ZFIN ID: ZDB-LAB-110523-1
Just Lab
PI/Director: Just, Steffen
Contact Person: Just, Steffen
Email: steffen.just@uniklinik-ulm.de
URL: http://www.justlab.de
Address: Molecular Cardiology Department of Internal Medicine II University Hospital Ulm Albert-Einstein-Allee 23 D-89081 Ulm
Country: Germany
Phone: +49-731-500-45042
Fax: +49-731-500-45159
Line Designation: ulm

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The heart is the first organ to form and function in the mammalian embryo. To generate a fully functional heart, complex processes that involve specification and determination of cardiac progenitor cells, the migration of this cell population to the organ-forming region, the differentiation of the precursor cells to specialized cell types, interaction and signaling within and between tissues, elaborate morphogenetic events and remodeling to form the proper shape of the heart, and finally organ growth and functional maturation have to be orchestrated. Even minor alterations in these events often result in serious cardiac malformations. Although detailed anatomic analysis of the developing heart has already been available for a long time, the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate cardiogenesis are still largely unknown. The identification and characterization of the genetic and molecular underpinnings of heart development is of critical interest since the wide spectrum of congenital cardiovascular malformations found from the prenatal period into adulthood has challenged clinicians and scientists for decades.
Therefore, the main objective of our workgroup “Molecular Cardiology” is to describe by in vitro (cell cultures) and in vivo (zebrafish and mouse) functional genomics approaches the genetic, molecular and cellular events leading to the specification and determination of cardiac precursor cells, their differentiation into specialized cardiac cell types, cardiac growth, maturation and function as well as the regeneration of the heart. The long-term goal of our research is to decipher the complex genetic and molecular networks of heart development and function and to use this information for the development of novel therapeutic treatment options for inherited and acquired heart diseases.

Diofano, Federica Post-Doc Gahr, Bernd Post-Doc Park, Deung-Dae Post-Doc
Weinmann, Karolina Post-Doc Boos, Alena Graduate Student Hofeichner, Janessa Graduate Student
Baur, Regine Technical Staff Diebold, Sabrina Technical Staff Durst, Renate Technical Staff
Strele, Karin Technical Staff Vogt, Katrin Technical Staff Dahme-Johanning, Sylvia Administrative Staff

Hofeichner, J., Gahr, B.M., Huber, M., Boos, A., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2023) CRISPR/Cas9-mediated nexilin deficiency interferes with cardiac contractile function in zebrafish in vivo. Scientific Reports. 13:2267922679
Meier, L., Gahr, B.M., Roth, A., Gihring, A., Kirschner, S., Woitaske-Proske, C., Baier, J., Peifer, C., Just, S., Knippschild, U. (2023) Zebrafish as model system for the biological characterization of CK1 inhibitors. Frontiers in pharmacology. 14:12452461245246
Boos, A., Gahr, B.M., Park, D.D., Braun, V., Bühler, A., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2023) Hdac1-deficiency affects the cell cycle axis Cdc25-Cdk1 causing impaired G2/M phase progression and reduced cardiomyocyte proliferation in zebrafish. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 665:9810698-106
Voisard, P., Diofano, F., Glazier, A.A., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2022) CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated Constitutive Loss of VCP (Valosin-Containing Protein) Impairs Proteostasis and Leads to Defective Striated Muscle Structure and Function In Vivo. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 23(12)
