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Thomas Ott


Doctoral thesis and short PostDoc at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany, 2005

Current position

Professor for Genetics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich, Germany


  1. Konrad, S. S. and Ott, T. (2015). Molecular principles of membrane microdomain targeting in plants. Trends Plant Sci.
  2. Vaddepalli, P., Herrmann, A., Fulton, L., Oelschner, M., Hillmer, S., Stratil, T. F., Fastner, A., Hammes, U. Z., Ott, T., Robinson, D. G. and Schneitz, K. (2014). The C2-domain protein QUIRKY and the receptor-like kinase STRUBBELIG localize to plasmodesmata and mediate tissue morphogenesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Development 141(21): 4139-4148.
  3. Dormann, P., Kim, H., Ott, T., Schulze-Lefert, P., Trujillo, M., Wewer, V. and Huckelhoven, R. (2014). Cell-autonomous defense, re-organization and trafficking of membranes in plant-microbe interactions. New Phytol 204(4): 815-822.
  4. Denninger, P., Bleckmann, A., Lausser, A., Vogler, F., Ott, T., Ehrhardt, D. W., Frommer, W. B., Sprunck, S., Dresselhaus, T. and Grossmann, G. (2014). Male-female communication triggers calcium signatures during fertilization in Arabidopsis. Nat Commun 5: 4645.
  5. Konrad, S. S., Popp, C., Stratil, T. F., Jarsch, I. K., Thallmair, V., Folgmann, J., Marin, M. and Ott, T. (2014). S-acylation anchors remorin proteins to the plasma membrane but does not primarily determine their localization in membrane microdomains. New Phytol 203(3): 758-769.
  6. Jarsch, I. K., Konrad, S. S., Stratil, T. F., Urbanus, S. L., Szymanski, W., Braun, P., Braun, K. H. and Ott, T. (2014). Plasma membranes are subcompartmentalized into a plethora of coexisting and diverse microdomains in Arabidopsis and Nicotiana benthamiana. Plant Cell 26(4): 1698-1711.
  7. Marin, M. and Ott, T. (2014). Intrinsic disorder in plant proteins and phytopathogenic bacterial effectors. Chem Rev 114(13): 6912-6932.
  8. Binder, A., Lambert, J., Morbitzer, R., Popp, C., Ott, T., Lahaye, T. and Parniske, M. (2014). A modular plasmid assembly kit for multigene expression, gene silencing and silencing rescue in plants. PLoS One 9(2): e88218.
  9. Marin, M., Uversky, V. N. and Ott, T. (2013). Intrinsic disorder in pathogen effectors: protein flexibility as an evolutionary hallmark in a molecular arms race. Plant Cell 25(9): 3153-3157.
  10. Marin, M., Thallmair, V. and Ott, T. (2012). The intrinsically disordered N-terminal region of AtREM1.3 remorin protein mediates protein-protein interactions. J Biol Chem 287(47): 39982-39991.
  11. Balestrini, R., Ott, T., Guther, M., Bonfante, P., Udvardi, M. K. and De Tullio, M. C. (2012). Ascorbate oxidase: the unexpected involvement of a 'wasteful enzyme' in the symbioses with nitrogen-fixing bacteria and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. Plant Physiol Biochem 59: 71-79.
  12. Urbanus, S. L. and Ott, T. (2012). Plasticity of plasma membrane compartmentalization during plant immune responses. Front Plant Sci 3: 181.
  13. Marin, M. and Ott, T. (2012). Phosphorylation of intrinsically disordered regions in remorin proteins. Front Plant Sci 3: 86.
  14. Toth, K., Stratil, T. F., Madsen, E. B., Ye, J., Popp, C., Antolin-Llovera, M., Grossmann, C., Jensen, O. N., Schussler, A., Parniske, M. and Ott, T. (2012). Functional domain analysis of the Remorin protein LjSYMREM1 in Lotus japonicus. PLoS One 7(1): e30817.
  15. Popp, C. and Ott, T. (2011). Regulation of signal transduction and bacterial infection during root nodule symbiosis. Curr Opin Plant Biol 14(4): 458-467.
  16. Popp, C. and Ott, T. (2011). Regulation of signal transduction and bacterial infection during root nodule symbiosis. Curr Opin Plant Biol 14(4): 458-467.
  17. Moreau, S., Verdenaud, M., Ott, T., Letort, S., de Billy, F., Niebel, A., Gouzy, J., de Carvalho-Niebel, F. and Gamas, P. (2011). Transcription reprogramming during root nodule development in Medicago truncatula. PLoS One 6(1): e16463.
  18. Jarsch, I. K. and Ott, T. (2011). Perspectives on remorin proteins, membrane rafts, and their role during plant-microbe interactions. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 24(1): 7-12.
  19. Lefebvre, B., Timmers, T., Mbengue, M., Moreau, S., Herve, C., Toth, K., Bittencourt-Silvestre, J., Klaus, D., Deslandes, L., Godiard, L., Murray, J. D., Udvardi, M. K., Raffaele, S., Mongrand, S., Cullimore, J., Gamas, P., Niebel, A. and Ott, T. (2010). A remorin protein interacts with symbiotic receptors and regulates bacterial infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(5): 2343-2348.
