Prof Jörg Vogel

Our research and approach

RNA Biology of Bacterial Infections

The Vogel lab strives to chart the diversity of noncoding RNA functions and RNA-binding proteins in major bacterial pathogens and in the hundreds of different bacteria that make up the human microbiome. We develop new RNA deep sequencing-based techniques to capture the RNA world of any microbe, ideally at the single cell level. We want to understand how and why bacteria use noncoding RNA as a regulator during infection and exploit this knowledge to target pathogens and edit the microbiota with precision. Projects focus on several bacteria from our major workhorse Salmonella Typhimurium to anaerobic microbes that are associated with colorectal cancer such as Fusobacterium nucleatum.

Team members

Research projects

Discovery of functional RNAs in the microbiome

The major classes of bacterial noncoding RNA are known only for a few species, meaning that the RNA biology of the vast majority of microbes that are important for human health remains unexplored. Exploiting RNA as a programmable antibiotic to treat bacterial infections and dysbiosis requires that we comprehensively understand the major RNA-based pathways and mechanisms in these species. Over the years, we have pioneered a number of RNA deep sequencing-based methods such as differential RNA-seq (Sharma et al. 2010 Nature) or Dual RNA-seq (Westermann et al. 2016 Nature) to understand which and when RNAs are expressed during the course of an infection. Moreover, with Grad-seq (Smirnov et al. 2016 PNAS) we can now classify potentially all cellular transcripts in an unbiased manner based on their biochemical behaviour. Using these approaches, we are beginning to chart the full cosmos of noncoding RNA functions in the human microbiome.

New RNA-binding proteins

Noncoding RNA molecules generally interact with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) to become functional in the cellular environment. Decades of work in eukaryotes have established RBPs as a pillar of post-transcriptional gene control, with numbers ranging from the hundreds to thousands in vertebrates, invertebrates and yeast cells. Ironically, we know relatively little about the number of RBPs and the mechanisms by which they function in the organisms that seem the easiest to analyse: bacteria. Although bacteria extensively regulate gene expression at the RNA level, our knowledge of global RBPs remains limited to the small RNA chaperone Hfq and the translational repressor CsrA. However, increasing evidence, including the serendipitous discovery of CRISPR-Cas systems, suggests that many RBPs await discovery especially in less well studied microbes.

We have discovered the “osmoregulatory” protein ProQ as a new abundant RBP which binds hundreds cellular RNAs in Salmonella and E. coli (Smirnov et al. 2016 PNAS), including various small RNAs. Our results for ProQ suggest new molecular mechanisms of bacterial gene control at mRNA 3’ ends and a novel regulatory network whereby ProQ recognizes RNA structure rather than primary sequence (Smirnov et al. 2017 EMBO J Holmqvist et al. 2018 Molecular Cell). We are also addressing the fundamental principles involved in RNA recognition by trying to understand how members of this RBP family use the FinO domain for either highly specific or global RNA recognition in the same cellular environment. Continuing with RBP discovery, we are now exploring the microbiome for new RBPs.

Single-cell RNA biology

The development of single-cell RNA-seq and its ability to describe the gene expression profiles of individual cells rather than the average cellular population is rapidly changing our view of many aspects of biology, including the discovery of new cell types and functions. Single-cell RNA-seq is also emerging as a powerful tool to determine cell-to-cell variability in bacterial pathogenesis, however, technical issues have restricted its use to the analysis of eukaryotic transcriptomes. For example, we have studied how heterogeneous intracellular growth of Salmonella drives the polarization state of individually infected macrophages (Saliba et al. 2016 Nature Microbiology). 

Our grand challenge is to fully establish single-cell RNA-seq for bacteria, which is currently hampered by the small amounts of cellular RNA present and the lack of a polyA tail for easy cDNA priming as in eukaryotes. Transcriptomes from single bacteria will provide insight into the basis for phenotypic resistance to antibiotic treatment, stochastic persister formation, and phenotypic diversification for bet hedging, poorly understood phenomena that are threatening our ability to successfully treat bacterial infections. It will also be the next step for developing single-cell Dual RNA-seq to simultaneously study individual host-pathogen interactions. Going beyond simple single-cell transcriptomics, our long-term ambition is to develop robust methodologies for routine high-throughput RNA biochemistry to study post-transcriptional control in single bacterial cells.

The RNA route to manipulation of the microbiota

Our body is colonized by a vast array of bacteria, which together form the human microbiome. The gut alone harbours more than 1,000 bacterial species. An understanding of their individual or synergistic contributions to human health and disease demands a means to interfere and perturb their functions on the species level, with a selectivity that is not possible using currently available antibiotics. 

Our ultimate goal is precision manipulation of the human microbiome using “programmable antibiotics” in the form of RNA-directed antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs). The same approach can be taken to target antibiotic-resistant pathogens as an alternative to standard antibiotics. These ASOs are coupled to small peptides that carry them inside the bacteria to silence the mRNAs of essential genes. There is already proof-of-principle for this exciting concept, but many open questions remain. What does it take to make these ASOs truly species-specific; how can we minimize potential off-target effects; what are the most effective peptides for delivery; what about the host response and bacterial resistance mechanisms? Since there is unlikely to be a one case-fits-all solution for all microbiome species, this project can only succeed by integrating diverse expertise from RNA biology, microbiology, immunology, single-cell biology, and pharmacy.



