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Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
Institute of Plant Sciences
Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry
Prof Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus - Publications

Publications (since 2005, alphabetically listed)


Begcy, K. and Dresselhaus, T. (2018) Epigenetic responses to abiotic stresses during reproductive development in cereals. Plant Reprod., doi.org/10.1007/s00497-018-0343-4.

Begcy, K., Weigert, A., Egesa, A. O. and Dresselhaus, T. (2018) Compared to Australian Cultivars, European Summer Wheat (Triticum aestivum) Overreacts When Moderate Heat Stress Is Applied at the Pollen Development Stage. Agronomy 8, doi.org/10.3390/agronomy8070099.

Chen, J., Kalinowska, K., Müller, B., Merqner, J., Deutzmann, R., Schwechheimer, C., Hammes, U.Z. and Dresselhaus, T. (2018) DiSUMO-LIKE Interacts with RNA-Binding Proteins and Affects Cell-Cycle Progression during Maize Embryogenesis. Curr. Biol. 28., 1548-1560.

Dresselhaus, T.
and Johnson, M.A. (2018) Reproduction: Plant Parentage à Trois. Curr. Biol. 28, R28-R30.


Amasino, R.M., Cheung, A.Y., Dresselhaus, T. and Kuhlemeier, C. (2017) Focus on flowering and reproduction. Plant Physiol. 173, 1-4.

Begcy, K. and Dresselhaus, T. (2017) Tracking maize pollen development by the Leaf Collar Method. Plant Reprod. 30, 171-178.

Bleckmann, A. and Dresselhaus, T. (2017). Whole Mount RNA-FISH on Ovules and Developing Seeds. Methods Mol Biol. 1669, 159-171.

Chen, J., Strieder, N., Krohn, N.G., Cyprys, P., Sprunck, S., Engelmann, J.C. and Dresselhaus, T. (2017) Zygotic Genome Activation Occurs Shortly After Fertilization in Maize. Plant Cell 29, 2106-2125.

Ge, Z., Bergonci, T., Zhao, Y., Zou, Y., Du, S., Liu, M.C., Luo, X., Ruan, H., García-Valencia, L.E., Zhong, S., Hou, S., Huang, Q., Lai, L., Moura, D.S., Gu, H., Dong, J., Wu, H.M., Dresselhaus, T., Xiao, J., Cheung, A.Y. and Qu, L.J. (2017) Arabidopsis pollen tube integrity and sperm release are regulated by RALF-mediated signaling. Science 358, 1596-1600.

Mondragón-Palomino, M., John-Arputharaj, A., Pallmann, M. and Dresselhaus, T. (2017) Similarities between reproductive and immune pistil transcriptomes of Arabidopsis species. Plant Physiol. 174, 1559-1575.

Mondragón-Palomino, M., Stam, R., John-Arputharaj, A. and Dresselhaus, T. (2017) Diversification of defensins and NLRs in Arabidopsis species by different evolutionary mechanisms. BMC Evol Biol. 17, 255.

Resentini, F, Cyprys, P., Steffen, J.G., Alter, S., Morandini, P.A., Mizzotti, C., Lloyd, A., Drews, G.N., Dresselhaus, T., Colombo, L., Sprunck, S. and Masiero, S. (2017) SUPRESSOR OF FRIGIDA (SUF4) supports gamete fusion via regulating Arabidopsis EC1 gene expression. Plant Physiol. 173, 155-166.

Zhang, J., Huang, Q., Zhong, S., Bleckmann, A., Huang, J., Guo, X., Lin, Q., Gu, H., Dong, J., Dresselhaus, T., Qu, L.J. (2017) Sperm cells are passive cargo of the pollen tube in plant fertilization. Nat Plants. 3, 17079.

Zhao, P., Begcy, K., Dresselhaus, T. and Sun, M.-X. (2017) Does early embryogenesis in eudicots and monocots involve the same mechanism and molecular players? Plant Physiol. 173, 130-142.

