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The Novel Chloroplast Outer Membrane Kinase KOC1 Is a Required Component of the Plastid Protein Import Machinery

Zufferey, Mónica ; Montandon, Cyrille ; Douet, Véronique ; Demarsy, Emilie ; Agne, Birgit ; Baginsky, Sacha ; Kessler, Felix

In: Journal of biological chemistry, 2017, vol. 292, no. 17, p. 6952-6964

The biogenesis and maintenance of cell organelles such as mitochondria and chloroplasts require the import of many proteins from the cytosol, a process that is controlled by phosphorylation. In the case of chloroplasts, the import of hundreds of different proteins depends on translocons at the outer and inner chloroplast membrane (TOC and TIC, respectively) complexes. The essential protein TOC159...

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Identification of Plastoglobules as a Site of Carotenoid Cleavage

Rottet, Sarah ; Devillers, Julie ; Glauser, Gaétan ; Douet, Véronique ; Besagni, Céline ; Kessler, Felix

In: Frontiers in Plant Science, 2016, vol. 7, p. Article 1855

Carotenoids play an essential role in light harvesting and protection from excess light. During chloroplast senescence carotenoids are released from their binding proteins and are eventually metabolized. Carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase 4 (CCD4) is involved in carotenoid breakdown in senescing leaf and desiccating seed, and is part of the proteome of plastoglobules (PG), which are...

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Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi Sensu Lato in Ticks Collected from Migratory Birds in Switzerland

Poupon, Marie-Angèle ; Lommano, Elena ; Humair, Pierre-François ; Douet, Véronique ; Rais, Olivier ; Schaad, Michael ; Jenni, Lukas ; Gern, Lise

In: Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2006, vol. 72, p. 976-979

The prevalence of ticks infected by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato on birds during their migrations was studied in Switzerland. A total of 1,270 birds captured at two sites were examined for tick infestation. Ixodes ricinus was the dominant tick species. Prevalences of tick infestation were 6% and 18.2% for birds migrating northward and southward, respectively. Borrelia...