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Joerg Nickelsen


Ph.D., Plant Molecular Biology, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, 1992

Current position

Professor in Molecular Plant Science at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

Publications (since 2005)

  1. Rengstl, B., Knoppova, J., Komenda, J. and Nickelsen, J. (2013). Characterization of a Synechocystis double mutant lacking the photosystem II assembly factors YCF48 and Sll0933. Planta 237(2): 471-480.
  2. Nickelsen, J. and Rengstl, B. (2013). Photosystem II Assembly: From Cyanobacteria to Plants. Annu Rev Plant Biol 64: 609-635.
  3. Bohne, A. V., Schwarz, C., Schottkowski, M., Lidschreiber, M., Piotrowski, M., Zerges, W. and Nickelsen, J. (2013). Reciprocal regulation of protein synthesis and carbon metabolism for thylakoid membrane biogenesis. PLoS Biol 11(2): e1001482.
  4. Komenda, J., Knoppova, J., Kopecna, J., Sobotka, R., Halada, P., Yu, J., Nickelsen, J., Boehm, M. and Nixon, P. J. (2012). The Psb27 assembly factor binds to the CP43 complex of photosystem II in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Plant Physiol 158(1): 476-486.
  5. Nickelsen, J. and Bohne, A.V. (2012) Plastid Transformation in Algae. In: Bock, R. and Knoop, V. (eds) Genomics of Chloroplasts and Mitochondria. Adv. in Photosyn. and Resp. 35, 379-392.
  6. Stengel, A., Gugel, I. L., Hilger, D., Rengstl, B., Jung, H. and Nickelsen, J. (2012). Initial steps of photosystem II de novo assembly and preloading with manganese take place in biogenesis centers in Synechocystis. Plant Cell 24(2): 660-675.
  7. Schwarz, C., Bohne, A. V., Wang, F., Cejudo, F. J. and Nickelsen, J. (2012). An intermolecular disulfide-based light switch for chloroplast psbD gene expression in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant J 72(3): 378-389.
  8. Rengstl, B., Stengel, A., Gügel, I., Schottkowski, M., and Nickelsen, J. (2012) Biogenesis of thylakoid membranes in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Endocyt. Cell Res., 23, 86-90.
  9. Nickelsen, J., Rengstl, B., Stengel, A., Schottkowski, M., Soll, J. and Ankele, E. (2011). Biogenesis of the cyanobacterial thylakoid membrane system--an update. FEMS Microbiol Lett 315(1): 1-5.
  10. Rengstl, B., Oster, U., Stengel, A. and Nickelsen, J. (2011). An intermediate membrane subfraction in cyanobacteria is involved in an assembly network for Photosystem II biogenesis. J Biol Chem 286(24): 21944-21951.
  11. Johnson, X., Wostrikoff, K., Finazzi, G., Kuras, R., Schwarz, C., Bujaldon, S., Nickelsen, J., Stern, D. B., Wollman, F. A. and Vallon, O. (2010). MRL1, a conserved Pentatricopeptide repeat protein, is required for stabilization of rbcL mRNA in Chlamydomonas and Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22(1): 234-248.
  12. Dorn, K. V., Willmund, F., Schwarz, C., Henselmann, C., Pohl, T., Hess, B., Veyel, D., Usadel, B., Friedrich, T., Nickelsen, J. and Schroda, M. (2010). Chloroplast DnaJ-like proteins 3 and 4 (CDJ3/4) from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii contain redox-active Fe-S clusters and interact with stromal HSP70B. Biochem J 427(2): 205-215.
  13. Armbruster, U., Zuhlke, J., Rengstl, B., Kreller, R., Makarenko, E., Ruhle, T., Schunemann, D., Jahns, P., Weisshaar, B., Nickelsen, J. and Leister, D. (2010). The Arabidopsis thylakoid protein PAM68 is required for efficient D1 biogenesis and photosystem II assembly. Plant Cell 22(10): 3439-3460.
  14. Schwarz, C. and Nickelsen, J. (2010) Enrichment of native, high molecular weight ribonucleoprotein complexes from chloroplasts by consecutive gel filtration steps. Endocyt. Cell Res. 20, 89-94.
