Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
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Brügger, Britta , Prof. Dr. (Project leader)
Biochemistry Center Heidelberg (BZH)
Complete address:
Heidelberg University
Biochemistry Center (BZH)
Im Neuenheimer Feld 328, R308
69120 Heidelberg
+49 6221 54 5326
+49 6221 54 4366

Fields of interest:

We are interested in identifying and characterising specific protein-lipid interactions within membranes. To study such interactions we employ complementary approaches including cellular, in vitro and in silico systems. With a combination of chemical biology and mass-spectrometry based lipidomics we have recently discovered a specific interaction of a type I membrane protein with N-stearoyl-sphingomyelin. Here, lipid-binding modulates protein activity by facilitating protein dimerisation. Using a bioinformatics approach we defined a novel sphingolipid-binding motif within the transmembrane domain of a number of mammalian membrane proteins. We now aim at understanding structure-function-relationships of selected candidate proteins.
Lipidomics, Protein-Lipid-Interactions, Sphingolipids, Membrane proteins, Vesicular Transport

Curriculum Vitae:

Professor of Biochemistry/Chemical Biology at the Heidelberg University Biochemistry center

Research Fellow at Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center

Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Dr. Felix Wieland at Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center, Germany

Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Prof. Dr. James E. Rothman at Cellular Biochemistry and Biophysics Program, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, USA

Ph.D. thesis with Prof. Dr. Felix Wieland at Institute for Biochemistry, Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg, Germany

Study of Biochemistry at Frankfurt University, Germany

Selected publications:

A method for the quantitative determination of glycerophospholipid regioisomers by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS. (2019) Wozny K, Lehmann WD, Wozny M, Akbulut BS, Brügger B. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2019 Feb;411(4):915-924.

Streptococcal Lancefield polysaccharides are critical cell wall determinants for human Group IIA secreted phospholipase A2 to exert its bactericidal effects. (2018) van Hensbergen VP, Movert E, de Maat V, Lüchtenborg C, Le Breton Y, Lambeau G, Payré C, Henningham A, Nizet V, van Strijp JAG, Brügger B, Carlsson F, McIver KS, van Sorge NM. PLoS Pathog. 2018 Oct 15;14(10):e1007348.

Defective Mitochondrial Cardiolipin Remodeling Dampens HIF-1α Expression in Hypoxia. (2018) Chowdhury A, Aich A, Jain G, Wozny K, Lüchtenborg C, Hartmann M, Bernhard O, Balleiniger M, Alfar EA, Zieseniss A, Toischer K, Guan K, Rizzoli SO, Brügger B, Fischer A, Katschinski DM, Rehling P, Dudek J. Cell Rep. 2018 Oct 16;25(3):561-570.e6.

Phospholipidation of nuclear proteins by the human papillomavirus E6 oncoprotein: implication in carcinogenesis. (2018) Marx B, Hufbauer M, Zigrino P, Majewski S, Markiefka B, Sachsenheimer T, Brügger B, Akgül B. Oncotarget. 2018 Sep 25;9(75):34142-34158.

Targeting myelin lipid metabolism as a potential therapeutic strategy in a model of CMT1A neuropathy. (2018) Fledrich R, Abdelaal T, Rasch L, Bansal V, Schütza V, Brügger B, Lüchtenborg C, Prukop T, Stenzel J, Rahman RU, Hermes D, Ewers D, Möbius W, Ruhwedel T, Katona I, Weis J, Klein D, Martini R, Brück W, Müller WC, Bonn S, Bechmann I, Nave KA, Stassart R Nat Commun. 2018 Aug 2;9(1):3025.

Inconspicuous Little Allies: How Membrane Lipids Help Modulate Protein Function. (2018) Brügger B. ACS Cent Sci. 2018 May 23;4(5):530-531

Molecular and structural architecture of polyQ aggregates in yeast. (2018) Gruber A, Hornburg D, Antonin M, Krahmer N, Collado J, Schaffer M, Zubaite G, Lüchtenborg C, Sachsenheimer T, Brügger B, Mann M, Baumeister W, Hartl FU, Hipp MS, Fernández-Busnadiego R. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 Apr 10;115(15):E3446-E3453.

Brr6 and Brl1 locate to nuclear pore complex assembly sites to promote their biogenesis. (2018) Zhang W, Neuner A, Rüthnick D, Sachsenheimer T, Lüchtenborg C, Brügger B, Schiebel E. J Cell Biol. 2018 Mar 5; 217(3):877-894.

