Akos T Kovacs

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Akos T Kovacs

  • Current position: Professor of Bacterial Physiology and Genetics at the Technical University of Denmark (2017-)
  • Habilitation (2016), PhD (2003)
  • Contact: atkovacs@dtu.dk send mail

Research Interests

  • bacterial biofilm development
  • phenotypic heterogeneity
  • Bacillus subtilis
  • Bacillus cereus
  • interaction of Bacilli and fungi
  • evolution in biofilms
  • microbial cooperation and competition



Recent publications (2014-2018)

Diana S Raie, Eisha Mhatre, Doaa S El-Desouki, Ahmed Labena, Gamal El-Ghannam, Laila A Farahat, Tareq Youssef, Wolfgang Fritzsche, Ákos T Kovács
Effect of Novel Quercetin Titanium Dioxide-Decorated Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Nanocomposite on Bacillus subtilis Biofilm Development.
Materials (Basel): 2018, 11(1);
[PubMed:29346268] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Marielle H van den Esker, Ákos T Kovács, Oscar P Kuipers
From Cell Death to Metabolism: Holin-Antiholin Homologues with New Functions.
MBio: 2017, 8(6);
[PubMed:29208748] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

James P Tauber, Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Ákos T Kovács, Ekaterina Shelest, Dirk Hoffmeister
Dissimilar pigment regulation in Serpula lacrymans and Paxillus involutus during inter-kingdom interactions.
Microbiology (Reading, Engl.): 2018, 164(1);65-77
[PubMed:29205129] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Anna Dragoš, Nivedha Lakshmanan, Marivic Martin, Balázs Horváth, Gergely Maróti, Carolina Falcón García, Oliver Lieleg, Ákos T Kovács
Evolution of exploitative interactions during diversification in Bacillus subtilis biofilms.
FEMS Microbiol. Ecol.: 2017, 93(12);
[PubMed:29126191] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Theresa Hölscher, Tina Schiklang, Anna Dragoš, Anne-Kathrin Dietel, Christian Kost, Ákos T Kovács
Impaired competence in flagellar mutants of Bacillus subtilis is connected to the regulatory network governed by DegU.
Environ Microbiol Rep: 2018, 10(1);23-32
[PubMed:29124898] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Ákos T Kovács, Roberto Grau, Eric J G Pollitt
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A.: 2017, 114(42);E8802
[PubMed:29073022] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Anna Dragoš, Ákos T Kovács, Dennis Claessen
The Role of Functional Amyloids in Multicellular Growth and Development of Gram-Positive Bacteria.
Biomolecules: 2017, 7(3);
[PubMed:28783117] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Stefanie Kankel, Sebastian Götze, Robert Barnett, Pierre Stallforth, Ákos T Kovács
Lysinibacillus fusiformis M5 Induces Increased Complexity in Bacillus subtilis 168 Colony Biofilms via Hypoxanthine.
J. Bacteriol.: 2017, 199(22);
[PubMed:28583948] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Marivic Martin, Anna Dragoš, Theresa Hölscher, Gergely Maróti, Balázs Bálint, Martin Westermann, Ákos T Kovács
De novo evolved interference competition promotes the spread of biofilm defectors.
Nat Commun: 2017, 8;15127
[PubMed:28462927] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Theresa Hölscher, Ákos T Kovács
Sliding on the surface: bacterial spreading without an active motor.
Environ. Microbiol.: 2017, 19(7);2537-2545
[PubMed:28370801] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Eisha Mhatre, Anandaroopan Sundaram, Theresa Hölscher, Mike Mühlstädt, Jörg Bossert, Ákos T Kovács
Presence of Calcium Lowers the Expansion of Bacillus subtilis Colony Biofilms.
Microorganisms: 2017, 5(1);
[PubMed:28212310] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Anna Dragoš, Ákos T Kovács
The Peculiar Functions of the Bacterial Extracellular Matrix.
Trends Microbiol.: 2017, 25(4);257-266
[PubMed:28089324] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Theresa Hölscher, Anna Dragoš, Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Marivic Martin, Eisha Mhatre, Anne Richter, Ákos T Kovács
Monitoring Spatial Segregation in Surface Colonizing Microbial Populations.
J Vis Exp: 2016, (116);
[PubMed:27842347] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Gergely Maróti, Balázs Bálint, Ákos T Kovács
