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Matthias Bureik——Professor

Room 417-7, Building 24, Tianjin University
School of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
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Education Experience
1994-1997 Ph. D. Medical Biochemistry UdS Medical School, Homburg, Germany
1997-2000 Postdoctoral Biochemistry Saarland University, Germany
1987-1994 Master of Science Chemistry Saarland University, Germany
Professional Experience
2001-2004 Senior Scientist (C1) Department of Biochemistry, Saarland University, Germany
2004-2008 Senior Scientist (C2) Department of Biochemistry, Saarland University, Germany
2008-2012 CEO PomBioTech GmbH, Germany
2012-2014 Lecturer & Senior Scientist Department of Biochemistry, Saarland University, Germany
Research Area

The research in the Bureik group encompasses two primary areas:

1) The study of human drug metabolizing enzymes and their use for organic synthesis.

A major goal in this project involves systematic testing of all variants of drug metabolizing cytochrome P450 enzymes (CYPs or P450s) and UDP glycosyltransferases (UGTs) identified in Chinese patients. This is expected to aid doctors in choosing the correct dosage for patients.

2) Investigation of human CYP4Z1 and exploitation of its activity for the treatment of breast cancer.

In this project, we have successfully identified CYP4Z1 to catalyze fatty acid in-chain hydroxylase and also ether cleavage. A primary aim is to search for compounds that can act as CYP4Z1-activated prodrugs and have potential for treatment of breast cancer.

Recently published work:

In cooperation with the group of Prof. Gerhard Wolber (Free University Berlin, Germany) we recently published a homology model of a UGT1A5 variant (UGT1A5*8) which shows that the cofactor UDP-GA is placed in a much more favorable geometry in UGT1A5*8 as compared to the wild-type, thus explaining its increased catalytical activity (Yang et al., 2018):

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(A) Structural homology model for UGT1A5*8 with bound cofactor Uridine-diphosphoglucoronic acid (UDP-GA). The secondary structure ribbon is shown in grey. Helix Q is highlighted in blue. The cofactor (colored turquois) is situated in the catalytic cleft between the N-terminal (left) and C-terminal (right) domains. (B) Superposition of C-terminal domains of the UGT2B7 crystal structure (yellow) and UGT1A5*8 homology model (grey) with a root-mean square root of 2. 1 Å. (C) Cofactor protein interaction diagram for UGT1A5 and UDP-GA. The glucuronic acid moiety of UDP-GA is hold in place by electrostatic interaction with Arg174 and hydrogen bonding to Ser376 and Asp397. The uridine-diphosphate moiety forms hydrogen bonds to Ser307, Leu308, His373, His377 and Gly378. Blue double-headed arrow represents electrostatic interaction. Red arrows represent hydrogen bond acceptance and green arrow hydrogen bond donation.

