Molecular Medicine Partnership UnitResearch Groups
Former MMPU Research Group Cholesterol Regulation
MMPU Group 2007 - 2014
Rainer Pepperkok and Heiko Runz
Heiko Runz and Rainer Pepperkok
Our research interest aims to identify and functionally characterize novel factors regulating cellular cholesterol metabolism. Our long-term goals are a better molecular understanding of elevated blood cholesterol levels (hypercholesterolemia) and Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease with the perspectives to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The experimental approaches we use are (i) identification of candidate genes by disease related gene expression analyses, (ii) cell biological characterization of candidate genes with respect to cholesterol metabolism and (iii) analysis of possible gene defects in patient samples.
Cholesterol levels in animal cells need to be tightly balanced. Within recent years, a network of proteins has been identified that keep cellular cholesterol levels to narrow limits. The concerted interplay of these proteins confers that reduced levels of membrane-bound cholesterol may activate the expression of genes necessary to increase cholesterol levels in cells, e.g. by uptake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-bound cholesterol or cholesterol biosynthesis. It is, however, assumed that only a limited number of proteins involved in cellular cholesterol regulation have been identified to date.
Characterization of drug-induced transcriptional modules: towards drug repositioning and functional understanding
Iskar M, Zeller G, Blattmann P, Campillos M, Kuhn M, Kaminska KH, Runz H, Gavin AC, Pepperkok R, van Noort V, Bork P.
Mol Syst Biol. 2013 Apr 30;9:662. doi: 10.1038/msb.2013.20
RNAi-based functional profiling of loci from blood lipid genome-wide association studies identifies genes with cholesterol-regulatory functions.
Blattmann P, Schuberth C, Pepperkok R, Runz H.
PLOS Genetics 2013, Feb;9(2):e1003338. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003338. Epub 2013 Feb 28.
Identification of cholesterol-regulating genes by targeted RNAi-screening.
Bartz F, Kern L, Erz D, Zhu M, Gilbert D, Meinhof T, Wirkner U, Erfle H, Muckenthaler M, Pepperkok R,
Cell Metabolism 10, 8 July 2009, 63-75
DetecTiff: A novel image analysis routine for high content screening microscopy
Gilbert D, Meinhof T, Pepperkok R, Runz H.
Journal of Biomolecular Screening 2009 Sep;14(8):944-55. Epub 2009 Jul 29
Sterols regulate ER-export dynamics of secretory cargo protein ts-O45-G
Runz H, Miura K, Weiss M and Pepperkok R.
EMBO J. 2006, 25(13), 2953-65.
Inhibition of intracellular cholesterol transport alters presenilin localization and APP processing in neuronal cells
Runz H, Rietdorf J, Tomic I, de Bernard M, Beyreuther K, Pepperkok R and Hartmann T.
J. Neuroscience 2002, 22(5), 1679-89
in alphabetical order
Fabian Bartz, PhD Student
Peter Blattmann, PhD Student
Postdoc ETH Zurich
Luise Kern, PhD Student
Heiko Runz, MD
Christian Schuberth, PhD
Advanced Imaging Platform, Muenster University Clinics
Carolina Taengemo, PhD
Centre for Cellular Imaging (CCI) Sahlgrenska Academy University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Aenne Solvejg Thormählen
MD student (HRCMM Junior Career Fellowship JCF)
PhD student (EMBL International PhD Programme - EIPP)