Publikationen der Arbeitsgruppe Pflanzenphysiologie

Prof. Dr. Thomas Pfannschmidt


  • Favier A, Gans P, Boeri Erba E, Signor L, Muthukumar SS, Pfannschmidt T, Blanvillain R, Cobessi D. (2021): The Plastid-Encoded RNA Polymerase-Associated Protein PAP9 Is a Superoxide Dismutase With Unusual Structural Features.Front Plant Sci. 12:668897
    DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2021.668897
  • Liebers M, Chevalier F, Blanvillain R and Pfannschmidt T. (2018): PAP genes are tissue- and cell-specific markers of chloroplast developmentPlanta 248:629-646
  • Grübler B, Merendino L, Twardziok SO, Mininno M, Allorent G, Chevalier F, Liebers M, Blanvillain R, Mayer KFX, Lerbs-Mache S, Ravanel S and Pfannschmidt T. (2017): Light and plastid signals regulate different sets of genes in the albino mutant pap7-1.Plant Physiol.175:1203-1219.
  • Liebers, M., Grübler, B., Chevalier, F., Lerbs-Mache, S., Merendino, L., Blanvillain, R. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2017): Regulatory shifts in plastid transcription play a key role in morphological conversions of plastids during plant developmentFront. Plant Sci.
    DOI: org/10.3389/ fpls.2017.00023
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Blanvillain, R., Courtois, F., Merendino, L., Chevalier, F., Liebers, M., Grübler, B., Hommel, E. and Lerbs-Mache, S. (2015): Chloroplast biogenesis in terrestrial plants and the orchestrated action of RNA polymerases from three different evolutionary classesJ. Exp. Bot. 66:6957-73
  • Chevalier, F., Malik-Ghulam, M., Rondet, D., Pfannschmidt, T., Merendino, L. and Lerbs-Mache, S. (2015): Characterization of the psbH precursor RNAs reveals a precise endoribonuclease cleavage site in the psbT/psbH intergenic region that is dependent on psbN gene expressionPlant Mol. Biol. 88: 357-367
    DOI: 10.1007/s11103-015-0325-y
  • Dietzel L, Gläßer C, Liebers M, Hiekel S, Courtois F, Czarnecki O, Schlicke H, Zubo Y, Börner T, Mayer K, Grimm B and Pfannschmidt T (2015): Identification of early nuclear target genes of plastidial redox signals that trigger the long-term response of Arabidopsis to light quality shifts.Mol. Plant 8:1237-1252
    DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2015.03.004
  • Pfalz, J and Pfannschmidt, T. (2015): Plastid nucleoids: evolutionary reconstruction of a DNA/protein structure with prokaryotic ancestryFront. Plant Sci. 6:220
    DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00220
  • Pfalz, J., Holtzegel, U., Barkan, A., Weisheit, W., Mittag, M. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2015): ZmpTAC12 binds single-stranded nucleic acids and is essential for accumulation of the plastid-encoded polymerase complex in maizeNew Phytol. 206:1024-1037
    DOI: 10.1111/nph.13248
  • Schröter, Y., Steiner, S., Weisheit, W., Mittag, M. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2014): A purification strategy for analysis of the DNA/RNA-associated sub-proteome from chloroplasts of mustard cotyledonsFront Plant Sci 5:557
    DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00557
  • Gläßer, C., Haberer, G., Finkemeier, I., Pfannschmidt, T., Kleine, T., Leister, D., Dietz, K. J., Häusler, R. E., Grimm, B. and Mayer, K. F. (2014): Meta-Analysis of Retrograde Signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana reveals a core module of genes embedded in complex cellular signaling networksMol Plant 7:1167-1190
  • Pfalz, J. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2013): Essential nucleoid proteins in early chloroplast developmentTrends Plant Sci 18: 186-194
  • Hirth, M., Dietzel, L., Steiner, S., Ludwig, R., Weidenbach, H., Pfalz, J. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2013): Analysis of photosynthetic acclimation of maize seedlings to artificial laboratory light gradients mimicking natural canopy conditionsFront Plant Sci 4: 334
