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Live on bioRxiv: how IQD, KLCR and TRM proteins guide cellulose distribution via microtubules

In our new pre-print, we explore two outstanding questions that have been challenging to address in plant cells: What proteins control the microtubule cytoskeleton and how do they function together to influence the polarized deposition of complex polysaccharides in the cell wall? Using Arabidopsis seed coat epidermal cells as a genetic model system, we discoveredContinue reading “Live on bioRxiv: how IQD, KLCR and TRM proteins guide cellulose distribution via microtubules”

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Register now for the Leibniz Symposium on Plant Cell Walls

Debora Gasperini, Katharina Bürstenbinder and Catalin Voiniciuc are co-organizing the Leibniz Plant Biochemistry Symposium 2021. This annual conference will be focused on Plant Cell Walls this year, and will be held as an online event for the first time. We have an exciting speaker line-up and there will be free registration for participants from aroundContinue reading “Register now for the Leibniz Symposium on Plant Cell Walls”

New microtubule-associated protein for cellulose biosynthesis (Article#25 & 1000 citations milestone)

In collaboration with Katharina Bürstenbinder’s team at IPB Halle, we used reverse genetics to characterize IQ67 DOMAIN 9 (IQD9) and KINESIN LIGHT CHAIN-RELATED 1 (KLCR1) as two microtubule (MT) associated proteins that guide cellulose distribution during seed mucilage biosynthesis. IQD9 physically interacts with KLCR1, and mutations in IQD9 as well as in KLCR1 lead to compact mucilage capsules with aberrant cellulose distribution. ResemblingContinue reading “New microtubule-associated protein for cellulose biosynthesis (Article#25 & 1000 citations milestone)”

Student and Postdoctoral Positions to Join the Designer Glycans Lab in Florida

Although carbohydrate polymers are essential for our health, energy and materials needs, the metabolic pathways related to these complex molecules have been challenging to study in plants (Voiniciuc, 2022; https://doi.org/10.1111/nph.18091). The Designer Glycans group uses synthetic biology in yeast and plant model systems to discover how cell wall glycans are made and how their structure/functionContinue reading “Student and Postdoctoral Positions to Join the Designer Glycans Lab in Florida”

SynBio talks at the Plant Biology 2022 Worldwide Summit | July 9-13, 2022

The first concurrent session of ASPB Plant Biology 2022 meeting on “Living Factories for Plant-Based Products” will be chaired by Catalin Voiniciuc and feature a diverse panel of speakers, contributing synbio insights from all career stages. Invited Speakers: Emma Walker (Western University) Jaya Joshi (Concordia University) Britney Moss (Whitman College) Steven Burgess (University of Illinois) Dae-KyunContinue reading “SynBio talks at the Plant Biology 2022 Worldwide Summit | July 9-13, 2022”

Designer Glycans students shine as summer ends

We are proud to highlight some of the some of our students’ accomplishments this summer. • At the start of July, Annika Grieß-Osowski and Madalen Robert received awards for their presentations (poster and talk, respectively) at the 7th International Conference on Plant Cell Wall Biology (PCWB2021) organized remotely from Japan. Congratulations to both PhD studentsContinue reading “Designer Glycans students shine as summer ends”