Zhou, L., Juranić, M. and Dresselhaus, T. (2017) Germline development and fertilization mechanisms in maize. Mol. Plant. 10, 389-401.


Alter, P., Bircheneder, S., Zhou, L.Z., Schlüter, U., Gahrtz, M., Sonnewald, U. and Dresselhaus, T. (2016) Flowering time regulated genes in maize include the transcription factor ZmMADS1. Plant Physiol. 172, 389-404.

Bircheneder, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2016) Why cellular communication during plant reproduction is particularly mediated by CRP signalling. J. Exp. Bot. 67, 4849-4861.

Bleckmann, A. and Dresselhaus, T. (2016) Fluorescent whole-mount RNA in situ hybridization (F-WISH) in plant germ cells and the fertilized ovule. Methods 98, 66-73.

Dresselhaus, T. (2016) Q&A: Thomas Dresselhaus. Curr. Biol. 26, R346-R348.

Dresselhaus, T.
and Coimbra, S. (2016) Plant reproduction: AMOR enables males to respond to female signals. Curr. Biol. 26, R321-R323.

Dresselhaus, T.
, Sprunck, S. and Wessel, G.M. (2016) Fertilization mechanisms in flowering plants. Curr. Biol. 26, R125-R139.

Ghosh Dastidar, M., Mosiolek, M., Bleckmann, A., Dresselhaus, T., Nodine, M.D. and Maizel, A. (2016) Sensitive whole mount in situ localization of small RNAs in plants. Plant J. 88, 694-702.

Hou, Y., Guo, X., Cyprys, P., Zhang, Y., Bleckmann, A., Cai, L., Huang, Q., Luo, Y., Gu, H., Dresselhaus, T., Dong, J. and Qu, L.J. (2016) Maternal ENODLs are required for pollen tube reception in Arabidopsis. Curr. Biol. 26, 2343-2350.

Zhou, L.Z., Höwing, T., Müller, B., Hammes, U.Z., Gietl, C. and Dresselhaus, T. (2016) Expression analysis of KDEL-Cys-EPs, programmed cell death markers during reproduction in Arabidopsis. Plant Reprod. 29, 265-272.


Chen, J., Gutjahr, C., Bleckmann, A. and Dresselhaus, T. (2015) Calcium signalling during reproduction and biotrophic fungal interactions in plants. Mol. Plant 8, 595-611.

Huang, Q., Dresselhaus T., Gu, H. and Qu, L.J. (2015) Active role of small peptides in Arabidopsis reproduction: Expression evidence. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 57, 518-521.

Müller, B., Fastner, A., Karmann, J., Mansch, V., Hoffmann, T., Schwab, W., Suter-Grotemeyer, M., Rentsch, D., Truernit, E., Ladwig, F., Bleckmann, A., Dresselhaus, T. and Hammes, U. Z. (2015) Amino Acid Export in Developing Arabidopsis Seeds Depends on UmamiT Facilitators. Curr. Biol. 25, 3126-3131.

Qu, L.J., Li, L., Lan, Z. and Dresselhaus T. (2015) Peptide signalling during the pollen tube journey and double fertilization. J. Exp. Bot. 66, 5139-5150.

Simon, R. and Dresselhaus, T. (2015) Peptides take centre stage in plant signalling. J. Exp. Bot. 66, 5135-5138.

Sprunck, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2015) Three cell fusions during double fertilization. Cell 161, 708-709.

Uebler, S., Márton, M.L. and Desselhaus, T. (2015) Classification of EA1-box proteins and new insights into their role during reproduction in grasses. Plant Reprod. 28, 183-197.

Woriedh, M., Merkl, R. and Dresselhaus, T. (2015) Maize EMBRYO SAC family peptides interact differentially with pollen tubes and fungal cells. J. Exp. Bot. 66, 5205-5216.


Bleckmann, A., Alter, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2014) The beginning of a seed: regulatory mechanisms of double fertilization. Front Plant Sci. 5, 452.

Chen, J., Lausser, A. and Dresselhaus, T. (2014) Hormonal responses during early embryogenesis in maize. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 42, 325-331.

Denninger, P., Bleckmann, A., Lausser, A., Vogler, F., Ott, T., Ehrhardt, D.W., Frommer, W.B., Sprunck, S., Dresselhaus, T. and Grossmann, G. (2014) Male–female communication triggers calcium signatures during fertilization in Arabidopsis. Nature Comm. 5, 4645.

Dresselhaus, T. and Doughty, J. (2014) Regulation of fertilization and early seed development. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 42, 309-312.

Dresselhaus, T. and Schneitz, K. (2014) The role of auxin for reproductive organ patterning and development. In Eva Zažímalová, Jan Petrasek and Eva Benková (Eds.), Auxin and Its Role in Plant Development, pp. 213-243.

Dresselhaus, T.
and Snell, W.J. (2014) Fertilization: a sticky sperm protein in plants. Curr. Biol. 24, R164-166.

Juranić, M. and Dresselhaus, T. (2014) Phylogenetic analysis of the expansion of the MATH-BTB gene family in the grasses. Plant Signal. Behav. 9, e28242.

Mascher, M., Gerlach, N., Gahrtz, M., Bucher, M., Scholz, U. and Dresselhaus, T. (2014) Sequence and ionomic analysis of divergent strains of maize inbred line B73 with an altered growth phenotype. PLoS One 9, e96782.

Uebler, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2014) Identifying plant cell-surface receptors: combining 'classical' techniques with novel methods. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 42, 395-400.


Dresselhaus, T. and Albertini, E. (2013) Harnessing plant reproduction for crop improvement: an introduction to the special issue. Plant Reprod. 26, 139-141.

Dresselhaus, T. and Franklin-Tong, T. (2013) Male-female crosstalk during pollen germination, tube growth and guidance, and double fertilization. Mol. Plant 6, 1018-1036.

Lituiev, D.S., Krohn, N.G., Müller, B., Jackson, D., Hellriegel, B., Dresselhaus, T. and Grossniklaus, U. (2013) Theoretical and experimental evidence indicates that there is no detectable auxin gradient in the angiosperm female gametophyte. Development 140, 4544-4553.

Uebler, S., Dresselhaus, T. and Márton, M.L. (2013) Species-specific interaction of EA1 with the maize pollen tube apex. Plant Signal. Behav. 8, e25682.

Woriedh, M., Wolf, S., Márton, M.L., Hinze, A., Gahrtz, M., Becker, D. and Dresselhaus, T. (2013) External application of gametophyte-specific ZmPMEI1 induces pollen tube burst in maize. Plant Reprod. 26, 255-266.


Colmsee, C., Mascher, M., Czauderna, T., Hartmann, A., Schlüter, U., Zellerhoff, N., Schmitz, J., Bräutigam, A., Pick, T.R., Alter, P., Gahrtz, M., Witt, S., Fernie, A.R., Börnke, F., Fahnenstich, H., Bucher, M., Dresselhaus, T., Weber, A.P.M., Schreiber, F., Scholz, U. and Sonnewald, U. (2012) OPTIMAS-DW: A comprehensive transcriptomics, metabolomics, ionomics, proteomics and phenomics data resource for maize. BMC Plant Biol. 12, 245.

Dresselhaus, T. and Sprunck, S. (2012) Plant fertilization: maximizing reproductive success. Curr. Biol. 22, R487-R489.

Gahrtz, M., Coman, N, Ihringer, J. and Dresselhaus, T. (2012) Growing maize using LED lighting. Maize Genet. Coop. Newslett. 85, 64-65.

Juranic, M., Srilunchang, K.-o., Krohn, N.G., Leljak-Levanic, D., Sprunck, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2012) Germline-specific MATH-BTB substrate adaptor MAB1 regulates spindle length and nuclei identity in maize. Plant Cell 24, 4974-4991.

