Peer-reviewed articles


Steinberg, G., Schuster, M., Theisen, U., Kilaru, S., Forge, A., Martin-Urdiroz, M. (2012) Motor-driven motility of fungal nuclear pores is necessary for nucleocytoplasmic transport. J. Cell Biol., accepted.

Steinberg, G. (2012) Cytoplasmic Fungal Lipases Release the Fungicide Terbinafine from Ultra-deformable Vesicular Drug Carriers. PlosOne, 7, e38181.

Steinberg, G. (2012) The transport machinery for motility of fungal endosomes. Fungal. Genet. Biol., accepted.


Lin, C., Steinberg, G. & Ashwin, P. (2011) Bidirectional transport and pulsing states in a multi-lane ASEP model. J Stat Mech., P09027.

Schuster, M, Treitschke, S., Molloy, J., Kilaru, S., Harmer, N.J. & Steinberg, G. (2011) Myosin-5, kinesin-1 and myosin-17 cooperate in secretion of fungal chitin synthase. EMBO J., 31, 214-327.

Schuster, M., Treitschke, S., Molloy, J., Kilaru, S., Harmer, N. & Steinberg, G. (2011) Kinesin-3 and dynein cooperate in long-range retrograde endosome motility along a nonuniform microtubule array. Mol Biol Cell, 22, 3645-3657.

Schuster, M., Lipowsky, R., Assmann, M.-A., Lenz, P. & Steinberg, G. (2011) Transient stochastic binding of dynein controls bidirectional long-range motility of early endosomes. PNAS, 108, 3618-3622

Schuster, M., Kilaru, S, Ashwin, P., Lin, C., Severs, N. & Steinberg, G. (2011) Stochastic and controlled dynein accumulation prevents kinesin3-delivered endosomes from falling off at the microtubule plus-ends. EMBO J., 30, 652-664.

Steinberg, G. (2011) Motors in fungal morphogenesis: cooperation versus competition. Curr Opin Microbiol, 14, 660-667.

Steinberg, G. and Schuster, M. (2011) The dynamic fungal cell. Fungal Biol. Rev., 25, 14-37.


Ashwin, P., Lin, C. & Steinberg, G. (2010) Queuing induced by bidirectional motor motion at the end of a microtubule. Phys. Rev. E, 82, 051907.

Treitschke, S., Doehlemann, G., Schuster, M. & Steinberg, G. (2010) The myosin-motor domain of fungal chitin synthase V is dispensable for vesicle motility but required for virulence of the maize pathogen Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell, 22, 2476-2494.


Steinberg, G. and Perez-Martin, J. (2008) Ustilago maydis, a new fungal model system for cell biology. Trends Cell Biol., 18, 61-67.

Theisen, U., Straube, A. & Steinberg, G. (2008) Dynamic rearrangement of nucleoporins during fungal 'open' mitosis, Mol. Biol. Cell, 19, 1230-1240.


Münsterkötter, M. & Steinberg, G. (2007) The fungus Ustilago maydis and humans share disease-related proteins that are not found in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. BMC Genomics, 8, 473-483.

Werner S., Janyce, A., Sugui, A., Steinberg, G. & Deising, H.B. (2007) A chitin synthase with a myosin-like motor domain is essential for hyphal growth, appressorium differentiation, and pathogenicity of the maize anthracnose fungus Colletotrichum graminicola. MPMI, 20, 1555-1567.

Castillo-Lluva1 S., Alvarez-Tabares, I., Weber, I., Steinberg, G. & Perez-Martin. J. 2007. Sustained cell polarity and virulence in the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis depends on an essential cyclin-dependent kinase from the Cdk5/Pho85 family. J. Cell Sci., 120, 1584-1595.

Steinberg, G. (2007) Tracks for traffic: Microtubules in the plant pathogen Ustilago maydis. New Phytol., 174, 721-733.

Steinberg, G. (2007) On the move: Endosomes in fungal growth and pathogenicity. Nat. Rev. Microbiol., 5, 309-316.

Steinberg, G. (2007) Hyphal growth: a tale of motors, lipids and the Spitzenkörper. Euk. Cell, 6, 351-360.

Steinberg, G. (2007) Preparing the way: Fungal motors in microtubule organization, Trends Microbiol., 15, 14-21.


Jörg Kämper, J., Kahmann, R., Bölker, M., Saville, B.J., Banuett, F., Kronstad J., Gold, S., Perlin, M., Wösten, H.A.B., de Vries, R.P., Ruiz-Herrera, J., Reynaga-Peña, C., Snetselaar, K., McCann, M., Pérez-Martín, J., Feldbrügge, M., Basse, C., Steinberg, G. et al. (2006) Living in pretended harmony: the genome of the biotrophic fungus Ustilago maydis. Nature, 444, 97-101.

Fink, G. , Schuchardt, I., Colombelli, J., Stelzer, E. & Steinberg, G. (2006) Dynein-mediated pulling forces drive rapid mitotic spindle elongation in Ustilago maydis. EMBO J., 25, 4897-4908.