Breast cancer colonization by Fusobacterium nucleatum accelerates tumor growth and metastatic progression

Parhi L, Alon-Maimon T, Sol A, Nejman D, Shhadeh A, Fainsod-Levi T, Yajuk O, Isaacson B, Abed J, Maalouf N, …, Straussman R, Bachrach G (2020)

Nature Communications, 11 (1): 3259

The minimal meningococcal ProQ protein has an intrinsic capacity for structure-based global RNA recognition

Bauriedl S, Gerovac M, Heidrich N, Bischler T, Barquist L, Vogel J, Schoen C (2020)

Nature Communications, 11 (1): 2823

Integrative functional genomics decodes herpes simplex virus 1

Whisnant A, Jürges C, Hennig T, Wyler E, Prusty B, Rutkowski A, L'hernault A, Djakovic L, Göbel M, Döring K, …, Erhard F, Dölken L (2020)

Nature Communications, 11 (1): 2038

Grad-seq in a Gram-positive bacterium reveals exonucleolytic sRNA activation in competence control

Hör J, Garriss G, Di Giorgio S, Hack L, Vanselow J, Förstner K, Schlosser A, Henriques-Normark B, Vogel J (2020)

The EMBO Journal: 10385

The conserved 3' UTR-derived small RNA NarS mediates mRNA crossregulation during nitrate respiration

Wang C, Chao Y, Matera G, Gao Q, Vogel J (2020)

Nucleic Acids Research, 48 (4): 2126-2143

Increasing storage stability of freeze-dried plasma using trehalose

Brogna R, Oldenhof H, Sieme H, Figueiredo C, Kerrinnes T, Wolkers W (2020)

PloS one, 15 (6): 02345

Improved bacterial RNA-seq by Cas9-based depletion of ribosomal RNA reads

Prezza G, Heckel T, Dietrich S, Homberger C, Westermann A, Vogel J (2020)

RNA (New York, N.Y.)

Trans-Acting Small RNAs and Their Effects on Gene Expression in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica

Hör J, Matera G, Vogel J, Gottesman S, Storz G (2020)

EcoSal Plus, 9 (1)

Tracheal brush cells release acetylcholine in response to bitter tastants for paracrine and autocrine signaling

Hollenhorst M, Jurastow I, Nandigama R, Appenzeller S, Li L, Vogel J, Wiederhold S, Althaus M, Empting M, Altmüller J, …, Saliba A, Krasteva-Christ G (2020)

The FASEB Journal, 34 (1): 316-332

An Advanced Human Intestinal Coculture Model Reveals Compartmentalized Host and Pathogen Strategies during Salmonella Infection

Schulte L, Schweinlin M, Westermann A, Janga H, Santos S, Appenzeller S, Walles H, Vogel J, Metzger M (2020)

MBio, 11 (1): 03348-19


An RNA Surprise in Bacterial Effector Mechanisms

Gerovac M, Vogel J (2019)

Cell Host & Microbe, 26 (6): 709-711

Functional expansion of a TCA cycle operon mRNA by a 3' end-derived small RNA

Miyakoshi M, Matera G, Maki K, Sone Y, Vogel J (2019)

Nucleic Acids Research, 47 (4): 2075-2088

The CRISPR/Cas system in Neisseria meningitidis affects bacterial adhesion to human nasopharyngeal epithelial cells

Heidrich N, Hagmann A, Bauriedl S, Vogel J, Schoen C (2019)

RNA Biology, 16 (4): 390-396

The Major RNA-Binding Protein ProQ Impacts Virulence Gene Expression in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium

Westermann A, Venturini E, Sellin M, Förstner K, Hardt W, Vogel J (2019)

MBio, 10 (1): 02504-18


Salmonella persisters undermine host immune defenses during antibiotic treatment

Stapels D, Hill P, Westermann A, Fisher R, Thurston T, Saliba A, Blommestein I, Vogel J, Helaine S (2018)

Science, 362 (6419): 1156-1160

Genome organization and DNA accessibility control antigenic variation in trypanosomes

Müller L, Cosentino R, Förstner K, Guizetti J, Wedel C, Kaplan N, Janzen C, Arampatzi P, Vogel J, Steinbiss S, …, Sebra R, Siegel T (2018)

Nature, 563 (7729): 121-125

Stress-induced host membrane remodeling protects from infection by non-motile bacterial pathogens

Tawk C, Nigro G, Rodrigues Lopes I, Aguilar C, Lisowski C, Mano M, Sansonetti P, Vogel J, Eulalio A (2018)

The EMBO Journal, 37 (23): 98529

RNA-binding proteins in bacteria

Holmqvist E, Vogel J (2018)

Nature Reviews Microbiology, 16 (10): 601-615

Bacterial RNA Biology on a Genome Scale

Hör J, Gorski S, Vogel J (2018)

Molecular Cell, 70 (5): 785-799

Nuclear lncRNA stabilization in the host response to bacterial infection

Munschauer M, Vogel J (2018)

The EMBO Journal, 37 (13): 99875

Global Maps of ProQ Binding In Vivo Reveal Target Recognition via RNA Structure and Stability Control at mRNA 3' Ends

Holmqvist E, Li L, Bischler T, Barquist L, Vogel J (2018)

Molecular Cell, 70 (5): 971-982

CRP-cAMP mediates silencing of Salmonella virulence at the post-transcriptional level

El Mouali Y, Gaviria-Cantin T, Sánchez-Romero M, Gibert M, Westermann A, Vogel J, Balsalobre C (2018)

PLoS Genetics, 14 (6): 10074

Host-Pathogen Transcriptomics by Dual RNA-Seq

Westermann A, Vogel J (2018)

