Ben Hankamer

Prof. Christian Wilhelm

Institute Of Biology I
The University of Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 97-36874
Fax: +49 341 97-36899
Email: [email protected]

Christian's Publications


Schaller S, Latowski D. Jemiola-Rzeminska M., Wilhelm C. Strzalka K, Goss R. The main thylakoid membrane lipid monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG) promotes the de-epoxidation of violaxanthin associated with the light-harvesting complex of photosystem II (LHCII), Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1797, 414-424, (2010)

Szabo M, Premvardhan L, Lepetit B, Goss R., Wilhelm C, Garab G. Functional heterogeneity of the fucoxanthin-chlorophyll proteins in diatom cells revealed by electrochromic response of fucoxanthin and fluorescence spectroscopy. Chem Phys. Accepted (2010)

Wagner H, Stehfest K, Jakob T, Langner U, Wilhelm C.  A quantitative multicomponent analysis based on FTIR spectroscopy to analyse macromolecular fingerprints of algal cells. J. Biophotonics accepted (2010)


Gilbert, M., Pörs, Y., Weingart, I., Grover, K. Skotnica, J., Grimm, B., Seidlitz, H. Langebartels, C. and Wilhelm, C. Intra- and interspecific differences of 10 barley and 10 tomato cultivars in response to short-time UV-B radiation: A study analysing thermoluminescence, fluorescence, gas-exchange and biochemical parameters. Environm. Toxicol. 157: 1603-1612, (2009)

Schumann, A., Bauer, A., Hermes, M., Gilbert, M., Hengstler, J. and Wilhelm, C. A rapid and easy to handle thermoluminescence based technique for evaluation of oxidative stress in unprocessed mammalian cells. J. Toxicol. 83, 709-720, (2009)

Bauer, A., Schumann, A., Gilbert, M., Wilhelm, C., Hengstler, J., Schiller, J., Fuchs, B., Evaluation of carbon tetrachloride-induced oxidative stress on rat hepatocytes by 31P NMR and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry: Lysophos-phatidylcholine generation from unsaturated phosphatidylcholines. Chem Phys. Lipids 159: 21-29, (2009)

Grouneva, I, Jakob, T., Wilhelm, C. and Goss, R. The regulation of xanthophyll cycle activity and NPQ by two different types of alternative electron flow in the diatoms P. tricornutum and C. meneghiniana. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1787, 929-938, (2009)

Langner, U., Jakob, T., Stehfest, K. Wilhelm, C. A complete energy balance for Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Chlamydomonas acidophila under neutral and extremely acidic growth conditions. Plant Cell Environm. 32: 250-258 (2009)


Frommolt, R., Werner, S., Paulsen, H., Goss, R., Wilhelm, C., Zauner, S., Maier, U.G., Grossman, A.R., Bhattacharya, D., Lohr M. Ancient Recruitment of Green Genes by Chromalveolates to Improve Photosynthetic Performance. Mol. Evol.25: 2653-2667, (2008)

Vieler, A., Scheidt, H., Ludwig, I., Oroszi, S. Wilhelm, C.and Schiller, J. The influence of phase transitions in phosphatidylethanolamine models on the activity of violaxanthin de-epoxidase. Biochem. Biophys. Acta 1778, 1027-1034. (2008)

Hermes, M., Schormann, W., Brulport, K, Uhlemann, F, Lupatsch, L C, Horn, Schumann, A. Allgaier, C.  Weishaupt, M.  Engeland,K. Müller, A. Mössner, J. Bauer, A., Schiffer, I.B., Gebhard, S. Schmidt, M., Lausch, E., Prawitt, D., Wilhelm, C.and Hengstler, J.G.  Trastuzumab therapy versus tetracycline controlled ERBB2 down-regulation: influence on tumor development in an ERBB2­dependent mouse tumor model. British Journal of Cancer 98, 1525-1532. (2008)

Grouneva, I., Jakob, T., Wilhelm, C. and Goss, R.  A new multi-component NPQ mechanism in the diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana. Plant Cell Physiol. 49: 1217-1225 (2008)

Szabó, M., Lepetit, B., Goss, R., Wilhelm, C., Mustárdy, L. and Garab, G. Structurally flexible macro-organization of the pigment–protein complexes of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Photosyn. Res. 95, 237–245. (2008)


Shahbazi, M., Gilbert, M., Laboure, A.-M. and Kuntz, M.  Dual role of the plastid terminal oxidase in tomato. Plant Physiol. 145, 691-702. (2007)

Goss, R., Latowski, D., Grzyb, J., Vieler, A., Lohr, M., Wilhelm, C. and Strzalka, K. Lipid dependence of diadinoxanthin solubilization and de-epoxidation in artificial membrane systems resembling the lipid composition of the natural thylakoid membrane. Biochim. Biophys. Acta – Biomembranes 1768, 67–75. (2007)

Goss, R., Oroszi, S. and Wilhelm, C. The importance of grana stacking for xanthophyll cycle-dependent NPQ in the thylakoid membranes of higher plants. J. Physiol. Plant 131, 496–507. (2007)

Grouneva, I., Jakob, T., Wilhelm, C. and Goss, R. Evidence for the existence of a fast xanthophyll cycle-independent NPQ component in diatoms. Photosyn. Res. 91, 255–255. (2007)

Horn, S., Ehlers, K., Fritzsch, G., Gil-Rodríguez, M.C., Wilhelm, C. and Schnetter, R. Synchroma grande spec. nov. (Synchromophyceae class. nov., Heterokontophyta): An amoeboid marine alga with unique plastid complexes. Protist 158, 277–293. (2007)

