Tor Erik Rusten
Position: Group Leader (Helse Sør-øst)
Phone: +47 22 78 19 20

Mini CV

  • Cand.Scient. work 1995-1997 with Dr. Rein Aasland at the University of Bergen, Norway.
  • PhD work with Prof. Fotis C. Kafatos at the EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany 1997-2001.
  • Postdoctoral work with Prof. Harald Stenmark at the Norwegian Radium Hospital, Oslo, Norway, since January 2002.
  • Project leader at the Norwegian Radium Hospital since March 2008.
  • Senior Scientist of the Norwegian Cancer Society since January 2009.

From the news:

Nature article on microenvironmental autophagy from Tor Erik Rusten's group

Tor Erik receives Dr. Mørk's legacy prize

Editorial in Cell about ESCRT paper by Tor Erik and co-workers

Cancer researchers shed light on inherited brain damage

Fab1, a new growth-regulatory phosphoinositide kinase

Hormonal control of autophagy - paper by Tor Erik and co-workers dedicated "News & Views" in Nature.

Tor Erik on national TV


Author network for Tor Erik Rusten by COREMINE medical

Publications 2017

Katheder NS, Khezri R, O'Farrell F, Schultz SW, Jain A, Rahman MM, Schink KO, Theodossiou TA, Johansen T, Juhász G, Bilder D, Brech A, Stenmark H, Rusten TE (2017)
Microenvironmental autophagy promotes tumour growth
Nature, 541 (7637), 417-420
PubMed 28077876

Katheder NS, Rusten TE (2017)
Microenvironment and tumors-a nurturing relationship
Autophagy, 13 (7), 1241-1243
PubMed 28632995

O'Farrell F, Lobert VH, Sneeggen M, Jain A, Katheder NS, Wenzel EM, Schultz SW, Tan KW, Brech A, Stenmark H, Rusten TE (2017)
Class III phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase controls epithelial integrity through endosomal LKB1 regulation
Nat Cell Biol (in press)
PubMed 29084199

Publications 2016

Klionsky DJ, Abdelmohsen K, Abe A, Abedin MJ, Abeliovich H, Acevedo Arozena A, Adachi H, Adams CM, Adams PD, Adeli K, Adhihetty PJ, Adler SG, Agam G, Agarwal R, Aghi MK, Agnello M, Agostinis P, Aguilar PV, Aguirre-Ghiso J, Airoldi EM, Ait-Si-Ali S, Akematsu T, Akporiaye ET, Al-Rubeai M, Albaiceta GM et al. (2016)
Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition)
Autophagy, 12 (1), 1-222
PubMed 26799652

Schmid MR, Anderl I, Vo HT, Valanne S, Yang H, Kronhamn J, Rämet M, Rusten TE, Hultmark D (2016)
Genetic Screen in Drosophila Larvae Links ird1 Function to Toll Signaling in the Fat Body and Hemocyte Motility
PLoS One, 11 (7), e0159473
PubMed 27467079

Publications 2015

Jain A, Rusten TE, Katheder N, Elvenes J, Bruun JA, Sjøttem E, Lamark T, Johansen T (2015)
p62/Sequestosome-1, Autophagy-related Gene 8, and Autophagy in Drosophila Are Regulated by Nuclear Factor Erythroid 2-related Factor 2 (NRF2), Independent of Transcription Factor TFEB
J Biol Chem, 290 (24), 14945-62
PubMed 25931115

Publications 2014

Morelli E, Ginefra P, Mastrodonato V, Beznoussenko GV, Rusten TE, Bilder D, Stenmark H, Mironov AA, Vaccari T (2014)
Multiple functions of the SNARE protein Snap29 in autophagy, endocytic, and exocytic trafficking during epithelial formation in Drosophila
Autophagy, 10 (12), 2251-68
PubMed 25551675

Publications 2013

Knævelsrud H, Søreng K, Raiborg C, Håberg K, Rasmuson F, Brech A, Liestøl K, Rusten TE, Stenmark H, Neufeld TP, Carlsson SR, Simonsen A (2013)
Membrane remodeling by the PX-BAR protein SNX18 promotes autophagosome formation
J Cell Biol, 202 (2), 331-49
PubMed 23878278

