Prof. Dr. Dietmar Manstein participates in RESIST research project D4.

My Research Interest in RESIST

Our aim in the context of RESIST is the development of new antiviral, antimicrobial and immunomodulatory agents that target the innate immune sensors cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) and 2′-5′-oligoadenylate synthase (OAS). OAS and cGAS belong to the large and diverse superfamily of nucleotide triphosphate transferases. Both enzymes play key roles in the activation of interferon- driven antiviral responses upon recognition of pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). In addition, these sensors constitute a continuous surveillance system for the presence of microorganisms in tissues.

We use a structure-based approach for the identification and optimization of highly specific small-molecule allosteric effectors of cGAS and OAS. This work is based on our comprehensive structural and mechanistic description of the complete enzymatic cycle of human cGAS and OAS. Validation of the compounds is performed in collaboration with RESIST scientists Thomas Pietschmann and Ulrich Kalinke. 

Prof. Manstein about his scientific work

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Manstein – Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

  • Since 2002 Full (C4) Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and¬†Director, Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, MHH

  • Since 2003 Director, Division of Structural Biochemistry, MHH

  • Since 2005 Director, Core Unit Laser Microscopy, MHH

Undergraduate and Postgraduate Training

  • 1978 – 1983 Diploma Program in Biochemistry, Leibniz University Hannover (Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dr. J√ľrg Rosenbusch, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg)

  • 1984 – 1986 Natural Sciences Doctorat (Dr. rer. nat.), Ruprecht-Karls-Universit√§t Heidelberg (Thesis Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Roger S. Goody, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg)

  • 1999 Habilitation in Biochemisty/Biophysics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universit√§t Heidelberg (Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Felix Wieland, Faculty of Medicine, Ruprecht-Karls-Universit√§t Heidelberg)¬†

Academic and Research Posts

  • 1983 Predoctoral Research Assistant, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg¬†

  • 1984 – 1986 Predoctoral Research Assistant, Max-Planck-Institut f√ľr Medizinische Forschung, Heidelberg

  • 1986 – 1987 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg (Director: Prof. Kenneth C. Holmes, FRS)¬†

  • 1987 – 1990 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA (Postdoctoral advisor: Prof. J.A. Spudich)¬†

  • 1990 – 1996 Group Leader, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK

  • 1996 – 2002 Group Leader (C3), Max-Planck-Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg¬†

  • Since 2002¬†Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Director, Institute of Biophysical Chemistry, MHH¬†

  • Since 2003 Director, Division of Structural Biochemistry, MHH

  • Since 2005 Director, Core Unit Laser Microscopy, MHH

  • 2018 – 2020 Deputy Director, Centre for Structural Systems Biology, Hamburg¬†

Other Scientific Roles

  • 1992 – 2019 Executive Editor Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility

  • 2006 – 2012 Speaker, DFG-Research Unit FOR629 ‚ÄúMolecular Mechanisms of Cell Motility‚ÄĚ

  • Since 2008 Editor FEBS Letters

  • 2008 – 2011 Scientific delegate on behalf of the DFG, ERA-Instruments Scientific Advisory Board (European Research Infrastructures Working Group)

  • 2008 – 2014 Representative of the German Structural Biology Community, German Committee for Synchrotron Research (KFS)

  • 2009 – 2013 Representative for the State of Lower-Saxony on the Task Force for the Establishment of the Centre for Structural Systems Biology at DESY, Hamburg¬†

  • Since 2011 Cofounding Editor FEBS OpenBio

  • Since 2013 Member of the Board of Directors ‚Äď Centre for Structural Systems Biology (CSSB)¬†

  • Since 2014 Member of the Academic Advisory Board, Hannover School for Biomolecular Drug Research (BMWZ)¬†

Awards and Prizes

  • 1985 DFG short-term Fellowship for research at the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A.

  • 1987 – 1989 DFG long-term Fellowship for research at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, U.S.A.¬†

  • 2002 Wellcome Trust University Award combined with the appointment to a full professorship, School of Biosciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, U.K. (not accepted)

  • 2002 primo et unico loco ‚Äď full professorship in Physiological Chemistry, Ruhr-Universit√§t Bochum (not accepted)¬†

Granted Patents

  • EP 2727911 B1 Dietmar J. Manstein, Matthias Preller, Markus Kalesse ‚ÄúNovel means and methods for treating malaria and other parasitic disorders‚ÄĚ (published 21. Dec. 2016)¬†

  • EP2277124 B1 Dietmar J. Manstein, Roman Fedorov, Georgios Tsiavaliaris, Hans-Joachim Kn√∂lker, Ren√© Martin, Juliane Kirst, Herwig Gutzeit, Markus B√∂hl, Marcus Furch, ‚ÄúMeans for treating myosin- related diseases‚ÄĚ (published 9. Nov. 2016)¬†

