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Health Sciences profile

Dr Torsten Kleffmann

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Biochemistry
QualificationsMSc PhD
Research summaryMass spectrometry-based proteomics and protein analysis

Research

My research interests are mostly in mass spectrometry-based protein analysis and proteome research on various biological systems. At present my main function is the management of the Centre for Protein Research.

Therefore my major focus is on method establishment and method development rather than on individual research projects.

However I am involved in various research projects in the field of mass spectrometry-based proteome/protein research and new collaborations are emerging at present which will result in more definable projects and research interests in the future.

Publications

Handley, T. N. G., Kleffmann, T., & Butler, M. I. (2022). Development of ULYSSIS, a tool for the biosynthesis of cyclotides and cyclic knottins. International Journal of Peptide Research & Therapeutics, 28, 21. doi: 10.1007/s10989-021-10336-3

Templeton, E. M., Lassé, M., Kleffmann, T., Ellmers, L. J., Palmer, S. C., Davidson, T., Scott, N. J. A., Pickering, J. W., Charles, C. J., Endre, Z. H., Cameron, V. A., Richards, A. M., Rademaker, M. T., & Pilbrow, A. P. (2022). Identifying candidate protein markers of acute kidney injury in acute decompensated heart failure. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23, 1009. doi: 10.3390/ijms23021009

Burgess, A. E., Kleffmann, T., & Mace, P. D. (2021). Oncogenic truncations of ASXL1 enhance a motif for BRD4 ET-domain binding. Journal of Molecular Biology, 433, 167242. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2021.167242

Ahmed, F., Kleffmann, T., & Husain, M. (2021). Acetylation, methylation and allysine modification profile of viral and host proteins during influenza A virus infection. Viruses, 13(7), 1415. doi: 10.3390/v13071415

Philem, P., Kleffmann, T., Gai, S., Hawkins, B. C., Wilbanks, S. M., & Lamont, I. L. (2021). Identification of active site residues of the siderophore synthesis enzyme PvdF and evidence for interaction of PvdF with a substrate-providing enzyme. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22(4), 2211. doi: 10.3390/ijms22042211

Handley, T. N. G., Kleffmann, T., & Butler, M. I. (2022). Development of ULYSSIS, a tool for the biosynthesis of cyclotides and cyclic knottins. International Journal of Peptide Research & Therapeutics, 28, 21. doi: 10.1007/s10989-021-10336-3

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Templeton, E. M., Lassé, M., Kleffmann, T., Ellmers, L. J., Palmer, S. C., Davidson, T., Scott, N. J. A., Pickering, J. W., Charles, C. J., Endre, Z. H., Cameron, V. A., Richards, A. M., Rademaker, M. T., & Pilbrow, A. P. (2022). Identifying candidate protein markers of acute kidney injury in acute decompensated heart failure. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 23, 1009. doi: 10.3390/ijms23021009

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Ahmed, F., Kleffmann, T., & Husain, M. (2021). Acetylation, methylation and allysine modification profile of viral and host proteins during influenza A virus infection. Viruses, 13(7), 1415. doi: 10.3390/v13071415

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Burgess, A. E., Kleffmann, T., & Mace, P. D. (2021). Oncogenic truncations of ASXL1 enhance a motif for BRD4 ET-domain binding. Journal of Molecular Biology, 433, 167242. doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2021.167242

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Lassé, M., Pilbrow, A. P., Kleffmann, T., Andersson Överström, E., von Zychlinski, A., Frampton, C. M. A., … Troughton, R. W., Lewis, L. K., Prickett, T. C. R., Pemberton, C. J., Richards, A. M., & Cameron, V. A. (2021). Fibrinogen and hemoglobin predict near future cardiovascular events in asymptomatic individuals. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 4605. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-84046-7

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Philem, P., Kleffmann, T., Gai, S., Hawkins, B. C., Wilbanks, S. M., & Lamont, I. L. (2021). Identification of active site residues of the siderophore synthesis enzyme PvdF and evidence for interaction of PvdF with a substrate-providing enzyme. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 22(4), 2211. doi: 10.3390/ijms22042211

