* equal contribution, ° shared correspondence


Dannhäuser S, Lux TJ, Hu C, Selcho M, Chen JT-C, Ehmann N, Sachidanandan D, Stopp S, Pauls D, Pawlak M, Langenhan T, Soba P, Rittner HL°, Kittel RJ° (2020) Antinociceptive modulation by the adhesion GPCR CIRL promotes mechanosensory signal discrimination. eLife 9:e56738.
Meloni I, Sachidanandan D, Thum AS, Kittel RJ, Murawski C (2020) Smartphone optogenetics: Controlling the behaviour of Drosophila melanogaster using smartphone displays. Sci Rep 10:17614.
Scheiner R°, Frantzmann F, Jäger M, Mitesser O, Helfrich-Förster C, Pauls D° (accepted) A novel thermal-visual place learning paradigm for honeybees. Front Behav Neurosci.
Balsam JS, Stevenson PA (2020) Pre-adult aggression and its long-term behavioural consequences in crickets. PLoS ONE 15(3)e0230743:1-18.
Ehmann N°, Pauls D° (2020) Optogenetics: Illuminating neuronal circuits of memory formation. J Neurogenet 7:1-8.


Blanco-Redondo B, Nuwal N, Kneitz S, Nuwal T, Halder P, Liu Y, Ehmann N, Scholz N, Mayer A, Kleber J, Kähne T, Schmitt D, Sadanandappa MK, Funk N, Albertova V, Helfrich-Förster C, Ramaswami M, Hasan G, Kittel RJ, Langenhan T, Gerber B, Buchner E (2019) Implications of the Sap47 null mutation for synapsin phosphorylation, longevity, climbing proficiency and behavioural plasticity in adult Drosophila. J Exp Biol 222:19.
Huetteroth W°, Pauls D° (2019) Editorial overview - Neurogenetics of insect behaviour: ethology touching base with the scaffold of life. Curr Opin Insect Sci 36:iii-iv.
Selcho M°, Pauls D° (2019) Linking feeding relevant behaviors to physiological processes by octopamine. Curr Opin Insect Sci 36:125-130.
Scholz N*, Ehmann N*, Sachidanandan D, Imig C, Cooper BH, Jahn O, Reim K, Brose N, Meyer J, Lamberty M, Altrichter S, Bormann A, Hallermann S, Pauli M, Heckmann M, Stigloher C, Langenhan T°, Kittel RJ° (2019) Complexin cooperates with Bruchpilot to tether synaptic vesicles to the active zone cytomatrix. J Cell Biol 218:1011-1026.
Rillich J, Rillich B, Stevenson PA (2019) Differential modulation of courtship behavior and subsequent aggression by octopamine, dopamine and serotonin in male crickets. Horm Behav 14:104542. Cover page.
Stevenson PA°, Rillich J° (2019) Fight or flee? Lessons from insects on aggression. Neuroforum 25(1). Cover page.
Stevenson PA (2019) Aggression. In Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior, eds. Vonk J, Shackelford TK. Springer, Berlin ISBN 978-3-319-55064-0.


Beck S*, Yu-Strzelczyk J*, Pauls D, Constantin OM, Gee CE, Ehmann N, Kittel RJ, Nagel G°, Gao S° (2018) Synthetic light-activated ion channels for optogenetic activation and inhibition. Front Neurosci 12:643.
Knebel D, Rillich J, Ayali A, Pflüger HJ, Rigosi E (2018) Ex vivo recordings reveal desert locust forelimb control is asymmetric. Curr Biol 28(22):R1290-R1291.
Rillich J, Stevenson PA (2018) Serotonin mediates depression of aggression after acute and chronic social defeat stress in a model insect. Front Behav Neurosci 12:223.
Golov Y, Harari A, Rillich J, Ayali A (2018) Precopulatory behavior and sexual conflict in the desert locust. PeerJ 6(4):e4356.
Knebel D, Wörner J, Rillich J, Nadler L, Ayali A, Couzin-Fuchs E (2018) The subesophageal ganglion modulates locust inter-leg sensory-motor interactions via contralateral pathways. J Insect Physiol 107.
Wulff NC, Schöneich S, Lehmann GUC (2018) Female perception of copulatory courtship by male titillators in a bushcricket. Proc Biol Sci 285(1884)pii:20181235.
Hedwig B, Schöneich S, Kostarakos K (2018) A neural circuit for song pattern recognition in the cricket brain. J Acoust Soc Am 143(3):1858.