Bühler, A., Gahr, B.M., Park, D.D., Bertozzi, A., Boos, A., Dalvoy, M., Pott, A., Oswald, F., Kovall, R.A., Kühn, B., Weidinger, G., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2021) Histone deacetylase 1 controls cardiomyocyte proliferation during embryonic heart development and cardiac regeneration in zebrafish. PLoS Genetics. 17:e1009890
Park, D.D., Gahr, B.M., Krause, J., Rottbauer, W., Zeller, T., Just, S. (2021) Long-Chain Acyl-Carnitines Interfere with Mitochondrial ATP Production Leading to Cardiac Dysfunction in Zebrafish. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 22(16):
Hoffmann, S., Roeth, R., Diebold, S., Gogel, J., Hassel, D., Just, S., Rappold, G.A. (2021) Identification and Tissue-Specific Characterization of Novel SHOX-Regulated Genes in Zebrafish Highlights SOX Family Members Among Other Genes. Frontiers in genetics. 12:688808
Hoffmann, S., Schmitteckert, S., Raedecke, K., Rheinert, D., Diebold, S., Roeth, R., Weiss, B., Granzow, M., Niesler, B., Griesbeck, A., Eckstein, V., Zimmermann, W.H., Just, S., Rappold, G.A. (2021) Network-driven discovery yields new insight into Shox2-dependent cardiac rhythm control. Biochimica et biophysica acta. Gene regulatory mechanisms. 1864(4-5):194702
Rattka, M., Westphal, S., Gahr, B.M., Just, S., Rottbauer, W. (2021) Spen deficiency interferes with Connexin 43 expression and leads to heart failure in zebrafish. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 155:25-35
Diofano, F., Weinmann, K., Schneider, I., Thiessen, K.D., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2020) Genetic compensation prevents myopathy and heart failure in an in vivo model of Bag3 deficiency. PLoS Genetics. 16:e1009088
Pott, A., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2019) Streamlining drug discovery assays for cardiovascular disease using zebrafish. Expert opinion on drug discovery. 15(1):27-37
Schutera, M., Just, S., Gierten, J., Mikut, R., Reischl, M., Pylatiuk, C. (2019) Machine Learning Methods for Automated Quantification of Ventricular Dimensions. Zebrafish. 16(6):542-545
Hoffmann, S., Paone, C., Sumer, S.A., Diebold, S., Weiss, B., Roeth, R., Clauss, S., Klier, I., Kääb, S., Schulz, A., Wild, P.S., Ghrib, A., Zeller, T., Schnabel, R.B., Just, S., Rappold, G.A. (2019) Functional Characterization of Rare Variants in the SHOX2 Gene Identified in Sinus Node Dysfunction and Atrial Fibrillation. Frontiers in genetics. 10:648
Lausser, L., Siegle, L., Rottbauer, W., Frank, D., Just, S., Kestler, H.A. (2018) Semantic Multi-Classifier Systems Identify Predictive Processes in Heart Failure Models across Species. Biomolecules. 8(4):
Pott, A., Shahid, M., Köhler, D., Pylatiuk, C., Weinmann, K., Just, S., Rottbauer, W. (2018) Therapeutic Chemical Screen Identifies Phosphatase Inhibitors to Reconstitute PKB Phosphorylation and Cardiac Contractility in ILK-Deficient Zebrafish. Biomolecules. 8(4)
Helferich, A.M., Brockmann, S.J., Reinders, J., Deshpande, D., Holzmann, K., Brenner, D., Andersen, P.M., Petri, S., Thal, D.R., Michaelis, J., Otto, M., Just, S., Ludolph, A.C., Danzer, K.M., Freischmidt, A., Weishaupt, J.H. (2018) Dysregulation of a novel miR-1825/TBCB/TUBA4A pathway in sporadic and familial ALS. Cellular and molecular life sciences : CMLS. 75(23):4301-4319
Segert, J., Schneider, I., Berger, I.M., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2018) Mediator complex subunit Med12 regulates cardiac jelly development and AV valve formation in zebrafish. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 138:20-31