Jakob, T., Wagner, H., Stehfest, K. and Wilhelm, C. A complete energy balance from photons to new biomass reveals a light- and nutrient-dependent variability in the metabolic costs of carbon assimilation. J. Exper. Bot. 58, 2101–2112. (2007)

Lepetit, B., Volke, D., Szabó, M., Hoffmann, R., Garab, G., Wilhelm, C. and Goss, R. Spectroscopic and molecular characterization of the oligomeric antenna of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Biochem. 46, 9813–9822. (2007)

Lepetit, B., Volke, D., Szabó, M., Hoffmann, R., Garab, G., Wilhelm, C. and Goss, R. Characterization of the oligomeric antenna of the diatom  Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Photosyn. Res. 91, 165–165. (2007)

Schumann, A., Goss, R., Jakob, T. and Wilhelm, C. Investigation of the quenching efficiency of diatoxanthin in cells of Phaeodactylum tricornutum (Bacillariophyceae) with different pool sizes of xanthophyll cycle pigments. Phycologia 46, 113–117. (2007)

Vieler, A., Wilhelm, C., Goss, R., Sub, R. and Schiller, J.The lipid composition of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and the diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana investigated by MALDI-TOF MS and TLC. Chem. Phys. Lip. 150, 143–155. (2007)

Wilhelm, C., Jakob, T., Wagner, H., Stehfest, K. and Langner, U. Balancing the energy from photons to new biomass in different species and under different growth conditions reveals new insights in the interplay between photosynthesis and metabolic flux control. Photosyn. Res. 91, 247–247. (2007)


Becker, A., Herschel, A. and Wilhelm, C. Biological effects of incomplete destratification of hypertrophic freshwater reservoir. Hydrobiologia 559, 85–100. (2006)

Goss, R., Ann Pinto, E., Wilhelm, C. and Richter, M. The importance of a highly active and pH-regulated diatoxanthin epoxidase for the regulation of the PS II antenna function in diadinoxanthin cycle containing algae. J. Plant Physiol. 163, 1008–1021. (2006)

Goss, R., Lepetit, B. and Wilhelm, C. Evidence for a rebinding of antheraxanthin to the light-harvesting complex during the epoxidation reaction of the violaxanthin cycle. J. Plant Physiol. 163, 585–590. (2006)

Grouneva, I., Jakob, T., Wilhelm, C. and Goss, R. Influence of ascorbate and pH on the activity of the diatom xanthophyll cycle-enzyme diadinoxanthin de-epoxidase. Physiol. Plant 126, 205–211. (2006)

Luis, P., Behnke, K., Toepel, J. and Wilhelm, C. Parallel analysis of transcript levels and physiological key parameters allows the identification of stress phase gene markers in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under copper excess. Plant Cell Environ. 29, 2043–2054. (2006)

Wagner, H., Gilbert, M., Goss, R. and Wilhelm, C. Light emission originating from photosystem II radical pair recombination is sensitive to zeaxanthin related non-photochemical quenching (NPQ). J. Photochem. Photobiol. B83, 172–179. (2006)

Wagner, H., Jakob, T. and Wilhelm, C. Balancing the energy flow from captured light to biomass under fluctuating light conditions. New Phytol. 169, 95–108. (2006)

Wilhelm, C., Büchel, C., Fisahn, J., Goss, R., Jakob, T., LaRoche, J., Lavaud, J., Lohr, M., Riebesell, U., Stehfest, K., Valentin, K. and Kroth, P.G. The regulation of carbon and nutrient assimilation in diatoms is significantly different from green algae. Protist 157, 91–124. (2006)

Wilhelm, C. and Jakob, T. Uphill energy transfer from long-wavelength absorbing chlorophylls to PS II in Ostreobium sp. is functional in carbon assimilation. Photosyn. Res. 87, 323–329. (2006)


Goss, R., Lohr, M., Latowski, D., Grzyb, J., Vieler, A., Wilhelm, C. and Strzalka, K. Role of hexagonal structure-forming lipids in diadinoxanthin and violaxanthin solubilization and de-epoxidation. Biochem. 44, 4028–4036. (2005)

Jakob, T., Schreiber, U., Kirchesch, V., Langner, U. and Wilhelm, C. Estimation of chlorophyll content and daily primary production of the major algal groups by means of multiwavelength-excitation PAM chlorophyll fluorometry: performance and methodological limits. Photosyn. Res. 83, 343–361 (2005).

Skotnica, J., Gilbert, M., Weingart, I. and Wilhelm, C. The mechanism of the ozone-induced changes in thermoluminescence glow curves of barley leaves. Photosynth. 43, 425–434. (2005)

Stehfest, K., Toepel, J. and Wilhelm, C. The application of micro-FTIR spectroscopy to analyze nutrient stress-related changes in biomass composition of phytoplankton algae. Plant Physiol. Biochem. 43, 717–726. (2005)

Toepel, J., Langner, U. and Wilhelm, C. Combination of flow cytometry and single cell absorption spectroscopy to study the phytoplankton structure and to calculate the chl a specific absorption coefficients at the taxon level. J. Phycol. 41, 1099–1109. (2005)

Book Chapters

Goss, R. and Wilhelm, Cl., Lipids in algae, lichens and mosses. In: Advances in Photosynthesis, Lipids in Photosynthesis: Essential and Regulatory Functions. J. Wada and N. Murata (eds.), Vol 29 pp. 117-137, (2009)