Draft Genome Sequence of the Soil Isolate Lysinibacillus fusiformis M5, a Potential Hypoxanthine Producer.
Genome Announc: 2016, 4(6);
[PubMed:27834716] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Diana S Raie, Eisha Mhatre, Matthias Thiele, A Labena, Gamal El-Ghannam, Laila A Farahat, Tareq Youssef, Wolfgang Fritzsche, Ákos T Kovács
Application of quercetin and its bio-inspired nanoparticles as anti-adhesive agents against Bacillus subtilis attachment to surface.
Mater Sci Eng C Mater Biol Appl: 2017, 70(Pt 1);753-762
[PubMed:27770951] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Judith Krawinkel, Maria Leilani Torres-Mapa, Eisha Mhatre, Ákos T Kovács, Alexander Heisterkamp
Structural damage of Bacillus subtilis biofilms using pulsed laser interaction with gold thin films.
J Biophotonics: 2017, 10(8);1043-1052
[PubMed:27714933] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Ivana Seccareccia, Ákos T Kovács, Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Markus Nett
Unraveling the predator-prey relationship of Cupriavidus necator and Bacillus subtilis.
Microbiol. Res.: 2016, 192;231-238
[PubMed:27664741] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Eisha Mhatre, Ákos T Kovács
Specific Bacillus subtilis 168 variants form biofilms on nutrient-rich medium.
Microbiology (Reading, Engl.): 2016, 162(11);1922-1932
[PubMed:27655338] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Marielle H van den Esker, Ákos T Kovács, Oscar P Kuipers
YsbA and LytST are essential for pyruvate utilization in Bacillus subtilis.
Environ. Microbiol.: 2017, 19(1);83-94
[PubMed:27422364] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Eisha Mhatre, Agnieszka Troszok, Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Stefanie Lindstädt, Theresa Hölscher, Oscar P Kuipers, Ákos T Kovács
The impact of manganese on biofilm development of Bacillus subtilis.
Microbiology (Reading, Engl.): 2016, 162(8);1468-78
[PubMed:27267987] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Ákos T Kovács
The global regulator CodY is required for the fitness of Bacillus cereus in various laboratory media and certain beverages.
FEMS Microbiol. Lett.: 2016, 363(13);
[PubMed:27190142] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Marivic Martin, Theresa Hölscher, Anna Dragoš, Vaughn S Cooper, Ákos T Kovács
Laboratory Evolution of Microbial Interactions in Bacterial Biofilms.
J. Bacteriol.: 2016, 198(19);2564-71
[PubMed:27044625] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Ákos T Kovács
Bacterial differentiation via gradual activation of global regulators.
Curr. Genet.: 2016, 62(1);125-8
[PubMed:26458398] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Roberto R Grau, Paula de Oña, Maritta Kunert, Cecilia Leñini, Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Eisha Mhatre, Darío Vileta, Verónica Donato, Theresa Hölscher, Wilhelm Boland, Oscar P Kuipers, Ákos T Kovács
A Duo of Potassium-Responsive Histidine Kinases Govern the Multicellular Destiny of Bacillus subtilis.
MBio: 2015, 6(4);e00581
[PubMed:26152584] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Theresa Hölscher, Benjamin Bartels, Yu-Cheng Lin, Ramses Gallegos-Monterrosa, Alexa Price-Whelan, Roberto Kolter, Lars E P Dietrich, Ákos T Kovács
Motility, Chemotaxis and Aerotaxis Contribute to Competitiveness during Bacterial Pellicle Biofilm Development.
J. Mol. Biol.: 2015, 427(23);3695-3708
[PubMed:26122431] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Johannes Schneider, Teresa Klein, Benjamin Mielich-Süss, Gudrun Koch, Christian Franke, Oscar P Kuipers, Ákos T Kovács, Markus Sauer, Daniel Lopez
Spatio-temporal remodeling of functional membrane microdomains organizes the signaling networks of a bacterium.
PLoS Genet.: 2015, 11(4);e1005140
[PubMed:25909364] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Ruud G J Detert Oude Weme, Ákos T Kovács, Sander J G de Jong, Jan-Willem Veening, Jeroen Siebring, Oscar P Kuipers
Single cell FRET analysis for the identification of optimal FRET-pairs in Bacillus subtilis using a prototype MEM-FLIM system.
PLoS ONE: 2015, 10(4);e0123239
[PubMed:25886351] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I e)

