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  • Zöllner, R.*, Cronenberg, T.*, Kouzel, N., Welker, A., Koomey, M., Maier, B., Type IV pilin post-translational modifications modulate materials properties of bacterial colonies, BIORXIV/2018/389882
  • Welker, A.*, Cronenberg, T.*, Zöllner, R.*, Meel, C., Siewering, K., Bender, N., Hennes, M., Oldewurtel, E.R., Maier, B., Molecular motors govern liquid-like ordering and fusion dynamics of bacterial colonies, Phys. Rev. Lett., accepted
  • Maier, B., Bacterial biofilms - Physical determinants of microbial architecture, Lecture Notes Physics of Life, 49th IFF Spring School, 158, ISBN 978-3-95806-286-3
  • Zöllner, R.*, Oldewurtel, E.R.*, Kouzel, N, Maier, B., Phase and antigenic variation govern competition dynamics through positioning in bacterial colonies, Sci. Rep. , 12151 (2017)
  • Maier, B. Competence and transformation, Bacillus: Cellular and Molecular Biology, ed. Peter Graumann, 3rd edition, Caister University Press, 395 (2017)
  • Hepp, C., Maier, B., Kinetics of DNA uptake during transformation provide evidence for translocation a ratchet mechanism, PNAS, 113(44), 12467 (2016)
  • Brenzinger S., Dewenter L., Delalez N.J., Leicht O., Berndt V., Paulick, A., Berry R.M., Thanbichler M., Armitage J.P., Maier B., Thormann K.M., Mutations targeting the plug-domain of the Shewanella oneidensis proton-driven stator allow swimming at increased viscosity and under anaerobic conditions, Mol. Microbiol., 102(5), 925 (2016)
  • Yüksel, M., Power, J.J., Ribbe, J., Volkmann, T., Maier, B., Fitness trade-offs in competence differentiation of Bacillus subtilis, Front. Microbiol., 7, 888 (2016)

  • Oldewurtel, E.R., Kouzel, N., Dewenter, L., Henseler, K., Maier, B., Differential interaction forces govern cell sorting in early biofilms, eLife;10.7554/eLife.10811 (2015)


    eLife 2015;10.7554/eLife.10811

    eLife 2015;10.7554/eLife.10811

  • Kouzel, N., Oldewurtel, E.R., Maier, B., Gene transfer efficiency in gonococcal biofilms: role of biofilm age, architecture, and pilin antigenic variation, J. Bacteriol., 197(14), 2422 (2015)
  • Marathe, R.*, Meel, C.*, Schmidt, N. C. , Dewenter, L., Kurre, R. , Greune, L.,  Schmidt, M.A., Müller, M. J. I., Lipowsky, R., Maier, B.*, Klumpp, S.*, Bacterial twitching motility is coordinated by a two-dimensional tug-of-war with directional memory, Nature Commun., 5, 3750 (2014)
  • Gangel, H.*, Hepp, C.*, Müller, S.*, Oldewurtel, E.R., Aas, F.E., Koomey, M., Maier, B. Concerted spatio-temporal dynamics of imported DNA and ComE DNA uptake protein during gonococcal transformation, PLoS Pathog., 10(4), e1004043 (2014)
  • Andersen, M.T., Dewenter, L., Maier, B., Seifert, H.S., Seminal plasma initiates a Neisseria gonorrhoeae transmission state, mBio 5(2), e01004-13 (2014)
  • Kurre, R., Kouzel, N., Ramakrishnan, K., Oldewurtel, E.R., Maier, B. Speed switching of gonococcal surface motility correlates with proton motive force, PLoS ONE, 8(6), e67718 (2013)
  • Kurre, R., Höne, A., Clausen, M., Meel, C., Maier, B. PilT2 enhances the speed of gonoccoal type IV pilus retraction and of twitching motility, Mol. Microbiol. 86(4), 857 (2012)
  • Meel, C., Kouzel, N., Oldewurtel, E.R., Maier, B. Three-Dimensional Obstacles for Bacterial Surface Motility, Small, 8(4), 530 (2012)
  • Maier, B. Competence and transformation, Bacillus: Cellular and Molecular Biology, ed. Peter Graumann, 2nd edition, Caister University Press, 377 (2012)
  • Holz, C., Opitz, D., Greune, L., Kurre, R., Koomey, M., Schmidt, M.A., Maier, B. Multiple pilus motors cooperate for persistent bacterial movement in two dimensions. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104(17), 178104 (2010)

  • Maier, B. Stochastische Differenzierung als bakterielle ÜberlebensstrategieBiospektrum 2/2010 

  • Hörner, F., Woerdemann, M., Müller, S., Maier, B., Denz, D. Full 3D translational and rotational optical control of multiple rod-shaped bacteriaJ. Biophoton. 3(7), 468-475 (2010) 
  • Bulyha, I., Schmidt, C., Lenz, P., Jakovljevic, V., Höne, A., Maier, B., Hoppert , M., Søgaard-Andersen, L. Regulation of the type IV pili molecular machine by dynamic localization of two motor proteinsMol. Microbiol. 74(3), 691-706 (2009)

  • Strassert, C.A., Otter, M., Albuquerque, R.Q., Höne, A., Vida, Y., Maier, B., De Cola, L.  Photoactive Hybrid Nanomaterial for Targeting, Labeling, and Killing Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 48(42), 7928-7931 (2009)

  • Salomonsson, E., Forsberg, A., Roos, N., Holz, C., Maier, B., Koomey, M., Winther-Larsen, H.C., Functional analyses of pilin-like proteins from Francisella species: complementation of Type IV pilus phenotypes in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Microbiology 155, 2546-2559 (2009)
  • Winther-Larsen, H.C., Wolfgang, M.C., van Putten, J.P.M., Roos, N., Aas, F.E., Egge-Jacobsen, W.M., Maier, B., Koomey, M. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Type IV Pilus Expression in Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Effects of Pilin Subunit Composition on Function and Organelle Dynamics. J. Bacteriol. 189(18), 6676-6685 (2007)
  • Leisner, M., Stingl, K., Rädler, J.O. and Maier, B. Basal expression rate of comK sets a ‘switching-window’ into the K-state of Bacillus subtilis. Mol. Microbiol. 63(6), 1806-1816 (2007)
  • Hahn, J., Maier, B., Haijema, B.J., Sheetz, M.P., Dubnau, D. Transformation proteins and DNA uptake localize to the cell poles in Bacillus subtilis. Cell 122(1), 59-71 (2005)
  • Galneder, R., Kahl, V., Nissen, J., Rädler, J.O., Zantl, R., Maier, B. and Hohner, A. Method and device for the electrophoretic separation of particles, especially of macromolecules. WO0107150, PCT/EP0007206 (1999)


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