Nematode behaviour

Lightfoot, J.W.,* Dardiry. M.,* Kalirad, A., Giaimo, S., Eberhardt, G., Witte, H., Wilecki, M., Roedelsperger, C., Traulsen, A., S., Sommer, R.J. (2021) Sex or cannibalism: polyphenism and kin recognition control social action strategies in nematodes

Science Advances. 2021 [article]

Han, Z., Lo, W-S., Lightfoot, J.W., Witte, H., Sun, S., Sommer, R.J. (2020) Improving transgenesis efficiency and CRISPR-associated tools through codon optimization and native intron addition in pristionchus nematodes.

Genetics. 2020 [article]

Sieriebriennikov, B., Sun, S., Lightfoot, J.W., Witte, H., Moreno, E., Rödelsperger, C., Sommer, R.J. (2020) Conserved nuclear hormone receptors controlling a novel plastic trait target fast-evolving genes expressed in a single cell

Plos Genet. 2020 [article]

Akduman, N., Lightfoot, J.W., Röseler, W., Witte, H., Lo, W-S., Rödelsperger, C., Sommer, R.J. (2020) Bacterial vitamin B12 production enhances nematode predatory behavior.

ISME J. 2020 [article]

Moreno, E., Lightfoot, J. W., Lenuzzi, M., Sommer, R. J. (2019) Cilia drive developmental plasticity and are essential for efficient prey detection in predatory nematodes.

Proc R Soc B. 2019 [article]

Lightfoot, J.W., * Wilecki, M., * Rödelsperger, C., Moreno, E., Susoy, V., Witte, H., Sommer, R.J. (2019) Small peptide-mediated self-recognition prevents cannibalism in predatory nematodes.

Science. 2019 [article]

Moreno, E., Sieriebriennikov, B., Witte, H., Rödelsperger, C., Lightfoot, J.W., Sommer, R.J. (2017) Regulation of hyperoxia-induced social behaviour in Pristionchus pacificus nematodes requires a novel cilia-mediated environmental input.

Sci rep. 2017 [article]

Lightfoot J.W.,* Wilecki, M.,* Okumura, M., Sommer, R.J. (2016) Assaying Predatory Feeding Behaviors in Pristionchus and Other Nematodes.

J Vis Exp. 2016 [article]

Lightfoot, J.W., Chauhan, V.M., Aylott, J.W., Rödelsperger, C. (2016) Comparative transcriptomics of the nematode gut identifies global shifts in feeding mode and pathogen susceptibility.

BMC Res Notes. 2016 [article]

Lightfoot, J.W. *, Wilecki, M.,* Susoy, V., Sommer, R.J. (2015) Predatory feeding behaviour in Pristionchus nematodes is dependent on phenotypic plasticity and induced by serotonin.

J Exp Biol. 2015 (Cited as Wilecki and Lightfoot et al.) [article]

Other publications

  • Gao, J., Barroso, C., Zhang, P., Kim, H.M., Li, S., Labrador, L., Lightfoot, J., Gerashchenko, M.V., Labunskyy, V.M., Dong, M.Q., Martinez-Perez, E., Colaiácovo, M.P. (2016) N-terminal acetylation promotes synaptonemal complex assembly in C. elegans. Genes Dev. 2016 [article]

  • Kulkarni, A., Lightfoot, J.W., Streit, A. (2016) Germline organization in Strongyloides nematodes reveals alternative differentiation and regulation mechanisms. Chromosoma. 2016 [article]

  • Silva, N., Ferrandiz, N., Barroso, C., Tognetti, S., Lightfoot, J., Telecan, O., Encheva, V., Faull, P., Hanni, S., Furger, A., Snijders, A.P., Speck, C., Martinez-Perez, E. (2014) The fidelity of synaptonemal complex assembly is regulated by a signaling mechanism that controls early meiotic progression. Dev Cell. 2014 [article]

  • Labrador, L., Barroso, C., Lightfoot, J., Müller-Reichert, T., Flibotte, S., Taylor, J., Moerman, D.G., Villeneuve, A.M., Martinez-Perez, E. (2013). Chromosome movements promoted by the mitochondrial protein SPD-3 are required for homology search during Caenorhabditis elegans meiosis. PLoS Genet. 2013 [article]

  • Lightfoot, J., Testori, S., Barroso, C., Martinez-Perez E (2011). Loading of meiotic cohesin by SCC-2 is required for early processing of DSBs and the DNA damage checkpoint. Curr. Biol. 2011 [article]

  • Martinez-Perez, E., Schvarzstein, M., Barroso, C., Lightfoot, J., Dernburg, A.F., Villeneuve, A.M. (2008) Crossovers trigger a remodeling of meiotic chromosome axis composition that is linked to two-step loss of sister chromatid cohesion. Genes Dev. 2008 [article]

  • Jackson, R.J., Elvers, K.T., Lee, L.J., Gidley, M.D., Wainwright, L.M., Lightfoot, J., Park, S.F., Poole, R.K. (2007) Oxygen reactivity of both respiratory oxidases in Campylobacter jejuni: the cydAB genes encode a cyanide-resistant, low-affinity oxidase that is not of the cytochrome bd type. J. Bacteriol. 2007 [article]

General media

  • Local newspaper feature in the General-Anzeiger Bonn [article]

  • Labor journal 1-2/2020, p.30-31 - “Mutterliebe geht durch die Nase” [article]

  • Science Video - These nematodes may be cannibals, but they look out for their family [article]

  • Atlas of Science - The mind and mouth of a predatory worm [article]