Przemyslaw Wojtaszek

Professor, Head of Department
Phone: +48 61 8295972
Room 1.93

Short CV
1985 - M.Sc. in Biology, molecular biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
1992 - PhD in Biology, biochemistry, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
1998 - D.Sc. in Biological Sciences, biology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
2002 - Professor in Biological Sciences

Professional career
1985 - 2001 Full position at Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań (research technician, assistant, senior assistant, assistant professor, associate professor)
2001 - date Full position at Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (2001-2005: Department of Biochemistry, 2005-date: Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology)
Half position at Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznań (professor)
2007 Profesor ordinarius at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań

Research interest
Structural integrity of plant cell - tensegral organisation, cell wall-plasma membrane-cytoskeleton interactions, sensing and transduction of mechanical signals, vesicle trafficking, mechanisms of cellular movements.
Biology of cell walls - cell wall as a source and transport pathway of signalling molecules, cell wall proteins as factors of plant development and defence responses.
Reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in plants.

Lectures in Molecular Biology/Molecular Genetics (for Biotechnology and Bioinformatics)
Lectures in Cell Biology (for Bioinformatics)
Lectures in Natural Products in Biotechnology (for Biotechnology)
Lectures in Life at the Molecular Level (for Ecology and Environmental Resources Management)
Lectures in Ecological Aspects f Biotechnology (for Ecology and Environmental Resources Management, and for Protection of Environment)

Membership and Awards
Polish Society of Experimental Plant Biology (founding member; 2001-2003 - President of the Temporary Main Board, 2003-2005 - President, 2005-date - member of the Main Board)
Polish Biochemical Society (member)
The Biochemical Society UK (member)
Polish Botanical Society (member)
Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (member)
The State Accreditation Committee - independent expert for education in biotechnology
University Accreditation Commission - chairman of the group of experts for the accreditation standards in biotechnology
Polish Academy of Sciences - member of The Committee on Physiology, Genetics and Plant Breedeing, member of The Committee on Biotechnology
Acta Physiologiae Plantarum - Editor-In-Chief
Communicative and Integrative Biology - Editor-In-Chief
Plant Signaling & Behavior - Associate Editor
Biochemical Journal - member of Editorial Advisory Board

2006 - Team award of the Rector of Adam Mickiewicz University for achievements in didactics
2004 - Team award of the Minister of National Education and Sport to the authors of Botanical Dictionary
2001 - Team award of the Minister of National Education to the authors of Essential Plant Cell Biology
2000 - Individual award of the Prime Minister for the best habilitation thesis

Selected publications:

Smolarkiewicz M, Skrzypczak T, Michalak M, Lesniewicz K, Walker JR, Ingram G, Wojtaszek P (2014) Gamma-secretase subunits associate in intracellular membrane compartments in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Experimental Botany 65(16), 3015-3027;

Smolarkiewicz M, Skrzypczak T, Wojtaszek P (2013) The very many faces of presenilins and the y-secretase complex. Protoplasma 250(5), 997-1011;

Michalak M, Skrzypczak T, Smolarkiewicz M, Wojtaszek P (2013) Wykorzystanie technik mikroskopii fluorescencyjnej do badan ukladu blon wewnetrznych komorek roslinnych. Kosmos 62(2), 235-248 (in Polish);

Lesniewicz K, Poreba E, Smolarkiewicz M, Wolff N, Stanislawski S, Wojtaszek P (2012) Plant plasma membrane-bound staphylococcal-like DNases as a novel class of eukaryotic nucleases. BMC Plant Biol 12:195;

Kierzkowski D., Kmieciak M., Piontek P., Wojtaszek P., Szejkowska-Kulinska Z., Jarmolowski A. (2009): The Arabidopsis CBP20 targets the cap-binding complex to the nucleus and is stabilized by CBP80. Plant J 59: 814-825;

Kasprowicz A., Szuba A., Volkmann D., Baluska F., Wojtaszek P. (2009): Nitric oxide modulates dynamic actin cytoskeleton and vesicle trafficking in a cell type-specific manner in root apices. J Exp Bot 60: 1605-1617;