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Handley, T. N. G., Tan, H.-X., Rutledge, M. T., Brewitz, H. H., Tyndall, J. D. A., Kleffmann, T., Butler, M. I., Poulter, R. T. M., & Wilbanks, S. M. (2020). Engineered biosynthesis of cyclotides. New Zealand Journal of Botany, 58(4), 358-377. doi: 10.1080/0028825X.2020.1791914

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Johnson, S. L., Borziak, K., Kleffmann, T., Rosengrave, P., Dorus, S., & Gemmell, N. J. (2020). Ovarian fluid proteome variation associates with sperm swimming speed in an externally fertilising fish. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33, 1783-1794. doi: 10.1111/jeb.13717

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Mehta, S., Algie, M., Al-Jabry, T., McKinney, C., Kannan, S., Verma, C. S., … Parker, K., Henderson, L., Gould, M. L., Bhatia, P., Harfoot, R., … Kleffmann, T., … Woolley, A. G., … Braithwaite, A. (2020). Critical role for cold shock protein YB-1 in cytokinesis. Cancers, 12, 2473. doi: 10.3390/cancers12092473

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Mehta, S., McKinney, C., Algie, M., Verma, C. S., Kannan, S., Harfoot, R., … Gould, M. L., Parker, K., … Cunliffe, H. E., … Kleffmann, T., Braithwaite, A. W., & Woolley, A. G. (2020). Dephosphorylation of YB-1 is required for nuclear localisation during G2 phase of the cell cycle. Cancers, 12(2), 315. doi: 10.3390/cancers12020315

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Murphy, E. L., Singh, K. V., Avila, B., Kleffmann, T., Gregory, S. T., Murray, B. E., Krause, K. L., … Jogl, G. (2020). Cryo-electron microscopy structure of the 70S ribosome from Enterococcus faecalis. Scientific Reports, 10, 16301. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-73199-6

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Sweetman, E., Kleffmann, T., Edgar, C., de Lange, M., Vallings, R., & Tate, W. (2020). A SWATH-MS analysis of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome peripheral blood mononuclear cell proteomes reveals mitochondrial dysfunction. Journal of Translational Medicine, 18, 365. doi: 10.1186/s12967-020-02533-3

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Crake, R. L. I., Phillips, E., Kleffmann, T., & Currie, M. J. (2019). Co-culture with human breast adipocytes differentially regulates protein abundance in breast cancer cells. Cancer Geonomics & Proteomics, 16(5), 319-332. doi: 10.21873/cgp.20137

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Herbison, R., Evans, S., Doherty, J.-F., Algie, M., Kleffmann, T., & Poulin, R. (2019). A molecular war: Convergent and ontogenetic evidence for adaptive host manipulation in related parasites infecting divergent hosts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 286(1915), 20191827. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1827

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González-Miró, M., Rodríguez-Noda, L. M., Fariñas-Medina, M., Cedré-Marrero, B., Madariaga-Zarza, S., Zayas-Vignier, C., … Kleffmann, T., … Rehm, B. H. A. (2018). Bioengineered polyester beads co-displaying protein and carbohydrate-based antigens induce protective immunity against bacterial infection. Scientific Reports, 8, 1888. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-20205-7

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Lim, C. S., Wardell, S. J. T., Kleffmann, T., & Brown, C. M. (2018). The exon-intron gene structure upstream of the initiation codon predicts translation efficiency. Nucleic Acids Research, 46(9), 4575-4591. doi: 10.1093/nar/gky282

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Mortuza, R., Aung, H. L., Taiaroa, G., Opel-Reading, H. K., Kleffmann, T., Cook, G. M., & Krause, K. L. (2018). Overexpression of a newly identified d-amino acid transaminase in Mycobacterium smegmatis complements glutamate racemase deletion. Molecular Microbiology, 107(2), 198-213. doi: 10.1111/mmi.13877

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Parakra, R. D., Kleffmann, T., Jameson, G. N. L., & Ledgerwood, E. C. (2018). The proportion of Met80-sulfoxide dictates peroxidase activity of human cytochrome c. Dalton Transactions, 47, 9128. doi: 10.1039/c8dt02185f

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Rodger, E. J., Porteous, C. M., Jones, G. T., Legge, M., Kleffmann, T., & McCormick, S. P. A. (2018). Proteomic analysis of liver from lipoprotein(a) transgenic mice shows an oxidative stress and lipid export response. BioMed Research International, 2018, 4963942. doi: 10.1155/2018/4963942