In: Arluison V., Valverde C. (eds) Bacterial Regulatory RNA, Methods Mol Biol (Methods in Molecular Biology), 1737: 59-75


Global snapshots of bacterial RNA networks

Hör J, Vogel J (2017)

The EMBO Journal, 36 (3): 245-247

RNA-based recognition and targeting: sowing the seeds of specificity

Gorski S, Vogel J, Doudna J (2017)

Nature Reviews Molecular Cell biology, 18 (4): 215-228

APRICOT: an integrated computational pipeline for the sequence-based identification and characterization of RNA-binding proteins

Sharan M, Förstner K, Eulalio A, Vogel J (2017)

Nucleic Acids Research, 45 (11): 96

In Vivo Cleavage Map Illuminates the Central Role of RNase E in Coding and Non-coding RNA Pathways

Chao Y, Li L, Girodat D, Förstner K, Said N, Corcoran C, Smiga M, Papenfort K, Reinhardt R, Wieden H, Luisi B, Vogel J (2017)

Molecular Cell, 65 (1): 39-51

Molecular mechanism of mRNA repression in trans by a ProQ‐dependent small RNA

Smirnov A, Wang C, Drewry L, Vogel J (2017)

The EMBO Journal, 36 (8): 1029-45

The primary transcriptome of Neisseria meningitidis and its interaction with the RNA chaperone Hfq

Heidrich N, Bauriedl S, Barquist L, Li L, Schoen C, Vogel J (2017)

Nucleic Acids Research, 45 (10): 6147-6167

A systematic analysis of the RNA-targeting potential of secreted bacterial effector proteins

Tawk C, Sharan M, Eulalio A, Vogel J (2017)

Scientific Reports, 7 (1): 9328

Einzelzell-RNA-Sequenzierung beleuchtet den Infektionsprozess

Saliba A, Westermann A, Vogel J (2017)

BIOspektrum, 23 (5): 525-528

Structure of the Escherichia coli ProQ RNA-binding protein

Gonzalez G, Hardwick S, Maslen S, Skehel J, Holmqvist E, Vogel J, Bateman A, Luisi B, Broadhurst R (2017)

RNA (New York, N.Y.C), 23 (5): 696-711

New RNA-seq approaches for the study of bacterial pathogens

Saliba A, C Santos S, Vogel J (2017)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 35: 78-87

Discovery of new RNA classes and global RNA-binding proteins

Smirnov A, Schneider C, Hör J, Vogel J (2017)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 39: 152-160

RNA target profiles direct the discovery of virulence functions for the cold-shock proteins CspC and CspE

Michaux C, Holmqvist E, Vasicek E, Sharan M, Barquist L, Westermann A, Gunn J, Vogel J (2017)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 114 (26): 6824-6829

Resolving host-pathogen interactions by dual RNA-seq

Westermann A, Barquist L, Vogel J (2017)

PLoS Pathogens, 13 (2): 10060


An expanded evaluation of protein function prediction methods shows an improvement in accuracy

Jiang Y, Oron T, Clark W, Bankapur A, D'Andrea D, Lepore R, Funk C, Kahanda I, Verspoor K, Ben-Hur A, …, Friedberg I, Radivojac P (2016)

Genome Biology, 17 (1): 184

The target spectrum of SdsR small RNA in Salmonella

Fröhlich K, Haneke K, Papenfort K, Vogel J (2016)

Nucleic Acids Research, 44 (21): 10406-22

Dual RNA-seq unveils noncoding RNA functions in host-pathogen interactions

Westermann A, Forstner K, Amman F, Barquist L, Chao Y, Schulte L, Muller L, Reinhardt R, Stadler P, Vogel J (2016)

Nature, 529 (7587): 496-501

cis-Encoded Small RNAs, a Conserved Mechanism for Repression of Polysaccharide Utilization in Bacteroides

Cao Y, Förstner K, Vogel J, Smith C (2016)

Journal Of Bacteriology, 198 (18): 2410-8

The primary transcriptome of the Escherichia coli O104:H4 pAA plasmid and novel insights into its virulence gene expression and regulation

Berger P, Knödler M, Förstner K, Berger M, Bertling C, Sharma C, Vogel J, Karch H, Dobrindt U, Mellmann A (2016)

Scientific Reports, 6: 35307

Natural mutations in a Staphylococcus aureus virulence regulator attenuate cytotoxicity but permit bacteremia and abscess formation

Das S, Lindemann C, Young B, Muller J, Österreich B, Ternette N, Winkler A, Paprotka K, Reinhardt R, Förstner K, …, Wyllie D, Fraunholz M (2016)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 113 (22): 3101-10

An NK Cell Perforin Response Elicited via IL-18 Controls Mucosal Inflammation Kinetics during Salmonella Gut Infection

Müller A, Dolowschiak T, Sellin M, Felmy B, Verbree C, Gadient S, Westermann A, Vogel J, LeibundGut-Landmann S, Hardt W (2016)

PLoS Pathogens, 12 (6): 10057

Gifsy-1 Prophage IsrK with Dual Function as Small and Messenger RNA Modulates Vital Bacterial Machineries

Hershko-Shalev T, Odenheimer-Bergman A, Elgrably-Weiss M, Ben-Zvi T, Govindarajan S, Seri H, Papenfort K, Vogel J, Altuvia S (2016)

PLoS Genetics, 12 (4): 10059

Emerging roles of RNA modifications in bacteria

Marbaniang C, Vogel J (2016)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 30: 50-57