  20. Hogslund, N., Radutoiu, S., Krusell, L., Voroshilova, V., Hannah, M. A., Goffard, N., Sanchez, D. H., Lippold, F., Ott, T., Sato, S., Tabata, S., Liboriussen, P., Lohmann, G. V., Schauser, L., Weiller, G. F., Udvardi, M. K. and Stougaard, J. (2009). Dissection of symbiosis and organ development by integrated transcriptome analysis of lotus japonicus mutant and wild-type plants. PLoS One 4(8): e6556.
  21. Raffaele, S., Bayer, E., Lafarge, D., Cluzet, S., German Retana, S., Boubekeur, T., Leborgne-Castel, N., Carde, J. P., Lherminier, J., Noirot, E., Satiat-Jeunemaitre, B., Laroche-Traineau, J., Moreau, P., Ott, T., Maule, A. J., Reymond, P., Simon-Plas, F., Farmer, E. E., Bessoule, J. J. and Mongrand, S. (2009). Remorin, a solanaceae protein resident in membrane rafts and plasmodesmata, impairs potato virus X movement. Plant Cell 21(5): 1541-1555.
  22. Ott, T., Sullivan, J., James, E. K., Flemetakis, E., Gunther, C., Gibon, Y., Ronson, C. and Udvardi, M. (2009). Absence of symbiotic leghemoglobins alters bacteroid and plant cell differentiation during development of Lotus japonicus root nodules. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 22(7): 800-808.
  23. Benedito, V. A., Torres-Jerez, I., Murray, J. D., Andriankaja, A., Allen, S., Kakar, K., Wandrey, M., Verdier, J., Zuber, H., Ott, T., Moreau, S., Niebel, A., Frickey, T., Weiller, G., He, J., Dai, X., Zhao, P. X., Tang, Y. and Udvardi, M. K. (2008). A gene expression atlas of the model legume Medicago truncatula. Plant J 55(3): 504-513.
  24. D'Antuono, A. L.*, Ott, T.*, Krusell, L., Voroshilova, V., Ugalde, R. A., Udvardi, M. and Lepek, V. C. (2008). Defects in rhizobial cyclic glucan and lipopolysaccharide synthesis alter legume gene expression during nodule development. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 21(1): 50-60.
  25. Gunther, C., Schlereth, A., Udvardi, M. and Ott, T. (2007). Metabolism of reactive oxygen species is attenuated in leghemoglobin-deficient nodules of Lotus japonicus. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 20(12): 1596-1603.
  26. Raffaele, S., Mongrand, S., Gamas, P., Niebel, A. and Ott, T. (2007). Genome-wide annotation of remorins, a plant-specific protein family: evolutionary and functional perspectives. Plant Physiol 145(3): 593-600.
  27. Godiard, L., Niebel, A., Micheli, F., Gouzy, J., Ott, T. and Gamas, P. (2007). Identification of new potential regulators of the Medicago truncatula-Sinorhizobium meliloti symbiosis using a large-scale suppression subtractive hybridization approach. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 20(3): 321-332.
  28. Combier, J. P., Frugier, F., de Billy, F., Boualem, A., El-Yahyaoui, F., Moreau, S., Vernie, T., Ott, T., Gamas, P., Crespi, M. and Niebel, A. (2006). MtHAP2-1 is a key transcriptional regulator of symbiotic nodule development regulated by microRNA169 in Medicago truncatula. Genes Dev 20(22): 3084-3088.
  29. Flemetakis, E., Efrose, R. C., Ott, T., Stedel, C., Aivalakis, G., Udvardi, M. K. and Katinakis, P. (2006). Spatial and temporal organization of sucrose metabolism in Lotus japonicus nitrogen-fixing nodules suggests a role for the elusive alkaline/neutral invertase. Plant Mol Biol 62(1-2): 53-69.
  30. Krusell, L., Krause, K., Ott, T., Desbrosses, G., Kramer, U., Sato, S., Nakamura, Y., Tabata, S., James, E. K., Sandal, N., Stougaard, J., Kawaguchi, M., Miyamoto, A., Suganuma, N. and Udvardi, M. K. (2005). The sulfate transporter SST1 is crucial for symbiotic nitrogen fixation in Lotus japonicus root nodules. Plant Cell 17(5): 1625-1636.
  31. Ott, T., van Dongen, J. T., Gunther, C., Krusell, L., Desbrosses, G., Vigeolas, H., Bock, V., Czechowski, T., Geigenberger, P. and Udvardi, M. K. (2005). Symbiotic leghemoglobins are crucial for nitrogen fixation in legume root nodules but not for general plant growth and development. Curr Biol 15(6): 531-535.
  32. Colebatch, G., Desbrosses, G., Ott, T., Krusell, L., Montanari, O., Kloska, S., Kopka, J. and Udvardi, M. K. (2004). Global changes in transcription orchestrate metabolic differentiation during symbiotic nitrogen fixation in Lotus japonicus. Plant J 39(4): 487-512.
  33. Desbrosses, G., Kopka, C., Ott, T. and Udvardi, M. K. (2004). Lotus japonicus LjKUP is induced late during nodule development and encodes a potassium transporter of the plasma membrane. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 17(7): 789-797.
  34. Ott, T., Fritz, E., Polle, A. and Schutzendubel, A. (2002). Characterisation of antioxidative systems in the ectomycorrhiza-building basidiomycete Paxillus involutus (Bartsch) Fr. and its reaction to cadmium. FEMS Microbiol Ecol 42(3): 359-366.
  35. Ott, T., Clarke, J., Birks, K. and Johnson, G. (1999). Regulation of the photosynthetic electron transport chain. Planta 209(2): 250-258.
Protocols by Thomas Ott
  1. Quantitative Image Analysis of Membrane Microdomains Labelled by Fluorescently Tagged Proteins in Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana benthamiana