The host-cell restriction factor SERINC5 restricts HIV-1 infectivity without altering the lipid composition and organization of viral particles. (2017) Trautz B, Wiedemann H, Lüchtenborg C, Pierini V, Kranich J, Glass B, Kräusslich HG, Brocker T, Pizzato M, Ruggieri A, Brügger B, Fackler OT. J Biol Chem. 2017 Aug 18;292(33):13702-13713.

Peroxisomal dysfunctions cause lysosomal storage and axonal Kv1 channel redistribution in peripheral neuropathy. (2017) Kleinecke S, Richert S, de Hoz L, Brügger B, Kungl T, Asadollahi E, Quintes S, Blanz J, McGonigal R, Naseri K, Sereda MW, Sachsenheimer T, Lüchtenborg C, Möbius W, Willison H, Baes M, Nave KA, Kassmann CM. Elife. 2017 May 4;6. pii: e23332.

Sphingosine-1-phosphate lyase deficient cells as a tool to study protein lipid interactions. (2016) Gerl MJ, Bittl V, Kirchner K, Sachsenheimer T, Brunner HL, Lüchtenborg C, Özbalci C, Wiedemann H, Wegehingel S, Nickel W, Haberkant P, Schultz C, Krüger M and Brügger B. PlosOne, 2016;11(4):e0153009.

Morphology and Molecular Composition of Purified Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Envelope. (2016) Callens N, Brügger B, Bonnafous P, Drobecq H, Gerl MJ, Krey T, Roman-Sosa G, Rümenapf T, Lambert O, Dubuisson J, Rouillé Y. PLoS Pathog. 2016 Mar 3;12(3):e1005476.

Bifunctional Sphingosine for Cell-Based Analysis of Protein-Sphingolipid Interactions. (2016) Haberkant P, Stein F, Höglinger D, Gerl MJ, Brügger B, Van Veldhoven PP, Krijgsveld J, Gavin AC, Schultz C. ACS Chem Biol, 2016;11(1):222-30.

Cardiac-specific succinate dehydrogenase deficiency in Barth syndrome. (2015) Dudek J, Cheng IF, Chowdhury A, Wozny K, Balleininger M, Reinhold R, Grunau S, Callegari S, Toischer K, Wanders RJ, Hasenfuß G, Brügger B, Guan K, Rehling P. EMBO Mol Med. 2015 Dec 23;8(2):139-54.

Inhibition of Ebola virus glycoprotein-mediated cytotoxicity by targeting its transmembrane domain and cholesterol. (2015) Hacke M, Björkholm P, Hellwig A, Himmels P, Ruiz de Almodovar C, Brügger B, Wieland F, Ernst AM Nature Comm 2015;6:7688.

Quantitative analysis of the human T cell palmitome. (2015) Morrison E, Kuropka B, Kliche S, Brügger B, Krause E, Freund C. Sci Rep. 2015 Jun 26;5:11598.

Homeostasis of phospholipids - The level of phosphatidyl¬ethanolamine tightly adapts to changes in ethanolamine plasmalogens. (2015) Dorninger F, Brodde A, Braverman NE, Moser AB, Just WW, Forss-Petter S, Brügger B, Berger J. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Feb;1851(2):117-28.

Identification of novel sphingolipid-binding motifs in mammalian membrane proteins. (2014) Björkholm P, Ernst AM, Hacke M, Wieland F, Brügger B, von Heijne G. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Aug;1838(8):2066-70.

Tools to study lipid functions. (2014) Brügger B, Brown A. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2014 Aug;1841(8):1021.

Lipidomics: analysis of the lipid composition of cells and subcellular organelles by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. (2014) Brügger B. Annu Rev Biochem. 2014 Jun 2;83:79-98.

Analysis of transmembrane domains and lipid modified peptides with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry. (2014) Gerl MJ, Sachsenheimer T, Grzybek M, Coskun U, Wieland FT, Brügger B. Anal Chem. 2014 Apr 15;86(8):3722-6.

Aim24 and MICOS modulate respiratory function, tafazzin-related cardiolipin modification and mitochondrial architecture. (2014) Harner ME, Unger AK, Izawa T, Walther DM, Ozbalci C, Geimer S, Reggiori F, Brügger B, Mann M, Westermann B, Neupert W. Elife. 2014 Jan 1;3:e01684.

