Henk Schat
  • Department of Genetics, Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Research focus
  • Plant science
Personal information


Ph.D in Plant Ecology, Department of Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Plants, VU University, Amsterdam, 1982

Current position

Assistant Professor in Genetics, Department of Genetics, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publications (since 2009)

  1. Jozefczak, M., Keunen, E., Schat, H., Bliek, M., Hernandez, L. E., Carleer, R., Remans, T., Bohler, S., Vangronsveld, J. and Cuypers, A. (2014). Differential response of Arabidopsis leaves and roots to cadmium: glutathione-related chelating capacity vs antioxidant capacity. Plant Physiol Biochem 83: 1-9.
  2. Kozhevnikova, A. D., Seregin, I. V., Verweij, R. and Schat, H. (2014). Histidine promotes the loading of nickel and zinc, but not of cadmium, into the xylem in Noccaea caerulescens. Plant Signal Behav 9(9): e29580.
  3. Kozhevnikova, A. D., Seregin, I. V., Erlikh, N. T., Shevyreva, T. A., Andreev, I. M., Verweij, R. and Schat, H. (2014). Histidine-mediated xylem loading of zinc is a species-wide character in Noccaea caerulescens. New Phytol 203(2): 508-519.
  4. Halimaa, P., Lin, Y. F., Ahonen, V. H., Blande, D., Clemens, S., Gyenesei, A., Haikio, E., Karenlampi, S. O., Laiho, A., Aarts, M. G., Pursiheimo, J. P., Schat, H., Schmidt, H., Tuomainen, M. H. and Tervahauta, A. I. (2014). Gene expression differences between Noccaea caerulescens ecotypes help to identify candidate genes for metal phytoremediation. Environ Sci Technol 48(6): 3344-3353.
  5. Nawaz, I., Iqbal, M., Hakvoort, H. W., Bliek, M., de Boer, B. and Schat, H. (2014). Expression levels and promoter activities of candidate salt tolerance genes in halophytic and glycophytic Brassicaceae. Environ Exp Bot 99: 59-66.
  6. Katschnig, D., Jaarsma, R., Almeida, P., Rozema, J. and Schat, H. (2014). Differences in proton pumping and Na/H exchange at the leaf cell tonoplast between a halophyte and a glycophyte. AoB Plants 6.
  7. Pignattelli, S., Colzi, I., Buccianti, A., Cattani, I., Beone, G. M., Schat, H. and Gonnelli, C. (2013). A multielement analysis of Cu induced changes in the mineral profiles of Cu sensitive and tolerant populations of Silene paradoxa L. Environ Exp Bot 96: 20-27.
  8. Iqbal, M., Nawaz, I., Hassan, Z., Hakvoort, H. W., Bliek, M., Aarts, M. G. and Schat, H. (2013). Expression of HMA4 cDNAs of the zinc hyperaccumulator Noccaea caerulescens from endogenous NcHMA4 promoters does not complement the zinc-deficiency phenotype of the Arabidopsis thaliana hma2hma4 double mutant. Front Plant Sci 4: 404.
  9. Mohtadi, A., Ghaderian, S. M. and Schat, H. (2013). The effect of EDDS and citrate on the uptake of lead in hydroponically grown Matthiola flavida. Chemosphere 93(6): 986-989.
  10. Rozema, J. and Schat, H. (2013). Salt tolerance of halophytes, research questions reviewed in the perspective of saline agriculture. Environ Exp Bot 92: 83-95.
  11. Karimi, N., Ghaderian, S. and Schat, H. (2013). Arsenic in soil and vegetation of a contaminated area. Int J Environmen Sci Te 10(4): 743-752.
  12. van der Ent, A., Baker, A. J., Reeves, R. D., Pollard, A. J. and Schat, H. (2013). Hyperaccumulators of metal and metalloid trace elements: facts and fiction. Plant Soil 362(1-2): 319-334.