Fuchs, U., Hause, G., Schuchardt I. & Steinberg, G. (2006) Endocytosis is essential for pathogenic development in the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell, 18, 2066-2081.

Fink, G. & Steinberg, G. (2006) Dynein-dependent microtubule motility supports polarization of the tubulin cytoskeleton in the fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol. Biol. Cell, 17, 3242-3253.

Lenz, J.H., Straube, A. & Steinberg, G. (2006) A dynein loading zone for retrograde endosome motility at microtubule plus-ends. EMBO J, 25, 2275-2286.

Straube, A., Hause, G. & Steinberg, G. (2006) Conventional kinesin mediates microtubule-microtubule interactions in vivo. Mol. Biol. Cell.,17, 907-916.

Weber, I., Aßmann, D., Thines, E., & Steinberg, G. (2006) Polar localizing class V myosin chitin synthases are essential during early plant infection in the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell,18, 225-242.


Schirawski, J., Böhnert, H.U., Steinberg, G., Snetselaar, K., Adamikova, L. & Kahmann, R. (2005) ER glucosidase II is required for pathogenicity of Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell, 17, 3532-3543.

Schuchhardt, I., Aßmann, D., Thines, E, Schuberth, C. & Steinberg, G. (2005) Myosin-V, Kinesin-1 and Kinesin-3 cooperate in long-distance transport in hyphal growth of the fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol. Biol. Cell, 16, 5191-5201.

Fuchs, U., Manns, I. & Steinberg, G. (2005) Microtubules are dispensable for the initial pathogenic development but required for long-distance hyphal growth in the corn smut fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol. Biol. Cell, 16, 2746-2758.

Straube, A., Weber, I. & Steinberg,G. (2005) A novel mechanism of nuclear envelope break-down in a fungus: Nuclear migration stripps off the envelope. EMBO J., 24, 1674-1685.

Fuchs, U. & Steinberg, G. (2005) Endocytosis in the plant pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Protoplasma, 226, 75-80.

Feldbrügge, M, Bölker, M., Steinberg, G., Kämper, J. & Kahmann, R. (2005) Regulatory and structural networks orchestrating mating, dimorphism, cell shape, and pathogenesis in Ustilago maydis. In: The Mycota I, Growth, Differentiation and Sexuality. Kües/Fischer (eds.). Springer, Heidelberg.


Garcia-Muse, T., Steinberg, G., & Perez-Martin, J. (2004) Characterization of B-type cyclins in the smut fungus Ustilago maydis: roles in morphogenesis and pathogenicity. J. Cell Sci., 117, 487-506.

Adamíková, L., Schulz, I., Straube, A., & Steinberg G. (2004) A SERCA-type Ca2+ATPase required for dynein-dependent microtubule organization in the pathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol. Biol. Cell, 15, 1969-1980.

Basse, C. & Steinberg G. (2004) Ustilago maydis, a model system for analysis of the molecular basis of fungal pathogenicity. Mol. Plant Pathol. 5, 83-92.

Feldbrügge M., Kämper J., Steinberg G. & Kahmann R. (2004) Regulation of mating and pathogenic development in Ustilago maydis. Curr Opin Microbiol. 7, 666-672.

Steinberg, G. & Fuchs, U. (2004) Microtubules in cellular organisation and endocytosis in the plant pathogen Ustilago maydis. J. Microscopy, 214, 114-123.


Weber, I., Gruber, C, & Steinberg, G. (2003) A class V myosin required for mating, hyphal growth and pathogenicity in the dimorphic plant pathogen Ustilago maydis. Plant Cell, 15, 2826-2842.

Garcia-Muse, T., Steinberg, G., & Perez-Martin, J. (2003) Pheromone-induced G2 arrest in the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. Eukaryotic Cell, 2, 494-500.

Straube, A., Brill, M, Oakley, B.R. , Horio, T. & Steinberg G. (2003) Microtubule organization requires cell cycle dependent nucleation at dispersed cytoplasmic sites, polar and perinuclear MTOCs in the plant pathogen Ustilago maydis, Mol. Biol. Cell, 14, 642-657.


Wedlich-Söldner, R., Straube, A., Friedrich, M.W. & Steinberg, G. (2002) A balance of KIF1A-like kinesin and dynein organizes early endosomes in the fungus Ustilago maydis. EMBO J, 21, 2946-2957.

Wedlich-Söldner, R., Schulz, I., Straube, A. & Steinberg, G. (2002) Dynein supports motility of the endoplasmic reticulum in the fungus Ustilago maydis. Mol. Biol. Cell, 13, 965-977.


Straube, A., Enard, W., Berner, A., Wedlich-Söldner, R., Kahmann, R. & Steinberg, G. (2001) A split motor domain in a cytoplasmic dynein. EMBO J., 20, 5091-5100.

Steinberg, G., Wedlich-Söldner, R., Brill, M. & Schulz, I. (2001) Microtubules in the fungal pathogen Ustilago maydis are highly dynamic and determine cell polarity. J. Cell Sci., 114, 609-622.