Kasprowicz A., Kierzkowski D., Maruniewicz M., Derba-Maceluch M., Rodakowska E., Zawadzki P., Szuba A. and Wojtaszek P.: Mechanical Integration of Plant Cell. In: Baluszka F. (2008): Plant-Environment Interactions from Behavioural Perspective Springer Verlag, in press;

Rodakowska E., Derba-Maceluch M., Kasprowicz A., Zawadzki P., Szuba A., Kierzkowski D. and Wojtaszek P.: Signaling and Cell Walls. In: Baluska F. (2008): Signaling in Plants Springer Verlag, in press;

Marczak P., Wojtaszek P. and Stobiecki M.(2008): Influence of plant secondary metabolites on in vitro oxidation of methyl ferulate with cell wall peroxidases from lupine apoplast. J. Plant Physiol. 165: 239-250;

Luczak M., Bugajewska A. and Wojtaszek P.(2008): Inhibitors of protein glycosylation or secretion change the pattern of extracellular proteins in suspension-cultured cells of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. Biochem. in press;

Wojtaszek P., Baluska F., Kasprowicz A., Luczak M. and Volkmann D.(2007): Domain-specific mechanosensory transmission of osmotic and enzymatic cell wall disturbances to the actin cytoskeleton. Protoplasma 230: 217-230;

Wojtaszek P., Anielska-Mazur A., Gabrys H., Baluska F. and Volkmann D. (2005): Recruitment of myosin VIII towards plastid surfaces is root-cap specific and provides the evidence for actomyosin involvement in root osmosensing. Funct Plant Biol 32: 721-736;

Baluska F., Samaj J., Wojtaszek P., Volkmann D. and Menzel D. (2003): Cytoskeleton-plasma membrane-cell wall continuum in plants. Emerging links revisited. Plant Physiol 133: 482-491;

Baluska F., Wojtaszek P., Volkmann D. and Barlow P. (2003): The architecture of polarized cell growth: The unique status of elongating plant cells. BioEssays 25: 569-576;

Pislewska M., Bednarek P., Stobiecki M., Zielinaka M. and Wojtaszek P. (2002): Cell wall-associated isoflavonoids and ß-glucosidase activity in lupinus albus plants responding to environmental stimuli. Plant Cell Environ 25: 29-40;

Stobiecki, M., Busko, M., Marczak, L., Bednarek, P., Pis´lewska, M., Wojtaszek P. (2002): The complexity of oxidative cross-linking of phenylpropanoids - Evidence from an in vitro model system. Funct Plant Biol 29: 853-864;

Wojtaszek P. (2001): Organismal view of a plant and a plant cell. Acta Biochim Polon 48: 443-451;

Bolwell PP., Page A., Pislewska M., Wojtaszek P. (2001): Pathogenic infection and the oxidative defences in plant apoplast. Protoplasma 217: 20-32;

Blee KA., Wheatley ER., Bonham VA., Mitchell GP., Robertson D., Slabas AR., Burrell MM., Wojtaszek P., Bolwell GP. (2001): Proteomic analysis reveals a novel set of cell wall proteins in a transformed tobacco cell culture that synthesises secondary walls as determined by biochemical and morphological parameters. Planta 212: 404-415 ;

Bednarek P., Franski R., Kerhoas L., Einhorn J., Wojtaszek P., Stobiecki M. (2001): Profiling changes in metabolism of isoflavonoids and their conjugates in Lupinus albus treated with biotic elicitor. Phytochemistry 56: 77-85;

Wojtaszek P. (2000): Genes and plant cell walls: A difficult relationship. Biol Rev (Cambridge) 75: 437-475;

Wojtaszek P. (2000): Nitric oxide in plants: To NO or not to NO. Phytochemistry 54: 1-4;

Burzynski A., Pislewska M. and Wojtaszek P. (2000): Active chitinases in the apoplastic fluids of healthy white lupin (Lupinus albus L.) plants. Acta Physiol Plant 22: 31-38;

Bolwell GP., Blee KA., Butt VS., Davies DR., Gardner SL., Gerrish C., Minibayeva F., Rowntree EG., Wojtaszek P. (1999): Recent advances in understanding the origin of the apoplastic oxidative burst in plant cells. Free Radical Res 31(SUPPL.): S137-S145;

Wojtaszek P., Smith CG., Bolwell GP. (1999): Ultrastructural localisation and further biochemical characterisation of prolyl 4-hydroxylase from Phaseolus vulgaris: Comparative analysis. Int J Biochem Cell Biol 31: 463-477;

Franski R., Bednarek P., Wojtaszek P. and Stobiecki M. (1999): Identification of flavonoid diglycosides in yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus L.) with mass spectrometric techniques. J Mass Spec 34: 486-495;

Robertson D., Wojtaszek P. and Bolwell GP. (1999): Stimulation of cell wall biosynthesis and structural changes in response to cytokinin- and elicitor-treatments of suspension-cultured Phaseolus vulgaris cells. Plant Physiol Biochem 37: 611-622;

Bestwick C., Bolwell P., Mansfield J., Nicole M., Wojtaszek P. (1999): Generation of the oxidative burst - Scavenging for the truth [2]. Trends Plant Sci 4: 88-89;

Wojtaszek P., Pislewska M., Bolwell GP., Stobiecki M. (1998): Secretion of stress-related proteins by suspension-cultured Lupinus albus cells. Acta Biochim Polon 45: 281-285;

Wojtaszek P., Pislewska M., Bolwell GP. (1998): Exocellular (glyco)proteins of Lupinus albus plants and suspension-cultured cells. Acta Physiol Plant 20: 299-305;

Wojtaszek P. (1997): Mechanisms for the generation of reactive oxygen species in plant defence response. Acta Physiol Plant 19: 581-589;

Wojtaszek P., Stobiecki M., Bolwell GP. (1997): Changes in the composition of exocellular proteins of suspension-cultured Lupinus albus cells in response to fungal elicitors or CuCl2. J Exp Bot 48: 2015-2021;

Bolwell GP., Wojtaszek P. (1997): Mechanisms for the generation of reactive oxygen species in plant defence - A broad perspective. Physiol Mol Plant Pathol 51: 347-366;

Wojtaszek P., Trethowan J., Bolwell GP. (1997): Reconstitution in vitro of the components and conditions required for the oxidative cross-linking of extracellular proteins in French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). FEBS Lett 405: 95-98;

Wojtaszek P. (1997): Oxidative burst: An early plant response to pathogen infection. Biochem J 322: 681-692;

Wojtaszek P., Stobiecki M. (1997): Differential secretion and accumulation of isoflavonoids in Lupinus albus in response to fungal elicitor and CuCl2. Plant Physiol Biochem 35: 129-135;

Wojtaszek P., Trethowan J., Bolwell GP. (1995): Specificity in the immobilisation of cell wall proteins in response to different elicitor molecules in suspension-cultured cells of French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Plant Mol Biol 28: 1075-1087;

Wojtaszek P., Bolwell GP. (1995): Secondary cell-wall-specific glycoprotein(s) from French bean hypocotyls. Plant Physiol 108: 1001-1012;

Zimmerlin A., Wojtaszek P., Bolwell GP. (1994): Synthesis of dehydrogenation polymers of ferulic acid with high specificity by a purified cell-wall peroxidase from French bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.). Biochem J 299: 747-753;

Wojtaszek P., Stobiecki M., Gulewicz K. (1993): Role of nitrogen and plant growth regulators in the exudation and accumulation of isoflavonoids by roots of intact white (Lupin (Lupinus albus L.) plants. J Plant Physiol 142: 689-694;

Wojtaszek P., Peretiatkowicz M. (1992): A simple method for visualization of phenolics exudation by roots of intact lupin plants; the effect of nitrate and pH. Acta Biochim Polon 39: 307-316;

Stobiecki M., Wojtaszek P. (1990): Application of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to the identification of isoflavonoids in lupine root extracts. J Chromatogr 508: 391-398;

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