PD Dr. Veronica G. Maurino

Research focus

My group will focuses on the systematic identification of regulatory amino-acid residues and posttranslational modifications (PTM) of major C4 proteins. Protein variants will be analysed at the biochemical and molecular level and the functional importance will be tested in transgenic plants. We will also analyse the cyrcadian control of C4 photosynthetic proteins by systematically comparing the diurnal changes of transcripts, proteins and metabolites of closely related C3/C4 species pairs.

The ten most important publications

  1. Li Y,  Heckmann D, Lercher MJ, Maurino VG (2016) Combining genetic and evolutionary engineering to establish C4 metabolism in C3 plants. J. Exp. Bot. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw333
  2. Welchen E, Schmitz J, Fuchs P, García L, Wagner S, Wienstroer J, Schertl P, Braun HP, Schwarzländer M, Gonzalez DH, Maurino VG (2016) D-Lactate dehydrogenase links methylglyoxal degradation and electron transport through cytochrome C. Plant Physiol. 172, 901-912.
  3. Dellero Y, Jossier M, Schmitz J, Maurino VG, Hodges M (2016) Photorespiratory glycolate-glyoxylate metabolism. J Exp Bot 67(10):3041-3052.
  4. Hagemann M, Kern R, Maurino VG, Hanson DT, Weber AP, Sage RF, Bauwe H (2016) Evolution of photorespiration from cyanobacteria to land plants, considering protein phylogenies and acquisition of carbon concentrating mechanisms. J Exp Bot 67(10):2963-2976.
  5. Lehmann MM, Wegener F, Barthel M, Maurino VG, Siegwolf RT, Buchmann N, Werner C, Werner RA (2016) Metabolic Fate of the Carboxyl Groups of Malate and Pyruvate and their Influence on delta(13)C of Leaf-Respired CO2 during Light Enhanced Dark Respiration. Front Plant Sci 7:739.
  6. Engqvist MKM, Schmitz J, Gertzmann A, Florian A, Jaspert N, Arif M, Balazadeh S, Mueller-Roeber B, Fernie AR, Maurino VG (2015) GLYCOLAT OXIDASE3, a glycolate oxidase homologue of yeast L-lactate cytochrome c oxidorreductase, supports L-lactate oxidation in roots of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. 169, 1042-1061.
  7. Hüdig M, Maier A, Scherrers I, Seidel L, Jansen EE, Mettler-Altmann T, Engqvist MK, Maurino VG (2015) Plants Possess a Cyclic Mitochondrial Metabolic Pathway similar to the Mammalian Metabolic Repair Mechanism Involving Malate Dehydrogenase and l-2-Hydroxyglutarate Dehydrogenase. Plant Cell Physiol 56(9):1820-1830.
  8. Strand DD, Livingston AK, Satoh-Cruz M, Froehlich JE, Maurino VG and Kramer DM (2015) Activation of Cyclic Electron Flow by Hydrogen Peroxide in vivo. PNAS 112, 5539-5544.
  9. Esser C, Kuhn A, Groth G, Lercher MJ, Maurino VG (2014) Plant and animal glycolate oxidases have a common eukaryotic ancestor and convergently duplicated to evolve long-chain 2-hydroxy acid oxidases. Mol. Biol. Evol. 31, 1089-1101.
  10. Maier A, Fahnenstich H, Von Caemmerer S, Engqvist MK, Weber AP, Flügge UI, Maurino VG (2012) Glycolate oxidation in A. thaliana chloroplasts improves biomass production. Front Plant Sci 3 doi: 10.3389/fpls.2012.00038
PD Dr. Veronica Maurino
CEPLAS Veronica Maurino


+49 211 8112368

Institute of Plant Molecular and Developmental Biology
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Universitätsstraße 1

40225 Düsseldorf

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich