David Kaftan

Atomic force Microscopy

dkaftan at jcu.cz
CH 01 016
+420 387776227


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:

Otakar Strunecky, Lenka Raabova, Alexandra Bernardova, Ana Pavlovna Ivanova, alexandra Semanova, Joel Crossley, David Kaftan (2020) Diversity of cyanobacteria at the Alaska North Slope with description of two new genera: Gibliniella and Shackletoniella. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 96(3). https://doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiz189 

David Kaftan, David Bína, Michal Koblížek (2019) Temperature dependence of photosynthetic reaction centre activity in Rhodospirillum rubrum. Photosynthesis Research 142: 181-193. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11120-019-00652-7

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 9: 7367, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42617-9

Noelia Jaime-Pérez, 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 1860 (8): 640-650. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbabio.2019.06.004

David Kaftan (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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