Kustermann, M., Manta, L., Paone, C., Kustermann, J., Lausser, L., Wiesner, C., Eichinger, L., Clemen, C.S., Schröder, R., Kestler, H.A., Sandri, M., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2018) Loss of the novel Vcp (valosin containing protein) interactor Washc4 interferes with autophagy-mediated proteostasis in striated muscle and leads to myopathy in vivo. Autophagy. 14(11):1911-1927
Silbernagel, N., Walecki, M., Schäfer, M.K., Kessler, M., Zobeiri, M., Rinné, S., Kiper, A.K., Komadowski, M.A., Vowinkel, K.S., Wemhöner, K., Fortmüller, L., Schewe, M., Dolga, A.M., Scekic-Zahirovic, J., Matschke, L.A., Culmsee, C., Baukrowitz, T., Monassier, L., Ullrich, N.D., Dupuis, L., Just, S., Budde, T., Fabritz, L., Decher, N. (2018) The VAMP-associated protein VAPB is required for cardiac and neuronal pacemaker channel function. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 32(11):6159-6173
Paone, C., Diofano, F., Park, D.D., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2018) Genetics of Cardiovascular Disease: Fishing for Causality. Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine. 5:60
Pott, A., Bock, S., Berger, I.M., Frese, K., Dahme, T., Kessler, M., Rinné, S., Decher, N., Just, S., Rottbauer, W. (2018) Mutation of the Na+/K+-ATPase Atp1a1a.1 causes QT interval prolongation and bradycardia in zebrafish.. Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology. 120:42-52
Paone, C., Rudeck, S., Etard, C., Strähle, U., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2018) Loss of zebrafish Smyd1a interferes with myofibrillar integrity without triggering the misfolded myosin response. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 496(2):339-345
Brockmann, S.J., Freischmidt, A., Oeckl, P., Müller, K., Ponna, S.K., Helferich, A.M., Paone, C., Reinders, J., Kojer, K., Orth, M., Jokela, M., Auranen, M., Udd, B., Hermann, A., Danzer, K.M., Lichtner, P., Walther, P., Ludolph, A.C., Andersen, P.M., Otto, M., Kursula, P., Just, S., Weishaupt, J.H. (2018) CHCHD10 mutations p.R15L and p.G66V cause motoneuron disease by haploinsufficiency. Human molecular genetics. 27(4):706-715
Straubinger, J., Boldt, K., Kuret, A., Deng, L., Krattenmacher, D., Bork, N., Desch, M., Feil, R., Feil, S., Nemer, M., Ueffing, M., Ruth, P., Just, S., Lukowski, R. (2017) Amplified pathogenic actions of angiotensin II in cysteine-rich LIM-only protein 4-negative mouse hearts. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 31(4):1620-1638
Just, S., Raphel, L., Berger, I.M., Bühler, A., Keßler, M., Rottbauer, W. (2016) Tbx20 Is an Essential Regulator of Embryonic Heart Growth in Zebrafish. PLoS One. 11:e0167306
Just, S., Hirth, S., Berger, I.M., Fishman, M.C., Rottbauer, W. (2016) The mediator complex subunit Med10 regulates heart valve formation in zebrafish by controlling Tbx2b-mediated Has2 expression and cardiac jelly formation. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 477(4):581-8
Rudeck, S., Etard, C., Khan, M.M., Rottbauer, W., Rudolf, R., Strähle, U., Just, S. (2016) A compact unc45b-promoter drives muscle-specific expression in zebrafish and mouse. Genesis (New York, N.Y. : 2000). 54(8):431-8
Hoffmann, S., Clauss, S., Berger, I.M., Weiß, B., Montalbano, A., Röth, R., Bucher, M., Klier, I., Wakili, R., Seitz, H., Schulze-Bahr, E., Katus, H.A., Flachsbart, F., Nebel, A., Guenther, S.P., Bagaev, E., Rottbauer, W., Kääb, S., Just, S., Rappold, G.A. (2016) Coding and non-coding variants in the SHOX2 gene in patients with early-onset atrial fibrillation. Basic Research in Cardiology. 111:36