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Muhsin-Sharafaldine, M.-R., Saunderson, S. C., Dunn, A. C., Faed, J. M., Kleffmann, T., & McLellan, A. D. (2016). Procoagulant and immunogenic properties of melanoma exosomes, microvesicles and apoptotic vesicles. Oncotarget, 7(35), 56279-56294. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.10783

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Tong, M., Kleffmann, T., Pradhan, S., Johansson, C. L., DeSousa, J., Stone, P. R., … Chamley, L. W. (2016). Proteomic characterization of macro-, micro- and nano-extracellular vesicles derived from the same first trimester placenta: Relevance for feto-maternal communication. Human Reproduction, 31(4), 687-699. doi: 10.1093/humrep/dew004

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Wei, J., Lau, S. Y., Blenkiron, C., Chen, Q., James, J. L., Kleffmann, T., … Chamley, L. W. (2016). Trophoblastic debris modifies endothelial cell transcriptome in vitro: A mechanism by which fetal cells might control maternal responses to pregnancy. Scientific Reports, 6, 30632. doi: 10.1038/srep30632

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Cardno, T. S., Shimaki, Y., Sleebs, B. E., Lackovic, K., Parisot, J. P., Moss, R. M., Crowe-McAuliffe, C., Mathew, S. F., Edgar, C. D., Kleffmann, T., & Tate, W. P. (2015). HIV-1 and human PEG10 frameshift elements are functionally distinct and distinguished by novel small molecule modulators. PLoS ONE, 10(10), e0139036. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0139036

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Frampton, R. A., Lopez Acedo, E., Young, V. L., Chen, D., Tong, B., Taylor, C., Easingwood, R. A., … Kleffmann, T., Bostina, M., & Fineran, P. C. (2015). Genome, proteome and structure of a T7-like bacteriophage of the kiwifruit canker phytopathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae. Viruses, 7(7), 3361-3379. doi: 10.3390/v7072776

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Guy, P. L., Easingwood, R., Carne, D. L., & Kleffmann, T. (2015). Identification of two plant viruses using partial purification and mass spectrometry. Australasian Plant Disease Notes, 10, 11. doi: 10.1007/s13314-015-0162-5

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Kohn, Y. Y., Symonds, J. E., Kleffmann, T., Nakagawa, S., Lagisz, M., & Lokman, P. M. (2015). Proteomic analysis of early-stage embryos: Implications for egg quality in hapuku (Polyprion oxygeneios). Fish Physiology & Biochemistry, 41(6), 1403-1417. doi: 10.1007/s10695-015-0095-0

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Pantham, P., Viall, C. A., Chen, Q., Kleffmann, T., Print, C. G., & Chamley, L. W. (2015). Antiphospholipid antibodies bind syncytiotrophoblast mitochondria and alter the proteome of extruded syncytial nuclear aggregates. Placenta, 36, 1463-1473. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2015.10.006

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Ramsay, J. P., Tester, L. G. L., Major, A. S., Sullivan, J. T., Edgar, C. D., Kleffmann, T., … Tate, W. P., … Ronson, C. W. (2015). Ribosomal frameshifting and dual-target antiactivation restrict quorum-sensing–activated transfer of a mobile genetic element. PNAS, 112(3), 4104-4109. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1501574112

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Tchesnokov, E. P., Fellner, M., Siakkou, E., Kleffmann, T., Martin, L. W., Aloi, S., Lamont, I. L., Wilbanks, S. M., & Jameson, G. N. L. (2015). The cysteine dioxygenase homologue from Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a 3-mercaptopropionate dioxygenase. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 290(40), 24424-24437. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M114.635672

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von Zychlinski, A., & Kleffmann, T. (2015). Dissecting the proteome of lipoproteins: New biomarkers for cardiovascular diseases? Translational Proteomics, 7, 30-39. doi: 10.1016/j.trprot.2014.12.001

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Johnson, S. L., Villarroel, M., Rosengrave, P., Carne, A., Kleffmann, T., Lokman, P. M., & Gemmell, N. J. (2014). Proteomic analysis of Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) ovarian fluid. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104155. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0104155