  15. Schottkowski, M., Gkalympoudis, S., Tzekova, N., Stelljes, C., Schunemann, D., Ankele, E. and Nickelsen, J. (2009). Interaction of the periplasmic PratA factor and the PsbA (D1) protein during biogenesis of photosystem II in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. J Biol Chem 284(3): 1813-1819.
  16. Bohne, A.-V., Schwarz, C., Jalal, A., Ossenbühl, F. and Nickelsen, J. (2009) Control of organellar gene expression in Chlamydomonas – future perspectives -. Endocyt. Cell Res. 19, 70-80.
  17. Wobbe, L., Blifernez, O., Schwarz, C., Mussgnug, J. H., Nickelsen, J. and Kruse, O. (2009). Cysteine modification of a specific repressor protein controls the translational status of nucleus-encoded LHCII mRNAs in Chlamydomonas. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(32): 13290-13295.
  18. Schottkowski, M., Ratke, J., Oster, U., Nowaczyk, M. and Nickelsen, J. (2009). Pitt, a novel tetratricopeptide repeat protein involved in light-dependent chlorophyll biosynthesis and thylakoid membrane biogenesis in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Mol Plant 2(6): 1289-1297.
  19. Wobbe, L., Schwarz, C., Nickelsen, J. and Kruse, O. (2008). Translational control of photosynthetic gene expression in phototrophic eukaryotes. Physiol Plant 133(3): 507-515.
  20. Komenda, J., Nickelsen, J., Tichy, M., Prasil, O., Eichacker, L. A. and Nixon, P. J. (2008). The cyanobacterial homologue of HCF136/YCF48 is a component of an early photosystem II assembly complex and is important for both the efficient assembly and repair of photosystem II in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. J Biol Chem 283(33): 22390-22399.
  21. Koop, H.-U., Herz, S., Golds, T. J. and Nickelsen, J. (2007) The genetic transformation of plastids. In: Cell and Molecular Biology of Plastids, R. Rock (ed) Topics Curr. Genet. 20, 457-510.
  22. Schwarz, C., Elles, I., Kortmann, J., Piotrowski, M. and Nickelsen, J. (2007). Synthesis of the D2 protein of photosystem II in Chlamydomonas is controlled by a high molecular mass complex containing the RNA stabilization factor Nac2 and the translational activator RBP40. Plant Cell 19(11): 3627-3639.
  23. Klinkert, B., Elles, I. and Nickelsen, J. (2006). Translation of chloroplast psbD mRNA in Chlamydomonas is controlled by a secondary RNA structure blocking the AUG start codon. Nucleic Acids Res 34(1): 386-394.
  24. Nickelsen, J., Nowaczyk, M. and Klinkert, B. (2006) Assembly factors of the photosynthetic machinery in cyanobacteria. Prog. Bot. 68, 57-79.
  25. Nickelsen, J. (2005) Chlamydomonas as a genetic model system. Prog. Botany 66, 68-89.
  26. Balczun, C., Bunse, A., Hahn, D., Bennoun, P., Nickelsen, J. and Kuck, U. (2005). Two adjacent nuclear genes are required for functional complementation of a chloroplast trans-splicing mutant from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant J 43(5): 636-648
  27. Pasch, J. C., Nickelsen, J. and Schunemann, D. (2005). The yeast split-ubiquitin system to study chloroplast membrane protein interactions. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 69(4): 440-447.
  28. Mussgnug, J. H., Wobbe, L., Elles, I., Claus, C., Hamilton, M., Fink, A., Kahmann, U., Kapazoglou, A., Mullineaux, C. W., Hippler, M., Nickelsen, J., Nixon, P. J. and Kruse, O. (2005). NAB1 is an RNA binding protein involved in the light-regulated differential expression of the light-harvesting antenna of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Plant Cell 17(12): 3409-3421.
  29. Klinkert, B., Schwarz, C., Pohlmann, S. and Nickelsen, J. (2005) Correlation of mRNA levels and protein accumulation in a psbD promotor mutant of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Molec. Gen. Genom. 274, 637-643.
Protocols by Joerg Nickelsen
  1. 2D Diagonal Redox SDS-PAGE of Proteins
  2. 35S pulse Labelling of Chlamydomonas Chloroplast Proteins