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  • PhD 2005, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.
    Postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA.
    Group leader at EMBL since 2009.


Total: 41 publication(s)


Köhn M, Salvi F, Hoermann B, Del Pino Garcia J, Fontanillo M, Derua R, Beullens M, Bollen M, Barabas O. (2020)

Towards dissecting the mechanism of protein phosphatase-1 inhibition by its C-terminal phosphorylation.

Chembiochem 22(5) doi: 10.1002/cbic.202000669
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Kesselring L, Miskey C, Zuliani C, Querques I, Kapitonov V, Laukó A, Fehér A, Palazzo A, Diem T, Lustig J, Sebe A, Wang Y, Dinnyés A, Izsvák Z, Barabas O, Ivics Z. (2020)

A single amino acid switch converts the Sleeping Beauty transposase into an efficient unidirectional excisionase with utility in stem cell reprogramming.

Nucleic Acids Res. 48(1):316-331. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz1119
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Barabas O. (2019)

Snapshots of a genetic cut-and-paste

Nature 575(7783):447-448. doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03428-0
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Querques I, Mades A, Zuliani C, Miskey C, Alb M, Grueso E, Machwirth M, Rausch T, Einsele H, Ivics Z, Hudecek M, Barabas O. (2019)

A highly soluble Sleeping Beauty transposase improves control of gene insertion.

Nat. Biotechnol. 37(12):1502-1512. doi: 10.1038/s41587-019-0291-z
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Arinkin V, Smyshlyaev G, Barabas O. (2019)

Jump ahead with a twist: DNA acrobatics drive transposition forward.

Curr. Opin. Struct. Biol. 59:168-177. doi: 10.1016/j.sbi.2019.08.006
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Smyshlyaev G, Barabas O, Bateman A. (2019)

Sequence analysis allows functional annotation of tyrosine recombinases in prokaryotic genomes.

bioRxivorg doi: 10.1101/542381

Weng C, Kosalka J, Berkyurek AC, Stempor P, Feng X, Mao H, Zeng C, Li WJ, Yan YH, Dong MQ, Morero NR, Zuliani C, Barabas O, Ahringer J, Guang S, Miska EA. (2019)

The USTC co-opts an ancient machinery to drive piRNA transcription in C. elegans.

Genes Dev. 33(1-2):90-102. doi: 10.1101/gad.319293.118
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Salvi F, Trebacz M, Kokot T, Hörmann B, Rios P, Barabas O, Köhn M. (2018)

Effects of stably incorporated iron on Protein Phosphatase-1 structure and activity.

FEBS Lett. 592(24) doi: 10.1002/1873-3468.13284
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Morero NR, Zuliani C, Kumar B, Bebel A, Okamoto S, Guynet C, Hickman AB, Chandler M, Dyda F, Barabas O. (2018)

Targeting IS608 transposon integration to highly specific sequences by structure-based transposon engineering

Nucleic Acids Res. 46(8):4152-4163. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky235
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Rubio-Cosials A, Schulz EC, Lambertsen L, Smyshlyaev G, Rojas-Cordova C, Forslund K, Karaca E, Bebel A, Bork P, Barabas O. (2018)

Transposase-DNA Complex Structures Reveal Mechanisms for Conjugative Transposition of Antibiotic Resistance.

Cell 173(1):208-220.e20. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.02.032
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Lambertsen L, Rubio-Cosials A, Patil KR, Barabas O. (2018)

Conjugative transposition of the vancomycin resistance carrying Tn1549: enzymatic requirements and target site preferences.

Mol. Microbiol. 107(5) doi: 10.1111/mmi.13905
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Schulz EC, Seiler M, Zuliani C, Voigt F, Rybin V, Pogenberg V, Mücke N, Wilmanns M, Gibson TJ, Barabas O.. (2017)

Intermolecular base stacking mediates RNA-RNA interaction in a crystal structure of the RNA chaperone Hfq

Sci Rep 7(1):9903. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-10085-8
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Bebel A, Karaca E, Kumar B, Stark WM, Barabas O. (2016)

Structural snapshots of Xer recombination reveal activation by synaptic complex remodeling and DNA bending.

Elife 5 doi: 10.7554/elife.19706
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Abrusán G , Yant SR , Szilágyi A , Marsh JA , Mátés L , Izsvák Z , Barabás O , Ivics Z. (2016)

Structural Determinants of Sleeping Beauty Transposase Activity.