  • US 9499471 B2 Dietmar J. Manstein, Matthias Preller, Marcus Furch, Markus Kalesse, Nina D√≠az ‚ÄúBiphenyl compounds for use in treating malaria and other parasitic disorders‚ÄĚ (published 22. Nov. 2016)¬†

Recommended Links

For further information about Prof. Manstein’s scientific work please check the following links:

10 Selected Publications (of > 118 original publications)

Bratanov, D., Kovalev, K., Machtens, J.P., Astashkin, R., Chizhov, I., Soloviov, D., Volkov, D., Polovinkin, V., Zabelskii, D., Mager, T., Gushchin, I., Rokitskaya, T., Antonenko, Y., Alekseev, A., Shevchenko, V., Yutin, N., Rosselli, R., Baeken, C., Borshchevskiy, V., Bourenkov, G., Popov, A., Balandin, T., Buldt, G., Manstein, D.J., Rodriguez-Valera, F., Fahlke, C., Bamberg, E., Koonin, E. and Gordeliy, V. Unique structure and function of viral rhodopsins. Nat Commun 2019; 10: 4939. Doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12718-0

Latham, S.L., Ehmke, N., Reinke, P.Y.A., Taft, M.H., Eicke, D., Reindl, T., Stenzel, W., Lyons, M.J., Friez, M.J., Lee, J.A., Hecker, R., Fruhwald, M.C., Becker, K., Neuhann, T.M., Horn, D., Schrock, E., Niehaus, I., Sarnow, K., Grutzmann, K., Gawehn, L., Klink, B., Rump, A., Chaponnier, C., Figueiredo, C., Knofler, R., Manstein, D.J.*, Di Donato, N.* Variants in exons 5 and 6 of ACTB cause syndromic thrombocytopenia. Nat Commun 2018; 9: 4250. Doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-06713-0 *joint senior author

Chinthalapudi K, Heissler SM, Preller M, Sellers JR, Manstein DJ. Mechanistic Insights into the Active Site and Allosteric Communication Pathways in Human Nonmuscle Myosin-2C. Elife 2017; 6. Doi: 10.7554/eLife.32742. 

von der Ecken, J., Heissler, S.M., Pathan-Chhatbar, S., Manstein, D.J., Raunser, S. Cryo-EM structure of a human cytoplasmic actomyosin complex at near-atomic resolution. Nature 2016; 534: 724-728. Doi: 10.1038/nature18295 

Hundt, N., Steffen, W., Pathan-Chhatbar, S., Taft, M.H., Manstein, D.J. Load-dependent modulation of non- muscle myosin-2A function by tropomyosin 4.2. Sci Rep 2016; 6: 20554. Doi: 10.1038/srep20554 

Loh√∂fener, J., Steinke, N., Kay-Fedorov, P., Baruch, P., Nikulin, A., Tishchenko, S., Manstein, D.J., and Fedorov, R. The Activation Mechanism of 2′-5′-Oligoadenylate Synthetase Gives New Insights Into OAS/cGAS Triggers of Innate Immunity. Structure 2015; 23(5): 851-62. Doi: 10.1016/j.str.2015.03.012¬†

Radke, M.B., Taft, M.H., Stapel, B., Hilfiker-Kleiner, D., Preller, M., Manstein, D.J. Small molecule-mediated refolding and activation of myosin motor function. Elife 2014; 3. Doi: 10.7554/eLife.01603 

Behrmann, E., M√ľller, M., Penczek, P.A., Mannherz, H.G., Manstein, D.J.*, Raunser, S.* Structure of the rigor actin-tropomyosin-myosin complex. Cell 2012; 150: 327-338. Doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2011.11.3105 *joint senior author¬†

Fedorov, R., Böhl, M., Tsiavaliaris, G., Hartmann, F.K., Taft, M.H., Baruch, P., Brenner, B., Martin, R., Knölker, H.-J., Gutzeit, H.O., Manstein, D.J. The mechanism of pentabromopseudilin inhibition of myosin motor activity. Nat Struct Mol Biol 2009; 16: 80-88. Doi: 10.1038/nsmb.1542 

Tsiavaliaris, G., Fujita-Becker, S., Manstein, D.J. Molecular engineering of a backwards-moving myosin motor. Nature 2004; 427: 558-561. Doi: 10.1038/nature02303 


  Prof. Dr. Dietmar Manstein
  Institute for Biophysical Chemistry,
Hannover Medical School (MHH)
  Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover
  +49 511 532 Р3700