Ehmann N°, Owald D°, Kittel RJ° (2017) Drosophila active zones: from molecules to behaviour. Neurosci Res 127:14–24.
Scholz N*, Guan C*, Nieberler M*, Grotemeyer A*, Maiellaro I, Gao S, Beck S, Pawlak M, Sauer M, Asan E, Rothemund S, Winkler J, Prömel S, Nagel G, Langenhan T°, Kittel RJ° (2017) Mechano-dependent signaling by Latrophilin/CIRL quenches cAMP in proprioceptive neurons. eLife 6:e28360. See accompanying comment by W.A. Johnson.
Martin C, Gross V, Hering L, Tepper B, Jahn H, de Sena Oliveira I, Stevenson PA, Mayer G (2017) The nervous and visual systems of onchychophorans and tardigrades: Learning about arthropod evolution from their closest relatives. J. Comp. Physiol. A 203:565-590 (invited review).
Rose J, Cullen D, Simpson SJ and Stevenson PA (2017). Born to win or bred to lose - aggressive and submissive behavioural profiles in crickets. Animal Behaviour 123:441-450.
Martin C, Gross V, Pflüger HJ, Stevenson PA, Mayer G (2017). Assessing segmental versus non-segmental features in the ventral nervous system of onychophorans (velvet worms). BMC Evolutionary Biology. 17(3):1-22.
Rillich J, Stevenson PA (2017) Losing without fighting - Simple aversive stimulation induces submissiveness typical for social defeat via the action of nitric oxide, but only when preceded by an aggression priming stimulus. Front Behav Neurosci 11:1-15.
Stevenson PA, Rillich J (2017) Neuromodulators and the Control of Aggression in Crickets., in: Horch, H.W., Mito, T., Popadic, A., Ohuhi, H., Noji, S. (Eds.), The Cricket as a Model Organism. Springer, New York Berlin, pp. 169-196.
Rose J, Rillich J, Stevenson PA (2017) Chronic social defeat induces long-term behavioral depression of aggressive motivation in an invertebrate model system. PLoS ONE 12(9): e0184121.
Knebel D, Ayali A, Pflüger H-J, Rillich J (2017) Rigidity and Flexibility: The Central Basis of Inter-Leg Coordination in the Locust. Frontiers in Neural Circuits 10(125).
Scherberich J*, Hummel J*, Schöneich S°, Nowotny M° (2017) Functional basis of the sexual dimorphism in the auditory fovea of the duetting bushcricket Ancylecha fenestrata. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284:20171426.
Schöneich S, Hedwig B (2017) Chapter 10: Neurons and networks underlying singing behaviour. In: Horch HW et al. (eds) The Cricket as a Model Organism. Springer, Tokyo; pp 141-153.


Scholz N°, Monk KR, Kittel RJ, Langenhan T° (2016) Adhesion GPCRs as a putative class of metabotropic mechanosensors. Handb Exp Pharmacol 234:221–247.
Nieberler M, Kittel RJ, Petrenko AG, Lin HH, Langenhan T (2016) Control of adhesion GPCR function through proteolytic processing. Handb Exp Pharmacol 234:83–109.
Maiellaro I°, Lohse MJ, Kittel RJ°, Calebiro D° (2016) cAMP signals in Drosophila motor neurons are confined to single synaptic boutons. Cell Rep 17:1238–1246.
Kittel RJ°, Heckmann M° (2016) Synaptic vesicle proteins and active zone plasticity. Front Synaptic Neurosci 8:8.
Riemensperger T, Kittel RJ, Fiala A (2016) Optogenetics in Drosophila neuroscience. Methods Mol Biol 1408:167–175.
Stevenson PA, Rillich J (2016) Controlling the decision to fight or flee: the roles of biogenic amines and nitric oxide in the cricket. Current Zoology 62:265-275 (cover photo).
Scherberich J*, Hummel J*, Schöneich S°, Nowotny M° (2016) Auditory fovea in the ear of a duetting katydid shows male-specific adaptation to the female call. Current Biology 26(23):R1222-R1223.
Hummel J, Schöneich S, Kössl M, Scherberich J, Hedwig B, Prinz S, Nowotny M (2016) Gating of acoustic transducer channels is shaped by biomechanical filter processes. Journal of Neuroscience 36(8):2377-2382.


