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  • Diaz, M., Pecinka, A. (2018): Scaffolding for Repair: Understanding Molecular Functions of the SMC5/6 Complex. Genes 9:E36. doi: 10.3390/genes9010036. Open access
  • Markus C., Pecinka A., Karan R., Barney J.N., Merotto A. Jr. (2018): Epigenetic regulation - contribution to herbicide resistance in weeds? Pest Management Science 74:275-281. Full text


  • Diaz, M., Pecinka, A. (2017): Seeds as emerging hotspot for maintenance of genome stability. Cytologia 82:467-470.
  • van Esse G.W., Walla A., Finke A., Koornneef M., Pecinka A., von Korff M. (2017): Six-Rowed Spike3 (VRS3) Is a Histone Demethylase That Controls Lateral Spikelet Development in Barley. Plant Physiology 174:2397-2408. doi: 10.1104/pp.17.00108. Full text
  • Baroux C., Pecinka A., Fuchs J., Kreth G., Schubert I., Grossniklaus I (2017): Non-random chromosome arrangement in triploid endosperm nuclei. Chromosoma 126:115-124 Open access


  • Willing E.M., Piofczyk T., Albert A., Winkler J.B., Schneeberger K., Pecinka A. (2016): UVR2 ensures transgenerational genome stability under simulated natural UV-B in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Communications 7:13522. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13522. Open access
  • Pietzenuk B., Markus C., Gaubert H., Bagwan N., Merotto A., Bucher E., Pecinka A. (2016): Recurrent evolution of heat-responsiveness in Brassicaceae COPIA elements. Genome Biology 17:209 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-1072-3 Open access


  • Vu G.T.H., Schmutzer T., Bull F., Cao H.X., Fuchs J., Tran T.D., Jovtchev G., Pistrick K., Stein N., Pecinka A., Neumann P., Novak P., Macas J., Deard P.H., Blattner F.R., Scholz U., Schubert I (2015): Comparative Genome Analysis Reveals Divergent Genome Size Evolution in a Carnivorous Plant Genus. Plant Genome doi:10.3835/plantgenome2015.04.0021 Open access
  • Rawat V, Abdelsamad A, Pietzenuk B, Seymour DK, Koenig D, Weigel D, Pecinka A, Schneeberger K (2015): Improving the Annotation of Arabidopsis lyrata Using RNA-Seq Data. PLoS One 10(9):e0137391. Open access
  • Cao HX, Schmutzer T, Scholz U, Pecinka A, Schubert I, Vu G.T.H. (2015): Metatranscriptome analysis reveals host-microbiome interactions in traps of carnivorous Genlisea species. Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00526 Open access
  • Liu C-H, Finke A, Diaz M, Rozhon W, Poppenberger B, Baubec T, Pecinka A. (2015): Repair of DNA Damage Induced by the Cytidine Analog Zebularine Requires ATR and ATM in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell doi/10.1105/tpc.114.135467 PDF.
  • Baranauskė S, Mickutė M, Plotnikova A, Finke A, Venclovas Č, Klimašauskas S, Vilkaitis G. (2015): Functional mapping of the plant small RNA methyltransferase: HEN1 physically interacts with HYL1 and DICER-LIKE 1 proteins. Nucleic Acids Research 43:2802-2812. Full text
  • Willing E-M, Rawat V, Mandáková T, Maumus F, Velikkakam James G, Nordström KJV, Becker C, Warthmann N, Chica C, Szarzynska B, Zytnicki M, Albani MC, Kiefer C, Bergonzi S, Castaings L, Mateos JL, Berns MC, Bujdoso N, Piofczyk T, de Lorenzo L, Barrero-Sicilia C, Mateos I, Piednoël M, Hagmann J, Chen-Min-Tao R, Iglesias-Fernández R, Schuster SC, Alonso-Blanco C, Roudier F, Carbonero P, Paz-Ares J, Davis SJ, Pecinka A, Quesneville H, Colot V, Lysak MA, Weigel D, Coupland G, Schneeberger K. (2015): Genome expansion of Arabis alpina linked with retrotransposition and reduced symmetric DNA methylation. Nature Plants doi:10.1038/nplants.2014.23. Full text
  • Piofczyk T, Jeena G, Pecinka A. (2015): Arabidopsis thaliana natural variation reveals connections between UV radiation stress and plant pathogen-like defense responses. Plant Physiology Biochemistry DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2015.01.011 Full text


  • Abdelsamad A, Pecinka A. Pollen-Specific Activation of Arabidopsis Retrogenes Is Associated with Global Transcriptional Reprogramming. Plant Cell DOI: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1105/​tpc.​114.​126011 (2014). Open access PDF
  • Pecinka A, Liu C.-H. Drugs for Plant Chromosome and Chromatin Research. Cytogenetic Genome Research DOI: 10.1159/000360774 (2014). Full text
  • Baubec T, Finke A, Mittelsten Scheid O, Pecinka A. Meristem-specific expression of epigenetic regulators safeguards transposon silencing in Arabidopsis. EMBO Reports doi: 10.1002/embr.201337915 (2014). Full text


  • Pecinka A, Abdelsamad A, Vu GTH. Hidden genetic nature of epigenetic natural variation in plants. Trends in Plant Science 18:625-632 (2013) Full text


