Prof. Olaf Kruse

Algae Biotech Group
The University of Bielefeld, Germany
Phone: +49 521 1065611
Fax: +49 521 89036
Email: [email protected]

Olaf Kruse

Olaf's Publications


Beckmann, J., Lehr, F., Finazzi, G.,  Hankamer, B., Posten, C., Wobbe, L. & Kruse, O. (2009). Improvement of light to biomass conversion by de-regulation of light harvesting protein translation in C. reinhardtii. J. Biotech. In press Ms. Ref. No.:  JBIOTEC-D-08-01071R1. Accepted 17-Feb-2009(IF= 2.6)


Nguyen A.V., Thomas-Hall, S., Malnoë, A., Timmins, A., Mussgnug,  J.H., Rupprecht, J., Kruse, O., Hankamer B. and Schenk, P.M. (2008). The transcriptome of photo-biological hydrogen production induced by sulphur deprivation in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Eu Cell 7 (11):1965-1979 (IF=3.4)

Wobbe, L., Schwarz, C., Nickelsen, J. and Kruse, O. (2008) Translational control of photosynthetic gene expression in phototrophic eukaryotes Phys. Plant. 133(3):507-15 (IF = 2)

Schenk P.M., Thomas-Hall S.R., Stephens E., Marx U.C., Mussgnug J.H., Posten C., Kruse O., Hankamer B. (2008). Second generation biofuels: High-efficiency microalgae for biodiesel production. BioEnergy Research1, 20-43 (2008). (IF= NA)


Doebbe, A., Rupprecht, J., Beckmann, Mussgnug, J.H., Hallmann, A. Hankamer, H. and Kruse, O. (2007) Functional integration of the HUP1 hexose symporter gene into the genome of C. reinhardtii: Impacts on biological H2 production. J. Biotech. 131: 27–33.

Hankamer, B., Lehr, F., Rupprecht, J., Mussgnug, J.H., Posten, C. and Kruse, O. (2007) Photosynthetic biomass and H2 production by green algae: from bioengineering to bioreactor scale-up. Phys. Plant 131:10-21.

Mussgnug, J. H., Thomas-Hall, S., Rupprecht, J., Foo, A., Klassen, V., McDowall, A., Schenk, P. M., Kruse, O. and Hankamer, B. (2007) Engineering photosynthetic light capture: impacts on improved solar energy to biomass conversion. Plant Biotech. J. 5: in press


Burda, K., Kruk, J., Strzałka, K., Stanek, J., Schmid, G. & Kruse, O. (2006) Mössbauer Studies of Cu(II) Ions Interaction with the Non-Heme Iron and Cytochrome b559 in a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii PSI Minus Mutant Acta Physica Polonica A. 109, 237-247.

Rupprecht, J., Hankamer, B., Mussgnug, J. H., Ananyev, G., Dismukes, C. and Kruse, O. (2006) Perspectives and advances of biological H2 production in microorganisms. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 72: 442-449.


Kruse O, Rupprecht J, Bader KP, Thomas-Hall S, Schenk PM, Finazzi G, Hankamer B (2005a) Improved photobiological H2 production in engineered green algal cells. J Biol Chem, 280: 34170-34177.

Kruse O, Rupprecht J, Mussgnug JH, Dismukes GC, Hankamer B (2005b) Photosynthesis: A blue print for energy capture and conversion technologies. Photochem Photobiol 4: 957 - 970.

Mussgnug, J.H., Wobbe, L., Elles, I., Claus, C., Hamilton, M., Fink, A., Kapazoglou, A., Mullineaux, C.W. Hippler, M., Nickelsen, J., Nixon, P.J. and Kruse, O. (2005) Nab1, an RNA-binding protein involved in the light-regulated differential expression of the light-harvesting antenna of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell 17: 3409-3421.


Schönfeld, C., Wobbe, L., Borgstädt R., Kienast, A., Nixon, P. J. and Kruse, O. (2004) The Nucleus-encoded Protein MOC1 Is Essential for Mitochondrial Light Acclimation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. J. Biol. Chem. 279(48): 50366-50374.


Hagenstein, M, Mussgnug, J.H., Lotte, K., Plessow, R., Brockhinke, A. and Kruse, O*. and Sewald, N*. (2003) Mechanism-based tagging of protein families- A new concept in functional proteomics. (2 authors for correspondence) Angew. Chem. 115: 5793-5796.

Stauber, E.J., Fink, A., Markert, C., Kruse, O., Johanningmeier, U. and Hippler, M. (2003) Functional proteomics of light-harvesting proteins from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, Eucaryotic Cell 2(5), 978-994.