Honors and Awards
2005 – German business magazine impulse: PomBioTech was named as one of the 25 most promising start-up companies in Germany. The award address was given by Wolfgang Clement, then German Federal Minister of Economics and Labour.
2011 – PomBioTech was selected as a finalist for Red Herring's Top 100 Europe award.
Nunna, V. & M. Bureik, Human auto-Antibodies against plasma-membrane bound CYP450 and uses thereof. 2017, DRN 2017033116292200DE.
Bureik, M., J.M. Naumann & C.-A. Dragan, Method for the production of Sweet Proteins. 2010, WO/2011/124463.
Bureik M., C.-A. Dragan & A. Dragan, Method of generating HCV-derived virus-like particles. 2009, WO/2011/042551.
Bureik M., T. Hakki & R. Bernhardt, Verwendung von Inhibitoren der Aldosteron-Synthase zur Behandlung von Hyperaldosteronismus und Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen. 2009, DE102009044375.
Zöllner, A. & M. Bureik, Methods for identifying potential CYP4 metabolites, inhibitors or prodrugs. 2008, WO/2010/040770.
Dragan, C.-A., D. Buchheit & M. Bureik, Drug metabolism. 2008, WO/2010/031875.
Hartmann, R.W., S. Ulmschneider, U. Muller-Vieira, M. Bureik & R. Bernhardt, Selektive Hemmstoffe der Aldosteronsynthase (CYP11B2) zur Behandlung der Herzinsuffizienz und Myokardfibrose. 2004, DE 102004035322.
Bernhardt, R., A. Bichet, M. Bureik & N. Lenz, Der "Bringer" - eine hocheffiziente Methode zur Erzeugung von Mutantenbibliotheken. 2002, DE 10260977.
Bureik, M. & R. Bernhardt, Produktion von Steroidhormonen durch rekombinante Spalthefen. 1998, DE 19826821.
Highlighted Publications
Fan, L., J.F. Joseph, P. Durairaj, M.K. Parr & M. Bureik (2019) Conversion of chenodeoxycholic acid to cholic acid by human CYP8B1. Biol Chem. in press
Cao, X., P. Durairaj, F. Yang & M. Bureik (2019) A Comprehensive Overview of Common Polymorphic Variants that Cause Missense Mutations in Human CYPs and UGTs. Biomed Pharmacother. 111: 983-992
Yang F, Machalz D, Wang S, Li Z, Wolber G, Bureik M (2018) A common polymorphic variant of UGT1A5 displays increased activity due to optimized cofactor binding. FEBS Lett 592: 1837-1846
Liu J, Chen L, Joseph JF, Nass A, Stoll A, de la Torre X, Botre F, Wolber G, Parr MK, Bureik M (2018) Combined chemical and biotechnological production of 20betaOH-NorDHCMT, a long-term metabolite of Oral-Turinabol (DHCMT). J Inorg Biochem 183: 165-171
Yan Q, Machalz D, Zollner A, Sorensen EJ, Wolber G, Bureik M (2017) Efficient substrate screening and inhibitor testing of human CYP4Z1 using permeabilized recombinant fission yeast. Biochem Pharmacol 146: 174-187
Liu L, Pathak JL, Zhu YQ, Bureik M (2017) Comparison of cytochrome P450 expression in four different human osteoblast models. Biol Chem 398: 1327-1334
Yang X, Hutter M, Goh WW, Bureik M (2017) CYP4Z1 - A Human Cytochrome P450 Enzyme that Might Hold the Key to Curing Breast Cancer. Curr Pharm Des 23: 2060-2064
Nunna V, Jalal N, Bureik M (2017) Anti-CYP4Z1 autoantibodies detected in breast cancer patients. Cell Mol Immunol 14, 572-574
ResearcherID Publications
Year Title Author(s) Source Volume
2006 A fission yeast-based test system for the determination of IC50 values of anti-prostate tumor drugs acting on CYP21 Dragan, Calin-Aurel; Hartmann, Rolf W.; Bureik, Matthias Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry 21
2007 ROS production by adrenodoxin does not cause apoptosis in fission yeast Derouet-Huembert, Evi; Dragan, Calin-Aurel; Hakki, Tarek; et al. Apoptosis 12
2007 New fission yeast strains expressing human cytochrome P450 enzymes to be used for biotechnological synthesis of drug metabolites Peters, Frank T.; Schwaninger, Andrea E.; Dragan, Calin A.; et al. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 29
2007 Biotechnological synthesis of drug metabolites using human cytochrome P450 2D6 heterologously expressed in fission yeast exemplified for the designer drug metabolite 4 ’-hydroxymethyl-alpha-pyrrolidinobutyrophenone Peters, Frank T.; Dragan, Calin-A.; Wilde, Desiree R.; et al. Biochemical Pharmacology 74
2008 Coexpression of redox partners increases the hydrocortisone (cortisol) production efficiency in CYP11B1 expressing fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe Hakki, Tarek; Zearo, Silvia; Dragan, Calin-Aurel; et al. Journal of Biotechnology 133
2009 Use of fission yeast heterologously expressing human cytochrome P450 2B6 in biotechnological synthesis of the designer drug metabolite N-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)-2-hydroxyethanamine Peters, Frank T.; Dragan, Calin-A.; Schwaninger, Andrea E.; et al. Forensic Science International 184
2009 CYP21 Catalyzed Production of 18-nor-17 beta-hydroxymethyl, 17 alpha-methylandrosta-1,4,13-trien-3-one: A New Player in the Fight against Doping Zoellner, Andy; Parr, Maria Kristina; Dragan, Calin-Aurel; et al. Drug Metabolism Reviews 41
2009 Human CYP4Z1 catalyzes the in-chain hydroxylation of lauric acid and myristic acid Zoellner, Andy; Dragan, Calin-Aurel; Pistorius, Dominik; et al. Biological Chemistry 390
2009 Biotechnological Synthesis of the Designer Drug Metabolite 4 ’-Hydroxymethyl-alpha-pyrrolidinohexanophenone in Fission Yeast Heterologously Expressing Human Cytochrome P450 2D6-A Versatile Alternative to Multistep Chemical Synthesis Peters, Frank T.; Dragan, Calin-Aurel; Kauffels, Anne; et al. Journal of Analytical Toxicology 33
2009 Biotechnological synthesis of drug metabolites using human cytochrome P450 isozymnes heterologously expressed in fission yeast Peters, Frank T.; Bureik, Matthias; Maurer, Hans H. Bioanalysis 1