Recent publications


Schmitz RJ, Marand AP, Zhang X, Mosher RA, Turck F, Chen X, Axtell MJ, Zhong X, Brady SM, Megraw M, Meyers BC. (2021) Quality control and evaluation of plant epigenomics data. Plant Cell: koab255., doi: 10.1093/plcell/koab255 . Epub ahead of print. open access

Tian, H., Li, Y., Wang, C., Xu, X., Zhang, Y., Zeb, Q., Zicola, J., Fu, Y., Turck, F., Li, L., Lu, Z., Liu, L. Photoperiod-responsive changes in chromatin accessibility in phloem companion and epidermis cells of Arabidopsis leaves (2021) The Plant Cell 33, 475-491, doi: 10.1093/plcell/koaa043  open access


Zhao L, Richards S, Turck F, Kollmann M. (2020) Information integration and decision making in flowering time control. PLoS One15(9):e0239417. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0239417. open access

Velanis CN, Perera P, Thomson B, de Leau E, Liang SH, Hartwig B, Förderer A, Thornton H, Arede P, Chen J, Webb KM, Gümüs S, De Jaeger G, Page CA, Hancock CN, Spanos C, Rappsilber J, Voigt P, Turck F, Wellmer F, and J. Goddrich (2020). The domesticated transposase ALP2 mediates formation of a novel Polycomb protein complex by direct interaction with MSI1, a core subunit of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 (PRC2). PLoS Genet 16(5): e1008681, doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1008681. open access


Zicola, J., Liu, L., Tänzler, P., Turck, F. (2019) Targeted DNA methylation represses two enhancers of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Plants 5, 300–307, doi: 10.1038/s41477-019-0375-2. open access

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Krause, K and Turck, F. Plant H3K27me3 has finally found its readers. Nature Genetics 50: 1206-1208 (2018), doi 10.1038/s41588-018-0201-1.

Kollmann M., Turck F. (2018) Molekulare Mechanismen der Datenintegration und Entscheidung zur Einleitung der Reproduktiven Phase in Pflanzen. In: Bossert M. (eds) Information- and Communication Theory in Molecular Biology. Lecture Notes in Bioengineering. Springer, Cham.

Xue L. , Klinnawee L., Zhou Y., Saridis G., Vijayakumar V., Brands M., Dörmann P., Gigolashvili T., Turck F. and Bucher, M. (2018) AP2 transcription factor CBX1 with a specific function in symbiotic exchange of nutrients in mycorrhizal Lotus japonicus. PNAS 115, E9239-E9246, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1812275115 open access

Zhou, Y., Wang, Y., Krause, K., Yang, T., Dongus, J. A., Zhang, Y., Turck, F. (2018) Telobox motifs recruit CLF/SWN–PRC2 for H3K27me3 deposition via TRB factors in Arabidopsis. Nature Genetics 50(5):638-644, doi: 10.1038/s41588-018-0109-9. open access

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Oka, R.*, Zicola, J.*, Weber, B.*, Anderson, S.N., Hodgman, C., Gent, J. I., Wesselink, J.-J., Springer, N. M., Hoefsloot, H.C.J., Turck, F.** and M. Stam** (2017) Genome-wide mapping of transcriptional enhancer candidates using DNA and chromatin features in maize. Genome Biology 18:137, doi: 10.1186/s13059-017-1273-4. *contributed equally, **joint corresponding authors  open access

Engelhorn, J., Turck, F.: Meta-analysis of Genome-Wide Chromatin Data (2017) In: Methods in Molecular Biology 1456: Plant Epigenetics, pp 33-50, doi: 10.1007/978-1-4899-7708-3_3.

