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Publications – Dr. Verena Zimorski


  • Tria FDK, Brueckner J, Skejo J, Xavier JC, Kapust N, Knopp M, Wimmer JLE, Nagies FSP, Zimorski V, Gould SB, Garg SG, Martin WF: Gene duplications trace mitochondria to the onset of eukaryote complexity. Genome Biol Evol 13:evab055 (2021). doi: 10.1093/gbe/evab055 PDF


  • Zimorski V, Martin WF: The evolution of oxygen-independent energy metabolism in eukaryotes with hydrogenosomes and mitosomes. In: Hydrogenosomes and Mitosomes: Mitochondria of anaerobic eukaryotes. Springer Nature, Switzerland (2019). doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-17941-0_2
  • Zimorski V, Mentel M, Tielens AGM, Martin WF: Energy metabolism in anaerobic eukaryotes and Earth's late oxygenation. Free Radic Biol Med 140:279–294 (2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.03.030 PDF


  • Bexkens ML, Zimorski V, Sarink MJ, Wienk H, Brouwers JF, De Jonckheere JF, Martin WF, Opperdoes FR, van Hellemond JJ, Tielens AGM: Lipids are the preferred substrate of the protist Naegleria gruberi, relative of a human brain pathogen. Cell Rep 25:537–543.E3 (2018). PDF
  • Preiner M, Xavier JC, Sousa FL, Zimorski V, Neubeck A, Lang SQ, Greenwell HC, Kleinermanns K, Tüysüz H, McCollom TM, Holm NG, Martin WF: Serpentinization: Connecting geochemistry, ancient metabolism and industrial hydrogenation. Life 8:41 (2018). PDF
  • Weiss MC, Preiner M, Xavier JC, Zimorski V, Martin WF: The last common ancestor between ancient Earth chemistry and the onset of genetics. PLoS Genet 14:e1007518 (2018). PDF


  • Martin WF, Zimorski V, Weiss MC: Wo lebten die ersten Zellen – und wovon? Biologie in unserer Zeit 47:186–192 (2017). doi: 10.1002/biuz.201710622
  • Zimorski V, Rauch C, van Hellemond JJ, Tielens AGM, Martin WF: The mitochondrion of Euglena gracilis. In: Schwartzbach SD, Shigeoka S (eds.) Euglena: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, Springer, Berlin, 979:19–37 (2017).


  • Martin WF, Neukirchen S, Zimorski V, Gould SB, Sousa FL: Energy for two: New archaeal lineages and the origin of mitochondria. Bioessays 38:850–856 (2016). PDF
  • Garg S, Zimorski V, Martin WF: Endosymbiotic Theory. In: Kliman RM (ed.) The Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, Vol. 1. Academic Press, Oxford, pp. 511–517 (2016). PDF 


  • Garg S, Stölting J, Zimorski V, Rada P, Tachezy J, Martin WF, Gould SB: Conservation of transit peptide-independent protein import into the mitochondrial and hydrogenosomal matrix. Genome Biol Evol 7:2716–2726 (2015). PDF
  • Martin W, Garg S, Zimorski V: Endosymbiotic theories for eukaryote origin. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B 370:20140330 (2015). PDF
  • Rada P, Makki AR, Zimorski V, Garg S, Hampl V, Hrdý I, Gould SB, Tachezy J: N-terminal presequence-independent import of phosphofructokinase into hydrogenosomes of Trichomonas vaginalisEukaryot Cell 14:1264–1275 (2015). PDF


  • Ku C, Roettger, M, Zimorski V, Nelson-Sathi S, Sousa FL, Martin WF: Plastid origin: Who, when and why? Acta Soc Bot Pol 83:281–289 (2014). PDF
  • Zimorski V, Ku C, Martin WF, Gould SB: Endosymbiotic theory for organelle origins. Curr Opin Microbiol 22:38–48 (2014). PDF
  • Christa G, Zimorski V, Woehle C, Tielens AGM, Wägele H, Martin WF, Gould SB: Plastid-bearing sea slugs fix CO2 in the light but do not require photosynthesis to survive. Proc R Soc Lond B 281:20132493 (2014). PDF
  • Zimorski V, Martin WF: Subcellular targeting of proteins and pathways during evolution. New Phytol 201:1–2 (2014). PDF


  • Gould SB, Woehle C, Kusdian G, Landan G, Tachezy J, Zimorski V, Martin WF: Deep sequencing of Trichomonas vaginalis during the early infection of vaginal epithelial cells and amoeboid transition. Int J Parasitol 43:707–719 (2013). PDF
  • Pereira-Brás X, Zimorski V, Bolte K, Maier UG, Martin WF, Gould SB: Knockout of the abundant Trichomonas vaginalis hydrogenosomal membrane protein Tvhmp23 increases hydrogenosomes size but induces no compensatory up-regulation of paralogous copies. FEBS Lett 587:1333–1339 (2013). PDF
  • Zimorski V, Major P, Hoffmann K, Pereira Bras X, Martin WF, Gould SB: The N-terminal sequences of four major hydrogenosomal proteins are not essential for import into hydrogenosomes of Trichomonas vaginalis. J Eukaryot Microbiol 60:89–97 (2013). PDF


  • Burstein D, Gould SB, Zimorski V, Kloesges T, Kiosse F, Major P, Martin WF, Pupko T, Dagan T: A machine-learning approach to identify hydrogenosomal proteins in Trichomonas vaginalis. Eukaryot Cell 11:217–228 (2012). PDF
  • Zimorski V, Major P, Yu R-Y, Hoffmann K, Pereira Bras X, Tucci S, Mentel M, Gould SB, Henze K, Martin WF: Evolutionary significance of anaerobic energy metabolism in eukaryotes. J Endocyt Cell Res 23:64–68 (2012). PDF


  • Mentel M, Zimorski V, Haferkamp P, Martin WF, Henze H: Protein import into hydrogenosomes of Trichomonas vaginalis involves both N-terminal and internal targeting signals: a case study of thioredoxin reductases. Eukaryot Cell 7:1750–1757 (2008). PDF
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