Single-cell RNA-seq ties macrophage polarization to growth rate of intracellular Salmonella

Saliba A, Li L, Westermann A, Appenzeller S, Stapels D, Schulte L, Helaine S, Vogel J (2016)

Nature Microbiology, 2: 16206

Grad-seq guides the discovery of ProQ as a major small RNA-binding protein

Smirnov A, Förstner K, Holmqvist E, Otto A, Günster R, Becher D, Reinhardt R, Vogel J (2016)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 113 (41): 11591-11596

Global RNA recognition patterns of post-transcriptional regulators Hfq and CsrA revealed by UV crosslinking in vivo

Holmqvist E, Wright P, Li L, Bischler T, Barquist L, Reinhardt R, Backofen R, Vogel J (2016)

The EMBO Journal, 35 (9): 991-1011

Molecular phenotyping of infection-associated small non-coding RNAs

Barquist L, Westermann A, Vogel J (2016)

Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society Of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 371 (1707): 20160


Accelerating Discovery and Functional Analysis of Small RNAs with New Technologies

Barquist L, Vogel J (2015)

Annual Review Of Genetics, 49: 367-94

Small RNA-based feedforward loop with AND-gate logic regulates extrachromosomal DNA transfer in Salmonella

Papenfort K, Espinosa E, Casadesús J, Vogel J (2015)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 112 (34): 4772-81

dRNA-Seq Reveals Genomewide TSSs and Noncoding RNAs of Plant Beneficial Rhizobacterium Bacillus amyloliquefaciens FZB42

Fan B, Li L, Chao Y, Förstner K, Vogel J, Borriss R, Wu X (2015)

PloS one, 10 (11): 01420

Cross talk between ABC transporter mRNAs via a target mRNA-derived sponge of the GcvB small RNA

Miyakoshi M, Chao Y, Vogel J (2015)

The EMBO Journal, 34 (11): 1478-92

Investigating CRISPR RNA Biogenesis and Function Using RNA-seq

Heidrich N, Dugar G, Vogel J, Sharma C (2015)

In: CRISPR: Methods and protocols (eds Lundgren M, Charpentier E, Fineran PC), Methods Mol Biol (Methods in Molecular Biology), 1311: 1-21

Regulatory small RNAs from the 3' regions of bacterial mRNAs

Miyakoshi M, Chao Y, Vogel J (2015)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 24: 132-9

Genome-wide transcription start site profiling in biofilm-grown Burkholderia cenocepacia J2315

Sass A, van Acker H, Förstner K, van Nieuwerburgh F, Deforce D, Vogel J, Coenye T (2015)

BMC Genomics, 16: 775

Dual 3'Seq using deepSuperSAGE uncovers transcriptomes of interacting Salmonella enterica Typhimurium and human host cells

Afonso-Grunz F, Hoffmeier K, Müller S, Westermann A, Rotter B, Vogel J, Winter P, Kahl G (2015)

BMC Genomics, 16: 323


A bacterial seek-and-destroy system for foreign DNA

Vogel J (2014)

Science, 344 (6187): 972-3

Identification and Characterization of Small Non-coding RNAs in Bacteria

Podkaminski D, Bouvier M, Vogel J (2014)

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READemption-a tool for the computational analysis of deep-sequencing-based transcriptome data

Förstner K, Vogel J, Sharma C (2014)

Bioinformatics, 30 (23): 3421-3

Meeting report: Regulating with RNA in Bacteria 2013

Vogel J, Gottesman S, Belasco J, Narberhaus F (2014)

RNA Biology, 11 (5): 403-12

Small RNA functions in carbon metabolism and virulence of enteric pathogens

Papenfort K, Vogel J (2014)

Frontiers In Cellular And Infection Microbiology, 4: 91

Recognition of the small regulatory RNA RydC by the bacterial Hfq protein

Dimastrogiovanni D, Fröhlich K, Bandyra K, Bruce H, Hohensee S, Vogel J, Luisi B (2014)

ELife, 3: 05375

Differential RNA-seq: the approach behind and the biological insight gained

Sharma C, Vogel J (2014)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 19: 97-105

Single-cell RNA-seq: advances and future challenges

Saliba A, Westermann A, Gorski S, Vogel J (2014)

Nucleic Acids Research, 42 (14): 8845-60


Same same but different: new structural insight into CRISPR-Cas complexes

Heidrich N, Vogel J (2013)

Molecular Cell, 52 (1): 4-7

β-Lactam antibiotics promote bacterial mutagenesis via an RpoS-mediated reduction in replication fidelity

Gutierrez A, Laureti L, Crussard S, Abida H, Rodríguez-Rojas A, Blázquez J, Baharoglu Z, Mazel D, Darfeuille F, Vogel J, Matic I (2013)

Nature Communications, 4: 1610

Processing-Independent CRISPR RNAs Limit Natural Transformation in Neisseria meningitidis

Zhang Y, Heidrich N, Ampattu B, Gunderson C, Seifert H, Schoen C, Vogel J, Sontheimer E (2013)

Molecular Cell, 50 (4): 488-503

Targeted decay of a regulatory small RNA by an adaptor protein for RNase E and counteraction by an anti-adaptor RNA

Göpel Y, Papenfort K, Reichenbach B, Vogel J, Görke B (2013)

Genes & Development, 27 (5): 552-64

A small RNA activates CFA synthase by isoform-specific mRNA stabilization

Fröhlich K, Papenfort K, Fekete A, Vogel J (2013)

