We focus on Armillaria, Aspergillus and other fungi producing natural compounds

The associated Research Group Pharmaceutical Microbiology with its natural product-oriented research program links the Institute of Pharmacy at the Friedrich Schiller University with the Hans Knöll Institute. The group focuses on the genetic and biochemical basis of microbial secondary metabolite biosynthesis.

The group is a member of the Cooperative Research Center ChemBioSys in the Graduate School Jena School for Microbial Communication JSMC as well as in the International Leibniz Research School ILRS Mibintact.

Currently, research on the basidiomycetes (mushroom-type fungi) is emphasized. Natural product biosyntheses are investigated using selected model species and genera, including Armillaria, Ceriporiopsis, Psilocybe, and Serpula. The basidiomycetes represent a group of organisms that has received little attention yet regarding their biosynthetic pathways. Another focus area is the biotechnological production of natural products. Further, work is directed towards understanding their ecological function.

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Dirk Hoffmeister
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Publications

Fricke J, Sherwood AM, Halberstadt AL, Kargbo RB, Hoffmeister D (2021) Chemoenzymatic synthesis of 5-methylpsilocybin: A tryptamine with potential psychedelic activity. J Nat Prod 84(4), 1403-1408.
Gressler M, Löhr NA, Schäfer T, Lawrinowitz S, Seibold PS, Hoffmeister D (2021) Mind the mushroom: natural product biosynthetic genes and enzymes of Basidiomycota. Nat Prod Rep 38(4), 702-722. (Review)
Herkersdorf S, Krüger T, Wein P, Löffler S, Fontaine T, Gressler M, Hertweck C, Brakhage AA, Hoffmeister D (2021) Bacterial cell wall-degrading enzymes induce basidiomycete natural product biosynthesis. Environ Microbiol 23(8), 4360-4371.