Marita Hermann

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Axis formation is one of the earliest patterning events in plant and animal embryogenesis. In Arabidopsis, the main axis of the embryo is evident at the asymmetric division of the zygote into a small, embryonic apical cell and a large extraembryonic basal cell. Here we show that the homeobox genes WOX2 and WOX8, which are initially coexpressed in the(More)
The redundant genetic code contains synonymous codons, whose relative frequencies vary among species. Nonoptimal codon usage lowers gene translation efficiency, potentially leading to a fitness cost. This is particularly relevant for horizontal gene transfer, common among bacteria and a key player in antibiotic resistance propagation. By mimicking the(More)
Photosystem II is a large pigment-protein complex catalyzing water oxidation and initiating electron transfer processes across the thylakoid membrane. In addition to large protein subunits, many of which bind redox cofactors, photosystem II particles contain a number of low molecular weight polypeptides whose function is only poorly defined. Here we have(More)
Continuous hydrogen photo-production under sulfur deprivation was studied in the Chlamydomonas reinhardtii pgr5 pgrl1 double mutant and respective single mutants. Under medium light conditions, the pgr5 exhibited the highest performance and produced about eight times more hydrogen than the wild type, making pgr5 one of the most efficient hydrogen producer(More)
The establishment of pluripotent stem cells is a key event during plant and animal embryogenesis, but the underlying mechanisms remain enigmatic. We show that in the flowering plant Arabidopsis thaliana, expression of the shoot meristem stem cell marker CLV3 becomes detectable in transition stage embryos. Surprisingly, the key regulator of stem cell(More)
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