Martens S, Rusten TE, Kraft C (2013)
Autophagy at sea
Autophagy, 9 (9), 1286-91
PubMed 23917436

O Farrell F, Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2013)
Phosphoinositide 3-kinases as accelerators and brakes of autophagy
FEBS J, 280 (24), 6322-37
PubMed 23953235

O'Farrell F, Wang S, Katheder N, Rusten TE, Samakovlis C (2013)
Two-tiered control of epithelial growth and autophagy by the insulin receptor and the ret-like receptor, stitcher
PLoS Biol, 11 (7), e1001612
PubMed 23935447

Publications 2012

Klionsky DJ, Abdalla FC, Abeliovich H, Abraham RT, Acevedo-Arozena A, Adeli K, Agholme L, Agnello M, Agostinis P, Aguirre-Ghiso JA, Ahn HJ, Ait-Mohamed O, Ait-Si-Ali S, Akematsu T, Akira S, Al-Younes HM, Al-Zeer MA, Albert ML, Albin RL, Alegre-Abarrategui J, Aleo MF, Alirezaei M, Almasan A, Almonte-Becerril M, Amano A et al. (2012)
Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy
Autophagy, 8 (4), 445-544
PubMed 22966490

Oppelt A, Lobert VH, Haglund K, Mackey AM, Rameh LE, Liestøl K, Schink KO, Pedersen NM, Wenzel EM, Haugsten EM, Brech A, Rusten TE, Stenmark H, Wesche J (2012)
Production of phosphatidylinositol 5-phosphate via PIKfyve and MTMR3 regulates cell migration
EMBO Rep, 14 (1), 57-64
PubMed 23154468

Publications 2011

Rusten TE, Vaccari T, Stenmark H (2011)
Shaping development with ESCRTs
Nat Cell Biol, 14 (1), 38-45
PubMed 22193162

Publications 2010

Nezis IP, Shravage BV, Sagona AP, Lamark T, Bjørkøy G, Johansen T, Rusten TE, Brech A, Baehrecke EH, Stenmark H (2010)
Autophagic degradation of dBruce controls DNA fragmentation in nurse cells during late Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis
J Cell Biol, 190 (4), 523-31
PubMed 20713604

Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2010)
p62, an autophagy hero or culprit?
Nat Cell Biol, 12 (3), 207-9
PubMed 20190829

Sagona AP, Nezis IP, Pedersen NM, Liestøl K, Poulton J, Rusten TE, Skotheim RI, Raiborg C, Stenmark H (2010)
PtdIns(3)P controls cytokinesis through KIF13A-mediated recruitment of FYVE-CENT to the midbody
Nat Cell Biol, 12 (4), 362-71
PubMed 20208530

Publications 2009

Nezis IP, Lamark T, Velentzas AD, Rusten TE, Bjørkøy G, Johansen T, Papassideri IS, Stravopodis DJ, Margaritis LH, Stenmark H, Brech A (2009)
Cell death during Drosophila melanogaster early oogenesis is mediated through autophagy
Autophagy, 5 (3), 298-302
PubMed 19066465

Rodahl LM, Haglund K, Sem-Jacobsen C, Wendler F, Vincent JP, Lindmo K, Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2009)
Disruption of Vps4 and JNK function in Drosophila causes tumour growth
PLoS One, 4 (2), e4354
PubMed 19194501

Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2009)
How do ESCRT proteins control autophagy?
J Cell Sci, 122 (Pt 13), 2179-83
PubMed 19535733

Vaccari T, Rusten TE, Menut L, Nezis IP, Brech A, Stenmark H, Bilder D (2009)
Comparative analysis of ESCRT-I, ESCRT-II and ESCRT-III function in Drosophila by efficient isolation of ESCRT mutants
J Cell Sci, 122 (Pt 14), 2413-23
PubMed 19571114

Publications 2008

Lindmo K, Brech A, Finley KD, Gaumer S, Contamine D, Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2008)
The PI 3-kinase regulator Vps15 is required for autophagic clearance of protein aggregates
Autophagy, 4 (4), 500-6
PubMed 18326940

Morrison HA, Dionne H, Rusten TE, Brech A, Fisher WW, Pfeiffer BD, Celniker SE, Stenmark H, Bilder D (2008)
Regulation of early endosomal entry by the Drosophila tumor suppressors Rabenosyn and Vps45
Mol Biol Cell, 19 (10), 4167-76
PubMed 18685079