  13. Liu, W., Schat, H., Bliek, M., Chen, Y., McGrath, S. P., George, G., Salt, D. E. and Zhao, F. J. (2012). Knocking out ACR2 does not affect arsenic redox status in Arabidopsis thaliana: implications for as detoxification and accumulation in plants. PLoS One 7(8): e42408.
  14. Mohtadi, A., Ghaderian, S. M. and Schat, H. (2012). Lead, zinc and cadmium accumulation from two metalliferous soils with contrasting calcium contents in heavy metal-hyperaccumulating and non-hyperaccumulating metallophytes: a comparative study. Plant Soil 361(1-2): 109-118.
  15. Remans, T., Opdenakker, K., Guisez, Y., Carleer, R., Schat, H., Vangronsveld, J. and Cuypers, A. (2012). Exposure of Arabidopsis thaliana to excess Zn reveals a Zn-specific oxidative stress signature. Environ Exp Bot 84: 61-71.
  16. Huguet, S., Bert, V., Laboudigue, A., Barthès, V., Isaure, M.-P., Llorens, I., Schat, H. and Sarret, G. (2012). Cd speciation and localization in the hyperaccumulator Arabidopsis halleri. Environ Exp Bot 82: 54-65.
  17. Thorsen, M., Jacobson, T., Vooijs, R., Navarrete, C., Bliek, T., Schat, H. and Tamas, M. J. (2012). Glutathione serves an extracellular defence function to decrease arsenite accumulation and toxicity in yeast. Mol Microbiol 84(6): 1177-1188.
  18. Mohtadi, A., Ghaderian, S. M. and Schat, H. (2012). A comparison of lead accumulation and tolerance among heavy metal hyperaccumulating and non-hyperaccumulating metallophytes. Plant Soil 352(1-2): 267-276.
  19. Meyer, C. L., Peisker, D., Courbot, M., Craciun, A. R., Cazale, A. C., Desgain, D., Schat, H., Clemens, S. and Verbruggen, N. (2011). Isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis halleri and Thlaspi caerulescens phytochelatin synthases. Planta 234(1): 83-95.
  20. Grispen, V. M., Hakvoort, H. W., Bliek, T., Verkleij, J. A. and Schat, H. (2011). Combined expression of the Arabidopsis metallothionein MT2b and the heavy metal transporting ATPase HMA4 enhances cadmium tolerance and the root to shoot translocation of cadmium and zinc in tobacco. Environ Exp Bot 72(1): 71-76.
  21. Tuomainen, M., Ahonen, V., Karenlampi, S. O., Schat, H., Paasela, T., Svanys, A., Tuohimetsa, S., Peraniemi, S. and Tervahauta, A. (2011). Characterization of the glyoxalase 1 gene TcGLX1 in the metal hyperaccumulator plant Thlaspi caerulescens. Planta 233(6): 1173-1184.
  22. Hassinen, V. H., Tervahauta, A. I., Schat, H. and Karenlampi, S. O. (2011). Plant metallothioneins--metal chelators with ROS scavenging activity? Plant Biol (Stuttg) 13(2): 225-232.
  23. Jacobson, T., Thorsen, M., Vooijs, R., Schat, H. and Tamas, M. J. (2010). Yeast cells export glutathione as an extracellular defense mechanism. FEBS Journal 277, 206-206.
  24. Assuncao, A. G., Herrero, E., Lin, Y. F., Huettel, B., Talukdar, S., Smaczniak, C., Immink, R. G., van Eldik, M., Fiers, M., Schat, H. and Aarts, M. G. (2010). Arabidopsis thaliana transcription factors bZIP19 and bZIP23 regulate the adaptation to zinc deficiency. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(22): 10296-10301.
  25. Plessl, M., Rigola, D., Hassinen, V. H., Tervahauta, A., Karenlampi, S., Schat, H., Aarts, M. G. and Ernst, D. (2010). Comparison of two ecotypes of the metal hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens (J. & C. PRESL) at the transcriptional level. Protoplasma 239(1-4): 81-93.
  26. Assuncao, A. G., Schat, H. and Aarts, M. G. (2010). Regulation of the adaptation to zinc deficiency in plants. Plant Signal Behav 5(12): 1553-1555.
