David Kaftan

Atomic force Microscopy

dkaftan at jcu.cz
CH 01 019
+420 387776230


M.Sc. 1997, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Ph.D. 2000, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2000-2002, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Group Leader, 2003-2011, Laboratory of Nanobiology, Institute of Physical Biology, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
Research Fellow of Institute of Microbiology, 2014-present, Department of Phototrophic Microorganisms, Třeboň, Czech Republic
PI, 2012-present, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic

Research Interests and keywords:
1) Thermal stability of photosynthetic reaction centers
2) Electron transfer in biological systems
3) Atomic Force Microscopy – imaging, force measurements
4) Structure-function relationships in bacterial photosynthetic reaction centers and their light harvesting complexes – Gemmatimonadetes, Chloroflexi

Key recent publications:

Volha Shmidt, David Kaftan, Avigdor Scherz, Avihai Danon (2019) Targeting mutations to the plastidial psbA gene of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii without direct positive selection. Scientific Reports, accepted

Noelia Jaime-Péreza, David Kaftan, David Bína, Syed Nadeem Hussain Bokharia, Hendrik Küpper (2019) Mechanisms of sublethal copper toxicity damage to the photosynthetic apparatus of Rhodospirillum rubrum. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Bioenergetics, accepted

Kaftan, D. (2019) Molecular docking of the TNF-derived TIP peptide to a ASIC1a-based model of the alpha subunit of the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC). In: Cytokine-Ion Channel Interactions in Pulmonary Inflammation (Vadász et Lucas eds.). Lausanne: Frontiers Media. pp. 1,5. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88945-703-8

Osterrothová, K., Culka A., Němečková, K., Kaftan, D., Nedbalová, L., Procházková, L., Jehlička, J. (2019) Analyzing carotenoids of snow algae by Raman microspectroscopy and high-performance liquid chromatography. Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy 212: 262-271. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2019.01.013

Kaftan, D., Medová, H., Selyanin, V., Kopejtka, K. and Koblížek, M. (2019) Extended temperature optimum of photosynthetic reaction centers in Rhodobacterales. Photosynthetica 57(2): 361-366. DOI 10.32615/ps.2019.039

Strunecký, O., Kopejtka, K., Goecke, F., Tomasch, J., Lukavský, J., Neori, A., Kahl, S., Pieper, D.H., Pilarski, P., Kaftan D. and Koblížek, M. (2019) High diversity of thermophilic cyanobacteria in Rupite hot-spring identified by microscopy, cultivation, single-cell PCR and amplicon sequencing. Extremophiles 23: 35-48. DOI: 10.1007/s00792-018-1058-z

Piwosz, K., Kaftan, D., Dean, J., Šetlík., J. and Koblížek (2018) Nonlinear effect of irradiance on photoheterotrophic activity and growth of the aerobic anoxygenic phototrophic bacterium Dinoroseobacter shibae. Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14003

Dachev, M., Bína, D., Sobotka, R., Moravcová, L., Gardian, Y., Kaftan, D., Šlouf, V., Fuciman, M., Polívka, T. and Koblížek, M. (2017) Unique double concentric ring organization of light harvesting complexes in Gemmatimonas phototrophica. PLoS Biology 15(12): e2003943. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2003943

Shlyk, O., Samish, I., Matěnová, M., Dulebo, A., Poláková, H., Kaftan, D. and Scherz, A. (2017) A single residue controls electron transfer gating in photosynthetic reaction centers. Scientific Reports 7: 44580, doi: 10.1038/srep44580

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