Diedrik Menzel

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Cell division, growth, and cytoplasmic organization require a dynamic actin cytoskeleton. The filamentous actin (F-actin) network is regulated by actin binding proteins that modulate actin dynamics. These actin binding proteins often have cooperative interactions. In particular, actin interacting protein 1 (AIP1) is capable of capping F-actin and enhancing(More)
In vivo visualization of filamentous actin in all cells of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings is essential for understanding the numerous roles of the actin cytoskeleton in diverse processes of cell differentiation. A previously introduced reporter construct based on the actin-binding domain of mouse talin proved to be useful for unravelling some of these(More)
Plant tip growth has been recognized as an actin-based cellular process requiring targeted exocytosis and compensatory endocytosis to occur at the growth cone. However, the identity of subcellular compartments involved in polarized membrane trafficking pathways remains enigmatic in plants. Here we characterize endosomal compartments in tip-growing root hair(More)
Plasma membrane repair in animal cells uses synaptotagmin 7, a Ca(2+)-activated membrane fusion protein that mediates delivery of intracellular membranes to wound sites by a mechanism resembling neuronal Ca(2+)-regulated exocytosis. Here, we show that loss of function of the homologous Arabidopsis thaliana Synaptotagmin 1 protein (SYT1) reduces the(More)
Endocytosis and vesicle recycling via secretory endosomes are essential for many processes in multicellular organisms. Recently, higher plants have provided useful experimental model systems to study these processes. Endocytosis and secretory endosomes in plants play crucial roles in polar tip growth, a process in which secretory and endocytic pathways are(More)
The continuously changing polar cytoplasmic organization during initiation and tip growth of root hairs is reflected by a dynamic redistribution of cytoskeletal elements. The small G-actin binding protein, profilin, which is known to be a widely expressed, potent regulator of actin dynamics, was specifically localized at the tip of root hairs and(More)
Brefeldin A (BFA) inhibits exocytosis but allows endocytosis, making it a valuable agent to identify molecules that recycle at cell peripheries. In plants, formation of large intracellular compartments in response to BFA treatment is a unique feature of some, but not all, cells. Here, we have analyzed assembly and distribution of BFA compartments in(More)
For many years it has been known that plants perform rapid long-distance signalling using classical action potentials that have impacts on diverse processes in plants. Plants also synthesize numerous neuronal molecules and fulfill some criteria for intelligent behaviour. Analysis of recent breakthrough data from ecophysiology studies has revealed that plant(More)
Institute of Botany, Department of Plant Cell Biology, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn, 53115 Bonn, Germany (F.B., J.Š., P.W., D.V., D.M.); Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Akademicka 2, SK–949 01 Nitra, Slovak Republic (J.Š.); Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz(More)