The EMBO Journal, 32 (22): 2963-79

CRISPRs extending their reach: prokaryotic RNAi protein Cas9 recruited for gene regulation

Heidrich N, Vogel J (2013)

The EMBO Journal, 32 (13): 1802-4

Small RNA-Mediated Activation of Sugar Phosphatase mRNA Regulates Glucose Homeostasis

Papenfort K, Sun Y, Miyakoshi M, Vanderpool C, Vogel J (2013)

Cell, 153 (2): 426-437

Regulatory Mechanisms of Special Significance: Role of Small RNAs in Virulence Regulation

Papenfort K, Corcoran C, Gupta S, Miyakoshi M, Heidrich N, Chao Y, Fröhlich K, Ziebuhr W, Böhm A, Vogel J, Sharma C (2013)

In: Regulation of Bacterial Virulence (eds Darwin AJ, Vasil ML): 493-527

RNA-mediated regulation in pathogenic bacteria

Caldelari I, Chao Y, Romby P, Vogel J (2013)

Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives In Medicine, 3 (9): 01029

Bacterial regulatory mechanisms: the gene and beyond

Bassler B, Vogel J (2013)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 16 (2): 109-11

Comparative genomics boosts target prediction for bacterial small RNAs

Wright P, Richter A, Papenfort K, Mann M, Vogel J, Hess W, Backofen R, Georg J (2013)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 110 (37): 3487-96

Alexander Böhm (1971-2012)

Boos W, Parkinson J, Jenal U, Vogel J, Søgaard-Andersen L (2013)

Molecular Microbiology, 88 (2): 219-21

Differential activation and functional specialization of miR-146 and miR-155 in innate immune sensing

Schulte L, Westermann A, Vogel J (2013)

Nucleic Acids Research, 41 (1): 542-53


The seed region of a small RNA drives the controlled destruction of the target mRNA by the endoribonuclease RNase E

Bandyra K, Said N, Pfeiffer V, Górna M, Vogel J, Luisi B (2012)

Molecular Cell, 47 (6): 943-53

Dual RNA-seq of pathogen and host

Westermann A, Gorski S, Vogel J (2012)

Nature Reviews Microbiology, 10 (9): 618-30

The mammalian microRNA response to bacterial infections

Eulalio A, Schulte L, Vogel J (2012)

RNA Biology, 9 (6): 742-50

Experimental tools to identify RNA-protein interactions in Helicobacter pylori

Rieder R, Reinhardt R, Sharma C, Vogel J (2012)

RNA Biology, 9 (4): 520-31

Small RNAs of the Bradyrhizobium/Rhodopseudomonas lineage and their analysis

Madhugiri R, Pessi G, Voss B, Hahn J, Sharma C, Reinhardt R, Vogel J, Hess W, Fischer H, Evguenieva-Hackenberg E (2012)

RNA Biology, 9 (1): 47-58

The ancestral SgrS RNA discriminates horizontally acquired Salmonella mRNAs through a single G-U wobble pair

Papenfort K, Podkaminski D, Hinton J, Vogel J (2012)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 109 (13): 757-64

The transcriptional landscape and small RNAs of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

Kröger C, Dillon S, Cameron A, Papenfort K, Sivasankaran S, Hokamp K, Chao Y, Sittka A, Hébrard M, Händler K, …, Vogel J, Hinton J (2012)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 109 (20): 1277-86

RelA protein stimulates the activity of RyhB small RNA by acting on RNA-binding protein Hfq

Argaman L, Elgrably-Weiss M, Hershko T, Vogel J, Altuvia S (2012)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 109 (12): 4621-6

Global regulatory functions of the Staphylococcus aureus endoribonuclease III in gene expression

Lioliou E, Sharma C, Caldelari I, Helfer A, Fechter P, Vandenesch F, Vogel J, Romby P (2012)

PLoS Genetics, 8 (6): 10027

The Primary Transcriptome of Barley Chloroplasts: Numerous Noncoding RNAs and the Dominating Role of the Plastid-Encoded RNA PolymeraseCWOA

Zhelyazkova P, Sharma C, Förstner K, Liere K, Vogel J, Börner T (2012)

The Plant Cell, 24 (1): 123-36

Superfolder GFP reporters validate diverse new mRNA targets of the classic porin regulator, MicF RNA

Corcoran C, Podkaminski D, Papenfort K, Urban J, Hinton J, Vogel J (2012)

Molecular Microbiology, 84 (3): 428-45

The csgD mRNA as a hub for signal integration via multiple small RNAs

Boehm A, Vogel J (2012)

Molecular Microbiology, 84 (1): 1-5

An atlas of Hfq-bound transcripts reveals 3' UTRs as a genomic reservoir of regulatory small RNAs

Chao Y, Papenfort K, Reinhardt R, Sharma C, Vogel J (2012)

The EMBO Journal, 31 (20): 4005-19

Use of aptamer tagging to identify in vivo protein binding partners of small regulatory RNAs

Corcoran C, Rieder R, Podkaminski D, Hofmann B, Vogel J (2012)

In: Bacterial Regulatory RNA: Methods and protocols (ed Keiler KC), 905: 177-200

Hfq-associated Regulatory Small RNAs

Corcoran C, Papenfort K, Vogel J (2012)

In: Regulatory RNAs in Prokaryotes (eds Marchfelder A, Hess WR): 15-50

Differential RNA Sequencing (dRNA-Seq): Deep-Sequencing-Based Analysis of Primary Transcriptomes