Hirth, S., Bühler, A., Bührdel, J.B., Rudeck, S., Dahme, T., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2016) Paxillin and Focal Adhesion Kinase (FAK) Regulate Cardiac Contractility in the Zebrafish Heart. PLoS One. 11:e0150323
Bühler, A., Kustermann, M., Bummer, T., Rottbauer, W., Sandri, M., Just, S. (2016) Atrogin-1 Deficiency Leads to Myopathy and Heart Failure in Zebrafish. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 17(2)
Frese, K.S., Meder, B., Keller, A., Just, S., Haas, J., Vogel, B., Fischer, S., Backes, C., Matzas, M., Köhler, D., Benes, V., Katus, H.A., Rottbauer, W. (2015) RNA splicing regulated by RBFOX1 is essential for cardiac function in zebrafish. Journal of Cell Science. 128(16):3030-40
Zebrowski, D.C., Vergarajauregui, S., Wu, C.C., Piatkowski, T., Becker, R., Leone, M., Hirth, S., Ricciardi, F., Falk, N., Giessl, A., Just, S., Braun, T., Weidinger, G., Engel, F.B. (2015) Developmental alterations in centrosome integrity contribute to the post-mitotic state of mammalian cardiomyocytes. eLIFE. 4
Bührdel, J.B., Hirth, S., Keßler, M., Westphal, S., Forster, M., Manta, L., Wiche, G., Schoser, B., Schessl, J., Schröder, R., Clemen, C.S., Eichinger, L., Fürst, D.O., van der Ven, P.F., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2015) In vivo characterization of human myofibrillar myopathy genes in zebrafish. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 461(2):217-23
Hein, K., Mittler, G., Cizelsky, W., Kühl, M., Ferrante, F., Liefke, R., Berger, I.M., Just, S., Sträng, J.E., Kestler, H.A., Oswald, F., Borggrefe, T. (2015) Site-specific methylation of Notch1 controls the amplitude and duration of the Notch1 response. Science signaling. 8:ra30
Keßler, M., Berger, I.M., Just, S., Rottbauer, W. (2015) Loss of dihydrolipoyl succinyltransferase (DLST) leads to reduced resting heart rate in the zebrafish. Basic Research in Cardiology. 110:468
Keßler, M., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2015) Recent progress in the use of zebrafish for novel cardiac drug discovery. Expert opinion on drug discovery. 10(11):1231-41
Philipp, M., Berger, I.M., Just, S., Caron, M.G. (2014) Overlapping and Opposing Functions of GRK2 and GRK5 during Heart Development. The Journal of biological chemistry. 289(38):26119-30
Molt, S., Bührdel, J.B., Yakovlev, S., Schein, P., Orfanos, Z., Kirfel, G., Winter, L., Wiche, G., van der Ven, P.F., Rottbauer, W., Just, S., Belkin, A.M., Fürst, D.O. (2014) Aciculin interacts with filamin C and Xin and is essential for myofibril assembly, remodeling and maintenance. Journal of Cell Science. 127(Pt 16):3578-92
Pylatiuk, C., Sanchez, D., Mikut, R., Alshut, R., Reischl, M., Hirth, S., Rottbauer, W., Just, S. (2014) Automatic Zebrafish Heartbeat Detection and Analysis for Zebrafish Embryos. Zebrafish. 11(4):379-83
Pott, A., Rottbauer, W., and Just, S. (2014) Functional genomics in zebrafish as a tool to identify novel antiarrhythmic targets. Current Medicinal Chemistry. 21(11):1320-9
Voelkel, T., Andresen, C., Unger, A., Just, S., Rottbauer, W., and Linke, W.A. (2013) Lysine methyltransferase Smyd2 regulates Hsp90-mediated protection of the sarcomeric titin springs and cardiac function. Biochimica et biophysica acta. Molecular cell research. 1833(4):812-822
Hoffmann, S., Berger, I.M., Glaser, A., Bacon, C., Li, L., Gretz, N., Steinbeisser, H., Rottbauer, W., Just, S., and Rappold, G. (2013) Islet1 is a direct transcriptional target of the homeodomain transcription factor Shox2 and rescues the Shox2-mediated bradycardia. Basic Research in Cardiology. 108(2):339
Spaich, S., Will, R.D., Just, S., Spaich, S., Kuhn, C., Frank, D., Berger, I., Wiemann, S., Korn, B., Koegl, M., Backs, J., Katus, H.A., Rottbauer, W., and Frey, N. (2012) Fbxl22, A Cardiac-Enriched F-Box Protein, Regulates Sarcomeric Protein Turnover and is Essential for Maintenance of Contractile Function In Vivo. Circulation research. 111(12):1504-1516
