Morkos Henen, PhD, MS
Assistant Research Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

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Graduate School :
  • PhD, University of Vienna
Languages: English, French, German
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics

Professional Titles

  • Assistant Professor -Research

Research Interests

My research interests are mainly focused on using NMR and other biophysical techniques to study biomolecules. I have a particular interest in studying proteins and nucleic acids that are of therapeutic relevance in diseases. I'm also interested in using synthetic chemistry for FBDD approaches. One main focus of my research is the development of novel NMR pulse sequences to suit the needs of research goals.

Teaching

  • Assistant Professor - Research (2019)
    School of Medicine, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
    NMR classes for graduate school

Publications

  • Born A, Soetbeer J, Breitgoff F, Henen MA, Sgourakis N, Polyhach Y, Nichols PJ, Strotz D, Jeschke G, Vögeli B. Reconstruction of Coupled Intra- and Interdomain Protein Motion from Nuclear and Electron Magnetic Resonance. J Am Chem Soc. 2021 Oct 6;143(39):16055-16067. PubMed PMID: 34579531
  • Wang RX, Henen MA, Lee JS, Vögeli B, Colgan SP. Microbiota-derived butyrate is an endogenous HIF prolyl hydroxylase inhibitor. Gut Microbes. 2021 Jan-Dec;13(1):1938380. PubMed PMID: 34190032
  • Redzic JS, Lee E, Born A, Issaian A, Henen MA, Nichols PJ, Blue A, Hansen KC, D'Alessandro A, Vögeli B, Eisenmesser EZ. The Inherent Dynamics and Interaction Sites of the SARS-CoV-2 Nucleocapsid N-Terminal Region. J Mol Biol. 2021 Jul 23;433(15):167108. PubMed PMID: 34161778
  • Alexeev EE, Dowdell AS, Henen MA, Lanis JM, Lee JS, Cartwright IM, Schaefer REM, Ornelas A, Onyiah JC, Vögeli B, Colgan SP. Microbial-derived indoles inhibit neutrophil myeloperoxidase to diminish bystander tissue damage. FASEB J. 2021 May;35(5):e21552. PubMed PMID: 33826788
  • Nichols PJ, Henen MA, Vicens Q, Vögeli B. Solution NMR backbone assignments of the N-terminal Za-linker-Zß segment from Homo sapiens ADAR1p150. Biomol NMR Assign. 2021 Oct;15(2):273-279. PubMed PMID: 33742389
  • Tengesdal IW, Menon DR, Osborne DG, Neff CP, Powers NE, Gamboni F, Mauro AG, D'Alessandro A, Stefanoni D, Henen MA, Mills TS, De Graaf DM, Azam T, Vogeli B, Palmer BE, Pietras EM, DeGregori J, Tan AC, Joosten LAB, Fujita M, Dinarello CA, Marchetti C. Targeting tumor-derived NLRP3 reduces melanoma progression by limiting MDSCs expansion. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021 Mar 9;118(10). PubMed PMID: 33649199
  • Nichols PJ, Bevers S, Henen M, Kieft JS, Vicens Q, Vögeli B. Recognition of non-CpG repeats in Alu and ribosomal RNAs by the Z-RNA binding domain of ADAR1 induces A-Z junctions. Nat Commun. 2021 Feb 4;12(1):793. PubMed PMID: 33542240
  • Henen MA, Myers W, Schmitt LR, Wade KJ, Born A, Nichols PJ, Vögeli B. The Disordered Spindly C-terminus Interacts with RZZ Subunits ROD-1 and ZWL-1 in the Kinetochore through the Same Sites in C. Elegans. J Mol Biol. 2021 Feb 19;433(4):166812. PubMed PMID: 33450249
  • El-Khouly OA, Henen MA, El-Sayed MA, Shabaan MI, El-Messery SM. Synthesis, anticancer and antimicrobial evaluation of new benzofuran based derivatives: PI3K inhibition, quorum sensing and molecular modeling study. Bioorg Med Chem. 2021 Feb 1;31:115976. PubMed PMID: 33388654
  • Nashaat S, Henen MA, El-Messery SM, Eisa H. Synthesis, state-of-the-art NMR-binding and molecular modeling study of new benzimidazole core derivatives as Pin1 inhibitors: Targeting breast cancer. Bioorg Med Chem. 2020 Jun 1;28(11):115495. PubMed PMID: 32307260
  • Nichols PJ, Born A, Henen MA, Strotz D, Jones DN, Delaglio F, Vögeli B. Reducing the measurement time of exact NOEs by non-uniform sampling. J Biomol NMR. 2020 Dec;74(12):717-739. PubMed PMID: 32880802
  • El-Khouly OA, Henen MA, El-Sayed MA, Shabaan MI, El-Messery SM. Synthesis, anticancer and antimicrobial evaluation of new benzofuran based derivatives: PI3K inhibition, quorum sensing and molecular modeling study. Bioorg Med Chem. 2020 Dec 27;31:115976. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33388654
  • Born A, Henen MA, Vögeli B. Activity and Affinity of Pin1 Variants. Molecules. 2019 Dec 20;25(1). PubMed PMID: 31861908
  • Kim SK, Henen MA, Hinck AP. Structural biology of betaglycan and endoglin, membrane-bound co-receptors of the TGF-beta family. Exp Biol Med (Maywood). 2019 Dec;244(17):1547-1558. PubMed PMID: 31601110
