Signal perception at the cell surface and transduction of this signal to the cell’s interior is essential to all life forms. Plants have evolved membrane-integral receptor proteins and downstream signaling cascades that allow them to reacts to external stimuli and coordinate growth.
We are interested in plant responses to both biotic and abiotic stimuli. One area covers the role of the plasma membrane H+-ATPase and the signals involved in regulation of this essential enzyme for growth and development as well as its responses to external stimuli. Another interest is plant and fungal receptors for bacterial outer cell wall molecules, the following signaling pathways in eukaryotic hosts, and the chemical structures and synthesis of some of these bacterial molecules.
- PSY1 signalling peptides and their receptor PSY1R. The project is a basic research project aiming at under standing the perception of a peptide hormone that has the plasma membrane H+-ATPase as a downstream target.
- Screening for compounds with regulatory effects on plant and fungal plasma membrane H+-ATPase
- Regulation of the plant plasma membrane H+-ATPase by kinases and phosphatases in response to abiotic and biotic stimuli
- Perception and signaling by bacteria and bacterial microbe-associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) in plants
- Structures and functions of glycosylated MAMPs
Current research projects
Funded by FTP (2015-2018)
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