Experts and Doctors on starch in Switzerland


Locale: Switzerland
Topic: starch

Top Publications

  1. Zeeman S, Smith S, Smith A. The priming of amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis leaves. Plant Physiol. 2002;128:1069-76 pubmed
    ..We therefore find no evidence for amylopectin-primed amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis. We propose that MOS are the primers for amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis leaves. ..
  2. Horrer D, Flütsch S, Pazmino D, Matthews J, Thalmann M, Nigro A, et al. Blue Light Induces a Distinct Starch Degradation Pathway in Guard Cells for Stomatal Opening. Curr Biol. 2016;26:362-70 pubmed publisher
    ..Our results show that guard cell starch degradation has an important role in plant growth by driving stomatal responses to light. ..
  3. Zeeman S, Smith S, Smith A. The diurnal metabolism of leaf starch. Biochem J. 2007;401:13-28 pubmed
    ..In the present review we provide an overview of starch biosynthesis, starch structure and starch degradation in the leaves of plants. We focus on recent advances in each area and highlight outstanding questions. ..
  4. Lo Piparo E, Scheib H, Frei N, Williamson G, Grigorov M, Chou C. Flavonoids for controlling starch digestion: structural requirements for inhibiting human alpha-amylase. J Med Chem. 2008;51:3555-61 pubmed publisher
    ..Our findings show that certain naturally occurring flavonoids act as inhibitors of human alpha-amylase, which makes them promising candidates for controlling the digestion of starch and postprandial glycemia. ..
  5. Muller J, Aeschbacher R, Sprenger N, Boller T, Wiemken A. Disaccharide-mediated regulation of sucrose:fructan-6-fructosyltransferase, a key enzyme of fructan synthesis in barley leaves. Plant Physiol. 2000;123:265-74 pubmed
  6. Li M, Xiao W, Wang S, Cheng G, Cherubini P, Cai X, et al. Mobile carbohydrates in Himalayan treeline trees I. Evidence for carbon gain limitation but not for growth limitation. Tree Physiol. 2008;28:1287-96 pubmed
  7. Santelia D, Zeeman S. Progress in Arabidopsis starch research and potential biotechnological applications. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2011;22:271-80 pubmed publisher
    ..This review describes recent discoveries in these fields and illustrates how such discoveries might be applied in the green biotechnology sector to improve and diversify our starch crops. ..
  8. Kötting O, Kossmann J, Zeeman S, Lloyd J. Regulation of starch metabolism: the age of enlightenment?. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2010;13:321-9 pubmed publisher
  9. Srichuwong S, Curti D, Austin S, King R, Lamothe L, Gloria Hernandez H. Physicochemical properties and starch digestibility of whole grain sorghums, millet, quinoa and amaranth flours, as affected by starch and non-starch constituents. Food Chem. 2017;233:1-10 pubmed publisher
    ..Enzymatic hydrolysis of starch was restricted by the presence of associated protein matrix and enzyme inhibitors, but accelerated by endogenous amylolytic enzymes. ..

More Information


  1. Zanella M, Borghi G, Pirone C, Thalmann M, Pazmino D, Costa A, et al. β-amylase 1 (BAM1) degrades transitory starch to sustain proline biosynthesis during drought stress. J Exp Bot. 2016;67:1819-26 pubmed publisher
    ..We propose the transitory-starch/proline interplay as an interesting trait to be tackled by breeding technologies aimingto improve drought tolerance in relevant crops. ..
  2. Almeida J, Azevedo M, Spicher L, Glauser G, Vom Dorp K, Guyer L, et al. Down-regulation of tomato PHYTOL KINASE strongly impairs tocopherol biosynthesis and affects prenyllipid metabolism in an organ-specific manner. J Exp Bot. 2016;67:919-34 pubmed publisher
  3. Endrulat T, Saurer M, Buchmann N, Brunner I. Incorporation and remobilization of ¹³C within the fine-root systems of individual Abies alba trees in a temperate coniferous stand. Tree Physiol. 2010;30:1515-27 pubmed publisher
    ..Only then can one avoid dilution of the labelling signal by mistake, due to analysis of non-labelled non-target species roots...
  4. Stettler M, Eicke S, Mettler T, Messerli G, Hortensteiner S, Zeeman S. Blocking the metabolism of starch breakdown products in Arabidopsis leaves triggers chloroplast degradation. Mol Plant. 2009;2:1233-46 pubmed publisher
    ..We propose that the accumulation of maltose and malto-oligosaccharides causes chloroplast dysfunction, which may by signaled via a form of retrograde signaling and trigger chloroplast degradation. ..
  5. Streb S, Delatte T, Umhang M, Eicke S, Schorderet M, Reinhardt D, et al. Starch granule biosynthesis in Arabidopsis is abolished by removal of all debranching enzymes but restored by the subsequent removal of an endoamylase. Plant Cell. 2008;20:3448-66 pubmed publisher
    ..We propose that DBEs function in normal amylopectin synthesis by promoting amylopectin crystallization but conclude that they are not mandatory for starch granule synthesis. ..
  6. Delatte T, Umhang M, Trevisan M, Eicke S, Thorneycroft D, Smith S, et al. Evidence for distinct mechanisms of starch granule breakdown in plants. J Biol Chem. 2006;281:12050-9 pubmed
    ..Consistent with this model, chloroplastic alpha-amylase AtAMY3, which could release soluble branched glucans, is induced in Atisa3 and in the Atisa3/Atlda double mutant. ..
  7. Delatte T, Trevisan M, Parker M, Zeeman S. Arabidopsis mutants Atisa1 and Atisa2 have identical phenotypes and lack the same multimeric isoamylase, which influences the branch point distribution of amylopectin during starch synthesis. Plant J. 2005;41:815-30 pubmed
    ..We conclude that the AtISA1/AtISA2 isoamylase influences glucan branching pattern, but that this may not be the primary determinant of partitioning between crystalline starch and soluble phytoglycogen. ..
  8. Zeeman S, Thorneycroft D, Schupp N, Chapple A, Weck M, Dunstan H, et al. Plastidial alpha-glucan phosphorylase is not required for starch degradation in Arabidopsis leaves but has a role in the tolerance of abiotic stress. Plant Physiol. 2004;135:849-58 pubmed
    ..We conclude that plastidial phosphorylase is not required for the degradation of starch, but that it plays a role in the capacity of the leaf lamina to endure a transient water deficit. ..