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Robert Hänsel-Hertsch

Epigenetic determinants of genome stability for mammalian tissue

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  1. Hunold P*, Hoehne MN*, Kiljan M, van Ray O, Herter J, Herter-Sprie GS, Hänsel-Hertsch R. G-quadruplex DNA structures mediate non-autonomous instruction of breast tumour microenvironments. bioRxiv 2023 *contributed equally
  2. Hänsel-Hertsch R, Simeone A, Shea A, Hui WWI, Zyner KG, Marsico G, Rueda OM, Bruna A, Martin A, Zhang X, Adhikari S, Tannahill D, Caldas C, Balasubramanian S. Landscape of G-quadruplex DNA structural regions in breast cancer. Nat Genet. 2020 Sep;52(9):878-883. doi: 10.1038/s41588-020-0672-8. Epub 2020 Aug 3. PMID: 32747825
  3. Hänsel-Hertsch R, Spiegel J, Marsico G, Tannahill D, Balasubramanian S. Genome-wide mapping of endogenous G-quadruplex DNA structures by chromatin immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing. Nat Protoc. 2018 Mar;13(3):551-564. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2017.150. Epub 2018 Feb 22. PMID: 29470465
  4. Hänsel-Hertsch R, Di Antonio M, Balasubramanian S. DNA G-quadruplexes in the human genome: detection, functions and therapeutic potential. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2017 May;18(5):279-284. doi: 10.1038/nrm.2017.3. Epub 2017 Feb 22. PMID: 28225080
  5. Hänsel-Hertsch R, Beraldi D, Lensing SV, Marsico G, Zyner K, Parry A, Di Antonio M, Pike J, Kimura H, Narita M, Tannahill D, Balasubramanian S. G-quadruplex structures mark human regulatory chromatin. Nat Genet. 2016 Oct;48(10):1267-72. doi: 10.1038/ng.3662. Epub 2016 Sep 12. PMID: 27618450