Beck K, Ehmann N, Andlauer TF, Ljaschenko D, Strecker K, Fischer M, Kittel RJ, Raabe T (2015) Loss of the Coffin-Lowry syndrome associated gene RSK2 alters ERK activity, synaptic function and axonal transport in Drosophila motoneurons. Dis Model Mech 11:1389–1400.
Scholz N*, Gehring J*, Guan C*, Ljaschenko D, Fischer R, Lakshmanan V, Kittel RJ°, Langenhan T° (2015) The Adhesion GPCR Latrophilin/CIRL shapes mechanosensation. Cell Rep 11:866–874.
Ehmann N, Sauer M°, Kittel RJ° (2015) Super-resolution microscopy of the synaptic active zone. Front Cell Neurosci 9:7.
Paul MM, Pauli M, Ehmann N, Hallermann S, Sauer M, Kittel RJ°, Heckmann M° (2015). Bruchpilot and Synaptotagmin collaborate to drive rapid glutamate release and active zone differentiation. Front Cell Neurosci 9:29.
Simpson SJ and Stevenson PA (2015) Modulation of Social Behaviour in Insects. In Canli, T. (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Molecular Psychology. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press (invited chapter).
Beckmann H, Hering L, Heinze JM, Kelber A, Stevenson PA and Mayer G (2015) Spectral sensitivity in Onychophora (velvet worms) revealed by electroretinograms, phototactic  behaviour and opsin gene expression. J. Exp. Biol. 218:915-922 (cover photo).
Mayer G, Hering L, Stosch J, Stevenson PA and Dircksen H (2015) Evolution of pigment-dispersing factor neuropeptides in panarthropoda: Insights from Onychophora (velvet worms) and Tardigrada (water bears). J. Comp. Neurol. 523:1865-85 (cover photo).
Rillich J and Stevenson PA (2015) Releasing stimuli and aggression in crickets: octopamine promotes escalation and maintenance but not initiation. Front. Behav. Neurosci. 9/95:1-11.
Stevenson PA and Rillich (2015) Adding up the odds - nitric oxide underlies the decision to flee and post conflict depression. Science Advances 1:e1500060.
Schöneich S, Kostarakos K, Hedwig B (2015) An auditory feature detection circuit for sound pattern recognition. Science Advances 1:e1500325.
ter Hofstede HM*, Schöneich S*, Robillard T°, Hedwig B° (2015) Evolution of a communication system by sensory exploitation of startle behavior. Current Biology 25(24):3245-3252.
Schöneich S, Hedwig B (2015) Corollary discharge inhibition of wind-sensitive cercal giant fibers in the singing field cricket. Journal of Neurophysiology 113(1):390-399.
Hummel J, Schöneich S, Hedwig B, Kössl M, Nowotny M (2015) Mechanical and electrical tuning in a tonotopically organized insect ear. In: Mechanics of Hearing. Eds: Karavitaki KD, Corey DP; AIP Publishing LLC; Melville, New York; 1703(100001):1-4.


Dawydow A*, Gueta R*, Ljaschenko D, Ullrich S, Hermann M, Ehmann N, Gao S, Fiala A, Langenhan T, Nagel G°, Kittel RJ° (2014) Channelrhodopsin-2-XXL, a powerful optogenetic tool for low light applications. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 111:13972–13977.
Van de Linde S, Ehmann N, Kittel RJ°, Sauer M° (2014) Quantitatives Imaging durch molekulare Auflösung. BIOspektrum 6:618–621.
Ehmann N*, van de Linde S*, Alon A, Ljaschenko D, Keung XZ, Holm T, Rings A, DiAntonio A, Hallermann S, Ashery U, Heckmann M, Sauer M°, Kittel RJ° (2014) Quantitative super-resolution imaging of Bruchpilot distinguishes active zone states. Nat Commun 5:4650–4661.
Rillich J and Stevenson PA (2014) A fighter’s comeback: dopamine is necessary for recovery of aggression after social defeat. Hormones and Behavior 66:696-704 (cover photo).
Helm C, Stevenson PA and Bleidorn C (2014) The neuroanatomy of Myzostoma cirriferum (Myzostomida, Annelida) revealed by cLSM – further implications supporting a segmented myzostomid ancestry. Zoomorphology 133:257-271.