Mol. Ther. 24(8):1369-1377. doi: 10.1038/mt.2016.110
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Voigt F, Wiedemann L, Zuliani C, Querques I, Sebe A, Mátés L, Izsvák Z, Ivics Z, Barabas O. (2016)

Sleeping Beauty transposase structure allows rational design of hyperactive variants for genetic engineering.

Nat Commun 7 doi: 10.1038/ncomms11126
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Bock T, Chen WH, Ori A, Malik N, Silva-Martin N, Huerta-Cepas J, Powell ST, Kastritis PL, Smyshlyaev G, Vonkova I, Kirkpatrick J, Doerks T, Nesme L, Baßler J, Kos M, Hurt E, Carlomagno T, Gavin AC, Barabas O, Müller CW, van Noort V, Beck M, Bork P. (2014)

An integrated approach for genome annotation of the eukaryotic thermophile Chaetomium thermophilum.

Nucleic Acids Res. 42(22):13525-13533. doi: 10.1093/nar/gku1147
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Schulz EC, Barabas O. (2014)

Structure of an Escherichia coli Hfq:RNA complex at 0.97 A resolution.

Acta Crystallogr F Struct Biol Commun 70(Pt 11):1492-1497. doi: 10.1107/s2053230x14020044
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Barabás O, Németh V, Bodor A, Perczel A, Rosta E, Kele Z, Zagyva I, Szabadka Z, Grolmusz VI, Wilmanns M, Vértessy BG. (2013)

Catalytic mechanism of α-phosphate attack in dUTPase is revealed by X-ray crystallographic snapshots of distinct intermediates, 31P-NMR spectroscopy and reaction path modelling

Nucleic Acids Res. 41(22):10542-10555. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt756
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Smyshlyaev G, Voigt F, Blinov A, Barabas O, Novikova O. (2013)

Acquisition of an Archaea-like ribonuclease H domain by plant L1 retrotransposons supports modular evolution

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 110(50):20140-20145. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1310958110
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Voigt F, Reuter M, Kasaruho A, Schulz EC, Pillai RS, Barabas O. (2012)

Crystal structure of the primary piRNA biogenesis factor Zucchini reveals similarity to the bacterial PLD endonuclease Nuc

RNA 18(12):2128-2134. doi: 10.1261/rna.034967.112
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Barabas O. (2012)

Mechanism of Single-Stranded DNA Transposition: A Structural Perspective.

In: Wiley Online Library, eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd:, Chichester.doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0023178


Hickman AB, James JA, Barabas O, Pasternak C, Ton-Hoang B, Chandler M, Sommer S, Dyda F. (2010)

DNA recognition and the precleavage state during single-stranded DNA transposition in D. radiodurans

EMBO J. 29(22):3840-3852. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2010.241
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Guynet C, Achard A, Hoang BT, Barabas O, Hickman AB, Dyda F, Chandler M. (2009)

Resetting the site: redirecting integration of an insertion sequence in a predictable way

Mol. Cell 34(5):612-619. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2009.05.017
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Takács E, Barabás O, Petoukhov MV, Svergun DI, Vértessy BG. (2009)

Molecular shape and prominent role of beta-strand swapping in organization of dUTPase oligomers

FEBS Lett. 583(5):865-871. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2009.02.011
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Kersulyte D, Lee W, Subramaniam D, Anant S, Herrera P, Cabrera L, Balqui J, Barabas O, Kalia A, Gilman RH, Berg DE. (2009)

Helicobacter Pylori's plasticity zones are novel transposable elements

PLoS ONE 4(9):e6859. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0006859
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Varga B, Barabás O, Takács E, Nagy N, Nagy P, Vértessy BG. (2008)

Active site of mycobacterial dUTPase: structural characteristics and a built-in sensor

Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 373(1):8-13. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2008.05.130
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Kovári J, Barabás O, Varga B, Békési A, Tölgyesi F, Fidy J, Nagy J, Vértessy BG. (2008)

Methylene substitution at the alpha-beta bridging position within the phosphate chain of dUDP profoundly perturbs ligand accommodation into the dUTPase active site

Proteins 71(1):308-319. doi: 10.1002/prot.21757
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Kardos J, Harmat V, Palló A, Barabás O, Szilágyi K, Gráf L, Náray-Szabó G, Goto Y, Závodszky P, Gál P. (2008)

Revisiting the mechanism of the autoactivation of the complement protease C1r in the C1 complex: structure of the active catalytic region of C1r

