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Catherine Colas des Francs-Small


Ph.D. in Life Sciences, Université Paris XI, Orsay, France, 1985

Current position

Research Fellow, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Publications (since 2010)

  1. Yap, A., Kindgren, P., Colas des Francs-Small, C., Kazama, T., Tanz, S. K., Toriyama, K. and Small, I. (2015). AEF1/MPR25 is implicated in RNA editing of plastid atpF and mitochondrial nad5, and also promotes atpF splicing in Arabidopsis and rice. Plant J 81(5): 661-669.
  2. Colas des Francs-Small, C., Falcon de Longevialle, A., Li, Y., Lowe, E., Tanz, S. K., Smith, C., Bevan, M. W. and Small, I. (2014). The Pentatricopeptide Repeat Proteins TANG2 and ORGANELLE TRANSCRIPT PROCESSING439 Are Involved in the Splicing of the Multipartite nad5 Transcript Encoding a Subunit of Mitochondrial Complex I. Plant Physiol 165(4): 1409-1416.
  3. Brown, G. G., des Francs-Small, C. C. and Ostersetzer-Biran, O. (2014). Group II intron splicing factors in plant mitochondria. Frontiers in plant science 5.
  4. Cohen, S., Zmudjak, M., Colas des Francs-Small, C., Malik, S., Shaya, F., Keren, I., Belausov, E., Many, Y., Brown, G. G., Small, I. and Ostersetzer-Biran, O. (2014). nMAT4, a maturase factor required for nad1 pre-mRNA processing and maturation, is essential for holocomplex I biogenesis in Arabidopsis mitochondria. Plant J 78(2): 253-268.
  5. Colas des Francs-Small, C. and Small, I. (2014). Surrogate mutants for studying mitochondrially encoded functions. Biochimie 100: 234-242.
  6. Haili, N., Arnal, N., Quadrado, M., Amiar, S., Tcherkez, G., Dahan, J., Briozzo, P., Colas des Francs-Small, C., Vrielynck, N. and Mireau, H. (2013). The pentatricopeptide repeat MTSF1 protein stabilizes the nad4 mRNA in Arabidopsis mitochondria. Nucleic Acids Res 41(13): 6650-6663.
  7. Zmudjak, M., Colas des Francs-Small, C., Keren, I., Shaya, F., Belausov, E., Small, I. and Ostersetzer-Biran, O. (2013). mCSF1, a nucleus-encoded CRM protein required for the processing of many mitochondrial introns, is involved in the biogenesis of respiratory complexes I and IV in Arabidopsis. New Phytol 199(2): 379-394.
  8. Chateigner-Boutin, A. L., Colas des Francs-Small, C., Fujii, S., Okuda, K., Tanz, S. K. and Small, I. (2013). The E domains of pentatricopeptide repeat proteins from different organelles are not functionally equivalent for RNA editing. Plant J 74(6): 935-945.
  9. Keech, O., Zhou, W., Fenske, R., Colas-des-Francs-Small, C., Bussell, J. D., Badger, M. R. and Smith, S. M. (2012). The genetic dissection of a short-term response to low CO(2) supports the possibility for peroxide-mediated decarboxylation of photorespiratory intermediates in the peroxisome. Mol Plant 5(6): 1413-1416.
  10. Kim, M., Lee, U., Small, I., des Francs-Small, C. C. and Vierling, E. (2012). Mutations in an Arabidopsis mitochondrial transcription termination factor-related protein enhance thermotolerance in the absence of the major molecular chaperone HSP101. Plant Cell 24(8): 3349-3365.
  11. Keren, I., Tal, L., des Francs-Small, C. C., Araujo, W. L., Shevtsov, S., Shaya, F., Fernie, A. R., Small, I. and Ostersetzer-Biran, O. (2012). nMAT1, a nuclear-encoded maturase involved in the trans-splicing of nad1 intron 1, is essential for mitochondrial complex I assembly and function. Plant J 71(3): 413-426.
  12. Francs-Small, C. C., Kroeger, T., Zmudjak, M., Ostersetzer-Biran, O., Rahimi, N., Small, I. and Barkan, A. (2012). A PORR domain protein required for rpl2 and ccmF(C) intron splicing and for the biogenesis of c-type cytochromes in Arabidopsis mitochondria. Plant J 69(6): 996-1005.
  13. Delannoy, E., Fujii, S., Colas des Francs-Small, C., Brundrett, M. and Small, I. (2011). Rampant gene loss in the underground orchid Rhizanthella gardneri highlights evolutionary constraints on plastid genomes. Mol Biol Evol 28(7): 2077-2086.
  14. Hammani, K., des Francs-Small, C. C., Takenaka, M., Tanz, S. K., Okuda, K., Shikanai, T., Brennicke, A. and Small, I. (2011). The pentatricopeptide repeat protein OTP87 is essential for RNA editing of nad7 and atp1 transcripts in Arabidopsis mitochondria. J Biol Chem 286(24): 21361-21371.
  15. Kuhn, K., Carrie, C., Giraud, E., Wang, Y., Meyer, E. H.#, Narsai, R., des Francs-Small, C. C., Zhang, B., Murcha, M. W. and Whelan, J. (2011). The RCC1 family protein RUG3 is required for splicing of nad2 and complex I biogenesis in mitochondria of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant J 67(6): 1067-1080.
  16. Kumari, M., Clarke, H. J., des Francs-Small, C. C., Small, I., Khan, T. N. and Siddique, K. H. (2011). Albinism does not correlate with biparental inheritance of plastid DNA in interspecific hybrids in Cicer species. Plant Sci 180(4): 628-633.
  17. Chateigner-Boutin, A. L., des Francs-Small, C. C., Delannoy, E., Kahlau, S., Tanz, S. K., de Longevialle, A. F., Fujii, S. and Small, I. (2011). OTP70 is a pentatricopeptide repeat protein of the E subgroup involved in splicing of the plastid transcript rpoC1. Plant J 65(4): 532-542.
  18. David, P., des Francs-Small, C. C., Sévignac, M., Thareau, V., Macadré, C., Langin, T. and Geffroy, V. (2010). Three highly similar formate dehydrogenase genes located in the vicinity of the B4 resistance gene cluster are differentially expressed under biotic and abiotic stresses in Phaseolus vulgaris. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 121(1): 87-103.
  19. Koprivova, A., des Francs-Small, C. C., Calder, G., Mugford, S. T., Tanz, S., Lee, B. R., Zechmann, B., Small, I. and Kopriva, S. (2010). Identification of a pentatricopeptide repeat protein implicated in splicing of intron 1 of mitochondrial nad7 transcripts. J Biol Chem 285(42): 32192-32199.
Protocols by Catherine Colas des Francs-Small
  1. Mitochondrial RNA Transcript Analysis Assay of Arabidopsis Leaf Tissues