Silva, P., Thompson, E., Bailey, S., Kruse, O., Mullineaux, C.W., Robinson, C., Mann, N.H. and Nixon, P.J. (2003) FtsH is involved in the early stages of repair of photosystem two in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Plant Cell 15: 2152-2164.

Burda, K., Kruk, J., Borgstädt, R., Stanek, J., Strzaka, K. Schmid, G.H. and Kruse, O. (2003) Low spin ferrous state of the non-heme iron in a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii PSI- mutant. FEBS Lett. 535: 159-165.


Kruse, O., Borgstädt, R., Mussgnug, J.H. and Strauss, C. (2002) Structural and functional aspects of phosphatidyl glycerol binding and covalent modification by reversible phosphorylation in the LHC II-PS II supercomplex. Recent Res. Devel. Plant Physiol. 3: 211-225.


Kruse, O. (2001) Light-induced short-term adaptation mechanisms under redox control in the PSII-LHCII supercomplex: LHCII state transitions and PSII repair cycle. Review Article Naturwissenschaften 88: 284-292.

Strauss, C., Mussgnug, J, Kruse, O. (2001) Ligation-mediated suppression-PCR as a powerful tool to analyse nuclear gene sequences in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Photosynth. Res. 70: 311-320.

Borgstädt, R. and Kruse, O. (2001) Identification and characterisation of state transition mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana in: Proceedings of the International Photosynthesis Meeting Brisbane, PS2001 Proceedings, 12th International Congress on Photosynthesis home/index.cfm: S3-008.


Kruse, O., Hankamer, B., Konczak, C., Erle, C., Morris, E., Radunz, A., Schmid, G., Barber, (2000) Phosphatidyl Glycerol is Involved in the Dimerization of Photosystem II. J. Biol. Chem. 275(9): 6509-6514.

Nield, J., Kruse, O., Ruprecht, J., Da Fonseca, P., Büchel, C., Barber, J. (2000) 3D structure of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Synechococcus elongatus Photosystem II complexes allow for comparison of their OEC organisation. J. Biol. Chem. 275(36): 27940-27946.


Kruse, O., Nixon, P.J., Schmid, G.H., Mullineaux, C.W. (1999) Isolation of state transition mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by fluorescence video imaging. Photosynth. Res. 61: 43-5.


Andronis, C., Kruse, O., Diner, B., Vass, I., Nixon, P.N.(1998) Mutation of Residue Threonine-2 of the D2 Polypeptide and Its Effect on Photosystem II Function in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Physiol. 117: 515-524.

Kruse, O., Mullineaux, C.W., Nixon, P.J., Schmid, G.H. (1998) Elucidating functional aspects of LHCII phosphorylation by DNA insertional mutagenesis in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. In: Photosynthesis: Mechanisms and Effects, (Grab, G. ed) Kluwer Acad. Publ. Vol III, 1915-1918.

Georgieva, K., Kruse, O., Barber, J. (1998) Investigating the role of CP43 phosphorylation during environmental stress. In: Photosynthesis: Mechanisms and Effects, (Grab, G. ed) Kluwer Acad. Publ., Vol III, 2159-2162.


Kruse, O., Zheleva D., Barber, J., (1997) Stabilization of photosystem two dimers by phosphorylation: Implication for the regulation of the turnover of the D1 protein. FEBS Lett. 408: 276-280.


Kruse, O., Schmid, G.H. (1995) The Role of Phosphatidylglycerol as a Functional Effector and Membrane Anchor of the D1-Core Peptide from Photosystem II-Particles of the Cyanobacterium Os. chalybea Z. Naturforsch. 50c: 380-390.

Kruse, O., Zheleva, D., Hankamer, B., Barber, J. (1995) Investigating the protective role of phosphorylation for PSII complexes. In:Photosynthesis:from Light to Biosphere (Mathis, P., ed.) Vol III Kluwer, Netherlands, 401-404.


Kruse, O, Radunz, A., Schmid, G.H. (1994) Phosphatidylglycerol and beta-Carotene Bound onto the D1-Core Peptide of Photosystem II in the Filamentous Cyanobacterium Osc.chalybea. Z. Naturforsch. 49c: 115-124.


Kruse, O. Radunz, A. and Schmid G.H. (1990) On the influence of the culture medium on the lipid and pigment composition of the cyanobacterium Oscillatoria chalybea. In: Plant Lipid Biochemistry, Structure and Utilization (Quinn a. Harwood ed.) Portland Press Limited, 360-363


Kruse, O., Hankamer, B. (2005) Photosynthetic Hydrogen Production. Patent No. WO2005003024 (Australia: University of Queensland).

Book Chapters

Burda, K & Kruse, O. (2006) Mössbauer Spectroscopy studies on tocopherols. Review in Encyclopedia of VitE, CABI Publishing, U.K.