  • Albrecht-Borth V., Kauss, D., Fan, D., Hu, Y., Collinge, D., Marri, S., Liebers, M., Apel, K., Pfannschmidt, T., Chow, W. S. and Pogson, B. J (2013): A novel proteinase, SCO4, is required for photosynthetic acclimation to higher light intensities in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 163: 732-745
  • Pfalz J, Liebers M, Hirth M, Grübler B, Holtzegel U, Schröter Y, Dietzel L. and Pfannschmidt T. (2012): Environmental control of plant nuclear gene expression by chloroplast redox signals.Front Plant Sci. 3:257
  • Pfannschmidt T. and Yang C. (2012): The hidden function of photosynthesis: a sensing system for environmental conditions that regulates plant acclimation responsesProtoplasma. 249, Suppl 2:S125-36
  • Czarnecki, O., Hedtke, B., Melzer, M., Rothbart, M., Richter, A., Schröter, Y., Pfannschmidt, T. and Grimm, B. (2011): A novel GluTR-binding protein mediates spatial separation of 5-aminolevulinic acid synthesis in chloroplastsPlant Cell 23, 4476-4491
  • Steiner, S., Schröter, Y., Pfalz, J. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2011): Identification of the essential subunits in the plastid-encoded RNA polymerase complex reveals building-blocks for proper chloroplast developmentPlant Phys. 157, 1043-1055
  • Dietzel, L., Bräutigam, K., Steiner, S., Schüffler, K., Lepetit, B., Grimm, B., Schöttler, M.-A. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2011): Photosystem II super-complex re-modeling serves as entry mechanisms for state transitions in ArabidopsisPlant Cell 23, 2964-2977
  • Dietz, K.-J. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2011): Novel regulators in photosynthetic redox control of plant metabolism and gene expressionPlant Phys. 155, 1477-1485
  • Pfannschmidt, T. (2010): Plastidial retrograde signalling - a true "plastid factor" or just metabolite signatures? Trends Plant Sci., 15, 427-435
  • Schröter, Y., Steiner, S., Matthäi, K. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2010): Analysis of oligomeric protein complexes in the chloroplast sub-proteome of nucleic acid binding proteins from mustard reveals potential redox regulators of plastid gene expressionProteomics 10, 2191-2204
  • Bräutigam, K., Dietzel, L. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2010): Hypothesis - A binary redox control mode as universal regulator of photosynthetic light acclimationPlant Signal Behav. 5, 81-85
  • Bräutigam, K., Dietzel, L., Kleine, T., Ströher, E., Wormuth, D., Dietz, K.-J., Radke, D., Dörmann, P., Nunes-Nesi, A., Schauer, N., Fernie, A., Oliver, S., Geigenberger, P., Leister, D. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2009): Dynamic plastid redox signals integrate gene expression and metabolism to induce distinct metabolic states in photosynthetic acclimation in ArabidopsisPlant Cell 21, 2715-2732
  • Paolo Pesaresi, P., Hertle, A., Pribil, M., Kleine, T., Wagner, R., Strissel, H., Ihnatowicz, A., Bonardi, V., Scharfenberg, M., Schneider, A., Pfannschmidt, T. and Leister, D. (2009): Arabidopsis STN7 kinase provides a link between short-term and long-term photosynthetic acclimationPlant Cell 21, 2402-2423
  • Steiner, S., Dietzel, L., Schröter, Y., Fey, V., Wagner, R. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2009): Specific changes in phosphorylation state and kinase activity of chloroplast DNA-binding protein fractions of mustard (Sinapis alba) during redox-controlled photosynthetic acclimationMol. Plant 2, 416-429
  • Pfannschmidt, T. Bräutigam, K., Wagner, R., Dietzel, L., Schroeter, Y., Steiner, S. and Nykytenko, A. (2009): Potential regulation of gene expression in photosynthetic cells by redox and energy state – approaches towards better understandingAnn. Bot. 103, 599-607 Epub 2008 May 20
  • Steiner, S. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2009): Fluorescence based electrophoretic mobility shift assays in the analysis of DNA-binding proteinsMethods Mol. Biol. 479, 273-289