*Zhou Y, *Romero-Campero FJ, Gómez-Zambrano Á, **Turck F, **Calonje M. H2A monoubiquitination in Arabidopsis thaliana is generally independent of LHP1 and PRC2 activity. Genome Biol. 2017, 18:69. doi: 10.1186/s13059-017-1197-z. open access *shared first **shared correspondence

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Zhou Y, Tergemina E, Cui H, Förderer A, Hartwig B, Velikkakam James G, Schneeberger K, Turck F. Ctf4-related protein recruits LHP1-PRC2 to maintain H3K27me3 levels in dividing cells in Arabidopsis thaliana. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017,  pii: 201620955. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1620955114. open access


Merini W, Romero-Campero FJ, Gomez-Zambrano A, Zhou Y, Turck F, Calonje M.: The Arabidopsis Polycomb Repressive Complex 1 (PRC1) components AtBMI1A, B and C impact gene networks throughout all stages of plant development. Plant Physiol. 2016 Nov 9. pii: pp.01259.2016. open access

Förderer A, Zhou Y, Turck F. The age of multiplexity: Recruitment and interactions of Polycomb complexes in plants (2016) Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 169-178, DOI: 10.1016/j.pbi.2015.11.010

Zhou Y, Hartwig B, Velikkakam James G, Schneeberger K, Turck F. (2016) Complementary activities of TELOMERE REPEAT BINDING proteins and Polycomb Group complexes in transcriptional regulation of target genes. Plant Cell 28(1):87-101. doi 10.1105/ access

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Bratzel, F. and Turck, F.: Molecular memories in the regulation of seasonal flowering: from competence to cessation. Genome Biology 2015, 16:192  doi:10.1186/ access

Iglesias F.M., Bruera N.A., Dergan-Dylon S., Marino-Buslje, C., Lorenzi, H., Mateos J.L., Turck, F., Coupland, G. and Cerdán, P.D. (2015) The Arabidopsis DNA Polymerase δ Has a Role in the Deposition of Transcriptionally Active Epigenetic Marks, Development and Flowering. PLoS Genetics 11(2):e1004975. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004975. open access

*Liang SC, *Hartwig B, Perera P, Mora-García S, de Leau E, Thornton H, de Alves FL, Rapsilber J, Yang S, James GV, Schneeberger K, Finnegan EJ, #Turck F, #Goodrich: Kicking against the PRCs - A Domesticated Transposase Antagonises Silencing Mediated by Polycomb Group Proteins and Is an Accessory Component of Polycomb Repressive Complex 2. PLoS Genetics (2015) 11:e1005660. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005660. *shared first authors, #shared corresponding authors. open access


Liu L., Adrian J., Pankin A., Hu J., Dong X., von Korff M., and F. Turck. Induced and natural variation of promoter length modulates the photoperiodic response of FLOWERING LOCUS T. Nat Commun. 5:4558 doi: 10.1038/ncomms5558 (2014).

Hu JY, Zhou Y, He F, Dong X, Liu LY, Coupland G, Turck F, de Meaux J (2014). miR824-Regulated AGAMOUS-LIKE16 Contributes to Flowering Time Repression in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 26, access

Liu L., Farrona S., Klemme S., Turck F. (2014). Post-fertilization expression of FLOWERING LOCUS T suppresses reproductive reversion. Front. Plant Sci. 5 (164),DOI=10.3389/fpls.2014.00164 open access

Liu, L., Zhang, J., Adrian, J., Gissot, L., Coupland, G., Yu, D. and F. Turck (2014). Elevated Levels of MYB30 in the Phloem Accelerate Flowering in Arabidopsis through the Regulation of FLOWERING LOCUS T. PLoS ONE 9 (2): e89799,DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089799. open access


Turck F, Coupland G.: Natural variation in epigenetic gene regulation and its effects on plant developmental traits. Evolution. 2013 Oct 7. doi: 10.1111/evo.12286.

