Selected Publications by Farhah F. Assaad since 2000.



Wiese C, Abele M, Al B, Altmann M, Steiner A, Kalbfuß N, Strohmayr A, Ravikumar R, Park CH, Brunschweiger B, Meng C, Facher E, Ehrhardt DW, Falter-Braun P, Wang ZY, Ludwig C, Assaad FF. 2023. Regulation of adaptive growth decisions via phosphorylation of the TRAPPII complex in Arabidopsis. bioRxiv Preprint DOI:


Kalbfuß N, Strohmayr A, Kegel M, Le L, Grosse-Holz F, Brunschweiger B, Wiese C, Franke C, Schiestl C, Prem S, Sha S, Franz-Oberdorf K, Hafermann J, Thiemé M, Facher E, Palubicki W, Bolle C, Assaad FF. 2022. A role for brassinosteroid signaling in decision-making processes in the Arabidopsis seedling. PLOS genet 18(12): e1010541. DOI:

Garcia VJ, Xu S-L, Ravikumar R, Wang W,  Elliott L,  Fesenko M, Altmann M, Falter-Braun P, Moore, Assaad FF, Wang ZY. 2020. TRIPP is a Plant-specific Component of the Arabidopsis TRAPPII Membrane Trafficking Complex with Important Roles in Plant Development. The Plant Cell, May 2020. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.20.00044

Kalde M, Elliott L, Ravikumar R, Rybak K, Altmann M, Klaeger S, Wiese C, Abele M, Al B, Kalbfuß N, Qi X, Steiner A, Meng C, Zheng H, Kuster B, Falter-Braun P, Ludwig C, Moore I, and Assaad FF. 2019. Interactions between Transport Protein Particle (TRAPP) complexes and Rab GTPases in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 100(2):279-297. 

Ravikumar R, Kalbfuß N, Gendre D, Steiner A, Altmann M, Altmann S, Rybak K, Edelmann H, Stephan F, Lampe M, Facher E, Wanner G, Falter-Braun P, Bhalerao RP, Assaad FF. 2018. Independent yet overlapping pathways ensure the robustness and responsiveness of trans-Golgi network functions in Arabidopsis. Development 145.

Ravikumar R, Steiner A, and Assaad FF. 2017. Multisubunit tethering complexes in higher plants. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 40: 97–105.

Smertenko, A,  Assaad, FF, Baluska, F, Beuanilla, M, Buschmann, H, Drakakaki, G, Hauser, MT, Janson, M, Mineyuki, Y, Moore, I, Müller, S, Murata, T, Otegui, MS, Panteris, E, Rasmussen, D, Schmit, AC, Samaj, J, Samuels, L, Staehelin, LA, Van Damme, D, Wasteneys, G, Zárský, V. 2017. Plant Cytokinesis: Terminology for Structures and Processes. Trends in Cell Biology  27: 885-894

Steiner A, Müller L, Rybak K, Vodermaier V, Facher E, Thellmann M, Ravikumar R, Wanner G, Hauser M-T, and Assaad FF. 2016a. The Membrane-Associated Sec1/Munc18 KEULE is Required for Phragmoplast Microtubule Reorganization During Cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. Mol. Plant 9, 528–540.

Steiner A, Rybak K, Altmann M, McFarlane HE, Klaeger S, Nguyen N, Facher E, Ivakov A, Wanner G, Kuster B, Persson S, Falter-Braun P, Hauser M-T and Assaad FF. 2016b. Cell-cycle regulated PLEIADE/AtMAP65-3 links membrane and microtubule dynamics during plant cytokinesis. Plant J. 88, 531–541.

Rybak K, Steiner A, Synek L, Klaeger S, Kulich I, Facher E, Wanner G, Kuster B, Zarsky V, Persson S, Assaad, FF. 2014. Plant Cytokinesis Is Orchestrated by the Sequential Action of the TRAPPII and Exocyst Tethering Complexes. Dev Cell 29: 607-20.

Thellmann M, Thiele K, Rybak K, Wanner G, Assaad, FF. 2010. Tethering factors required for cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 154: 720-32.

Jaber E, Thiele K, Kindzierski V, Loderer C, Rybak K, Jürgens G, Mayer U, Söllner R, Wanner G, Assaad, FF. 2010. A putative TRAPPII tethering factor is required for cell plate assembly during cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist. 187: 751-763.

Szostkiewicz I, Richter K, Kepka M, Demmel S, Ma Y, Korte A, Assaad, FF, Christmann A, Grill E. 2010. Closely related receptor complexes differ in their ABA selectivity and sensitivity. Plant J. 61:25-35.

Thiele K, Wanner G, Kindzierski V, Jürgens G, Mayer U, Pachl F, Assaad, FF. 2009. The timely deposition of callose is essential for cytokinesis in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 58: 13 – 26.

Assaad FF. 2009. The membrane dynamics of root hair morphogenesis. In Root Hairs (Emons, A.M.C.; Ketelar, T., eds) Germany: Springer Verlag, pp. 65-84.

Assaad FF, Qiu JL, Youngs H, Ehrhardt D, Zimmerli L, Kalde M, Wanner G,  Peck SC, Ramonell K, Somerville CR, Thordal-Christensen H. 2004. The PEN1 syntaxin defines a novel cellular compartment upon fungal attack and is required for the timely assembly of papillae. Mol Biol Cell 15: 5118-29.

Strompen G, El Kasmi F, Richter S, Lukowitz W, Assaad, FF, Jürgens G, Mayer U. 2002. The Arabidopsis HINKEL gene encodes a kinesin-related protein involved in cytokinesis and is expressed in a cell cycle-dependent manner. Curr Biol. 12:153-8.

Söllner R, Glässer G, Wanner G, Somerville CR, Jürgens G, Assaad, FF. 2002. Cytokinesis-defective mutants of Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 129: 678-90. 

Assaad, FF, 2001. Of weeds and Men: what genomes teach us about plant cell biology. Curr Opin. Plant Biology. 4: 478-487.

Assaad, FF, Huet Y, Mayer U and Jürgens G. 2001. The cytokinesis gene KEULE encodes a Sec1 protein that binds the syntaxin KNOLLE.  J Cell Biol. 152: 531-543. 

Assaad, FF, 2001. Plant Cytokinesis: exploring the links. Plant Physiol. 126: 509-516.

Waizennegger I, Lukowitz W, Assaad, FF, Jürgens, G. and Mayer, U. 2000. The Arabidopsis KNOLLE and KEULE genes interact to promote fusion of cytokinetic vesicles during cell plate formation. Current Biol. 10: 1371-1374.

Sanderfoot AA, Assaad, FF, and Raikhel, NV. 2000. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome: an abundance of SNAREs. Plant Physiol. 117: 407-415.