Sphingolipids as modulators of membrane proteins (2013) Ernst MA, Brügger B BBA MCBL, doi:pii: S1388-1981(13)00239-4

In vivo profiling and visualization of cellular protein-lipid interactions using bifunctional fatty acids. (2013) Haberkant P, Raijmakers R, Wildwater M, Sachsenheimer T, Brügger B, Maeda K, Houweling M, Gavin AC, Schultz C, van Meer G, Heck AJ, Holthuis JC. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 52(14):4033-8-

Differential transport of Influenza A neuraminidase signal anchor peptides to the plasma membrane. (2013) Ernst AM, Zacherl S, Herrmann A, Hacke M, Nickel W, Wieland FT, Brügger B. FEBS Lett 587(9):1411-7.

Comparative lipidomics analysis of HIV-1 particles and their producer cell membrane in different cell lines. (2013) Lorizate M, Sachsenheimer T, Glass B, Habermann A, Gerl MJ, Kräusslich HG, Brügger B. Cell Microbiol 15(2):292-304.

Quantitative analysis of cellular lipids by nano-electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry. (2013) Özbalci C, Sachsenheimer T, Brügger B Methods Mol Biol, 1033:3-20

The Structures of COPI-Coated Vesicles Reveal Alternate Coatomer Conformations and Interactions. (2012) Faini M, Prinz S, Beck R, Schorb M, Riches JD, Bacia K, Brügger B, Wieland FT, Briggs JA. Science 336(6087):1451-4.

Molecular recognition of a single sphingolipid species by a protein's transmembrane domain (2012) Contreras FX, Ernst AM, Haberkant P, Björkholm P, Lindahl E, Gönen B, Tischer C, Elofsson A, von Heijne G, Thiele C, Pepperkok R, Wieland F, Brügger B. Nature 481(7382):525-9

Biochemical and morphological properties of hepatitis C virus particles and determination of their lipidome. (2011) Merz A, Long G, Hiet MS, Brügger B, Chlanda P, Andre P, Wieland F, Krijnse-Locker J, Bartenschlager R. J Biol Chem. 286(4):3018-32.

A mitochondrial phosphatase required for cardiolipin biosynthesis: the PGP phosphatase Gep4. (2010) Osman C, Haag M, Wieland FT, Brügger B, Langer T. EMBO J 29(12):1976-87.

Genetic evidence for functional interaction of the Escherichia coli signal recognition particle receptor with acidic lipids in vivo. (2010) Erez E, Stjepanovic G, Zelazny AM, Brügger B, Sinning I, Bibi E. J Biol Chem. 285(52):40508-14.

Ceramide triggers budding of exosome vesicles into multivesicular endosomes. (2008) Trajkovic K, Hsu C, Chiantia S, Rajendran L, Wenzel D, Wieland F, Schwille P, Brügger B, Simons M. Science 319(5867):1244-7.

Protein-sphingolipid interactions within cellular membranes. (2008) Haberkant P, Schmitt O, Contreras FX, Thiele C, Hanada K, Sprong H, Reinhard C, Wieland FT, Brügger B. J Lipid Res 49(1):251-62.

Molecular anatomy of a trafficking organelle. (2006) Takamori S, Holt M, Stenius K, Lemke EA, Grønborg M, Riedel D, Urlaub H, Schenck S, Brügger B, Ringler P, Müller SA, Rammner B, Gräter F, Hub JS, De Groot BL, Mieskes G, Moriyama Y, Klingauf J, Grubmüller H, Heuser J, Wieland F, Jahn R. Cell 127(4):831-46.

The HIV lipidome: a raft with an unusual composition. (2006) Brügger B, Glass B, Haberkant P, Leibrecht I, Wieland FT, Kräusslich HG. PNAS 103(8):2641-6.

High cholesterol level is essential for myelin membrane growth. (2005) Saher G, Brügger B, Lappe-Siefke C, Möbius W, Tozawa R, Wehr MC, Wieland F, Ishibashi S, Nave KA. Nat Neurosci 8(4):468-75.

Evidence for segregation of sphingomyelin and cholesterol during formation of COPI-coated vesicles. (2000) Brügger B, Sandhoff R, Wegehingel S, Gorgas K, Malsam J, Helms JB, Lehmann WD, Nickel W, Wieland FT. J Cell Biol 151(3):507-18.

Quantitative analysis of biological membrane lipids at the low picomole level by nano-electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry. (1997) Brügger B, Erben G, Sandhoff R, Wieland FT, Lehmann WD. PNAS 94(6):2339-44.