Claudius Lenz


Biosynthesis of basidiomycete polyenes

Various basidiomycetes produce polyene pigments, for which ecological functions have been assumed or shown. This project aims at characterizing polyene polyketide synthase genes and enzymes of selected basidiomycetes. Further, polyenes will be analyzed chemically and tested for their biological activity. The objective is a more profound understanding of fungal polyketide synthases and their products, and how structural features impact bioactivities. Methodologically, this project emphasizes chemical analysis, yet strongly interfaces with biochemistry, mycology, and molecular biology.


Lenz C, Dörner S, Trottmann F, Hertweck C, Sherwood A, Hoffmeister D (2022) Assessment of Bioactivity-Modulating Pseudo-Ring Formation in Psilocin and Related Tryptamines. Chembiochem , e202200183. Details PubMed

Lenz C, Dörner S, Sherwood A, Hoffmeister D (2021) Structure Elucidation and Spectroscopic Analysis of Chromophores Produced by Oxidative Psilocin Dimerization. Chemistry 27(47), 12166-12171. Details PubMed

Lenz C, Sherwood A, Kargbo R, Hoffmeister D (2021) Taking Different Roads: l-Tryptophan as the Origin of Psilocybe Natural Products. Chempluschem 86(1), 28-35. (Review) Details PubMed

Fricke J, Kargbo R, Regestein L, Lenz C, Peschel G, Rosenbaum MA, Sherwood A, Hoffmeister D (2020) Scalable Hybrid Synthetic/Biocatalytic Route to Psilocybin. Chemistry 26(37), 8281-8285. Details PubMed

Seibold PS, Lenz C, Gressler M, Hoffmeister D (2020) The Laetiporus polyketide synthase LpaA produces a series of antifungal polyenes. J Antibiot (Tokyo) 73(10), 711-720. Details PubMed

Fricke J, Lenz C, Wick J, Blei F, Hoffmeister D (2019) Production Options for Psilocybin: Making of the Magic. Chemistry 25(4), 897-903. Details PubMed

Lenz C, Wick J, Braga D, García-Altares M, Lackner G, Hertweck C, Gressler M, Hoffmeister D (2019) Injury-Triggered Blueing Reactions of Psilocybe Angew Chem Int Ed Engl 59(4), 1450-1454. Details PubMed

Tauber JP, Matthäus C, Lenz C, Hoffmeister D, Popp J (2018) Analysis of basidiomycete pigments in situ by Raman spectroscopy. J Biophotonics 11(6), e201700369. Details PubMed


Dirk Hoffmeister

Start of PhD

April 1, 2017

Doctoral Disputation

August 23, 2022

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