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Prof. Dr. med. Gunther Hartmann

Speaker, Member, Steering-Committee Member

Institute of Clinical Chemistry & Clinical Pharmacology

Medical Faculty, University of Bonn University Hospital of Bonn Venusberg - Campus 1 53127 Bonn

+49 228 28716080


For over 20 years, Prof Hartmann’s research focus has been nucleic acid sensing in the broader context of nucleic acid immunity, and he has made fundamental contributions to the identification, characterization and immunobiology of nucleic acid ligands of TLR7, TLR8, TLR9, RIG-I, STING and cGAS. His group has discovered a pivotal mechanism by which RIG-I discriminates between foreign and self RNA, which is highly relevant for the development of improved mRNA vaccines. He has characterized the role of NLRP3 in NK-cell memory, has contributed to the discovery of cyclic [G(2’,5’) pA(3’,5’)p] (cGAMP), the metazoan second messenger in the cGAS- STING pathway, and to the identification of Y-form DNA as a minimal ligand for cGAS, and has demonstrated that RIG-I-triggered innate antiviral immunity can be used for prophylaxis and for treatment of viral infections such as influenza and SARS-CoV-2 in vivo.

Recent publications

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    Chronic endoplasmic reticulum stress in myotonic dystrophy type 2 promotes autoimmunity via mitochondrial DNA release.

    Nature communications

    Authors: Sarah Rösing, Fabian Ullrich, Susann Meisterfeld, Franziska Schmidt, Laura Mlitzko, Marijana Croon, Ryan G Nattrass, Nadia Eberl, Julia Mahlberg, Martin Schlee, Anja Wieland, Philipp Simon, Daniel Hilbig, Ulrike Reuner, Alexander Rapp, Julia Bremser, Peter Mirtschink, Stephan Drukewitz, Thomas Zillinger, Stefan Beissert, Katrin Paeschke, Gunther Hartmann, Aleksandra Trifunovic, Eva Bartok, Claudia Günther

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  • Cooperative activation of human TLR9 and consequences for the clinical development of antisense and CpG oligodeoxynucleotides.

    Molecular therapy. Nucleic acids

    Authors: Gunther Hartmann

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    A conserved isoleucine in the binding pocket of RIG-I controls immune tolerance to mitochondrial RNA.

    Nucleic acids research

    Authors: Ann Kristin de Regt, Kanchan Anand, Katrin Ciupka, Felix Bender, Karl Gatterdam, Bastian Putschli, David Fusshöller, Daniel Hilbig, Alexander Kirchhoff, Charlotte Hunkler, Steven Wolter, Agathe Grünewald, Christina Wallerath, Christine Schuberth-Wagner, Janos Ludwig, Katrin Paeschke, Eva Bartok, Gregor Hagelueken, Gunther Hartmann, Thomas Zillinger, Matthias Geyer, Martin Schlee

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