Spomer, W., Pfriem, A., Alshut, R., Just, S., and Pylatiuk, C. (2012) High-Throughput Screening of Zebrafish Embryos Using Automated Heart Detection and Imaging. Journal of Laboratory Automation. 17(6):435-442
Donlin, L.T., Andresen, C., Just, S., Rudensky, E., Pappas, C.T., Kruger, M., Jacobs, E.Y., Unger, A., Zieseniss, A., Dobenecker, M.W., Voelkel, T., Chait, B.T., Gregorio, C.C., Rottbauer, W., Tarakhovsky, A., and Linke, W.A. (2012) Smyd2 controls cytoplasmic lysine methylation of Hsp90 and myofilament organization. Genes & Development. 26(2):114-119
Keßler, M., Just, S., and Rottbauer, W. (2012) Ion flux dependent and independent functions of ion channels in the vertebrate heart: lessons learned from zebrafish. Stem Cells International. 2012:462161
Hippe, H.J., Wolf, N.M., Abu-Taha, H.I., Lutz, S., Le Lay, S., Just, S., Rottbauer, W., Katus, H.A., and Wieland, T. (2011) Nucleoside diphosphate kinase B is required for the formation of heterotrimeric G protein containing caveolae. Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's archives of pharmacology. 384(4-5):461-72
Just, S., Meder, B., Berger, I.M., Etard, C., Trano, N., Patzel, E., Hassel, D., Marquart, S., Dahme, T., Vogel, B., Fishman, M.C., Katus, H.A., Strähle, U., and Rottbauer, W. (2011) The myosin-interacting protein SMYD1 is essential for sarcomere organization. Journal of Cell Science. 124(Pt 18):3127-36
Meder, B., Huttner, I.G., Sedaghat-Hamedani, F., Just, S., Dahme, T., Frese, K.S., Vogel, B., Köhler, D., Kloos, W., Rudloff, J., Marquart, S., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2011) PINCH proteins regulate cardiac contractility by modulating ILK-PKB signaling. Molecular and cellular biology. 31(16):3424-35
Just, S., Berger, I.M., Meder, B., Backs, J., Keller, A., Marquart, S., Frese, K., Patzel, E., Rauch, G.J., Tübingen 2000 Screen Consortium, Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2011) Protein Kinase D2 Controls Cardiac Valve Formation in Zebrafish by Regulating Histone Deacetylase 5 Activity. Circulation. 124(3):324-34
Meder, B., Scholz, E.P., Hassel, D., Wolff, C., Just, S., Berger, I.M., Patzel, E., Karle, C., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2011) Reconstitution of defective protein trafficking rescues Long-QT syndrome in zebrafish. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 408(2):218-224
Will, R.D., Eden, M., Just, S., Hansen, A., Eder, A., Frank, D., Kuhn, C., Seeger, T.S., Oehl, U., Wiemann, S., Korn, B., Koegl, M., Rottbauer, W., Eschenhagen, T., Katus, H.A., and Frey, N. (2010) Myomasp/LRRC39, a Heart- and Muscle-Specific Protein, Is a Novel Component of the Sarcomeric M-Band and Is Involved in Stretch Sensing. Circulation research. 107(10):1253-1264
Clemen, C.S., Tangavelou, K., Strucksberg, K.H., Just, S., Gaertner, L., Regus-Leidig, H., Stumpf, M., Reimann, J., Coras, R., Morgan, R.O., Fernandez, M.P., Hofmann, A., Müller, S., Schoser, B., Hanisch, F.G., Rottbauer, W., Blümcke, I., von Hörsten, S., Eichinger, L., and Schröder, R. (2010) Strumpellin is a novel valosin-containing protein binding partner linking hereditary spastic paraplegia to protein aggregation diseases. Brain : a journal of neurology. 133(10):2920-2941
Meder, B., Just, S., Vogel, B., Rudloff, J., Gärtner, L., Dahme, T., Huttner, I., Zankl, A., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2010) JunB-CBF{beta} signaling is essential to maintain sarcomeric Z-disc structure and when defective leads to heart failure. Journal of Cell Science. 123(Pt 15):2613-2620
