Shanmugabalaji Venkatasalam

Research interests

- Chloroplast protein import and chloroplast biogenesis

- Characterisation of the molecular function of plastoglobules

Teaching activities

3BL1150 TP physiologie végétale

3BL1170 Physiologie végétale (APP)

3BL2195 Molecular methods


Accossato, S., Kessler F*., Shanmugabalaji V*. SUMOylation contributes to proteostasis of the chloroplast protein import receptor TOC159 during early development. Elife. 2020 Dec 22;9:e60968. Doi: 10.7554/eLife.60968

Pralon, T., Collombat, J., Pipitone, R., Ksas, B., Shanmugabalaji, V., Havaux, M., ... & Kessler, F. (2020). Mutation of the Atypical Kinase ABC1K3 Partially Rescues the PROTON GRADIENT REGULATION 6 Phenotype in Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Plant Science 11, 337. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00337

V. Shanmugabalaji, B. Grimm, F. Kessler. (2020) Characterization of a Plastoglobule-Localized SOUL4 Heme Binding Protein in Arabidopsis thaliana. Frontiers in Plant Science 11, 2.  DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00002

Pralon, T., Shanmugabalaji, V., Longoni, P., Glauser, G., Ksas, B., Collombat, J., Desmeules, S., Havaux, M., Finazzi, G. and Kessler, F. (2019) Plastoquinone homeostasis by Proton Gradient Regulation 6 is essential for photosynthetic efficiency. Comm. Biol, 2:220. DOI: 10.1038/s42003-019-0477-4

Shanmugabalaji, V. and Kessler, F. (2019) CHLORAD: Eradicating Translocon Components from the Outer Membrane of the Chloroplast. Mol. Plant. 12, 467-469. DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2019.03.002

Shanmugabalaji, V., Douet, V., Agne, B., and Kessler, F. (2018). Affinity Purification of Chloroplast Translocon Protein Complexes Using the TAP Tag. J. Vis. Exp. 141. DOI: 10.3791/58532

Shanmugabalaji, V., Chahtane, H., Accossato, S., Rahire, M., Gouzerh, G., Lopez-Molina, L., and Felix Kessler. (2018) Chloroplast biogenesis controlled by DELLA-TOC159 interaction in early plant development. Curr. Biol. 28, 1-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.06.006.

Chahtane, H., Füller TN., Allard, PM., Marcourt, L., Queiroz, EF., Shanmugabalaji, V., Falquet, L., Wolfender JL., and Lopez-Molina L. (2018) The plant pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa triggers a DELLA-dependent seed germination arrest in Arabidopsis. Elife 7, e37082. DOI: 10.7554 /eLife .37082.

Shanmugabalaji, V. and Kessler, F. (2014). Gradient Flotation Centrifugation of Chloroplast Membranes. Bio-protocol 4(17), e1230. DOI: 10.21769/BioProtoc.1230.

Shanmugabalaji, V., Besagni, C., Piller, L.E., Douet, V., Ruf, S., Bock, R., and Kessler, F. (2013). Dual targeting of a mature plastoglobulin/fibrillin fusion protein to chloroplast plastoglobules and thylakoids in transplastomic tobacco plants.  Plant Mol Biol 81, 13-25. DOI:10.1007/s11103-012-9977-z

Arun, A., Arthi, R., Shanmugabalaji, V., and Eyini, M. (2009). Microbial production of poly-beta-hydroxybutyrate by marine microbes isolated from various marine environments. Bioresour Technol 100, 2320-2323. DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2008.08.037

Arun, A., Murrugappan, R., Ravindran, A.D.D., Veeramanikandan, V., and Balaji,S. (2006). Utilization of various industrial wastes for the production of poly-beta-hydroxy butyrate (PHB) by Alcaligenes eutrophus. Afr J Biotechnol 5, 1524-1527.

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