  • Dietzel, L. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2008): Photosynthetic acclimation to light quality comes out of shadePlant Signal Behav. 3, 1116-1118
  • Wagner, R., Dietzel, L., Bräutigam, K., Fischer, W. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2008): Long-term light quality acclimation is important for optimising photosynthetic performance of Arabidopsis thaliana under low light conditionsPlanta, 228, 573-587
  • Schütze, K., Steiner, S. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2008): Redox regulation of the plastocyanin promoter in tobacco. Physiol. Plant. 133, 557-565
  • Dietzel, L., Bräutigam, K. and Pfannschmidt T. (2008): Photosynthetic acclimation: State transitions and photosystem stoichiometry adjustment - Functional relationships between short-term and long-term light quality acclimationFEBS J. 275, 1080-1088
  • Wagner, R. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2006): Eukaryotic transcription factors in plastids – bioinformatic assessment and implications for the evolution of gene expression machineries in plantsGene 381, 62-70
  • Bonardi, V., Pesaresi, P., Becker, T., Schleiff, E., Wagner, R., Pfannschmidt, T., Jahns, P. and Leister, D. (2005): PSII core phosphorylation and photosynthetic long-term acclimation require two different kinases in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature 437, 1179-1182
  • Pfannschmidt, T. (2005): Acclimation to varying light qualities: Toward the functional relationship of state transitions and adjustment of photosystem stoichiometryJ. Phycol. 41, 723-725
  • Fey, V., Wagner, R., Bräutigam, K. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2005): Photosynthetic redox control of nuclear gene expressionJ. Exp. Bot. 56, 1491 -1498
  • Pfannschmidt, T. and Liere, K. (2005): Redox regulation and modification of proteins controlling chloroplast gene expressionAntioxid. Redox. Signal. 7, 607 - 618
  • Fey, V., Wagner, R., Bräutigam, K., Wirtz, M., Hell, R., Richly, E., Leister, D., Oelmüller, R. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2005): Retrograde plastid redox signals in the expression of nuclear genes for chloroplast proteins of Arabidopsis thaliana J. Biol. Chem. 280, 5318 – 5328
  • Wagner, R., Fey, V., Borgstädt, R., Kruse, O. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2004): Screening for Arabidopsis thaliana mutants deficient in acclimatory long-term response to varying light qualities using chlorophyll fluorescence imagingIn A. van der Est, D. Bruce, eds, 13th Intern. Cong. Photosynth., Allen Press, Montreal
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Schütze, K., Fey, V., Sherameti, I and Oelmüller, R. (2003): Chloroplast redox control of nuclear gene expression – a new class of plastid signals in interorganellar communicationAntioxid. Redox. Signal. 5, 95-101
  • Pfannschmidt, T. (2003): Chloroplast redox signals: how photosynthesis controls its own genesTrends Plant Sci. 8, 33-41
  • Sherameti, I., Nakamura, M., Y., Yamamoto, Pfannschmidt, T., Obokata, J. and Oelmüller, R. (2002): Polyribosome loading of PsaD mRNA is controlled by the photosynthetic electron transport. A crucial cis element in the spinach PsaD gene is located in the 5'- untranslated regionPlant J. 32, 631-639
  • Sherameti, I., Trebicka, A., Sopory, S., Pfannschmidt, T. and Oelmüller, R. (2002): Photosynthetic electron transport regulates nitrate reductase gene expression and activity in higher plantsJ. Biol. Chem. 277, 46594-46600
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Schütze, K., Brost, M. and Oelmüller, R. (2001): A novel mechanism of nuclear adjustment photosynthesis gene regulation by redox signals from the chloroplast during photosystem stoichiometryJ. Biol. Chem. 276, 36125-36180
  • Bezhani, S., Sherameti, I., Pfannschmidt, T. and Oelmüller, R. (2001): A repressor with similarities to pro- and eukaryotic helicases controls the assembly of the CAAT-box binding complex at a photosynthesis gene promoterJ. Biol. Chem. 276, 23785-23789