  • de Meaux J, Pecinka A. The Arabidopsis genus: An emerging model to elucidate the molecular basis of interspecific differences in transposable element activity. Mobile Genetic Elements 2:142-144 (2012). PDF
  • Pecinka A, Mittelsten Scheid O. Stress-induced chromatin changes: A critical view on their heritability. Plant Cell Physiology doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcs044 (2012). PDF
  • Alcázar R, Pecinka A, Aarts MGM, Fransz PF, Koornneef M. Signals of speciation within Arabidopsis thaliana in comparison with its relatives. Curr Opin Plant Biol 15:205-211 (2012). abstract


  • Pecinka A, Fang W, Rehmsmeier M, Levy AA, Mittelsten Scheid O. Polyploidization increases meiotic recombination frequency in Arabidopsis. BMC Biology 9:24 (2011). PDF


  • Pecinka, A., Dinh, H.Q., Rosa, M., Baubec, T., Lettner, N. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Epigenetic control of repetitive elements is attenuated by prolonged heat stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22:1-12 (2010). PDF
  • Baubec, T., Dinh, H.Q., Pecinka, A., Rakic, B., Rozhon, W., Wohlrab, B., von Haeseler, A. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Cooperation of Multiple Chromatin Modifications Can Generate Unanticipated Stability of Epigenetic States in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22: 34-47 (2010). PDF


  • Pecinka, A., Rosa, M., Schikora, A., Berlinger, M., Hirt, H., Luschnig, C. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Transgenerational stress memory is not a general response in Arabidopsis. PLoS One 4:e5202 (2009). PDF
  • Baubec, T., Pecinka, A., Rozhon, W. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Effective, homogeneous and transient interference with cytosine methylation in plant genomic DNA by zebularine. Plant Journal 57:542-554 (2009). PDF


  • Jovtchev, G., Watanabe, K., Pecinka, A., Rosin, F.M., Mette, M.F., Lam, E. and Schubert, I. Size and number of tandem repeat arrays can determine somatic homologous pairing of transgene loci mediated by epigenetic modifications in Arabidopsis thaliana nuclei. Chromosoma 117:267-276 (2008). PDF
  • Fischer, U., Kuhlmann, M., Pecinka, A., Schmidt, R. and Mette, M.F. Local DNA features affect RNA-directed transcriptional gene silencing and DNA methylation. Plant Journal 53:1-10 (2008). PDF


  • Baroux, C., Pecinka, A., Fuchs, J., Schubert, I. and Grossniklaus, U. The triploid endosperm genome of Arabidopsis adopts a peculiar, parental-dosage-dependent chromatin organization. Plant Cell 19:1782-1794 (2007). PDF


  • Berr, A., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Kreth, G., Fuchs, J., Blattner, F.R., Lysak, M.A. and Schubert, I. Chromosome arrangement and nuclear architecture but not centromeric sequences are conserved between Arabidopsis thaliana and Arabidopsis lyrata. Plant Journal 48:771-783 (2006). PDF
  • Kirik, A., Pecinka, A., Wendeler, E. and Reiss, B. The chromatin assembly factor subunit FASCIATA1 is involved in homologous recombination in plants. Plant Cell 18:2431-2442 (2006). PDF
  • Pecinka, A., Suchankova, P., Lysak, M.A., Travnicek, B. and Dolezel, J. Nuclear DNA content variation among Central European Koeleria taxa. Annals of Botany 98:117-122 (2006). PDF
  • Lysak, M.A., Berr, A., Pecinka, A., Schmidt, R., McBreen, K. and Schubert, I. Mechanisms of chromosome number reduction in Arabidopsis thaliana and related Brassicaceae species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103:5224-5229 (2006). PDF
  • Schubert, V., Klatte, M., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Jasencakova, Z., Schubert, I. Sister chromatids are often incompletely cohesed in meristematic and endopolyploid interphase nuclei of Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics 172:467-475 (2006). PDF


  • Watanabe, K., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Schubert, I. and Lam, E. DNA hypomethylation reduces homologous pairing of inserted tandem repeat arrays in somatic nuclei of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal 44:531-540 (2005). PDF
  • Pecinka, A., Kato, N., Meister, A., Probst, A.V., Schubert, I. and Lam, E. Tandem repetitive transgenes and fluorescent chromatin tags alter the local interphase chromosome arrangement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Cell Science 118:3751-3758 (2005). PDF
  • Lysak, M.A., Koch, M., Pecinka, A. and Schubert, I. Chromosome triplication found across the tribe Brassiceae. Genome Research 15:516-525 (2005). PDF


  • Pecinka, A., Schubert, V., Meister, A., Kreth, G., Klatte, M., Lysak, M.A., Fuchs, J. and Schubert, I. Chromosome territory arrangement and homologous pairing in nuclei of Arabidopsis thaliana are predominantly random except for NOR-bearing chromosomes. Chromosoma 113:258-269 (2004). PDF
  • Schubert, I., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Schubert, V., Klatte, M. and Jovtchev, G. DNA damage processing and aberration formation in plants. Cytogenetic Genome Research 104:104-108 (2004). PDF


  • Lysak, M.A., Pecinka, A. and Schubert, I. Recent progress in chromosome painting of Arabidopsis and related species. Chromosome Research 11:195-20 (2003). PDF