Borries A, Vogel J, Sharma C (2012)

In: Tag-based next generation sequencing (eds Kahl G, Harbers M ), 316: 109-121


Hfq and its constellation of RNA

Vogel J, Luisi B (2011)

Nature Reviews Microbiology, 9 (8): 578-89

Regulation by small RNAs in bacteria: expanding frontiers

Storz G, Vogel J, Wassarman K (2011)

Molecular Cell, 43 (6): 880-91

Sweet Business: Spot42 RNA networks with CRP to Modulate Catabolite Repression

Papenfort K, Vogel J (2011)

Molecular Cell, 41 (3): 245-6

CRISPR RNA maturation by trans-encoded small RNA and host factor RNase III

Deltcheva E, Chylinski K, Sharma C, Gonzales K, Chao Y, Pirzada Z, Eckert M, Vogel J, Charpentier E (2011)

Nature, 471 (7340): 602-7

A conserved RpoS-dependent small RNA controls the synthesis of major porin OmpD

Fröhlich K, Papenfort K, Berger A, Vogel J (2011)

Nucleic Acids Research, 40 (8): 3623-40

Helicobacter pylori interferes with an embryonic stem cell micro RNA cluster to block cell cycle progression

Belair C, Baud J, Chabas S, Sharma C, Vogel J, Staedel C, Darfeuille F (2011)

Silence, 2 (1): 7

Small RNAs endow a transcriptional activator with essential repressor functions for single-tier control of a global stress regulon

Gogol E, Rhodius V, Papenfort K, Vogel J, Gross C (2011)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 108 (31): 12875-80

An experimentally anchored map of transcriptional start sites in the model cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC6803

Mitschke J, Georg J, Scholz I, Sharma C, Dienst D, Bantscheff J, Voss B, Steglich C, Wilde A, Vogel J, Hess W (2011)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 108 (5): 2124-9

A candidate approach implicates the secreted Salmonella effector protein SpvB in P-body disassembly

Eulalio A, Fröhlich K, Mano M, Giacca M, Vogel J (2011)

PloS one, 6 (3): 17296

Genome-wide transcriptome analysis of the plant pathogen Xanthomonas identifies sRNAs with putative virulence functions

Schmidtke C, Findeiß S, Sharma C, Kuhfuß J, Hoffmann S, Vogel J, Stadler P, Bonas U (2011)

Nucleic Acids Research, 40 (5): 2020-31

Pervasive post-transcriptional control of genes involved in amino acid metabolism by the Hfq-dependent GcvB small RNA

Sharma C, Papenfort K, Pernitzsch S, Mollenkopf H, Hinton J, Vogel J (2011)

Molecular Microbiology, 81 (5): 1144-65

Contribution of Hfq to photooxidative stress resistance and global regulation in Rhodobacter sphaeroides

Berghoff B, Glaeser J, Sharma C, Zobawa M, Lottspeich F, Vogel J, Klug G (2011)

Molecular Microbiology, 80 (6): 1479-95

Microbes at their best: first Mol Micro Meeting Würzburg

Böhm A, Papenfort K, Lopez D, Vogel J (2011)

Molecular Microbiology, 82 (4): 797-806

The transcriptional landscape of Chlamydia pneumoniae

Albrecht M, Sharma C, Dittrich M, Müller T, Reinhardt R, Vogel J, Rudel T (2011)

Genome Biology, 12 (10): 98

Analysis of the host microRNA response to Salmonella uncovers the control of major cytokines by the let-7 family

Schulte L, Eulalio A, Mollenkopf H, Reinhardt R, Vogel J (2011)

The EMBO Journal, 30 (10): 1977-89


Regulatory RNA in bacterial pathogens

Papenfort K, Vogel J (2010)

Cell Host & Microbe, 8 (1): 116-27

The primary transcriptome of the major human pathogen Helicobacter pylori

Sharma C, Hoffmann S, Darfeuille F, Reignier J, Findeiss S, Sittka A, Chabas S, Reiche K, Hackermüller J, Reinhardt R, Stadler P, Vogel J (2010)

Nature, 464 (7286): 250-5

The small RNAs of Salmonella

Javayel S, Papenfort K, Vogel J (2010)

In: Salmonella: From Genome to Function (ed Prowollik S)

Analysis of A to I editing of miRNA in macrophages exposed to salmonella

Heale B, Eulalio A, Schulte L, Vogel J, O'Connell M (2010)

RNA Biology, 7 (5): 621-7

Evidence for an autonomous 5′ target recognition domain in an Hfq-associated small RNA

Papenfort K, Bouvier M, Mika F, Sharma C, Vogel J (2010)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 107 (47): 20435-40

Identification of regulatory RNAs in Bacillus subtilis

Irnov I, Sharma C, Vogel J, Winkler W (2010)

Nucleic Acids Research, 38 (19): 6637-51

Deep sequencing-based discovery of the Chlamydia trachomatis transcriptome

Albrecht M, Sharma C, Reinhardt R, Vogel J, Rudel T (2010)

Nucleic Acids Research, 38 (3): 868-77

Experimental discovery of small RNAs in Staphylococcus aureus reveals a riboregulator of central metabolism

Bohn C, Rigoulay C, Chabelskaya S, Sharma C, Marchais A, Skorski P, Borezée-Durant E, Barbet R, Jacquet E, Jacq A, …, Vogel J, Bouloc P (2010)

Nucleic Acids Research, 38 (19): 6620-36

Small RNAs promote mRNA stability to activate the synthesis of virulence factors

Podkaminski D, Vogel J (2010)