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Marchalant, Y., Brownjohn, P. W., Bonnet, A., Kleffmann, T., & Ashton, J. C. (2014). Validating antibodies to the cannabinoid CB2 receptor: Antibody sensitivity is not evidence of antibody specificity. Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry, 62(6), 395-404. doi: 10.1369/0022155414530995

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Pemberton, C. J., Siriwardena, M., Kleffmann, T., & Richards, A. M. (2014). C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP) signal peptide fragments are present in the human circulation. Biochemical & Biophysical Research Communications, 449, 301-306. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.05.020

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von Zychilinski, A., Williams, M., McCormick, S., & Kleffmann, T. (2014). Absolute quantification of apolipoproteins and associated proteins on human plasma lipoproteins. Journal of Proteomics, 106, 181-190. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2014.04.030

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Kumar, V., Kleffmann, T., Hampton, M. B., Cannell, M. B., & Winterbourn, C. C. (2013). Redox proteomics of thiol proteins in mouse heart during ischemia/reperfusion using ICAT reagents and mass spectrometry. Free Radical Biology & Medicine, 58, 109-117. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2013.01.021

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Nakatani, Y., Kleffmann, T., Linke, K., Condon, S. M., Hinds, M. G., & Day, C. L. (2013). Regulation of ubiquitin transfer by XIAP, a dimeric RING E3 ligase. Biochemical Journal, 450(3), 629-638. doi: 10.1042/BJ20121702

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Pemberton, C. J., & Kleffmann, T. (2013). Circulating signal peptides: More than just a bus ticket? Cardiovascular Endocrinology, 2(3), 41-45. doi: 10.1097/XCE.0b013e328362e44e

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Souness, R. J., Kleffmann, T., Tchesnokov, E. P., Wilbanks, S. M., Jameson, G. B., & Jameson, G. N. L. (2013). Mechanistic implications of persulfenate and persulfide binding in the active site of cysteine dioxygenase. Biochemistry, 52(43), 7606-7617. doi: 10.1021/bi400661a

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Pemberton, C. J., Siriwardena, M., Kleffmann, T., Ruygrok, P., Palmer, S. C., Yandle, T. G., & Richards, A. M. (2012). First identification of circulating Prepro-A-Type natriuretic peptide (PreproANP) signal peptide fragments in humans: Initial assessment as cardiovascular biomarkers. Clinical Chemistry, 58(4), 757-767. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2011.176990

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Rodger, E. J., Suetani, R. J., Jones, G. T., Kleffmann, T., Carne, A., Legge, M., & McCormick, S. P. A. (2012). Proteomic analysis of aortae from human lipoprotein(a) transgenic mice shows an early metabolic response independent of atherosclerosis. PLoS ONE, 7(1), e30383. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030383

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Dickerhof, N., Kleffmann, T., Jack, R., & McCormick, S. (2011). Bacitracin inhibits the reductive activity of protein disulfide isomerase by disulfide bond formation with free cysteines in the substrate-binding domain. FEBS Journal, 278(12), 2034-2043. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-4658.2011.08119.x

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Kafka, A. P., Kleffmann, T., Rades, T., & McDowell, A. (2011). The application of MALDI TOF MS in biopharmaceutical research. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 417(1-2), 70-82. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2010.12.010

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Park, S. J., Kleffmann, T., & Hessian, P. A. (2011). The G82S polymorphism promotes glycosylation of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) at Asn81: A comparison of wild-type RAGE with the G82S polymorphic variant. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 286(24), 21384-21392. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.241281

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von Zychlinski, A., Kleffmann, T., Williams, M. J. A., & McCormick, S. P. (2011). Proteomics of Lipoprotein(a) identifies a protein complement associated with response to wounding. Journal of Proteomics, 74, 2881-2891. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2011.07.008

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Wong, C. K., Young, V. L., Kleffmann, T., & Ward, V. K. (2011). Genomic and proteomic analysis of invertebrate iridovirus type 9. Journal of Virology, 85(15), 7900-7911. doi: 10.1128/jvi.00645-11

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Kafka, A. P., Kleffmann, T., Rades, T., & McDowell, A. (2010). Characterization of peptide polymer interactions in poly(alkylcyanoacrylate) nanoparticles: A mass spectrometric approach. Current Drug Delivery, 7(3), 208-215.

