Advertisement

Photosynthesis Research

, Volume 137, Issue 2, pp 153–159 | Cite as

Klaus Apel (1942–2017): a pioneer of photosynthesis research

  • Jean-David Rochaix
  • Chanhong Kim
  • Wiebke Apel
Tribute
  • 276 Downloads

Abstract

We present here a Tribute to Klaus Apel (1942–2017), a photosynthesis pioneer—an authority on plant molecular genetics—in five parts. The first section is a prologue. The second section deals with a chronological discussion of Apel’s research life, prepared by the editor Govindjee; it is based on a website article at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) by Patricia Waldron (https://btiscience.org/explore-bti/news/post/bti-says-goodbye-klaus-apel/), as approved for use here by Keith C. Hannon and David Stern of BTI. The third section, which focuses on Apel’s pioneering work on singlet oxygen-mediated EXECUTER-dependent signaling in plants, is written by two of us (J-DR and CK). The fourth section includes three selected reminiscences, one from BTI and two from ETH (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule). This tribute ends with section five, which is a very brief presentation of Klaus Apel’s personal life, by Wiebke Apel.

Keywords

Photosynthesis Chlorophyll synthesis Light stress Photoprotection Protochlorophyllide Reactive oxygen species Singlet oxygen Retrograde signaling 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We thank Govindjee for taking the initiative for this tribute, for preparing the section on chronological development of Klaus’ research life., and for editing this Tribute meticulously. We also thank Keith C. Hannon and David Stern of the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) for the use of the material from the BTI web site. Further, we are grateful to David Stern (of BTI), Wilhelm Gruissem (of ETH) and Nikolaus Amrhein for accepting Govindjee’s invitation and providing their reminescences.

References

  1. Apel K (1979) Phytochrome-induced appearance of mRNA activity for the apoprotein of the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein of barley (Hordeum vulgare). Eur J Biochem 97:183–188CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Apel K, Bogorad L (1976) Light-induced increase in the activity of maize plastid DNA-dependent RNA polymerase. Eur J Biochem 67:615–620CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. Apel K, Schweiger HG (1972) Nuclear dependency of chloroplast proteins in Acetabularia. Eur J Biochem 25:229–238CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Apel K, Schweiger HG (1973) Sites of synthesis of chloroplast-membrane proteins. Evidence for three types of ribosomes engaged in chloroplast-protein synthesis. Eur J Biochem 38:373–383CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  5. Becker W, Apel K (1993) Differences in gene expression between natural and artificially induced leaf senescence. Planta 189:74–79CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Bohlmann H, Clausen S, Behnke S, Giese H, Hiller C, Reimann-Philipp U, Schrader G, Barkholt V, Apel K (1988) Leaf-specific thionins of barley-a novel class of cell wall proteins toxic to plant-pathogenic fungi and possibly involved in the defence mechanism of plants. EMBO J 7:1559–1565PubMedPubMedCentralCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Gollmer I, Apel K (1983) The phytochrome-controlled accumulation of mRNA sequences encoding the light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Eur J Biochem 133:309–313CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  8. Kim C, Meskauskiene R, Zhang S, Lee KP, Lakshmanan Ashok M, Blajecka K, Herrfurth C, Feussner I, Apel K (2012) Chloroplasts of Arabidopsis are the source and a primary target of a plant-specific programmed cell death signaling pathway. Plant Cell 24:3026–3039CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  9. Melzer S, Kampmann G, Chandler J, Apel K (1999) FPF1 modulates the competence to flowering in Arabidopsis. Plant J 18:395–405CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. Meskauskiene R, Nater M, Goslings D, Kessler F, op den Camp R, Apel K (2001) FLU: a negative regulator of chlorophyll biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 98:12826–12831CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. Mosinger E, Batschauer A, Schafer E, Apel K (1985) Phytochrome control of in vitro transcription of specific genes in isolated nuclei from barley (Hordeum vulgare). Eur J Biochem 147:137–142CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. Wagner D, Przybyla D, Op den Camp R, Kim C, Landgraf F, Lee KP, Wursch M, Laloi C, Nater M, Hideg E et al (2004) The genetic basis of singlet oxygen-induced stress responses of Arabidopsis thaliana. Science 306:1183–1185CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. Wang L, Kim C, Xu X, Piskurewicz U, Dogra V, Singh S, Mahler H, Apel K (2016) Singlet oxygen- and EXECUTER1-mediated signaling is initiated in grana margins and depends on the protease FtsH2. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 113:E3792-3800Google Scholar
  14. Zhang S, Apel K, Kim C (2014) Singlet oxygen-mediated and EXECUTER-dependent signalling and acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to light stress. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 369:20130227CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Molecular Biology and Plant BiologyUniversity of GenevaGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.Shanghai Center for Plant Stress Biology and Center of Excellence in Molecular Plant SciencesChinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)ShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Hegemann Lab, Institute of Biology, Experimental BiophysicsHumboldt-Universität zu BerlinBerlinGermany

Personalised recommendations