Frédéric Brunner
  • Department of Plant Biochemistry, Eberhard Karls University, Germany
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 1998

Current position

Independent research group leader, Department of Plant Biochemistry, ZMBP, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
Expertise in plant-microbe interactions


  1. Zheng, X., McLellan, H., Fraiture, M., Liu, X., Boevink, P. C., Gilroy, E. M., Chen, Y., Kandel, K., Sessa, G., Birch, P. R. and Brunner, F.# (2014). Functionally redundant RXLR effectors from Phytophthora infestans act at different steps to suppress early flg22-triggered immunity. PLoS Pathog 10(4): e1004057. (#Corresponding author)
  2. Fraiture, M., Zheng, X. and Brunner, F.# (2014). An Arabidopsis and tomato mesophyll protoplast system for fast identification of early MAMP-triggered immunity-suppressing effectors. Methods Mol Biol 1127: 213-230. (#Corresponding author)
  3. Zhang, W., Fraiture, M., Kolb, D., Loffelhardt, B., Desaki, Y., Boutrot, F. F., Tor, M., Zipfel, C., Gust, A. A. and Brunner, F.# (2013). Arabidopsis receptor-like protein30 and receptor-like kinase suppressor of BIR1-1/EVERSHED mediate innate immunity to necrotrophic fungi. Plant Cell 25(10): 4227-4241. (#Corresponding author)
  4. Katsiarimpa, A., Kalinowska, K., Anzenberger, F., Weis, C., Ostertag, M., Tsutsumi, C., Schwechheimer, C., Brunner, F., Huckelhoven, R. and Isono, E. (2013). The deubiquitinating enzyme AMSH1 and the ESCRT-III subunit VPS2.1 are required for autophagic degradation in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 25(6): 2236-2252.
  5. Brunner, F. and Nurnberger, T. (2012). Identification of immunogenic microbial patterns takes the fast lane. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(11): 4029-4030.
  6. Reiss, K., Kirchner, E., Gijzen, M., Zocher, G., Loffelhardt, B., Nurnberger, T., Stehle, T. and Brunner, F.# (2011). Structural and phylogenetic analyses of the GP42 transglutaminase from Phytophthora sojae reveal an evolutionary relationship between oomycetes and marine Vibrio bacteria. J Biol Chem 286(49): 42585-42593. (#Corresponding author)
  7. Gust, A. A., Brunner, F. and Nurnberger, T. (2010). Biotechnological concepts for improving plant innate immunity. Curr Opin Biotechnol 21(2): 204-210.
  8. Ottmann, C., Luberacki, B., Kufner, I., Koch, W., Brunner, F., Weyand, M., Mattinen, L., Pirhonen, M., Anderluh, G., Seitz, H. U., Nurnberger, T. and Oecking, C. (2009). A common toxin fold mediates microbial attack and plant defense. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 106(25): 10359-10364.
  9. Motteram, J., Kufner, I., Deller, S., Brunner, F., Hammond-Kosack, K. E., Nurnberger, T. and Rudd, J. J. (2009). Molecular characterization and functional analysis of MgNLP, the sole NPP1 domain-containing protein, from the fungal wheat leaf pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola. Mol Plant Microbe Interact 22(7): 790-799.
  10. Diepold, A., Li, G., Lennarz, W. J., Nurnberger, T. and Brunner, F. (2007). The Arabidopsis AtPNG1 gene encodes a peptide: N-glycanase. Plant J 52(1): 94-104.
  11. Qutob, D.*, Kemmerling, B.*, Brunner, F.*, Kufner, I., Engelhardt, S., Gust, A. A., Luberacki, B., Seitz, H. U., Stahl, D., Rauhut, T., Glawischnig, E., Schween, G., Lacombe, B., Watanabe, N., Lam, E., Schlichting, R., Scheel, D., Nau, K., Dodt, G., Hubert, D., Gijzen, M. and Nurnberger, T. (2006). Phytotoxicity and innate immune responses induced by Nep1-like proteins. Plant Cell 18(12): 3721-3744. (*Equal contribution)
  12. Nurnberger, T., Brunner, F., Kemmerling, B. and Piater, L. (2004). Innate immunity in plants and animals: striking similarities and obvious differences. Immunol Rev 198: 249-266.
  13. Brunner, F., Rosahl, S., Lee, J., Rudd, J. J., Geiler, C., Kauppinen, S., Rasmussen, G., Scheel, D. and Nurnberger, T. (2002). Pep-13, a plant defense-inducing pathogen-associated pattern from Phytophthora transglutaminases. EMBO J 21(24): 6681-6688.
  14. Fellbrich, G., Romanski, A., Varet, A., Blume, B., Brunner, F., Engelhardt, S., Felix, G., Kemmerling, B., Krzymowska, M. and Nürnberger, T. (2002). NPP1, a Phytophthora associated trigger of plant defense in parsley and Arabidopsis. Plant J 32(3): 375-390.
  15. Nurnberger, T. and Brunner, F. (2002). Innate immunity in plants and animals: emerging parallels between the recognition of general elicitors and pathogen-associated molecular patterns. Curr Opin Plant Biol 5(4): 318-324.
  16. Brunner, F., Wirtz, W., Rose, J. K., Darvill, A. G., Govers, F., Scheel, D. and Nurnberger, T. (2002). A beta-glucosidase/xylosidase from the phytopathogenic oomycete, Phytophthora infestans. Phytochemistry 59(7): 689-696.
  17. Fellbrich, G., Blume, B., Brunner, F., Hirt, H., Kroj, T., Ligterink, W., Romanski, A. and Nurnberger, T. (2000). Phytophthora parasitica elicitor-induced reactions in cells of Petroselinum crispum. Plant Cell Physiol 41(6): 692-701.
  18. Schultze, M., Staehelin, C., Brunner, F., Genetet, I., Legrand, M., Fritig, B., Kondorosi, E. and Kondorosi, Á. (1998). Plant chitinase/lysozyme isoforms show distinct substrate specificity and cleavage site preference towards lipochitooligosaccharide Nod signals. The Plant Journal 16(5): 571-580.
  19. Brunner, F., Stintzi, A., Fritig, B. and Legrand, M. (1998). Substrate specificities of tobacco chitinases. Plant J 14(2): 225-234.
  20. Heitz, T., Segond, S., Kauffmann, S., Geoffroy, P., Prasad, V., Brunner, F., Fritig, B. and Legrand, M. (1994). Molecular characterization of a novel tobacco pathogenesis-related (PR) protein: a new plant chitinase/lysozyme. Mol Gen Genet 245(2): 246-254.
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