Krohn, N.G., Lausser, A., Juranic, M. and Dresselhaus, T. (2012) Egg cell signaling by the secreted peptide ZmEAL1 controls antipodal cell fate. Dev. Cell 23, 219-225.

Marshall, A., Aalen, R.B., Audenaert, D., Beeckman, T., Broadley, M.R., Butenko, M.A., Caño-Delgado, A.I., de Vries, S., Dresselhaus, T., Felix, G., Graham, N.S., Foulkes, J., Granier, C., Greb, T., Grossniklaus, U., Hammond, J.P., Heidstra, R., Hodgman, C., Hothorn, M., Inzé, D., Østergaard, L., Russinova, R., Simon, R., Skirycz, A., Stahl, Y., Zipfel, C. and De Smet, I. (2012) Tackling drought stress: RECEPTOR-LIKE KINASES present new approaches. Plant Cell 24, 2262–2278.

Márton, M.L., Fastner, A., Uebler, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2012) Overcoming hybridization barriers by the secretion of the maize pollen tube attractant ZmEA1 from Arabidopsis ovules. Curr. Biol. 22, 1194-1198.

Schönberger, J., Hames, U.Z. and Dresselhaus, T. (2012) In vivo visualization of RNA in plants cells using the lambda N22 system and a GATEWAY-compatible vector series for candidate RNAs. Plant J. 71, 173-181.

Sprunck, S., Rademacher, S., Vogler, F., Gheyselinck, J., Grossniklaus, U. and Dresselhaus, T. (2012) Egg cell–secreted EC1 triggers sperm cell activation during double fertilization. Science 338, 1093-1097.

Völz, R., von Lyncker, L., Baumann, N., Dresselhaus, T., Sprunck, S. and Groß-Hardt, R. (2012) LACHESIS-dependent egg-cell signaling regulates the development of female gametophytic cells. Development 139, 498-502.


Dresselhaus, T., Lausser, A. and Márton, M.L. (2011) Using maize as a model to study pollen tube growth and guidance, cross-incompatibility and sperm delivery in grasses.
Ann Bot. 108, 727-737.

Dresselhaus, T. and Russell, S.D. (2011) Germline specification in plant reproduction.
Sex Plant Reprod. 24, 89.

Dresselhaus, T. and Gahrtz, M. (2011) Potentiale gentechnisch veränderter Energiepflanzen zur Steigerung der Biomasseproduktion. In Erneuerbare Energien (Band 2; Hrsg. M. Faulstich, K. Menrad). Verlag Attenkofer, Straubing. pp. 85-98.

Hammes, U., Schönberger, J., K. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) Visualisierung von mRNA und mRNP-Komplexen in Pflanzenzellen. BIOspektrum 16, 169-171.


Amien, S., Kliwer, I., Márton, M.L., Debener, T., Geiger, D., Becker, D. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) Defensin-like ZmES4 mediates pollen tube burst in maize via opening of the potassium channel KZM1. PLoS Biol. 8, e1000388.

Kliwer, I. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) Establishment of the male germline and sperm cell movement during pollen germination and tube growth in maize. Plant Signal. Behav. 5, 885-889.

Lausser, A. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) Sporophytic control of pollen tube growth and guidance in grasses. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 38, 631-634.

Lausser, A., Kliwer, I., Srilunchang, K. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) Sporophytic control of pollen tube growth and guidance in maize. J. Exp. Bot. 61, 673-682.

Márton, M.L. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) Female gametophyte-controlled pollen tube guidance. Biochem. Soc. Trans. 38, 627-630.

Srilunchang, K., Krohn, N.G. and Dresselhaus, T. (2010) DiSUMO-like DSUL is required for nuclei positioning, cell specification and viability during female gametophyte maturation in maize. Development 137, 333-345.


Dresselhaus, T. and Márton, M.L. (2009) Micropylar pollen tube guidance and burst: adapted from defense mechanisms? Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 12, 773-780.

