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Cosmin Ionel Sicora

Centrul de Cercetari Biologice Jibou, Jibou, Romania

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Born: 1974

Interests: Photosynthesis, cyanobacteria, gene expression, bioenergy

-Differential expression patterns of the psbA genes under standard and environmental stress conditions in various species of cyanobacteria;
-Interaction of UV-B and visible light in damaging the electron transport of photosynthetic cyanobacteria.
-Protease mediated repair of PSII in cyanobacteria;
-Influence of carbon status of the cell in regulation of Ndh complex;
-Cyanobacterial bio-hydrogen formation, perspective for an efficient clean energy source: environmental influence on the activity of bidirectional hydrogenase.

Selected publications:
• Cosmin Ionel Sicora, Felix M. Ho, Tiina Salminen, Stenbjörn Styring, Eva-Mari Aro. Transcription of a “silent” cyanobacterial psbA gene is induced by microaerobic conditions. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics , 1787, pp. 105-112, 2009.
• Cosmin I. Sicora, Christopher M. Brown, Otilia Cheregi, Imre Vass, Douglas A. Campbell. The psbA gene family responds differentially to light and UVB stress in Gloeobacter violaceus PCC 7421, a deeply divergent cyanobacterium. BBA-Bioenergetics, 1777, pp. 130-139, 2008.
• Cosmin I. Sicora, Sarah E. Appleton, Christopher M. Brown, Jonathon Chung, Jillian Chandler, Amanda M. Cockshutt, Imre Vass and Douglas A. Campbell. Cyanobacterial psbA families in Anabaena and Synechocystis encode trace, constitutive and UVB induced D1 isoforms. . Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics, Volume 1757, Issue 1,, pp. Pages 47-5, 2006.


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