Kielkowski Research Group - Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy

Chemical Biology of Protein Post-translational Modifications

Tweaking protein post-translational modifications to tackle neurological diseases.

Protein post-translational modifications (PTMs) create a complex regulatory layer of proteins’ activity providing the cell with mechanisms to swiftly adjust its metabolism to changing environment, and hence keep the cell homeostasis. Central processes modulating neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration are controlled by protein PTMs. Our objectives are to map and functionally characterize protein PTMs to better understand the fundamental regulatory pathways behind neurodevelopment and to identify PTM-based markers for early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. We aim to develop creative chemical biology tools, chemical proteomic methods and mass spectrometry techniques for characterization of protein PTMs in neurological disorders.

Selected publications:

Becker, T.; Cappel, C.; Di Matteo, F.; Sonsalla, G.; Kaminska, E.; Spada, F.; Cappello, S.; Damme, M.; Kielkowski, P.: "AMPylation profiling during neuronal differentiation reveals extensive variation on lysosomal proteins." iScience, 2021, 24, 103521. DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.103521.

Sieber, S. A.; Cappello, S.; Kielkowski, P.: "From young to old: AMPylation hits the brain." Cell Chem. Biol., 2020, 27, 773-779 (The Perspective highlighted on the Cover page).

Kielkowski, P.; Buchsbaum, I.Y.; Becker, T.; Bach, K.; Cappello, S.; Sieber, S.A.: "A pronucleotide probe for live cell imaging of protein AMPylation", ChemBioChem, 2020, 21, 1285–1287.

Kielkowski, P.; Buchsbaum, I.; Kirsch, V.; Bach, N.; Drukker, M.; Cappello, S.; Sieber, S.: "FICD activity and AMPylation remodelling modulate human neurogenesis." Nat. Commun., 2020, 11, 517.

Kielkowski, P.; Fanfrlík, J.; Hocek, M.: "7-Aryl-7-deazaadenine dNTPs are better substrates for DNA polymerases than dATP in competitive incorporations " Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 7552-7555.