  • Issaian A, Schmitt L, Born A, Nichols PJ, Sikela J, Hansen K, Vögeli B, Henen MA. Solution NMR backbone assignment reveals interaction-free tumbling of human lineage-specific Olduvai protein domains. Biomol NMR Assign. 2019 Oct;13(2):339-343. PubMed PMID: 31264103
  • Celestino R, Henen MA, Gama JB, Carvalho C, McCabe M, Barbosa DJ, Born A, Nichols PJ, Carvalho AX, Gassmann R, Vögeli B. A transient helix in the disordered region of dynein light intermediate chain links the motor to structurally diverse adaptors for cargo transport. PLoS Biol. 2019 Jan;17(1):e3000100. PubMed PMID: 30615611
  • Henen MA, Mahlawat P, Zwieb C, Kodali RB, Hinck CS, Hanna RD, Krzysiak TC, Ilangovan U, Cano KE, Hinck G, Vonberg M, McCabe M, Hinck AP. TGF-ß2 uses the concave surface of its extended finger region to bind betaglycan's ZP domain via three residues specific to TGF-ß and inhibin-a. J Biol Chem. 2019 Mar 1;294(9):3065-3080. PubMed PMID: 30598510
  • Born A, Nichols PJ, Henen MA, Chi CN, Strotz D, Bayer P, Tate SI, Peng JW, Vögeli B. Backbone and side-chain chemical shift assignments of full-length, apo, human Pin1, a phosphoprotein regulator with interdomain allostery. Biomol NMR Assign. 2019 Apr;13(1):85-89. PubMed PMID: 30353504
  • Born A, Henen MA, Nichols P, Wang J, Jones DN, Vögeli B. Efficient Stereospecific H(ß2/3) NMR Assignment Strategy for Mid-Size Proteins. Magnetochemistry. 2018 Jun;4(2). PubMed PMID: 31093488
  • Nichols PJ, Henen MA, Born A, Strotz D, Güntert P, Vögeli B. High-resolution small RNA structures from exact nuclear Overhauser enhancement measurements without additional restraints. Commun Biol. 2018;1:61. PubMed PMID: 30271943
  • Villarreal MM, Kim SK, Barron L, Kodali R, Baardsnes J, Hinck CS, Krzysiak TC, Henen MA, Pakhomova O, Mendoza V, O'Connor-McCourt MD, Lafer EM, López-Casillas F, Hinck AP. Correction to Binding Properties of the Transforming Growth Factor-ß Coreceptor Betaglycan: Proposed Mechanism for Potentiation of Receptor Complex Assembly and Signaling. Biochemistry. 2017 Jul 18;56(28):3689. PubMed PMID: 28677957
  • Henen, M.A.; Hamdi, A.; Farahat, A.A.; Massoud, M.A.M. Understanding Chemistry and Unique NMR Characters of Novel Amide and Ester Leflunomide Analogues. Magnetochemistry 2017, 3, 41. https://doi.org/10.3390/magnetochemistry3040041
  • Byrne C, Henen MA, Belnou M, Cantrelle FX, Kamah A, Qi H, Giustiniani J, Chambraud B, Baulieu EE, Lippens G, Landrieu I, Jacquot Y. A ß-Turn Motif in the Steroid Hormone Receptor's Ligand-Binding Domains Interacts with the Peptidyl-prolyl Isomerase (PPIase) Catalytic Site of the Immunophilin FKBP52. Biochemistry. 2016 Sep 27;55(38):5366-76. PubMed PMID: 27641460
  • Villarreal MM, Kim SK, Barron L, Kodali R, Baardsnes J, Hinck CS, Krzysiak TC, Henen MA, Pakhomova O, Mendoza V, O'Connor-McCourt MD, Lafer EM, López-Casillas F, Hinck AP. Binding Properties of the Transforming Growth Factor-ß Coreceptor Betaglycan: Proposed Mechanism for Potentiation of Receptor Complex Assembly and Signaling. Biochemistry. 2016 Dec 13;55(49):6880-6896. PubMed PMID: 27951653
  • Milroy LG, Bartel M, Henen MA, Leysen S, Adriaans JM, Brunsveld L, Landrieu I, Ottmann C. Stabilizer-Guided Inhibition of Protein-Protein Interactions. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2015 Dec 21;54(52):15720-4. PubMed PMID: 26537010
  • Orbán-Németh Z, Henen MA, Geist L, Zerko S, Saxena S, Stanek J, Kozminski W, Propst F, Konrat R. Backbone and partial side chain assignment of the microtubule binding domain of the MAP1B light chain. Biomol NMR Assign. 2014 Apr;8(1):123-7. PubMed PMID: 23339032
  • Geist L, Henen MA, Haiderer S, Schwarz TC, Kurzbach D, Zawadzka-Kazimierczuk A, Saxena S, Zerko S, Kozminski W, Hinderberger D, Konrat R. Protonation-dependent conformational variability of intrinsically disordered proteins. Protein Sci. 2013 Sep;22(9):1196-205. PubMed PMID: 23821606
  • Kurzbach D, Platzer G, Schwarz TC, Henen MA, Konrat R, Hinderberger D. Cooperative unfolding of compact conformations of the intrinsically disordered protein osteopontin. Biochemistry. 2013 Aug 6;52(31):5167-75. PubMed PMID: 23848319
  • Henen MA, Coudevylle N, Geist L, Konrat R. Toward rational fragment-based lead design without 3D structures. J Med Chem. 2012 Sep 13;55(17):7909-19. PubMed PMID: 22889313
  • Henen, M.A., El Bialy, S.A.A., Goda, F.E. et al. [1,2,4]Triazolo[4,3-a]quinoxaline: synthesis, antiviral, and antimicrobial activities. Med Chem Res 21, 2368–2378 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00044-011-9753-7
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Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, University of Vienna (0001)
Languages: English, French, German
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
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