Jensen MK, Lindemose S, Masi Fd, Reimer JJ, Nielsen M, Perera V, Workman CT, Turck F, Grant MR, Mundy J, Petersen M, Skriver K.: ATAF1 transcription factor directly regulates abscisic acid biosynthetic gene NCED3 in Arabidopsis thaliana. FEBS Open Bio. 3:321-7. doi: 10.1016/j.fob.2013.07.006 (2013) open access

Yang C, Bratzel F, Hohmann N, Koch M, Turck F, Calonje M.: VAL- and AtBMI1-Mediated H2Aub Initiate the Switch from Embryonic to Postgerminative Growth in Arabidopsis. Current Biology, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.05.050 (2013). abstract

Huang X, Ding J, Effgen S, Turck F, Koornneef ,M. Multiple loci and genetic interactions involving flowering time genes regulate stem branching among natural variants of Arabidopsis. New Phytolgist 199, 843-857 (2013). abstract

Nordström; K. J. V., Albani, M. C.; Velikkakam James, G.; Gutjahr, C.; Hartwig, B.; Turck, F.; Paszkowski, U.; Coupland, G. and K. Schneeberger: Mutation identification by direct comparison of whole-genome sequencing data from mutant and wild-type individuals using k-mers. Nature Biotechnology, advanced online publication, doi: 10.1038/nbt.2515 (2013). abstract

Zografou, T and Turck, F.: Epigenetic Control of Flowering Time. In: Epigenetic Memory and Control in Plants. Heidelberg, Springer 2013 (Signaling and Communication in Plants Vol. 18) pp 77-105.




Dong, X; Reimer, J.; Goebel, U.; Engelhorn, J.; He, F.; Schoof, H.  and F. Turck : Natural variation of H3K27me3 distribution between two Arabidopsis accessions and its association with flanking transposable elements. In: Genome Biology 13:R117, doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-12-r117 (2012). open access

Engelhorn, J.; Reimer, J.J., Leuz,I.; Göbel, U.; Huettel, B.; Farrona, S. and Turck, F. DEVELOPMENT-RELATED PcG TARGET IN THE APEX 4 controls leaf margin architecture in Arabidopsis thaliana. Development, doi:10.1242/dev.078618 (2012). open access

Hartwig B, Velikkakam James G, Konrad K, Schneeberger K, Turck F.: Fast isogenic mapping-by-sequencing of EMS-induced mutant bulks. In: Plant Physiology, (2012). open access

He, F., Zhang, X., Hu, J, Turck, F; Dong, X., Goebel, U, Borevitz, J. and
de Meaux, J. Genome-wide analysis of cis-regulatory divergence between species in the Arabidopsis genus. Molecular Biology & Evolution, doi: 10.1093/molbev/mss146 (2012)

He, F., Zhang. X., Hu, J., Turck, F., Dong, X., Goebel, U., Borevitz, J. and de Meaux, J. Widespread interspecific divergence in cis-regulation of transposable elements in the Arabidopsis genus. In: Molecular Biology & Evolution 29, 1081-1091 (2012).



Castrillo, G., Turck, F., Leveugle, M., Lecharny, A., Carbonero, P., Coupland, G., Paz-Ares, J. and Oñate-Sánchez, L. Speeding Cis- Trans Regulation Discovery by Phylogenomic Analyses Coupled with Screenings of an Arrayed Library of Arabidopsis Transcription Factors. PLoS One 6: e21524. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0021524 (2011). open access

Farrona S, Thorpe FL, Engelhorn J, Adrian J, Dong X, Sarid-Krebs L, Goodrich J, Turck F.: Tissue-Specific Expression of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis Is Maintained Independently of Polycomb Group Protein Repression. In: Plant Cell 23, 3204-3214 (2011). open access

Farrona, S., L. Hurtado, R. March-Díaz, R. J. Schmitz, F. J. Florencio, F. Turck, R. M. Amasino and J. C. Reyes: Brahma Is Required for Proper Expression of the Floral Repressor FLC in Arabidopsis. In: PLoS One 6, e17997-e17997, Seq. No.: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0017997 (2011). open access

Kaufmann, K. and F. Turck: Mechanismen der transkriptionellen Regulation in der Blütenentwicklung. In: Biospektrum 17, 165-167, Seq. No.: doi: 10.1007/s12268-011-0023-5 (2011).

Turck, F. and Coupland, G.: When vernalization makes sense. In: Science 331, 36-37 (2011).




