Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer

Research focus

My interest is in the regulation of nutrient uptake and homeostasis in plants. My lab uses iron nutrition responses as experimental system to identify the roles of new genes and proteins involved in the signalling of the iron nutrition status. Upon iron deficiency specific molecular and physiological responses are induced that serve to increase the acquisition and internal mobilization of iron. We have been exploring the genetic and biochemical interactions of transcription factors that control networks of iron-regulated genes mediating uptake and distribution of iron. We have been studying iron transport and homeostasis mechanisms during plant development. We will utilise our knowledge to investigate the differences in nutrient use efficiency in perennials versus annuals.

The ten most important publications

  1. Le CT, Brumbarova T, Ivanov R, Stoof C, Weber E, Mohrbacher J, Fink-Straube C, Bauer P (2016) ZINC FINGER OF ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA12 (ZAT12) Interacts with FER-LIKE IRON DEFICIENCY-INDUCED TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR (FIT) Linking Iron Deficiency and Oxidative Stress Responses. Plant Physiol 170(1):540-557.
  2. Mai HJ, Lindermayr C, von Toerne C, Fink-Straube C, Durner J, Bauer P (2015) Iron and FER-LIKE IRON DEFICIENCY-INDUCED TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR-dependent regulation of proteins and genes in Arabidopsis thaliana roots. Proteomics 15(17):3030-3047.
  3. Brumbarova T, Bauer P, Ivanov R (2015) Molecular mechanisms governing Arabidopsis iron uptake. Trends in plant science 20(2):124-133.
  4. Ivanov R, Brumbarova T, Blum A, Jantke AM, Fink-Straube C, Bauer P (2014) SORTING NEXIN1 is required for modulating the trafficking and stability of the Arabidopsis IRON-REGULATED TRANSPORTER1. The Plant cell 26(3):1294-1307.
  5. Schuler M, Rellán-Álvarez R, Fink-Straube C, Abadía J, Bauer P (2012) Nicotianamine functions in the Phloem-based transport of iron to sink organs, in pollen development and pollen tube growth in Arabidopsis. The Plant cell 24(6):2380-2400.
  6. Meiser J, Lingam S, Bauer P (2011) Posttranslational regulation of the iron deficiency basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor FIT is affected by iron and nitric oxide. Plant Physiol 157(4):2154-2166.
  7. Lingam S, Mohrbacher J, Brumbarova T, Potuschak T, Fink-Straube C, Blondet E, Genschik P, Bauer P (2011) Interaction between the bHLH transcription factor FIT and ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3/ETHYLENE INSENSITIVE3-LIKE1 reveals molecular linkage between the regulation of iron acquisition and ethylene signaling in Arabidopsis. The Plant cell 23(5):1815-1829.
  8. Klatte M, Schuler M, Wirtz M, Fink-Straube C, Hell R, Bauer P (2009) The analysis of Arabidopsis nicotianamine synthase mutants reveals functions for nicotianamine in seed iron loading and iron deficiency responses. Plant Physiol 150(1):257-271.
  9. Jakoby M, Wang HY, Reidt W, Weisshaar B, Bauer P (2004) FRU (BHLH029) is required for induction of iron mobilization genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. FEBS letters 577(3):528-534.
  10. Ling HQ, Bauer P, Bereczky Z, Keller B, Ganal M (2002) The tomato fer gene encoding a bHLH protein controls iron-uptake responses in roots. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 99(21):13938-13943.
Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer
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+49 211 8113479

Institute of Botany
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Universitätsstraße 1

40225 Düsseldorf
Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich