Prof Jurgen Denecke

MSc (Eng), Brussels; PhD 1991, Ghent.
Professor of Plant Cell Biology & Biotechnology
School of Biology

Contact: Miall 9.15, +44(0) 113 34 33056/37031, email address for  

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Research Interests

Plant cell secretory pathway

Faculty Research and Innovation

Studentship information

Postgraduate studentship areas:

  • Plant Cell Biology; Protein folding and transport/pathway engineering/biofermentation and biotechnology

See also:

Modules managed

BIOL1112 - The Molecules of Life
BLGY1115 - Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues
BLGY1125 - Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
FOBS1135 - The Basis of Life

Modules taught

BLGY1125 - Biology Practicals and Data Analysis
BLGY1211 - Applied Biology and Agriculture
BLGY1236 - Practical Applied Biology
BLGY1303 - Tutorials for Biology and Genetics
BLGY2100 - Enhanced Study Skills for Biologists
BLGY3345 - Biology Integrated Research Projects
FOBS1135/BIOL1112/BLGY1115 - The Basis of Life/The Molecules of Life/Introduction to Cell Biology
FOBS1135/BLGY1115 - The Basis of Life/Introduction to Cell Biology: from Molecules to Cells and Tissues

Academic roles

UG Chair of Special Cases Committee - Biology programmes
PGT Chair of Special Cases Committee - Biology programmes


Member of Undergraduate School Taught Student Education Committee

Centre membership: The Centre for Plant Sciences

Group Leader Prof Jurgen Denecke  (Professor of Plant Cell Biology & Biotechnology)

Plant cell secretory pathway 


Jonas Alvim (Primary supervisor) 50% FTE
Rajni Mehta (Co-supervisor) 25% FTE

Gershlick DC, De Marcos Lousa CDEM, Foresti O, Lee AJ, Pereira EA, daSilva LL, Bottanelli F, Denecke J Golgi-dependent transport of vacuolar sorting receptors is regulated by COPII, AP1, and AP4 protein complexes in tobacco. The Plant Cell 26 1308-1329, 2014
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Lousa CDM, Gershlick DC, Denecke J Mechanisms and Concepts Paving the Way towards a Complete Transport Cycle of Plant Vacuolar Sorting Receptors PLANT CELL 24 1714-1732, 2012

Bottanelli F, Gershlick DC, Denecke J Evidence for sequential action of Rab5 and Rab7 GTPases in prevacuolar organelle partitioning. Traffic 13 338-354, 2012
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Bottanelli F, Foresti O, Hanton S, Denecke J Vacuolar Transport in Tobacco Leaf Epidermis Cells Involves a Single Route for Soluble Cargo and Multiple Routes for Membrane Cargo PLANT CELL 23 3007-3025, 2011

Foresti O, Gershlick DC, Bottanelli F, Hummel E, Hawes C, Denecke J A Recycling-Defective Vacuolar Sorting Receptor Reveals an Intermediate Compartment Situated between Prevacuoles and Vacuoles in Tobacco PLANT CELL 22 3992-4008, 2010

Foresti O, Denecke J Intermediate organelles of the plant secretory pathway: Identity and function TRAFFIC 9 1599-1612, 2008

Silva-Alvim F, An J, Alvim J, Foresti O, Grippa A, Pelgrom A, Adams T, Hawes C, Denecke J Predominant Golgi-residency of the plant K/HDEL receptor is essential for its function in mediating ER retention The Plant Cell, 2018

Di Sansebastiano GP, Barozzi F, Piro G, Denecke J, De Marcos Lousa C Trafficking routes to the plant vacuole: connecting alternative and classical pathways Journal of Experimental Botany 69 79-90, 2018
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Rolvien T, Butscheidt S, Jeschke A, Neu A, Denecke J, Kubisch C, Meisler M, Pueschel K, Barvencik F, Yorgan T, Oheim R, Schinke T, Amling M Severe bone loss and multiple fractures in SCN8A-related epileptic encephalopathy., 2017

Lousa CDM, Denecke J Lysosomal and vacuolar sorting: not so different after all! Biochemical Society Transactions 44 891-897, 2016
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Gershlick DC, De Marcos Lousa C, Farmer L, Denecke J Routes to and from the plasma membrane: Bulk flow versus signal mediated endocytosis Plant Signaling and Behavior 9, 2014
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Zhu Q, Dugardeyn J, Zhang C, Takenaka M, Kühn K, Craddock C, Smalle J, Karampelias M, Denecke J, Peters J, Gerats T, Brennicke A, Eastmond P, Meyer EH, Van Der Straeten D SLO2, a mitochondrial pentatricopeptide repeat protein affecting several RNA editing sites, is required for energy metabolism. Plant J 71 836-849, 2012
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Sutter J-U, Denecke J, Thiel G Synthesis of vesicle cargo determines amplitude of Ca(2+)-sensitive exocytosis. Cell Calcium 52 283-288, 2012
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Denecke J, Aniento F, Frigerio L, Hawes C, Hwang I, Mathur J, Neuhaus J-M, Robinson DG Secretory pathway research: the more experimental systems the better. Plant Cell 24 1316-1326, 2012
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Bubeck J, Scheuring D, Hummel E, Langhans M, Viotti C, Foresti O, Denecke J, Banfield DK, Robinson DG The syntaxins SYP31 and SYP81 control ER-Golgi trafficking in the plant secretory pathway TRAFFIC 9 1629-1652, 2008

Rojo E, Denecke J What is moving in the secretory pathway of plants? PLANT PHYSIOL 147 1493-1503, 2008

Ribeiro D, Foresti O, Denecke J, Wellink J, Goldbach R, Kormelink RJM Tomato spotted wilt virus glycoproteins induce the formation of endoplasmic reticulum- and Golgi-derived pleomorphic membrane structures in plant cells J GEN VIROL 89 1811-1818, 2008

Snowden CJ, Leborgne-Castel N, Wootton LJ, Hadlington JL, Denecke J In vivo analysis of the lumenal binding protein (BiP) reveals multiple functions of its ATPase domain PLANT J 52 987-1000, 2007

daSilva LL, Snapp EL, Denecke J, Lippincott-Schwartz J, Hawes C, Brandizzi F Membrane dynamics in the early secretory pathway (vol 26, pg 199, 2004) CRIT REV PLANT SCI 26 285-285, 2007

Foresti O, daSilva LLP, Denecke J Overexpression of the Arabidopsis syntaxin PEP12/SYP21 inhibits transport from the prevacuolar compartment to the lytic vacuole in vivo PLANT CELL 18 2275-2293, 2006

Dasilva LLP, Foresti O, Denecke J Targeting of the plant vacuolar sorting receptor BP80 is dependent on multiple sorting signals in the cytosolic tail PLANT CELL 18 1477-1497, 2006

Pimpl P, Taylor JP, Snowden C, Hillmer S, Robinson DG, Denecke J Golgi-mediated vacuolar sorting of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone BiP may play an active role in quality control within the secretory pathway PLANT CELL 18 198-211, 2006

daSilva LLP, de Molfetta-Machado JB, Panunto-Castelo A, Denecke J, Goldman GH, Roque-Barreira MC, Goldman MHS cDNA cloning and functional expression of KM+, the mannose-binding lectin from Artocarpus integrifolia seeds Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: General Subjects 1726 251-260, 2005
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daSilva LLP, Taylor JP, Hadlington JL, Hanton SL, Snowden CJ, Fox SJ, Foresti O, Brandizzi F, Denecke J Receptor salvage from the prevacuolar compartment is essential for efficient vacuolar protein targeting PLANT CELL 17 132-148, 2005

daSilva LLP, Snapp EL, Denecke J, Lippincott-Schwartz J, hawes C, Brandizzi F Endoplasmic Reticulum Export Sites and Golgi Bodies Behave as Single Mobile Secretory Units in Plant Cells Plant Cell 16 1753-1771, 2004
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Hadlington JL, Santoro A, Nuttall J, Denecke J, Ma JKC, Vitale A, Frigerio L The C-terminal extension of a hybrid immunoglobulin A/G heavy chain is responsible for its golgi-mediated sorting to the vacuole Molecular Biology of the Cell 14 2592-2602, 2003

Pimpl P, Hanton SL, Taylor JP, Pinto-daSilva LL, Denecke J The GTPase ARF1p controls the sequence-specific vacuolar sorting route to the lytic vacuole PLANT CELL 15 1242-1256, 2003

Brandizzi F, Hanton SL, da Silva L, Boevink P, Evans D, Oparka K, Denecke J, hawes C ER quality control can lead to retrograde transport from the ER lumen to the cytosol and the nucleoplasm in plants The Plant Journal 34 269-281, 2003

Roberts M, Denecke J, Collinge D Plant Molecular Biology: Foreword Plant Molecular Biology 50 819-821, 2002

Pimpl P, Denecke J Protein-protein interactions in the secretory pathway, a growing demand for experimental approaches in vivo PLANT MOL BIOL 50 887-902, 2002

Roberts M, Denecke J, Collinge D Untitled - Foreword PLANT MOL BIOL 50 819-821, 2002

Phillipson BA, Pimpl P, daSilva LL, Crofts AJ, Taylor JP, Movafeghi A, Robinson DG, Denecke J Secretory bulk flow of soluble proteins is efficient and COPII dependent. Plant Cell 13 2005-2020, 2001
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Tormakangas K, Hadlington JL, Pimpl P, Hillmer S, Brandizzi F, Teeri TH, Denecke J A vacuolar sorting domain may also influence the way in which proteins leave the endoplasmic reticulum PLANT CELL 13 2021-2032, 2001

Pimpl P, Movafeghi A, Coughlan S, Denecke J, Hillmer S, Robinson DG In situ localization and in vitro induction of plant COPI-coated vesicles PLANT CELL 12 2219-2235, 2000

Leborgne-Castel N, Jelitto-Van Dooren E, Crofts AJ, Denecke J Overexpression of BiP in tobacco alleviates Endoplasmic Reticulum stress. Plant Cell 11 459-470, 1999

Jelitto-Van Dooren E, Vidal S, Denecke J Anticipating endoplasmic reticulum stress: a novel early response before pathogenesis-related gene induction. Plant Cell 11 1935-1943, 1999

Crofts AJ, Leborgne-Castel N, Hillmer S, Robinson DG, Phillipson B, Denecke J Saturation of the endoplasmic reticulum retention machinery reveals anterograde bulk flow. Plant Cell 11 2233-2247, 1999

Vitale A, Denecke J The Endoplasmic Reticulum Gateway of the Secretory Pathway. Plant Cell 11 615-628, 1999

Crofts AJ, Legborgne-Castel N, Pesca M, Vitale A, Denecke J BiP and calreticulin form an abundant complex that is independent of Endoplasmic reticulum stress. Plant Cell 10 813-823, 1998
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Denecke J Cell wall degrading enzymes from Erwinia carotovora cooperate in the salicylic acid-independent induction of a plant defense response Unknown Journal - Requested journal to be added to ULPD 11 23-32, 1998

Crofts AJ, Denecke J Calreticulin and calnexin in plants. Trends in Plant Science 3 396-399, 1998

Denecke J, Robinson DG, Vitale A The plant secretory system, mechanisms, pathways and applications in biotechnology. Journal of Experimental Botany 49 1073-1079, 1998

Denecke J Salicylic acid and the plant pathogen Erwinia carotovora induce defense genes via antagonistic pathways The Plant Journal 11 115-123, 1997

Denecke J ER resident proteins and their function in protein synthesis and transport Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 34 197-205, 1996

Denecke J Mechanisms controlling function, identity and integrity of the plant endoplasmic reticulum. In Membranes: Specialized functions in plants., 1996