Nezis IP, Simonsen A, Sagona AP, Finley K, Gaumer S, Contamine D, Rusten TE, Stenmark H, Brech A (2008)
Ref(2)P, the Drosophila melanogaster homologue of mammalian p62, is required for the formation of protein aggregates in adult brain
J Cell Biol, 180 (6), 1065-71
PubMed 18347073

Rusten TE, Filimonenko M, Rodahl LM, Stenmark H, Simonsen A (2008)
ESCRTing autophagic clearance of aggregating proteins
Autophagy, 4 (2), 233-236

Rusten TE, Simonsen A (2008)
ESCRT functions in autophagy and associated disease
Cell Cycle, 7 (9), 1166-72
PubMed 18418046

Publications 2007

Haglund K, Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2007)
Aberrant receptor signaling and trafficking as mechanisms in oncogenesis
Crit Rev Oncog, 13 (1), 39-74
PubMed 17956217

Hughes T, Rusten TE (2007)
Origin and evolution of self-consumption: autophagy
Adv Exp Med Biol, 607, 111-8
PubMed 17977463

Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2007)
Developmental biology: moonlighting at the pole
Nature, 445 (7127), 497-9
PubMed 17268460

Rusten TE, Vaccari T, Lindmo K, Rodahl LM, Nezis IP, Sem-Jacobsen C, Wendler F, Vincent JP, Brech A, Bilder D, Stenmark H (2007)
ESCRTs and Fab1 regulate distinct steps of autophagy
Curr Biol, 17 (20), 1817-25
PubMed 17935992

Simonsen A, Cumming RC, Lindmo K, Galaviz V, Cheng S, Rusten TE, Finley KD (2007)
Genetic modifiers of the Drosophila blue cheese gene link defects in lysosomal transport with decreased life span and altered ubiquitinated-protein profiles
Genetics, 176 (2), 1283-97
PubMed 17435236

Publications 2006

Lindmo K, Simonsen A, Brech A, Finley K, Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2006)
A dual function for Deep orange in programmed autophagy in the Drosophila melanogaster fat body
Exp Cell Res, 312 (11), 2018-27
PubMed 16600212

Rusten TE, Rodahl LM, Pattni K, Englund C, Samakovlis C, Dove S, Brech A, Stenmark H (2006)
Fab1 phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate 5-kinase controls trafficking but not silencing of endocytosed receptors
Mol Biol Cell, 17 (9), 3989-4001
PubMed 16837550

Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2006)
Analyzing phosphoinositides and their interacting proteins
Nat Methods, 3 (4), 251-8
PubMed 16554828

Publications 2004

Rusten TE, Lindmo K, Juhász G, Sass M, Seglen PO, Brech A, Stenmark H (2004)
Programmed autophagy in the Drosophila fat body is induced by ecdysone through regulation of the PI3K pathway
Dev Cell, 7 (2), 179-92
PubMed 15296715

Publications 2003

Kolpakova E, Rusten TE, Olsnes S (2003)
Characterization and tissue expression of acidic fibroblast growth factor binding protein homologue in Drosophila melanogaster
Gene, 310, 185-91
PubMed 12801646

Raiborg C, Rusten TE, Stenmark H (2003)
Protein sorting into multivesicular endosomes
Curr Opin Cell Biol, 15 (4), 446-55
PubMed 12892785

Publications 2002

Cantera R, Lüer K, Rusten TE, Barrio R, Kafatos FC, Technau GM (2002)
Mutations in spalt cause a severe but reversible neurodegenerative phenotype in the embryonic central nervous system of Drosophila melanogaster
Development, 129 (24), 5577-86
PubMed 12421699

Rusten TE, Cantera R, Kafatos FC, Barrio R (2002)
The role of TGF beta signaling in the formation of the dorsal nervous system is conserved between Drosophila and chordates
Development, 129 (15), 3575-84
PubMed 12117808

Publications 2001

Rusten TE, Cantera R, Urban J, Technau G, Kafatos FC, Barrio R (2001)
Spalt modifies EGFR-mediated induction of chordotonal precursors in the embryonic PNS of Drosophila promoting the development of oenocytes
Development, 128 (5), 711-22
PubMed 11171396