Selected previous publications

Ljaschenko D, Ehmann N, Kittel RJ (2013) Hebbian plasticity guides maturation of glutamate receptor fields in vivo. Cell Rep 3:1407–1413.
Araç D, Aust G, Calebiro D, Engel FB, Formstone C, Goffinet A, Hamann J, Kittel RJ, Liebscher I, Lin H-H, Monk KR, Petrenko A, Piao X, Prömel S, Schiöth HB, Schwartz TW, Stacey M, Ushkaryov YA, Wobus M, Wolfrum U, Xu L, Langenhan T (2012) Dissecting signaling and functions of adhesion G protein-coupled receptors. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1276:1–25.
Hallermann S*, Kittel RJ*, Wichmann C*, Weyhersmüller A, Fouquet W, Mertel S, Owald D, Eimer S, Depner H, Schwärzel M, Sigrist SJ°, Heckmann M° (2010) Naked dense bodies provoke depression. J Neurosci 30:14340-14345.
Hallermann S°, Heckmann M, Kittel RJ° (2010) Mechanisms of short-term plasticity at neuromuscular active zones of Drosophila. HFSP J 4:72-84.
Bachmann A*, Kobler O*, Kittel RJ, Wichmann C, Sierralta J, Sigrist SJ, Gundelfinger ED, Knust E, Thomas U (2010) A Perisynaptic ménage à trois between Dlg, DLin-7, and Metro controls proper organization of Drosophila synaptic junctions. J Neurosci 30:5811-5824.
Fouquet W*,Owald D*,Wichmann C, Mertel S, Depner H, Dyba M, Hallermann S, Kittel RJ, Eimer S, Sigrist SJ (2009) Maturation of active zone assembly by Drosophila Bruchpilot. J Cell Biol 186:129-145.
Schmid A*, Hallermann S*, Kittel RJ, Khorramshahi O, Frölich AM, Quentin C, Rasse TM, Mertel S, Heckmann M, Sigrist SJ (2008) Activity-dependent site-specific changes of glutamate receptor composition in vivo. Nat Neurosci 11:659-666.
Besse F, Mertel S, Kittel RJ, Wichmann C, Rasse TM, Sigrist SJ°, Ephrussi A° (2007) The Ig cell adhesion molecule Basigin controls compartmentalization and vesicle release at Drosophila melanogaster synapses. J Cell Biol 177:843-855.
Schmid A*, Qin G*, Wichmann C, Kittel RJ, Mertel S, Fouquet W, Schmidt M, Heckmann M, Sigrist SJ (2006) Non NMDA type glutamate receptors are essential for maturation but not for initial assembly of synapses at Drosophila NMJs. J Neurosci 26:11267-11277.
Kittel RJ, Hallermann S, Thomsen S, Wichmann C, Sigrist SJ, Heckmann M (2006) Active zone assembly and synaptic release. Biochem Soc Trans 34:944-946.
Kittel RJ*, Wichmann C*, Rasse TM*, Fouquet W, Schmidt M, Schmid A, Wagh DA, Pawlu C, Kellner RR, Willig KI, Hell SW, Buchner E, Heckmann M°, Sigrist SJ° (2006) Bruchpilot promotes active zone assembly, Ca2+ channel clustering, and vesicle release. Science 312:1051-1054. See accompanying comment by H. L. Atwood.
Wagh DA*, Rasse TM*, Asan E, Hofbauer A, Schwenkert I, Dürrbeck H, Buchner S, Dabauvalle MC, Schmidt M, Qin G, Wichmann C, Kittel R, Sigrist SJ, Buchner E (2006) Bruchpilot, a protein with homology to ELKS/CAST, is required for structural integrity and function of synaptic active zones in Drosophila. Neuron 49:833-844.
Rasse TM, Fouquet W, Schmid A, Kittel RJ, Mertel S, Sigrist CB, Schmidt M, Guzman A, Merino C, Qin G, Quentin C, Madeo FF, Heckmann M°, Sigrist SJ° (2005) Glutamate receptor dynamics organizing synapse formation in vivo. Nat Neurosci 8:898-905.
Qin G, Schwarz T, Kittel RJ, Schmid A, Rasse TM, Kappei D, Ponimaskin E, Heckmann M, Sigrist SJ (2005) Four different subunits are essential for expressing the synaptic glutamate receptor at neuromuscular junctions of Drosophila. J Neurosci 25:3209-3218.
letzte Änderung: 19.10.2020