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Selected Publications:

Abdelnoor, R.V., Yule, R., Elo, A., Christensen, A., Meyer-Gauen, G. and Mackenzie, S. 2003 Substoichiometric shifting in the plant mitochondrial genome is influenced by a gene homologous to MutS.  Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 100:5968-5973.

Elo, A., Lyznik, A., Gonzalez, D.O., Kachman, S.D. and Mackenzie, S. 2003. Nuclear genes encoding mitochondrial proteins for DNA and RNA metabolism are clustered in the Arabidopsis genome. Plant Cell 15:1619-1631.

Christensen AC, Lyznik A, Mohammed S, Elowsky CG, Elo A, Yule R, Mackenzie SA.  2005. Dual-domain, dual-targeting organellar protein presequences in Arabidopsis can use non-AUG start codons. Plant Cell10:2805-16. Selected by Faculty of 1000.

Abdelnoor, R.V., Christensen, A.C., Mohammed, S., Munoz-Castillo, B., Moriyama, H. and Mackenzie, S.A.  2006. Mitochondrial genome dynamics in plants and animals: Convergent gene fusions of a MutS homolog.  J. Molec. Evol. 63(2):165-73.


Sandhu, A.S., Abdelnoor, R.V. and Mackenzie, S.A. 2007. Transgenic induction of mitochondrial rearrangements for cytoplasmic male sterility in crop plants. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 104:1766-70.


Shedge, V., Arrieta-Montiel, M., Christensen, A.C. and Mackenzie, S.A. 2007. Plant mitochondrial recombination surveillance requires novel RecA and MutS homologs. Plant Cell 19:1251-1264. Highlighted in Eckardt, N.A., “Mitochondrial Recombination Surveillance,” Plant Cell, 19: 1139, 2007.

Wamboldt, Y., Mohammed, S., Elowsky, C., Wittgren, C., de Paula, W. and Mackenzie S. 2009. Alternative translation initiation leads to differentially targeted protein isoforms in Arabidopsis.  Plant Cell 21:157-67


Feng, X, Kaul, A, Mackenzie, S and Dweikat, I. 2009. The mitochondrial genome of millet (Pennisetum americanum) undergoes evolutionary transition patterns that may be representative of higher plants. Theor. Appl Genet. 118:1361-70.


Arrieta-Montiel MP, Shedge V, Davila J, Christensen AC, Mackenzie SA. 2009. Diversity of the Arabidopsis mitochondrial genome occurs via nuclear-controlled recombination activity. Genetics 183:1261-8.


Shedge V, Davila J, Arrieta-Montiel MP, Mohammed S, Mackenzie SA. 2010. Extensive rearrangement of the Arabidopsis mitochondrial genome elicits cellular conditions for thermotolerance. Plant Physiol. 152:1960-70. Selected by Faculty of 1000.

Xu YZ, Arrieta-Montiel MP, Wamboldt YJ, Virdi K,  De Paula WBM, Widhalm JR, Basset GJ,  Davila JI, Elthon TE, Elowsky CG, Sato SJ, Clemente TE, Mackenzie SA. 2011. MSH1 is a multi-functional protein in plants that alters mitochondrial and plastid properties and response to high light.  Plant Cell, in press.


Davila JI, Arrieta-Montiel MP, Wamboldt Y, Shedge,V, Xu Y-Z, Mackenzie SA. 2011. Double-strand break repair processes drive evolution of the mitochondrial genome in Arabidopsis. BMC Genomics, in press.

Some reviews of our work:

Mackenzie SA. 2005. Plant organellar protein targeting: a traffic plan still under construction. Trends Cell Biol. 10:548-54.

Mackenzie, S.A, 2005.  The mitochondrial genome of higher plants: A target for natural adaptation. Diversity and Evolution of Plants, R. J. Henry, ed. CABI Publishers,  Oxon, UK.  Pp. 69-80.

Mackenzie, S.A., 2005.  The influence of mitochondrial genetics on crop breeding strategies.   Plant Breeding Reviews Vol 25:115-138. John Wiley and Sons.

Mackenzie, S.A. 2007. The unique biology of mitochondrial genome instability in plants, In: Plant Mitochondria (D. Logan, ed., Blackwell Publ.), Pp. 36-46.

Arrieta-Montiel M. and Mackenzie, S.A. 2011. Plant Mitochondrial Genomes and Recombination, in: Advances in Plant Biology, Vol I. Plant Mitochondria (F. Kempken, ed). Springer Publ. pp. 65-84.

Mackenzie, S.A. 2011. Male Sterility in Plants, In: Plant Biotechnology and Agriculture: Prospects for the 21st century, A. Altman and P.M. Hasegawa eds., Elsevier Press (in press).