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Joachim Scholz - Starke

Research staff

Master degree in Biology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany (1997)
PhD in Molecular Plant Physiology, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg (2002)
Post-doc positions at IBF-CNR and Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genoa, Italy
Researcher (since 2011)
Senior Researcher (since 2021)

orcid://0000-0002-7376-6635, ncbi://56556896


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- Phone +39-010-6475593
- Location Genova


Research interests:

- Physiology and biophysics of plant vacuolar transport proteins (Principal investigator)
- Recordings of electronic currents from plant cytochromes
- Electronic transport mediated by proteins belonging to the cytochrome b561 family
- Study of the Ca2+-activated chloride channels and phospholipid scramblases of the TMEM16/Anoctamin family
- Functional activity of membrane channels and transporters by electrophysiology and fluorescence.

Further collaborations:

- Armando Carpaneto (DISTAV, University of Genoa, Italy)
- Kendal D. Hirschi (Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA)
- Roberto Gaxiola (School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA)
- Edgar Peiter (Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences, Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany)

Key publications:

Carpaneto A, Boccaccio A, Lagostena L, Di Zanni E and Scholz-Starke J (2017) The signaling lipid phosphatidylinositol-3,5-bisphosphate targets plant CLC-a anion/H+ exchange activity. EMBO Reports 18: 1100-1107

Meyer S, Scholz-Starke J, De Angeli A, Kovermann P, Burla B, Gambale F and Martinoia E (2011) Malate transport by the vacuolar AtALMT6 channel in guard cells is subject to multiple regulation. Plant Journal 67: 247-257

Scholz-Starke J, Primo Planta C, Yang J, Kandel R, Gaxiola RA and Hirschi KD (2019) The flip side of the Arabidopsis type I proton-pumping pyrophosphatase (AVP1): using a trans-membrane H+ gradient to synthesize pyrophosphate. Journal of Biological Chemistry 294: 1290-1299

Di Zanni E, Gradogna A, Scholz-Starke J and Boccaccio A (2018) Gain-of-function of TMEM16E/ANO5 scrambling activity caused by a mutation associated with gnathodiaphyseal dysplasia. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 71: 4275-4283

Picco C, Scholz-Starke J, Festa M, Costa A, Sparla F, Trost P and Carpaneto A (2015) Direct Recording of Trans-Plasma Membrane Electron Currents Mediated by a Member of the Cytochrome b561 Family of Soybean. Plant Physiology 169: 986-995