Ingouff, M., Sakata, T., Li, J., Sprunck, S., Dresselhaus, T. and Berger, F. (2009) The two male gametes share equal ability to fertilize the egg cell in Arabidopsis thaliana. Curr. Biol. 19, R19-R20.

Kliwer, I., Jackson, D. and Dresselhaus, T. (2009) α-tubulin-YFP labeled sperm cells for live cell imaging of the fertilization process in maize and relatives such as Tripsacum dactyloides. Maize Genet. Coop. Newslett. 83, 40-41.

Okuda, S., Tsutsui, H., Shiina, K., Sprunck, S., Takeuchi, H., Yui, R., Kasahara, R.D., Hamamura, Y., Mizukami, A., Susaki, D., Kawano, N., Sakakibara, T., Namiki, S., Itoh, K., Otsuka, K., Matsuzaki, M., Nozaki, H., Kuroiwa, T., Nakano, A., Kanaoka, M.M., Dresselhaus, T., Sasaki, N. and Higashiyama, T. (2009) Defensin-like polypeptide LUREs are pollen tube attractants secreted from synergid cells. Nature 458, 357-361.

Sprunck, S. and Dresselhaus, T. (2009) Gamete interactions during double fertilization in flowering plants. Zellbiologie aktuell 35, 22-27.


Gebert, M., Dresselhaus, T. and Sprunck, S. (2008) F-actin organisation and pollen tube growth in Arabidopsis are dependent on the gametophyte-specific Armadillo repeat protein ARO1. Plant Cell 20, 2798-2814.

Márton, M.L. and Dresselhaus, T. (2008) A comparison of early molecular fertilization mechanisms in animals and flowering plants. Sex Plant Reprod. 21, 37-52.

Russell, S.D. and Dresselhaus, T. (2008) Deciphering molecular mechanisms of fertilization in seed plants. Sex Plant Reprod. 21, 1-1.

Sprunck, S., Gebert, M. and Dresselhaus, T. (2008) Transcriptional control sequences.
Patent # WO2008052285


Hermon, P., Srilunchang, K., Zou, J., Dresselhaus, T. and Danilevskaya, O.N. (2007) Activation of the imprinted Polycomb Group Fie1 gene in maize endosperm requires demethylation of the maternal allele. Plant Mol. Biol. 64, 387-395.

Sprunck, S., Bellmann, B. and Dresselhaus, T. (2007) Plant egg cell transcriptional control sequences. Patent # WO2007092992.


Dresselhaus, T. (2006) Cell-cell communication during double fertilization. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 9, 41-47.

Dresselhaus, T., Srilunchang, K., Leljak-Levanic, D., Schreiber, D.N. and Garg, P. (2006) The fertilization-induced DNA replication factor MCM6 of maize shuttles between cytoplasm and nucleus, and is essential for plant growth and development. Plant Physiol. 140, 512-527.

Petersen, A., Dresselhaus, T., Grobe, K. and Becker, W.-M. (2006) Proteome analysis of maize pollen for allergy-relevant components. Proteomics. 6, 6317-6325.


Dresselhaus, T., Amien, S., Márton, M.L., Strecke, A., Brettschneider, R. and Cordts, S. (2005) TRANSPARENT LEAF AREA1 encodes a secreted proteolipid required for anther maturation, morphogenesis, and differentiation during leaf development in maize. Plant Cell 17, 730-745.

Márton, M.L., Cordts, S., Broadhvest, J. and Dresselhaus, T. (2005) Micropylar pollen tube guidance by Egg Apparatus 1 of maize. Science 307, 573-576.

Sprunck, S., Baumann, U., Edwards, K., Langridge, P. and Dresselhaus, T. (2005) The transcript composition of egg cells changes significantly following fertilization in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Plant J. 41, 660-672.

  1. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
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Prof. Dr. Thomas Dresselhaus

Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry
University of Regensburg


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