Molecular Microbiology, 78 (6): 1327-31

The role of Hfq in bacterial pathogens

Chao Y, Vogel J (2010)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 13 (1): 24-33


Coding sequence targeting by MicC RNA reveals bacterial mRNA silencing downstream of translational initiation

Pfeiffer V, Papenfort K, Lucchini S, Hinton J, Vogel J (2009)

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, 16 (8): 840-6

A small RNA cascade regulates aminosugar synthesis

Vogel J (2009)

In: Nova Acta Leopoldina, 378: 41-50

A green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based plasmid system to study post-transcriptional control of gene expression in vivo

Urban J, Vogel J (2009)

In: Riboswitches: Methods and protocols (ed Serganov A), Methods Mol Biol, 540: 301-19

Deep sequencing of Salmonella RNA associated with heterologous Hfq proteins in vivo reveals small RNAs as a major target class and identifies RNA processing phenotypes

Sittka A, Sharma C, Rolle K, Vogel J (2009)

RNA Biology, 6 (3): 266-75

Multiple target regulation by small noncoding RNAs rewires gene expression at the post-transcriptional level

Papenfort K, Vogel J (2009)

Research In Microbiology, 160 (4): 278-87

Deep sequencing analysis of the Methanosarcina mazei Gö1 transcriptome in response to nitrogen availability

Jäger D, Sharma C, Thomsen J, Ehlers C, Vogel J, Schmitz R (2009)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 106 (51): 21878-82

In vivo expression and purification of aptamer-tagged small RNA regulators

Said N, Rieder R, Hurwitz R, Deckert J, Urlaub H, Vogel J (2009)

Nucleic Acids Research, 37 (20): 133-

An RNA trap helps bacteria get the most out of chitosugars

Vogel J (2009)

Molecular Microbiology, 73 (5): 737-41

A rough guide to the non-coding RNA world of Salmonella

Vogel J (2009)

Molecular Microbiology, 71 (1): 1-11

Regulatory RNAs in prokaryotes: here, there and everywhere

Narberhaus F, Vogel J (2009)

Molecular Microbiology, 74 (2): 261-9

Photooxidative stress-induced and abundant small RNAs in Rhodobacter sphaeroides

Berghoff B, Glaeser J, Sharma C, Vogel J, Klug G (2009)

Molecular Microbiology, 74 (6): 1497-512

Specific and pleiotropic patterns of mRNA regulation by ArcZ, a conserved, Hfq-dependent small RNA

Papenfort K, Said N, Welsink T, Lucchini S, Hinton J, Vogel J (2009)

Molecular Microbiology, 74 (1): 139-158

Acid stress activation of the sigma(E) stress response in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium

Muller C, Bang I, Velayudhan J, Karlinsey J, Papenfort K, Vogel J, Fang F (2009)

Molecular Microbiology, 71 (5): 1228-38

Fast mapping of short sequences with mismatches, insertions and deletions using index structures

Hoffmann S, Otto C, Kurtz S, Sharma C, Khaitovich P, Vogel J, Stadler P, Hackermüller J (2009)

PLoS Computational Biology, 5 (9): 10005

Experimental approaches for the discovery and characterization of regulatory small RNA

Sharma C, Vogel J (2009)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 12 (5): 536-46

Activation of gene expression by small RNA

Fröhlich K, Vogel J (2009)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 12 (6): 674-82


Small RNA binding to 5' mRNA coding region inhibits translational initiation

Bouvier M, Sharma C, Mika F, Nierhaus K, Vogel J (2008)

Molecular Cell, 32 (6): 827-837

Noncoding RNA control of the making and breaking of sugars

Görke B, Vogel J (2008)

Genes & Development, 22 (21): 2914-25

The cyanobacterial homologue of the RNA chaperone Hfq is essential for motility of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803

Dienst D, Dühring U, Mollenkopf H, Vogel J, Golecki J, Hess W, Wilde A (2008)

Microbiology (Reading, England), 154 (Pt 10): 3134-3143

RNA: Noncoding

Henry A, Vogel J (2008)

In: Wiley Encyclopedia of Chemical Biology (ed Begley TP), 22: 2183

Deep sequencing analysis of small noncoding RNA and mRNA targets of the global post-transcriptional regulator, Hfq

Sittka A, Lucchini S, Papenfort K, Sharma C, Rolle K, Binnewies T, Hinton J, Vogel J (2008)

PLoS Genetics, 4 (8): 10001

A new Vibrio cholerae sRNA modulates colonization and affects release of outer membrane vesicles

Song T, Mika F, Lindmark B, Liu Z, Schild S, Bishop A, Zhu J, Camilli A, Johansson J, Vogel J, Wai S (2008)

Molecular Microbiology, 70 (1): 100-111

Systematic deletion of Salmonella small RNA genes identifies CyaR, a conserved CRP-dependent riboregulator of OmpX synthesis

Papenfort K, Pfeiffer V, Lucchini S, Sonawane A, Hinton J, Vogel J (2008)

Molecular Microbiology, 68 (4): 890-906

A Glimpse at the Evolution of Virulence Control

Sittka A, Vogel J (2008)

Cell Host & Microbe, 4 (4): 310-312


An antisense RNA inhibits translation by competing with standby ribosomes

Darfeuille F, Unoson C, Vogel J, Wagner E (2007)

Molecular Cell, 26 (3): 381-92

A small RNA regulates multiple ABC transporter mRNAs by targeting C/A-rich elements inside and upstream of ribosome-binding sites

