Most Recent Publications


Nawy T, Lukowitz W, Bayer M: Talk global, act local patterning the Arabidopsis embryo. Curr Opin Plant Biol 2008, 11:28-33.

Discusses recent experimental work on plant embryo development.


Jenik PD, Gillmor CS, Lukowitz W: Embryonic patterning in Arabidopsis thaliana. Annu Rev Cell Dev Biol 2007, 23:207-236.

Fairly comprehensive review of embryonic patterning in Arabidopsis.


Lukowitz W, Roeder A, Parmenter D, Somerville C: A MAPKK kinase gene regulates extra-embryonic fate in Arabidopsis.  Cell 2004, 116:109-119.

Reports cloning of the MAPKK kinase gene YDA and its role in regulating the asymmetric division of the zygote.


Other Publications

Bassumer MB, Lam R, Lukowitz W, Yeung EC: Auxin and root initiation in somatic embryos of Arabidopsis. Plant Cell Red 2007, 26:1-11.


Bannigan A, Scheible WR, Lukowitz W, Fagerstrom C, Wadsworth P, Somerville C, Baskin TI: A conserved role for kinesin-5 in plant mitosis. J Cell Sci 2007, 120:2819-2827.


Friml J, Benfey P, Benkovo E, Bennett M, Berleth T, Geldner N, Grebe M, Heisler M, Hejotko, Jorgens G, Laux T, Lindsey K, Lukowitz W, Luschnig C, Offriga R, Scheres B, Swarup R, Torres-Ruiz R, Weijers D, Zazimalovo: Apical-basal polarity: why plant cells don't stand on their heads. Trends Plant Sci (2006) 11:12-14.
Want to see scientists argue over real grown-up stuff?  Try this, quite funny when viewed from a safe distance.


Gillmor CS, Lukowitz W, Brininstool G, Sedbrook JC, Hamann T, Pointdexter P, Somerville C: Glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored proteins are required for cell wall synthesis and morphogenesis in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 2005, 17:1128-1140.


Silady RA, Kato T, Lukowitz W, Sieber P, Tasaka M, Somerville CR: The gravitropism defective 2 mutants of Arabidopsis are deficient in a protein implicated in endocytosis in Caenorhabditis elegans. Plant Physiol 2004, 136:3095-3103.


Bergman DC, Lukowitz W, Somerville CR: Stomatal development and pattern controlled by a MAPKK kinase. Science 2004, 304:1494-1497. 


Strompen G, El Kasmi F, Richter S, Lukowitz W, Assaad FF, Jorgens G, Mayer U: The Arabidopsis HINKEL gene encodes a kinesin-related protein involved in cytokinesis and is expressed in a cell cycle-dependent manner. Curr Biol 2002, 12:153-158.


Sorensen MB, Mayer U, Lukowitz W, Robert H, Chambier P, Jorgens G, Somervillle C, Lepiniec L, Berger F: Cellularisation in the endosperm of Arabidopsis is coupled to mitosis and shared multiple components with cytokinesis. Development 2002, 129:5567-5576.


Lukowitz W, Nickle TC, Meinke DW, Last RL, Conklin PL, Somerville CR: Arabidopsis cyt1 mutants are deficient in a mannose-1-phosphate guanylyltransferase and point to a requirement of N-linked glycosylation for cellulose biosynthesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2001, 98:2262-2267.


Waizenegger I, Lukowitz W, Assaad F, Schwarz H, Jorgens G, Mayer U: The Arabidopsis KNOLLE and KEULE genes interact to promote vesicle fusion during cytokinesis. Curr Biol 2000, 10:1371-11374.


Lukowitz W, Gillmor CS, Scheible WR: Positional cloning in Arabidopsis. Why it feels good to have a genome initiative working for you. Plant Physiol 2000, 123:795-805. Including supplemental material.


Lauber M, Waizenegger I, Steinmann T, Schwarz H, Mayer U, Hwang I, Lukowitz W, J0rgens G: The Arabidopsis KNOLLE protein is a cytokinesis-specific syntaxin. J Cell Biol 1997, 139:1485-1493 .


Lukowitz W, Mayer U, Jorgens: Cytokinesis in the Arabidopsis embryo involves the syntaxin-related KNOLLE gene product. Cell 1996, 84:61-71.


Jurgens G, Mayer U, Busch M, Lukowitz W, Laux T: Pattern formation in the Arabidopsis embryo: a genetic perspective. Phil Trans R Soc Lond B 1995, 350:19-25.


Lukowitz W, Schroeder C, Glaser G, Holskamp M, Tautz D: Regulatory and coding regions of the segmentation gene hunchback are functionally conserved between Drosophila virilis and Drosophila melanogaster. Mech Dev 1994, 45:105-115.


Holskamp M, Lukowitz W, Beermann A, Glaser G, Tautz D: Differential regulation of target genes by different alleles of the segmentation gene hunchback in Drosophila. Genetics 1994, 138:125-134.