Plant Molecular BiologyDr. Markus Wirtz

Plants are sessile organisms that must cope with environmental challenges on site. To understand how plants coordinate their resources in response to such stimuli, we focus on four closely related aspects of plant development and stress tolerance:

  1. Perception of nutrient supply by reversible protein-protein interaction.
  2. Impact of nutrient supply on hormone biosynthesis, developmental plasticity and stress tolerance.
  3. Regulation of cell division, translation, and proteostasis by the sensor kinases Target of rapamycin.
  4. The role of N-terminal protein acetylation in proteostasis and stress responses.


Recent publications

Armbruster L, Linster E, Boyer JB, Brünje A, Eirich J, Stephan I, Bienvenut WV, Weidenhausen J, Meinnel T, Hell R, Sinning I, Finkemeier I, Giglione C, Wirtz M. (2020).
NAA50 Is an enzymatically active N-alpha-acetyltransferase that is crucial fordevelopment and regulation of stress responses.
Plant Physiol, 183: 1502-1516.

Bienvenut WV, Brünje A, Boyer JB, Mühlenbeck JS, Bernal G, Lassowskat I, Dian C, Linster E, Dinh TV, Koskela MM, Jung V, Seidel J, Schyrba LK, Ivanauskaite A, Eirich J, Hell R, Schwarzer D, Mulo P, Wirtz M, Meinnel T, Giglione C, Finkemeier I. (2020).
Dual lysine and N-terminal acetyltransferases reveal the complexity underpinning protein acetylation.
Mol Syst Biol, 16: e9464.

Rajab H, Khan MS, Wirtz M, Malagoli M, Qahar F, Hell R. (2020).
Sulfur metabolic engineering enhances cadmium stress tolerance and root to shoot iron translocation in Brassica napus L.
Plant Physiol Biochem, 152: 32-43.

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Markus Wirtz