Sharma C, Darfeuille F, Plantinga T, Vogel J (2007)

Genes & Development, 21 (21): 2804-17

Recent advances in the expression, evolution, and dynamics of prokaryotic genomes

Arraiano C, Bamford J, Brüssow H, Carpousis A, Pelicic V, Pflüger K, Polard P, Vogel J (2007)

Journal Of Bacteriology, 189 (17): 6093-100

Sensory and regulatory RNAs in prokaryotes: a new German research focus

Narberhaus F, Vogel J (2007)

RNA Biology, 4 (3): 160-4

The RNA chaperone Hfq is essential for the virulence of Salmonella typhimurium

Sittka A, Pfeiffer V, Tedin K, Vogel J (2007)

Molecular Microbiology, 63 (1): 193-217

Translational control and target recognition by Escherichia coli small RNAs in vivo

Urban J, Vogel J (2007)

Journal Of Molecular Biology, 35 (3): 1018-37

A conserved small RNA promotes discoordinate expression of the glmUS operon mRNA to activate GlmS synthesis

Urban J, Papenfort K, Thomsen J, Schmitz R, Vogel J (2007)

Journal Of Molecular Biology, 373 (3): 521-8

Characterization of the role of ribonucleases in Salmonella small RNA decay

Viegas S, Pfeiffer V, Sittka A, Silva I, Vogel J, Arraiano C (2007)

Nucleic Acids Research, 35 (22): 7651-64

Space flight alters bacterial gene expression and virulence and reveals a role for global regulator Hfq

Wilson J, Ott C, Höner zu Bentrup K, Ramamurthy R, Quick L, Porwollik S, Cheng P, McClelland M, Tsaprailis G, Radabaugh T, …, Stefanyshyn-Piper H, Nickerson C (2007)

Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 104 (41): 16299-304

A small non-coding RNA of the invasion gene island (SPI-1) represses outer membrane protein synthesis from the Salmonella core genome

Pfeiffer V, Sittka A, Tomer R, Tedin K, Brinkmann V, Vogel J (2007)

Molecular Microbiology, 66 (5): 1174-91

Target identification of small noncoding RNAs in bacteria

Vogel J, Wagner E (2007)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 10 (3): 262-70


Small non-coding RNAs and the bacterial outer membrane

Vogel J, Papenfort K (2006)

Current Opinion In Microbiology, 9 (6): 605-11

Experimental approaches to identify non-coding RNAs

Hüttenhofer A, Vogel J (2006)

Nucleic Acids Research, 34 (2): 635-46

σE-dependent small RNAs of Salmonella respond to membrane stress by accelerating global omp mRNA decay

Papenfort K, Pfeiffer V, Mika F, Lucchini S, Hinton J, Vogel J (2006)

Molecular Microbiology, 62 (6): 1674-1688


Hfq-dependent regulation of OmpA synthesis is mediated by an antisense RNA

Udekwu K, Darfeuille F, Vogel J, Reimegård J, Holmqvist E, Wagner E (2005)

Genes & Development, 19 (19): 2355-66

Approaches to Identify Novel Non-messenger RNAs in Bacteria and to Investigate their Biological Functions: Functional Analysis of Identified Non-mRNAs

Gerhart E, Wagner H, Vogel J (2005)

In: Handbook of RNA Biochemistry (eds Hartmann RK, Bindereif A, Schön A, Westhof E), 2: 614-642

Approaches to Identify Novel Non-messenger RNAs in Bacteria and to Investigate their Biological Functions: RNA Mining

Vogel J, Gerhart E, Wagner H (2005)

In: Handbook of RNA Biochemistry (eds Hartmann RK, Bindereif A, Schön A, Westhof E), 2: 595-613

How to find small non-coding RNAs in bacteria

Vogel J, Sharma C (2005)

Biological Chemistry, 386 (12): 1219-38

Identification of cyanobacterial non-coding RNAs by comparative genome analysis

Axmann I, Kensche P, Vogel J, Kohl S, Herzel H, Hess W (2005)

Genome Biology, 6 (9): 73


The small RNA IstR inhibits synthesis of an SOS-induced toxic peptide

Vogel J, Argaman L, Wagner E, Altuvia S (2004)

Current Biology, 14 (24): 2271-6


Experimental and computational analysis of transcriptional start sites in the cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus MED4

Vogel J, Axmann I, Herzel H, Hess W (2003)

Nucleic Acids Research, 31 (11): 2890-9

RNomics in Escherichia coli detects new sRNA species and indicates parallel transcriptional output in bacteria

Vogel J, Bartels V, Tang T, Churakov G, Slagter-Jäger J, Hüttenhofer A, Wagner E (2003)

Nucleic Acids Research, 31 (22): 6435-43


Lariat formation and a hydrolytic pathway in plant chloroplast group II intron splicing

Vogel J, Börner T (2002)

The EMBO Journal, 21 (14): 3794-803


Complete 5' and 3' end maturation of group II intron-containing tRNA precursors

Vogel J, Hess W (2001)

RNA (New York, N.Y.), 7 (2): 285-92

Novel small RNA-encoding genes in the intergenic regions of Escherichia coli

Argaman L, Hershberg R, Vogel J, Bejerano G, Wagner E, Margalit H, Altuvia S (2001)

Current Biology, 11 (12): 941-50

The ins and outs of group II introns

Bonen L, Vogel J (2001)

Trends in genetics, 17 (6): 322-31

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