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RG Müller

Prof. Dr Marianne Müller

Research Group Leader, Professor for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz


Prof. Dr Ulrich Schmitt, scientist

Sarah Ayash, PhD, postdoctoral researcher

Dr. India Sawyer, postdoctoral researcher

Verena Opitz, laboratory manager

Julia Deuster, laboratory manager

Jennifer Klüpfel, scientific manager

Research group description

The aim of the research group is to contribute to an interdisciplinary team of doctors and scientists by translating clinically relevant questions into appropriate animal experimental models of basic research to develop improved, ideally causal treatment or prevention options for patients with mental illness. The working group works on two scientific goals by using a combination of behavioral biological, system physiological, and molecular analyzes.

1) The group develops and validates animal experimental models for resilience in order to use them to identify neurobiological mechanisms of resilience.

2) It examines the molecular mechanisms underlying the inter-individual differences in response to antidepressant therapy and tests which factors can predict response to treatment.

Current research projects
  • Characterization of resilience and its neurobiological basis in the mouse model
  • Development of an animal experimental model for stress inoculation
  • Characterization of the actin-interacting protein DRR1 as a factor promoting resilience
  • Identification of the molecular mechanisms of the resilience promoting properties of ketamine and other pharmacological model substances using the TRAP/INTACT approach
  • Development of instruments for dynamic system analysis in resilience research (IDSAIR)
External cooperation partners
  • Prof. Dr Amparo Acker-Palmer, Institute of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Dr Dr Elisabeth Binder, Max Planck Institute for Psychiaty, Munich
  • Prof. David Lyons, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, USA
  • Prof. Helen Mayberg, MD, Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
  • Dr. Theo Rein, Max Planck Institute for Psychiaty, Munich
  • Prof. Dr Marco Rust, Institute of Physiological Chemistry, Philipps University Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Chris Turck, Max Planck Institute for Psychiaty, Munich
  • German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation
  • MWWK
Key Publications

Ayash S, Schmitt U, Müller MB (2020) Chronic social defeat-induced social avoidance as a proxy of stress resilience in mice involves conditioned learning. J Psychiatr Res 120:64-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2019.10.001.

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Ayash S, Schmitt U, Lyons DM, Müller MB (2020). Stress inoculation in mice induces global resilience. Transl Psychiatry 10(1):200. doi: 10.1038/s41398-020-00889-0. 

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Jene T, Gassen NC, Opitz V, Endres K, Müller MB, van der Kooij MA (2018) Temporal profiling of an acute stress-induced behavioral phenotype in mice and role of hippocampal DRR1. Psychoneuroendocrinology 91:149-158. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.03.0041.

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van der Kooij MA, Jene T, Treccani G, Miederer I, Hasch A, Voelxen N, Walenta S, Müller MB (2018). Chronic social stress-induced hyperglycemia in mice couples individual stress susceptibility to impaired spatial memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 115 (43) E10187-E10196

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Carrillo-Roa T, Labermaier C, Weber P, Herzog DP, Lareau C, Santarelli S, Wagner KV, Rex-Haffner M, Harbich D, Scharf SH, Nemeroff CB, Dunlop BW, Craighead WE, Mayberg HS, Schmidt MV, Uhr M, Holsboer F, Sillaber I, Binder EB, Müller MB (2017) Common genes associated with antidepressant response in mouse and man identify key role of glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity. PLoS Biol 15(12):e2002690. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2002690.

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Kalisch R, Baker DG, Basten U, Boks MP, Bonanno GA, Brummelman E, Chmitorz A, Fernàndez G, Fiebach CJ, Galatzer-Levy I, Geuze E, Groppa S, Helmreich I, Hendler T, Hermans EJ, Jovanovic T, Kubiak T, Lieb K, Lutz B, Müller MB, Murray RJ, Nievergelt CM, Reif A, Roelofs K, Rutten BPF, Sander D, Schick A, Tüscher O, Diest IV, Harmelen AV, Veer IM, Vermetten E, Vinkers CH, Wager TD, Walter H, Wessa M, Wibral M, Kleim B (2017) The resilience framework as a strategy to combat stress-related disorders. Nat Hum Behav 1(11):784-790. doi: 10.1038/s41562-017-0200-8.

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Wagner S, Engel A, Engelmann J, Herzog D, Dreimüller N, Müller MB, Tadic A, Lieb K (2017) Early improvement as a resilience signal predicting later remission to antidepressant treatment in patients with Major Depressive Disorder: Systematic review and meta-analysis. J Psychiatr Res. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.07.003.

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Kalisch R, Müller MB, Tüscher O (2015) A conceptual framework for the neurobiological study of resilience. Behav Brain Sci 38:e92. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X1400082.

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Masana M, Jukic MM, Kretzschmar A, Wagner KV, Westerholz S, Schmidt MV, Rein T, Brodski C, Müller MB (2015) Deciphering the spatio-temporal expression and stress regulation of Fam107B, the paralog of the resilience-promoting protein DRR1 in the mouse brain. Neuroscience 290:147-58. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.01.026.

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Masana M, Su Y-A, Jansen L, Westerholz S, Liebl C, Wagner KV, Schmidt MV, Rein T, Müller MB (2014) The stress-inducible actin-interacting protein DRR1 shapes social behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology 48:98-110.

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Schmidt MV, Schülke J-P, Liebl C, Stiess M, Avrabos C, Bock J, Wochnik GM, Davies HA, Zimmermann N, Scharf SH, Trümbach D, Wurst W, Zieglgänsberger W, Turck C, Holsboer F, Stewart MG, Bradke F, Eder M, Müller MB*, Rein T* (2011) The tumor suppressor DRR1 is a stress-induced actin bundling factor that modulates synaptic efficacy and cognition. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108: 17213-17218. *shares senior authors

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