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Allen, J. F. and Oelmüller, R. (2001): Principles of redox control in photosynthesis gene expressionPhysiol. Plant. 112, 1-9
  • Allen, J.F. und Pfannschmidt, T. (2001): Balancing the two photosystems: photosynthetic electron transfer governs transcription of reaction centre genes in chloroplastsPhil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B 1402, 1351-1359
  • Tullberg, A., Krassimir, A., Pfannschmidt, T. and Allen, J.F. (2000): Photosynthetic electron flow regulates transcription of the psaB gene in pea (Pisum sativum L.) chloroplasts through redox state of the plastoquinone poolPlant Cell Phys. 41, 1045-1054
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Orgzewalla, K., Baginsky, S., Siekmann, A., Meyer, and Link, G. (2000): The multi-subunit chloroplast RNA polymerase A from mustard (Sinapis alba L.): Integration of a prokaryotic core into a larger complex with organelle-specific functionsEur. J. Biochem. 267, 253-261
  • Summer, H., Pfannschmidt, T. and Link, G. (2000): Transcripts and sequence elements suggest differential promoter usage within the ycf3-psaAB gene clusterCurr. Genet. 37, 45-52
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Nilsson, A., Tullberg, A., Link, G. and Allen, J.F. (1999): Direct transcriptional control of the chloroplast genes psbA and psaAB adjusts photosynthesis to light energy distribution in plantsIUBMB Life 48, 1-6
  • Pfannschmidt, T., Nilsson, A. and Allen, J.F. (1999): Photosynthetic control of chloroplast gene expressionNature 397, 625-628
  • Baginsky, S., Tiller, K., Pfannschmidt, T. and Link, G. (1999): PTK, the chloroplast RNA-polymerase-associated protein kinase from mustard (Sinapis alba), mediates redox control of plastid in vitro transcriptionPlant Mol. Biol. 39, 1013-1023
  • Pfannschmidt, T. and Link, G. (1997): The A and B forms of plastid DNA-dependent RNA polymerase from mustard (Sinapis alba L.) transcribe the same genes in a different developmental contextMol. Gen. Genet. 257, 35-44
  • Pfannschmidt, T. and Link, G. (1994): Separation of two classes of plastid DNA-dependent RNA polymerases that are differentially expressed in mustard (Sinapis alba L.) seedlingsPlant Mol. Biol. 25, 69-81
  • Neuhaus, H., Pfannschmidt, T. and Link, G. (1990): Nucleotide sequence of the chlo¬roplast psbI and trnSGCU genes from mustard (Sinapis alba)Nucleic Acids Res. 18, 1051


  • Chieb M, Liebers M, Chevalier F, Lerbs-Mache S, Blanvillain R, Pfannschmidt T. (2018): Determination of the DNA/RNA-Associated Subproteome from Chloroplasts and Other Plastid TypesMethods Mol Biol. 1829:253-271
  • Pfalz, J and Pfannschmidt, T. (eds) (2016): Plastid nucleoids: evolutionary reconstruction of a DNA/protein structure with prokaryotic ancestryFront. Plant Sci. E-Book
  • Pfannschmidt, T. and Munne-Bosch, S. (2013): Plastidial signaling during the plant life cyclePlastid development in leaves during growth and senescence, Biswal B and Krupinska K (eds), Series: Advances in Photosynthesis and Respiration, (Govindjee and Sharkey T, eds), Springer, Dordrecht
  • Dietzel, L., Steiner, S., Schröter, Y., and Pfannschmidt, T. (2009): Plastid-to-nucleus communication in plant cells: Retrograde signallingPlant Cell Monogr. 13, 181 -216
  • Pfannschmidt, T. (2009): Plant signal transduction“Methods in Molecular Biology”, Humana Press, USA
  • Bräutigam, K., Dietzel, L. and Pfannschmidt, T. (2007): Anterograde and retrograde signalling in the development and function of plastidsTopics in Current Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology of Plastids. Bock R (ed.), 19, 409-455
  • Oelmüller, R., Peskan, T., Westermann, M., Sherameti, I., Chandok, M., Sopory, S. K., Wöstemeyer, A., Kusnetsov, V., Bezhani, S and Pfannschmidt, T. (2001): Novel aspects in photosynthesis gene regulation„Signal Transduction in plants“, Sopory S.K. and Oelmüller R., (eds.) pp. 259-277.