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Mats X Andersson

Undergraduate studies administrator
Associate professor in Plant Cell- and molecular biology

Tel: 46 (0)31-786 2688
E-post: mats.andersson@bioenv.gu.se
Fax: 46 (0)31-786 2560

Mats Andersson is an associate professor in Plant Cell- and Molecular Biology since 2013 and is employed as a coordinator for undergraduate studies. In this function I support the directors of undergraduates studies and the prefect in planning the manning of courses and general undergraduate studies at the department.

I lead the Plant defense group and supervise the PhD students Per Fahlberg och Oskar Johansson.

I defended my PhD thesis with the title ”Lipid trafficking: into, within and out of the chloroplast”in Plant Physiology in 2004. After the dissertation I continued as a post doc at GU for about two years and then in Copenhagen for two years. I was employed as an assistant professor at the department between 2008 and 2013.


Teaches on undergraduate level in plant physiology and cell biology










My research deals primarily with how plants recognize and defend themselves against microorganisms. In particular, my research deals with the role of phospholipases and oxidized membrane lipids in defense against microorganisms.

In addition to plant pathogen interactions, I also have a number of other collaborations. Currently I work part time at the department of Clinical Sciences to set up methods for quantification of steroid hormones in children. I also contribute with analysis of lipids, fatty acids, phytohormones and xenobiotics for several other groups.







Link to publications in GUP

"Lipid trafficking: Into, within and out of the chloroplast"



Nilsson AK, Johansson ON, Fahlberg P, Steinhart F, Gustavsson M, Ellerström M, Andersson MX (2014) Formation of oxidized phosphatidylinositol and 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid containing acylated phosphatidylglycerol during the hypersensitive response in Arabidopsis. Phytochemistry 101: 65-75

Xu D, Li J, Gangappaa SN, Hettiarachchia C, Lin F, Andersson MX, Jiang Y, Deng XW Holm M (2014) Convergence of light and ABA signaling on the ABI5 promoter. PLOS Genetics 10: e1004197


Torstensson A, Hedblom M, Andersson J, Andersson MX, Wulff A (2013) Synergism between elevated pCO2 and temperature on the Antarctic sea ice diatom Nitzschia lecointei Biogeosciences, 10: 6391-6401

Park SW, Li W, Viehhauser A, Kim S, Nilsson AK, Andersson MX, Kittle JD, Ambavaram MMR, Luan S, Esker AR, Tholl D, Ellerström M, Coaker G, Mitchell TK, Pereira A, Dietz KJ, Lawrence CB (2013) Cyclophilin 20-3 Relays a 12-Oxo-Phytodienoic Acid Signal During Stress Responsive Regulation of Cellular Redox Homeostasis. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110: 9559-9564

Pinosa F, Buhot N, Kwaaitaal M, Fahlberg P, Thordal-Christensen H, Ellerstrom M, Andersson MX (2013) Arabidopsis phospholipase Dδ is involved in basal defense and non-host resistance to powdery mildew fungi. Plant Physiol. 163: 896-906

Andersson MX (2013) Chloroplast contact to the endoplasmic reticulum and lipid trafficking In: Biswal B, Krupinska K, Biswal UC (eds.) In: Advances in photosynthesis and respiration: Chloroplast development during leaf growth and senescence. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. 36: 155-167


Nilsson AK, Fahlberg P, Ellerström M, Andersson MX (2012) Oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA) is formed on fatty acids esterified to galactolipids after tissue disruption in Arabidopsis thaliana FEBS Letters 586: 2483-2487

Yin L, Fristedt R, Herdean A, Solymosi K, Bertrand M, Andersson MX, Mamedov F, Vener AV, Schoefs B, Spetea C (2012) Photosystem II function and dynamics in three widely used Arabidopsis thaliana accessions. PLOS one 7:e46206

Tjellström H, Andersson MX (2012) Plastid membrane lipids in stress and development. Current Chemical Biology 6: 205-216


Björk RG, Ernfors M, Andersson MX, Nilsson MB, Rütting T, Sikström U, Klemedtsson L (2010) Microbial processes, biomass, and community structure in drained organic coniferous forest soils: short and long-terms effects of wood ash application. FEMS Microbiology 3: 550-562

Li-Beisson Y, Shorrosh B, Beisson F, Andersson MX, Arondel V, Bates BD, Baud S, Bird D, DeBono A, Durrett TP, Franke RB, Graham IA, Katayama K, Kelly A, Larson T, Markham JE, Miquel M, Molina I, Nishida I, Rowland O, Samuels L, Schmid KM, Wada H, Welti R, Xu C, Zallot R, Ohlrogge J (2010) Acyl lipid metabolism. The Arabidopsis Book 8: e0133. 2010, Updated: The Arabidopsis Book 11: e0161. 2013