  27. Tuomainen, M., Tervahauta, A., Hassinen, V., Schat, H., Koistinen, K. M., Lehesranta, S., Rantalainen, K., Hayrinen, J., Auriola, S., Anttonen, M. and Karenlampi, S. (2010). Proteomics of Thlaspi caerulescens accessions and an inter-accession cross segregating for zinc accumulation. J Exp Bot 61(4): 1075-1087.
  28. Shahbaz, M., Tseng, M. H., Stuiver, C. E., Koralewska, A., Posthumus, F. S., Venema, J. H., Parmar, S., Schat, H., Hawkesford, M. J. and De Kok, L. J. (2010). Copper exposure interferes with the regulation of the uptake, distribution and metabolism of sulfate in Chinese cabbage. J Plant Physiol 167(6): 438-446.
  29. Karimi, N., Ghaderian, S. M., Maroofi, H. and Schat, H. (2010). Analysis of arsenic in soil and vegetation of a contaminated area in Zarshuran, Iran. Int J Phytoremediation 12(2): 159-173.
  30. Mengoni, A., Schat, H. and Vangronsveld, J. (2010). Plants as extreme environments? Ni-resistant bacteria and Ni-hyperaccumulators of serpentine flora. Plant Soil 331(1-2): 5-16.
  31. Wu, J., Zhao, F.-J., Ghandilyan, A., Logoteta, B., Guzman, M. O., Schat, H., Wang, X. and Aarts, M. G. (2009). Identification and functional analysis of two ZIP metal transporters of the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens. Plant Soil 325(1-2): 79-95.
  32. Ghandilyan, A., Barboza, L., Tisne, S., Granier, C., Reymond, M., Koornneef, M., Schat, H. and Aarts, M. G. (2009). Genetic analysis identifies quantitative trait loci controlling rosette mineral concentrations in Arabidopsis thaliana under drought. New Phytol 184(1): 180-192.
  33. Verbruggen, N., Hermans, C. and Schat, H. (2009). Mechanisms to cope with arsenic or cadmium excess in plants. Curr Opin Plant Biol 12(3): 364-372.
  34. Richau, K. H., Kozhevnikova, A. D., Seregin, I. V., Vooijs, R., Koevoets, P. L., Smith, J. A., Ivanov, V. B. and Schat, H. (2009). Chelation by histidine inhibits the vacuolar sequestration of nickel in roots of the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens. New Phytol 183(1): 106-116.
  35. Ghandilyan, A., Ilk, N., Hanhart, C., Mbengue, M., Barboza, L., Schat, H., Koornneef, M., El-Lithy, M., Vreugdenhil, D., Reymond, M. and Aarts, M. G. (2009). A strong effect of growth medium and organ type on the identification of QTLs for phytate and mineral concentrations in three Arabidopsis thaliana RIL populations. J Exp Bot 60(5): 1409-1425.
  36. Grispen, V. M., Irtelli, B., Hakvoort, H. W., Vooijs, R., Bliek, T., Wilma, M., Verkleij, J. A. and Schat, H. (2009). Expression of the Arabidopsis metallothionein 2b enhances arsenite sensitivity and root to shoot translocation in tobacco. Environ Exp Bot 66(1): 69-73.
  37. Hassinen, V. H., Tuomainen, M., Peraniemi, S., Schat, H., Karenlampi, S. O. and Tervahauta, A. I. (2009). Metallothioneins 2 and 3 contribute to the metal-adapted phenotype but are not directly linked to Zn accumulation in the metal hyperaccumulator, Thlaspi caerulescens. J Exp Bot 60(1): 187-196.
  38. Verbruggen, N., Hermans, C. and Schat, H. (2009). Molecular mechanisms of metal hyperaccumulation in plants. New Phytol 181(4): 759-776.
  39. Richau, K. H. and Schat, H. (2009). Intraspecific variation of nickel and zinc accumulation and tolerance in the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens. Plant Soil 314(1-2): 253-262.
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