Akos T Kovács
Impact of spatial distribution on the development of mutualism in microbes.
Front Microbiol: 2014, 5;649
[PubMed:25505463] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (P e)

Akos T Kovács, Erika Kothe
Special issue: Biofilms.
J. Basic Microbiol.: 2014, 54(7);615
[PubMed:25041820] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Isabelle Benoit, Marielle H van den Esker, Aleksandrina Patyshakuliyeva, Derek J Mattern, Felix Blei, Miaomiao Zhou, Jan Dijksterhuis, Axel A Brakhage, Oscar P Kuipers, Ronald P de Vries, Ákos T Kovács
Bacillus subtilis attachment to Aspergillus niger hyphae results in mutually altered metabolism.
Environ. Microbiol.: 2015, 17(6);2099-113
[PubMed:25040940] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Eisha Mhatre, Ramses Gallegos Monterrosa, Akos T Kovács
From environmental signals to regulators: modulation of biofilm development in Gram-positive bacteria.
J. Basic Microbiol.: 2014, 54(7);616-32
[PubMed:24771632] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Jordi van Gestel, Franz J Weissing, Oscar P Kuipers, Akos T Kovács
Density of founder cells affects spatial pattern formation and cooperation in Bacillus subtilis biofilms.
ISME J: 2014, 8(10);2069-79
[PubMed:24694715] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Öykü Irigül-Sönmez, Türkan E Köroğlu, Büşra Öztürk, Ákos T Kovács, Oscar P Kuipers, Ayten Yazgan-Karataş
In Bacillus subtilis LutR is part of the global complex regulatory network governing the adaptation to the transition from exponential growth to stationary phase.
Microbiology (Reading, Engl.): 2014, 160(Pt 2);243-60
[PubMed:24196425] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Christine Diethmaier, Joseph A Newman, Akos T Kovács, Volkhard Kaever, Christina Herzberg, Cecilia Rodrigues, Mirjam Boonstra, Oscar P Kuipers, Richard J Lewis, Jörg Stülke
The YmdB phosphodiesterase is a global regulator of late adaptive responses in Bacillus subtilis.
J. Bacteriol.: 2014, 196(2);265-75
[PubMed:24163345] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Pilar Eliana Puentes-Téllez, Ákos T Kovács, Oscar P Kuipers, Jan Dirk van Elsas
Comparative genomics and transcriptomics analysis of experimentally evolved Escherichia coli MC1000 in complex environments.
Environ. Microbiol.: 2014, 16(3);856-70
[PubMed:24033913] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)

Jeroen Siebring, Matthijs J H Elema, Fátima Drubi Vega, Akos T Kovács, Patsy Haccou, Oscar P Kuipers
Repeated triggering of sporulation in Bacillus subtilis selects against a protein that affects the timing of cell division.
ISME J: 2014, 8(1);77-87
[PubMed:23924781] [WorldCat.org] [DOI] (I p)


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