Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

    AG Eilers

    Prof. Dr. Martin Eilers

    Lehrstuhl für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie
    Am Hubland
    97074 Würzburg

    Tel:   0931 31-84111
    Fax:  0931 31-84113

    Many cancers are life-threatening diseases and there is an urgent need for novel therapeutic strategies. Our group works on the human MYC protein family, which is involved in the development of the majority of all human cancers. Our aim is both to understand the function of MYC proteins and explore new strategies to inhibit their function.


    Understanding MYC function

    Targeting N-MYC/AURORA for tumor therapy

    MYC and Ubiquitin



    Krenz, B., Gebhardt-Wolf, A., Ade, C.P., Gaballa, A., Roehrig, F., Vendelova, E., Baluapuri, A., Eilers, U., Gallant, P., D' Artista, L., Wiegering, A., Gasteiger, G., Rosenfeldt, M.T., Bauer, S., Zender, L., Wolf, E., Eilers, M. (2021) MYC- and MIZ1-dependent vesicular transport of double-strand RNA controls immune evasion in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Cancer Research doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-21-1677.

    Cossa, G., Parua, P.K., Eilers, M. and Fisher, R.P. (2021) Protein phosphatases in the RNAPII transcription cycle: erasers, sculptors, gatekeepers and potential drug targets. Genes & Development. May 1, 2021; 35 (9-10).

    Roeschert, I., Poon, E., Henssen, A.G., Dorado Garcia, H., Gatti, M., Giansanti, C., Jamin, Y., Ade, C.P., Gallant, P., Schülein-Völk, C., Beli, P., Richards, M., Rosenfeldt, M., Altmeyer, M., Anderson, J., Eggert, A., Dobbelstein, M., Bayliss, R., Chesler, L., Büchel, G., Eilers, M. (2021) Combined inhibition of Aurora-A and ATR kinase resultsin regression of MYCN-amplifiedneuroblastoma, Nature Cancer doi: 10.1038/s43018-020-00171-8

    Endres, T., Solvie, D., Heidelberger, J., Andrioletti, V., Baluapuri, A., Ade, CP., Muhar, M., Eilers, U., Vos, SM., Cramer, P., Zuber, J., Beli, P., Popov, N., Wolf, E., Gallant, P., Eilers, M. (2021) Ubiquitylation of MYC couples transcription elongation with double-strand break repair at active promoters, Mol Cell 81(4):830-844.e13. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2020.12.035

    Toboso-Navasa, A., Gunawan, A., Morlino, G., Nakagawa, R., Taddei, A., Damry, D., Patel, Y., Chakravarty, P., Janz. M., Kassiotis, G., Brink, R., Eilers, M., Calado, DP. (2020) Restriction of memory B cell differentiation at the 1 germinal center B cellpositive selection stage 23. J Exp Med. 217(7). pii: e20191933. doi: 10.1084/jem.20191933.

    Baluapuri, A., Wolf, E., Eilers, M. (2020) Target gene-independent functions of Myc oncoproteins. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol.21(5):255-267 doi: 10.1038/ s41580-020-0215-2. [Epub ahead of print] Review

    Cossa, G., Roeschert, I., Prinz, F., Baluapuri, A., R.S., V., Schülein-Völk, C., Chang, Y.-C., Ade, C. P., Mastrobuoni, G., Girard, C., Wortmann, L., Walz, S., Lührmann, R., Kempa, S., Kuster, B., Wolf, E., Mumberg, D., Eilers, M. (2020) Localized inhibition of protein phosphatase 1 by NUAK1 promotes spliceosome activity and reveals a MYC-sensitive feedback control of transcription. Mol Cell.77(6):1322-1339.e11. doi: 10.1016/ j.molcel.2020.01.008. [Epub ahead of print]

    Schmidt, S., Gay, D., Uthe, F. W., Denk, S., Paauwe, M., Matthes, N., Diefenbacher, M. E., Bryson, S., Warrander, F. C., Erhard, F., Ade, C. P., Baluapuri, A., Walz, S., Jackstadt, R. F., Vlachogiannis, G., Valeri, N., Otto, C., Schülein-Völk, C., Maurus, K., Schmitz, W., Knight, J. R. P., Wolf, E., Strathdee, D., Schulze, A., Germer, C-T., Rosenwald, A., Sansom, O. J., Eilers, M., Wiegering, A. (2019) A MYC/GCN2/eIF2a negative feedback loop limits protein synthesis to prevent MYC-dependent apoptosis in colorectal cancer. Nature Cell Biology.21(11):1413-1424 doi:10.1038/ s41556-019-0408-0

    Herold, S., Kalb, J., Buchel, G., Ade, C. P., Baluapuri, A., Xu, J., Koster, J., Solvie, D., Carstensen, A., Klotz, C., Rodewald, S., Schulein-Volk, C., Dobbelstein, M., Wolf, E., Molenaar, J., Versteeg, R., Walz, S., Eilers, M. (2019). Recruitment of BRCA1 limits MYCN-driven accumulation of stalled RNA Polymerase. Nature. 567(7749):545-549. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1030-9

    Baluapuri, A., Hofstetter, J., Dudvarski Stankovic, N., Endres, T., Bhandare, P., Vos, S.M., Adhikari, B., Schwarz, J.D., Narain, A., Vogt, M., Wang, S.Y., Düster, R., Jung, L.A., Vanselow, J.T., Wiegering, A., Geyer, M., Maric, H.M., Gallant, P., Walz, S., Schlosser, A., Cramer, P., Eilers, M., Wolf, E. (2019) MYC recruits SPT5 to RNA polymerase II to promote processive transcription elongation. Mol Cell. 74(4):674-687.e11.

    Haikala,H., Anttila, J., Marques, E., Raatikainen, T., Ilander, M., Hakanen, H., Ala-Hongisto, H., Savelius, M., Balboa, D., von Eyss, B., Eskelinen, V., Munne, P., Nieminen, A., Otonkoski, T., Schüler, J., Laajala, T., Aittokallio, T., Sihto, H., Mattson, J., Heikkilä, P., Leidenius, M., Joensuu, H., Mustjoki, S., Kovanen, P., Eilers, M., Leverson, J., and Klefström, J. (2019) Pharmacological reactivation of MYC-dependent apoptosis induces susceptibility to anti-PD-1 immunotherapy Nat Commun 10: 620

    Link to all Publications in PubMed