Adrian, J., S. Farrona, J.J. Reimer, M.C. Albani, G. Coupland and F. Turck (2010): cis-Regulatory Elements and Chromatin State Coordinately Control Temporal and Spatial Expression of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis. In: Plant Cell 22, 1425-1440 (2010). open access

Engelhorn, J. and F. Turck (2010): Metaanalysis of ChIP-chip Data. In: Plant Epigenetics. (Eds.) Kovalchuk, I. ; Zemp, F. J., (Methods in Molecular Biology 631) New York, 185-207.

Göbel, U., J. J. Reimer and F. Turck (2010): Genome-Wide Mapping of Protein-DNA Interaction by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation and DNA Microarray Hybridization (ChIP-chip). Part B: ChIP-chip Data Analysis. In: Plant Epigenetics. (Eds.) Kovalchuk, I. ; Zemp, F. J., (Methods in Molecular Biology 631) New York, 161-184.

Reimer, J. J. and F. Turck (2010): Genome-Wide Mapping of Protein-DNA Interaction by Chromatin Immunoprecipitation and DNA Microarray Hybridization (ChIP-chip). Part A: ChIP-chip Molecular Methods. In: Plant Epigenetics. (Eds.) Kovalchuk, I. ; Zemp, F. J., (Methods in Molecular Biology 631) New York, 139-160.


Prior 2010

Jaspers, P., T. Blomster, M. Brosche, J. Salojarvi, R. Ahlfors, J.P. Vainonen, R.A. Reddy, R. Immink, G. Angenent, F. Turck, K. Overmyer, and J. Kangasjarvi (2009): Unequally redundant RCD1 and SRO1 mediate stress and developmental responses and interact with transcription factors. Plant Journal 60, 268-279

Wang, R., S. Farrona, C. Vincent, A. Joecker, H. Schoof, F. Turck, C. Alonso-Blanco, G. Coupland and M. Albani (2009): PEP1 regulates perennial flowering in Arabis alpina. In: Nature 459, 423-427.

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Adrian, J., S. Torti, and F. Turck, From Decision to Commitment (2009): The Molecular Memory of Flowering. Molecular Plant2, 628-642.

Farrona, S; Coupland, G; Turck, F (2008): The Impact of Chromatin Regulation on the Floral Transition. In: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology, 19, 560-73.

Turck, F., F. Fornara and G. Coupland ­(2008): Regulation and Identity of Florigen: Flowering Locus T Moves Center Stage. In: Annual Review of Plant Biology 59, 573-594.

Turck, F., F. Roudier, S. Farrona, M.-L. Martin-Magniette, E. Guillaume, N. Buisine, S. Gagnot, R. A. Martienssen, G. Coupland and V. Colot (2007). Arabidopsis TFL2/LHP1 Specifically Associates with Genes Marked by Trimethylation of Histone H3 Lysine 27. PLOS Genetics 3, 6, Seq. No.: doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.0030086. open access

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Searle, I., He, Y., Turck, F., Vincent, C., Fornara, F., Kröber, S., Amasino, R. A. and Coupland, G. (2006). The transcription factor FLC confers a flowering response to vernalization be repressing meristem competence and systemic signaling in Arabidopsis.Genes & Development 20, 898-912. full text

Wenkel, S., F. Turck, K. Singer, L. Gissota, J. Le Gourrierec, A. Samach and G. Coupland: CONSTANS and the CCAAT Box Binding Complex Share a Functionally Important Domain and Interact to Regulate Flowering of Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 18, 2971-2984 (2006). open access

Turck F, Zhou A, Somssich IE (2004) Stimulus-dependent, promoter-specific binding of transcription factor WRKY1 to Its native promoter and the defense-related gene PcPR1-1 in Parsley. Plant Cell16, 2573-85. full text

Turck F, Zilbermann F, Kozma SC, Thomas G, Nagy F. (2004) Phytohormones participate in an S6 kinase signal transduction pathway in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol 134, 1527-35

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