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Felix Kessler


Ph.D. in Biochemistry, ETH, Zürich, Switzerland, 1992

Current position

Professor, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland
Director, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchatel, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Publications (since 2010)

  1. Martinis, J., Glauser, G., Valimareanu, S. and Kessler, F. (2013). A chloroplast ABC1-like kinase regulates vitamin E metabolism in Arabidopsis. Plant physiology 162(2): 652-662.
  2. Besagni, C. and Kessler, F. (2013). A mechanism implicating plastoglobules in thylakoid disassembly during senescence and nitrogen starvation. Planta 237(2): 463-470.
  3. Shanmugabalaji, V., Besagni, C., Piller, L. E., Douet, V., Ruf, S., Bock, R. and Kessler, F. (2013). Dual targeting of a mature plastoglobulin/fibrillin fusion protein to chloroplast plastoglobules and thylakoids in transplastomic tobacco plants. Plant Mol Biol 81(1-2): 13-25.
  4. Kessler, F. (2012). Plant science. Chloroplast delivery by UPS. Science 338(6107): 622-623.
  5. Eugeni Piller, L., Abraham, M., Dormann, P., Kessler, F. and Besagni, C. (2012). Plastid lipid droplets at the crossroads of prenylquinone metabolism. J Exp Bot 63(4): 1609-1618.
  6. Martinis, J., Kessler, F. and Glauser, G. (2011). A novel method for prenylquinone profiling in plant tissues by ultra-high pressure liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Plant Methods 7(1): 23.
  7. Bischof, S., Baerenfaller, K., Wildhaber, T., Troesch, R., Vidi, P. A., Roschitzki, B., Hirsch-Hoffmann, M., Hennig, L., Kessler, F., Gruissem, W. and Baginsky, S. (2011). Plastid proteome assembly without Toc159: photosynthetic protein import and accumulation of N-acetylated plastid precursor proteins. Plant Cell 23(11): 3911-3928.
  8. Infanger, S., Bischof, S., Hiltbrunner, A., Agne, B., Baginsky, S. and Kessler, F. (2011). The chloroplast import receptor Toc90 partially restores the accumulation of Toc159 client proteins in the Arabidopsis thaliana ppi2 mutant. Mol Plant 4(2): 252-263.
  9. Eugeni Piller, L., Besagni, C., Ksas, B., Rumeau, D., Brehelin, C., Glauser, G., Kessler, F. and Havaux, M. (2011). Chloroplast lipid droplet type II NAD(P)H quinone oxidoreductase is essential for prenylquinone metabolism and vitamin K1 accumulation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 108(34): 14354-14359.
  10. Zbierzak, A., Kanwischer, M., Wille, C., Vidi, P., Giavalisco, P., Lohmann, A., Briesen, I., Porfirova, S., Bréhélin, C. and Kessler, F. (2010). Intersection of the tocopherol and plastoquinol metabolic pathways at the plastoglobule. Biochem. J 425: 389-399.
  11. Agne, B., Andres, C., Montandon, C., Christ, B., Ertan, A., Jung, F., Infanger, S., Bischof, S., Baginsky, S. and Kessler, F. (2010). The acidic A-domain of Arabidopsis TOC159 occurs as a hyperphosphorylated protein. Plant Physiol 153(3): 1016-1030.
  12. Agne, B. and Kessler, F. (2010). Modifications at the A-domain of the chloroplast import receptor Toc159. Plant Signal Behav 5(11): 1513-1516.
  13. Andres, C., Agne, B. and Kessler, F. (2010). The TOC complex: preprotein gateway to the chloroplast. Biochim Biophys Acta 1803(6): 715-723.
  14. Aronsson, H., Combe, J., Patel, R., Agne, B., Martin, M., Kessler, F. and Jarvis, P. (2010). Nucleotide binding and dimerization at the chloroplast pre-protein import receptor, atToc33, are not essential in vivo but do increase import efficiency. Plant J 63(2): 297-311.
Protocols by Felix Kessler
  1. Gradient Flotation Centrifugation of Chloroplast Membranes