Vol. 324 (2002) Nr. 5, pp. 1041 - 1050
    ISSN: 0022-2836; 1089-8638
  • Kaiser, Markus; Groll, Michael; Renner, Christian; Huber, Robert; Moroder, Luis
    The Core Structure of TMC-95A Is a Promising Lead for Reversible Proteasome Inhibition
    In: Angewandte Chemie International Edition Vol. 41 (2002) Nr. 5, pp. 780 - 783
    ISSN: 0044-8249; 0570-0833; 1433-7851