Steinberg, G. (2000) The cellular role of molecular motors in fungi. Trends Microbiol., 4, 162-168.

Wedlich-Söldner, R., Bölker, M., Kahmann, R., & Steinberg, G. (2000) A putative endosomal t-SNARE links exo- and endocytosis in the phytopathogenic fungus Ustilago maydis. EMBO J., 19, 1974-1986.


Heath, I.B., & Steinberg, G. (1999) Mechanism of hyphal growth: Ameba in a tube revisited. Fungal. Genet. Biol. 28, 79-93.


Steinberg, G., & McIntosh, J.R. (1998) Effects of the myosin inhibitor 2,3-butanedione on the physiology of fission yeast. Eur. J. Cell Biol.,77, 284-293.

Steinberg, G., Schliwa, M., Lehmler, C., Bölker, M., Kahmann, R., and McIntosh, J.R. (1998) . Kinesin from the plant pathogen Ustilago maydis is involved in vacuole formation and cytoplasmic migration. J. Cell Sci., 111, 2235-2246.

Steinberg, G. (1998) Organelle transport and molecular motors in fungi. Fungal Genet. Biol., 24, 161-177.


Steinberg, G. (1997) A kinesin-like mechanoenzyme from the zygomycete Syncephalastrum racemosum shares biochemical similarities with conventional kinesin from Neurospora crassa. Eur. J. Cell Biol., 73, 124-131.

Lehmler, C., Steinberg, G., Snetselaar, K., Schliwa, M., Kahmann, R. & Bölker, M. (1997) Identification of a motor protein required for filamentous growth in in Ustilago maydis. EMBO J., 16, 3464-3473.

Seiler, S., Nargang, F.E., Steinberg, G. & Schliwa, M. (1997) Kinesin is essential for cell morphogenesis and polarized secretion in Neurospora crassa. EMBO J, 16, 3025-3034.


Steinberg, G. & Schliwa, M. (1996) Characterization of the biophysical and motility properties of kinesin from the fungus Neurospora crassa. J. Biol. Chem., 271, 7516-7521.


Steinberg, G. and Schliwa, M. (1995) The Neurospora organelle motor: A distant relative of conventional kinesin with unconventional properties. Mol. Biol. Cell, 6, 1605-1618.


Steinberg, G. & Kollmann, R. (1994) A quantitative analysis of the interspecific plasmodesmata in the non-division walls of the plant chimera Laburnocytisus adamii (Poit.) Schneid.. Planta, 192, 75-83.


Steinberg, G. and Schliwa, M. (1993) Organelle movements in the wilde-type and wall-less fz;sg;os-1 mutants of Neurospora crassa are mediated by cytoplasmic microtubules. J. Cell. Sci., 106, 555-564.

Patterson, D.J., Nygaard, K., Steinberg, G. & Turley, C.M. (1993) Heterotrophic flagellates and other protists associated with oceanic detritus throughout the water column in the mid north Atlantic. J. mar. biol. Ass. U.K., 73, 67-95.

Other scientific contributions

Feldbrügge, M, Bölker, M., Steinberg, G., Kämper, J. & Kahmann, R. (2005) Regulatory and structural networks orchestrating mating, dimorphism, cell shape, and pathogenesis in Ustilago maydis. In: The Mycota I, Growth, Differentiation and Sexuality. Kües/Fischer (eds.). Springer, Heidelberg.

Sugui, J.A., Werner, S., Wernitz, M., Steinberg, G., Deising, H.B. (2002) Biogenese der Zellwand des Maispathogens Colletotrichum graminicola und Mechanismen der Infektion. Mitteilungen aus der Biologischen Bundesanstalt für Land-und Forstwirtschaft 390, 187.

G. Steinberg (2001) Die Rolle des Zytoskeletts bei Wachstum und Entwicklung pathogener Pilze. Jahrbuch der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen.

Kahmann, R., Steinberg, G., Basse, C., Feldbrügge, M. & Kämper, J. (2000) Ustilago maydis, the causive agent of corn smut disease. In: Fungal Pathology, ed. J. Kronstadt, Kluwer Academic Publisher, Amsterdam. pp. 347-371.

Steinberg, G. (1995) Untersuchungen zum Transport von Organellen in Neurospora crassa: Molekulare Charakterisierung eines Mitglieds der Kinesin Superfamilie. Dissertation der Biologischen Fakultät der LMU, München.

Steinberg, G. and Schliwa, M. (1995) A molecular motor for microtubule-dependent organelle transport in Neurospora crassa. In: 45. Colloquium Mosbach: The Cytoskeleton. B.M. Jockusch, E. Mandelkow, and K. Weber editors, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 23-28.

Schliwa, M., Steinberg, G. und Felgner, H. (1995) Ein bewegendes Thema. Mitteilungen der DGZ, 21, 8-12.

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Figure 1: U. maydis mutant cells lacking the motor kinesin-3 are impaired in early endosome trafficking. This results in a cell separation defect and uni-polar budding (Wedlich-Söldner 2002, EMBO J., 21, 2946).