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Siriwardena, M., Kleffmann, T., Ruygrok, P., Cameron, V. A., Yandle, T. G., Nicholls, M. G., Richards, A. M., & Pemberton, C. J. (2010). B-type natriuretic peptide signal peptide circulates in human blood. Evaluation as a potential biomarker of cardiac ischemia. Circulation, 122, 255-264. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.909937

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Kafka, A. P., Kleffmann, T., Rades, T., & McDowell, A. (2009). Histidine residues in the peptide D-Lys6-GnRH: Potential for copolymerization in polymeric nanoparticles. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 6(5), 1483-1491. doi: 10.1021/mp900043e

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Kleffmann, T., Jongkees, S. A. K., Fairweather, G., Wilbanks, S. M., & Jameson, G. N. L. (2009). Mass-spectrometric characterization of two posttranslational modifications of cysteine dioxygenase. Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, 14, 913-921. doi: 10.1007/s00775-009-0504-x

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Clark, M. B., Jänicke, M., Gottesbühren, U., Kleffmann, T., Legge, M., Poole, E. S., & Tate, W. P. (2007). A mammalian gene PEG10 expresses two reading frames by high efficiency -1 frameshifting in embryonic-associated tissues. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 282(52), 37359-37369.

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Kleffmann, T., von Zychlinski, A., Russenberger, D., Hirsch-Hoffmann, M., Gehrig, P., Gruissem, W., & Baginsky, S. (2007). Proteome dynamics during plastid differentiation in rice. Plant Physiology, 143, 912-923. doi: 10.1104/pp.106.090738

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Wirawan, R. E., Swanson, K. M., Kleffmann, T., Jack, R. W., & Tagg, J. R. (2007). Uberolysin: A novel cyclic bacteriocin produced by Streptococcus uberis. Microbiology, 153, 1619-1630.

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Kleffmann, T., Hirsch-Hoffmann, M., Gruissem, W., & Baginsky, S. (2006). plprot: A comprehensive proteome database for different plastid types. Plant & Cell Physiology, 47(3), 432-436.

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Baginsky, S., Kleffmann, T., von Zychlinski, A., & Gruissem, W. (2005). Analysis of shotgun proteomics and RNA profiling data from Arabidopsis thaliana chloroplasts. Journal of Proteome Research, 4(2), 637-640.

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von Zychilinski, A., Kleffmann, T., Krishnamurthy, N., Sjolander, K., Baginsky, S., & Gruissem, W. (2005). Proteome analysis of the rice etioplast: Metabolic and regulatory networks and novel protein functions. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, 4(8), 1072-1084.

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Kleffmann, T., Russenberger, D., von Zychilinski, A., Sjolander, K., Gruissem, W., & Baginsky, S. (2004). The arabidopsis thaliana chloroplast proteome reveals pathway abundance and novel protein functions. Current Biology, 14, 354-362.

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Cabral, M. M. O., Azambuja, P., Gottlieb, O. R., Kleffmann, T., Garcia, E. S., & Schaub, G. A. (2001). Burchellin: Effects on Triatoma infestans and on Trypanosoma cruzi within this vector. Parasitology Research, 87, 730-735.

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Kollien, A. H., Grospietsch, T., Kleffmann, T., Zerbst-Boroffka, I., & Schaub, G. A. (2001). Ionic composition of the rectal contents and excreta of the reduviid bug Triatoma infestans. Journal of Insect Physiology, 47, 739-747.

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Cabral, M. M., Kollien, A. H., Kleffmann, T., Azambuja, P., Gottlieb, O. R., Garcia, E. S., & Schaub, G. A. (2000). Rhodnius prolixus: Effects of the neolignan burchellin on in vivo and in vitro diuresis. Parasitology Research, 86(9), 710-716.

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Pemberton, C. J., Richards, A. M., Siriwardena, M., Cameron, V. A., Yandle, T. G., Nicholls, M. G., Kleffmann, T., & Ruygrok, P. (2011). [Response to letter regarding article, B-Type natriuretic peptide signal peptide circulates in human blood: Evaluation as a potential biomarker of cardiac ischemia]. Circulation, 123(6), e234. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.003574

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