Andersson MX, Dörmann (2009) Chloroplast membrane lipid biosynthesis and transport in The chloroplasts – interactions with the environment eds. Sandelius AS and Aronson H. Springer verlag Berlin Heidelberg ISBN: 978-540-68692-7


Björk RG, Björkman MP, Andersson MX, Klemedtsson L (2008) Temporal variation in soil microbial communities in Alpine tundra. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 40: 266–268

Zhang Z, Lenk A, Andersson MX, Gjetting T, Pedersen C, Nielsen ME, Newman MA, Houb BH, Somerville SC, Thordal-Christensen H (2008) A lesion-mimic syntaxin double mutant in Arabidopsis reveals novel complexity of pathogen defense signaling. Mol. Plant 1: 510-527

Tjellström H, Andersson MX, Larsson KE, Sandelius AS (2008) Membrane phospholipids as a phosphate reserve: the dynamic nature of phospholipid-to-digalactosyl diacylglycerol exchange in higher plants. Plant Cell and Environment 31: 1388-1398


Andersson MX, Goksör M, Sandelius AS (2007) Optical Manipulation Reveals Strong Attracting Forces at Membrane Contact Sites between Endoplasmic Reticulum and Chloroplasts. J. Biol Chem. 282: 1170-117

Kourtchenko O, Andersson MX, Hamberg M, McPhail KL, Gerwick WL, Göbel C, Feussner I, Ellerström M. (2007) Oxo-phytodienoic acid-containing galactolipids in Arabidopsis: Jasmonate signaling dependence. Plant Physiol. 145: 1658–1669

Andersson MX, Goksör M, Sandelius AS (2007) Addendum to: Membrane contact sites: physical attachment between chloroplasts and endoplasmic reticulum revealed by optical manipulation. Plant signalling and behaviour 2: 185-187


Kjellberg JM, Trimborn M, Andersson MX, Sandelius AS (2000) Acyl-CoA dependent acylation of phospholipids in the chloroplast envelope. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1485: 100-110

Andersson MX, Kjellberg JM, Sandelius AS (2001) Chloroplast biogenesis: Regulation of lipid transport to the thylakoid in chloroplasts isolated from expanding and fully expanded leaves of pea. Plant Physiol. 127: 184-193

Andersson MX, Stridh MH, Larsson KE, Liljenberg C, Sandelius AS (2003) Phosphate-deficient oat replaces a major portion of the plasma membrane phospholipids with the galactolipid digalactosyldiacylglycerol. Febs lett. 537: 128-132

Andersson MX, Kjellberg JM, Sandelius AS (2004) The involvement of cytosolic lipases in converting phosphatidylchloline into substrate galactolipid synthesis in the chloroplast envelope. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1684: 46-53

Andersson MX, Sandelius AS (2004) A chloroplast-localized vesicular transport system: a bio-informatics approach. BMC Genomics 5: Art. No. 40

Andersson MX, Larsson KE, Tjellström H, Liljenberg C, Sandelius AS (2005) Phosphate limited oat: The plasma membrane and the tonoplast as major targets for phospholipid to glycolipid replacement and stimulation of phospholipases in the plasma membrane. J. Biol. Chem. 280: 27578-27586

Andersson MX, Kourtchenko O, Dangl JL, Mackey D, Ellerström M. (2006) Phospholipid signalling during the AvrRpm1 and AvrRpt2-induced disease resistance response in Arabidopsis thaliana: The sequential activation of phospholipases C and D. Plant J. 47: 947-59.

Harsányi A, Ryberg M, Andersson MX, Bóka K, Lászlo L, Botond G, Böddi B and Gáborjányi (2006) Alterations of POR quantity and lipid composition in etiolated barley seedlings infected with barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV). Molecular Plant Pathology 7: 533-541

Andersson MX, Hamberg M, Kourtchenko O, Brunnström Å, McPhail KL, Gerwick WL, Göbel C, Feussner I, Ellerström M. (2006) Oxylipin profiling of the hypersensitive response in Arabidopsis thaliana: Formation of a novel oxo-phytodienoic acid containing galactolipid, arabidopside E. J. Biol. Chem. 281: 31528–31537

Mats Andersson

Genes which arrange resistance

Barley powdery mildew hyphae growing on the surface of an Arabidopsis leaf. This should not be possible, since Arabidopsis is completely resistant to barley powdery mildew. However, if three separate defence genes are knocked out in the plant non-host resistance breaks down.

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