Mol. Immunol. 45(6):1752-1760. doi: 10.1016/j.molimm.2007.09.031
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Guynet C, Hickman AB, Barabas O, Dyda F, Chandler M, Ton-Hoang B. (2008)

In vitro reconstitution of a single-stranded transposition mechanism of IS608

Mol. Cell 29(3):302-312. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2007.12.008
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Barabas O, Ronning DR, Guynet C, Hickman AB, Ton-Hoang B, Chandler M, Dyda F. (2008)

Mechanism of IS200/IS605 family DNA transposases: activation and transposon-directed target site selection

Cell 132(2):208-220. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2007.12.029
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Varga B, Barabás O, Kovári J, Tóth J, Hunyadi-Gulyás E, Klement E, Medzihradszky KF, Tölgyesi F, Fidy J, Vértessy BG. (2007)

Active site closure facilitates juxtaposition of reactant atoms for initiation of catalysis by human dUTPase

FEBS Lett. 581(24):4783-4788. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2007.09.005
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Németh-Pongrácz V, Barabás O, Fuxreiter M, Simon I, Pichová I, Rumlová M, Zábranská H, Svergun D, Petoukhov M, Harmat V, Klement E, Hunyadi-Gulyás E, Medzihradszky KF, Kónya E, Vértessy BG. (2007)

Flexible segments modulate co-folding of dUTPase and nucleocapsid proteins

Nucleic Acids Res. 35(2):495-505. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkl1074
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Barabás O, Németh V, Vértessy BG. (2006)

Crystallization and preliminary X-ray studies of dUTPase from Mason-Pfizer monkey retrovirus

Acta Crystallogr. Sect. F Struct. Biol. Cryst. Commun. 62(Pt 4):399-401. doi: 10.1107/s1744309106008931
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Barabás O, Pongrácz V, Kovári J, Wilmanns M, Vértessy BG. (2004)

Structural insights into the catalytic mechanism of phosphate ester hydrolysis by dUTPase

J. Biol. Chem. 279(41):42907-42915. doi: 10.1074/jbc.m406135200
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Kovári J, Barabás O, Takács E, Békési A, Dubrovay Z, Pongrácz V, Zagyva I, Imre T, Szabó P, Vértessy BG. (2004)

Altered active site flexibility and a structural metal-binding site in eukaryotic dUTPase: kinetic characterization, folding, and crystallographic studies of the homotrimeric Drosophila enzyme

J. Biol. Chem. 279(17):17932-17944. doi: 10.1074/jbc.m313643200
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Barabás O, Rumlová M, Erdei A, Pongrácz V, Pichová I, Vértessy BG. (2003)

dUTPase and nucleocapsid polypeptides of the Mason-Pfizer monkey virus form a fusion protein in the virion with homotrimeric organization and low catalytic efficiency

J. Biol. Chem. 278(40):38803-38812. doi: 10.1074/jbc.m306967200
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Beke G, Gergely A, Szász G, Szentesi A, Nyitray J, Barabás O, Harmath V, Mátyus P. (2002)

Synthesis and stereochemistry of dispiro substituted pyridazines: application of ellipticity-absorbance ratio spectra for proving enantiomeric relationship by HPLC-CD/UV detection

Chirality 14(5):365-371. doi: 10.1002/chir.10096
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Abran A, Csampai A, Kotschy A, Barabas O, Sohar P. (2001)

Study on ferrocenes, part 9 1 substrate selective transformations of some ferrocenylhydrazones

J Mol Struct 569(1-3):185-194.
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Elias O, Karolyhazy L, Stajer G, Fulop F, Czako K, Harmath V, Barabas O, Keseru K, Matyus P. (2001)

Theoretical and experimental studies on ring closure reactions of 4(5)-chloro-5(4)-hydroxyalkylamino-6-nitro-3 (2H)-pyridazinones

Theochem 545:75-96.
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Simo M, Csampai A, Harmat V, Barabas O, Magyarfalvy G. (2001)

Novel ring transformations of condensed 1,2,4 triazolo- 4,3-b pyridazine-6(5H)-one-3(2H)-thiones effected by dialkyl-acetylenedicarboxylates

Tetrahedron 57(33):7191-7198.
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Barabas O, Menyhard DK, Bocskei Z, Simon K, Kiss-Ajzert I, Takacs K, Hermecz I. (2000)

Structural basis of solid solution formation during chiral resolution

Tetrahedron Asymmetry 11(20):4061-4070.
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