Seeger, T.S., Frank, D., Rohr, C., Will, R., Just, S., Grund, C., Lyon, R., Lüdde, M., Koegl, M., Sheikh, F., Rottbauer, W., Franke, W.W., Katus, H.A., Olson, E.N., and Frey, N. (2010) Myozap, a Novel Intercalated Disc Protein, Activates Serum Response Factor-Dependent Signaling and Is Required to Maintain Cardiac Function In Vivo. Circulation research. 106(5):880-890
Vogel, B., Meder, B., Just, S., Laufer, C., Berger, I., Weber, S., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2009) In-vivo Characterization of Human Dilated Cardiomyopathy Genes in Zebrafish. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. 390(3):516-522
Hassel, D., Dahme, T., Erdmann, J., Meder, B., Huge, A., Stoll, M., Just, S., Hess, A., Ehlermann, P., Weichenhan, D., Grimmler, M., Liptau, H., Hetzer, R., Regitz-Zagrosek, V., Fischer, C., Nürnberg, P., Schunkert, H., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2009) Nexilin mutations destabilize cardiac Z-disks and lead to dilated cardiomyopathy. Nature medicine. 15(11):1281-1288
Hippe, H.J., Wolf, N.M., Abu-Taha, I., Mehringer, R., Just, S., Lutz, S., Niroomand, F., Postel, E.H., Katus, H.A., Rottbauer, W., and Wieland, T. (2009) The interaction of nucleoside diphosphate kinase B with Gbetagamma dimers controls heterotrimeric G protein function. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 106(38):16269-16274
Meder, B., Laufer, C., Hassel, D., Just, S., Marquart, S., Vogel, B., Hess, A., Fishman, M.C., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2009) A Single Serine in the Carboxyl Terminus of Cardiac Essential Myosin Light Chain-1 Controls Cardiomyocyte Contractility In Vivo. Circulation research. 104(5):650-659
Lange, M., Kaynak, B., Forster, U.B., Tönjes, M., Fischer, J.J., Grimm, C., Schlesinger, J., Just, S., Dunkel, I., Krueger, T., Mebus, S., Lehrach, H., Lurz, R., Gobom, J., Rottbauer, W., Abdelilah-Seyfried, S., and Sperling, S. (2008) Regulation of muscle development by DPF3, a novel histone acetylation and methylation reader of the BAF chromatin remodeling complex. Genes & Development. 22(17):2370-2384
Hassel, D., Scholz, E.P., Trano, N., Friedrich, O., Just, S., Meder, B., Weiss, D.L., Zitron, E., Marquart, S., Vogel, B., Karle, C.A., Seemann, G., Fishman, M.C., Katus, H.A., and Rottbauer, W. (2008) Deficient zebrafish ether-à-go-go-related gene channel gating causes short-QT syndrome in zebrafish reggae mutants. Circulation. 117(7):866-875
Blaschke, R.J., Hahurij, N.D., Kuijper, S., Just, S., Wisse, L.J., Deissler, K., Maxelon, T., Anastassiadis, K., Spitzer, J., Hardt, S.E., Scholer, H., Feitsma, H., Rottbauer, W., Blum, M., Meijlink, F., Rappold, G., and Gittenberger-de Groot, A.C. (2007) Targeted Mutation Reveals Essential Functions of the Homeodomain Transcription Factor Shox2 in Sinoatrial and Pacemaking Development. Circulation. 115(14):1830-1838
Bendig, G., Grimmler, M., Huttner, I.G., Wessels, G., Dahme, T., Just, S., Trano, N., Katus, H.A., Fishman, M.C., and Rottbauer, W. (2006) Integrin-linked kinase, a novel component of the cardiac mechanical stretch sensor, controls contractility in the zebrafish heart. Genes & Development. 20(17):2361-2372
Rottbauer, W., Wessels, G., Dahme, T., Just, S., Trano, N., Hassel, D., Burns, C.G., Katus, H.A., and Fishman, M.C. (2006) Cardiac Myosin Light Chain-2. A Novel Essential Component of Thick-Myofilament Assembly and Contractility of the Heart. Circulation research. 99(3):323-331
Rottbauer, W., Just, S., Wessels, G., Trano, N., Most, P., Katus, H.A., and Fishman, M.C. (2005) VEGF-PLC{gamma}1 pathway controls cardiac contractility in the embryonic heart. Genes & Development. 19(13):1624-1634