lab 08

The Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology has been established in 2002. Our research group is interested in diverse aspects of Plant Molecular Biology:

  • plant response mechanisms to various abiotic stresses (mineral stresses: from nutrient deficiency to the excess of essential and other mineral elements, environmental stresses: drought, salinity, temperature, etc) on transcriptional and posttranscriptional level
  • research in fields of microevolution (population genetics), phylogeography and macroevolution (phylogenetics) of plants important for agronomy and horticulture.
  • isolation and characterization of bioactive phenolic compounds from plants; testing for bioavailability and effects on human cell lines
  • study of fungal pathogenesis and homologous recombination using Ustilago maydis as a model system

At the Laboratory for Plant Molecular Biology, the PCR method for detection, identification and quantification of genetic modification in plant material and food/feed products has been developed and accredited according to SRPS ISO/IEC 17025.


Current project:
Selected publications:
  1. Ilic-Tomic T, Sokovic M, Vojnovic S, Ciric A, Veljic M, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Novakovic M. Diarylheptanoids from Alnus viridis ssp. viridis and Alnus glutinosa: Modulation of Quorum Sensing Activity in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Planta Med. 2017;83(1-02):117-125.
  2. Warżajtis B, Glišić BĐ, Savić ND, Pavic A, Vojnovic S, Veselinović A, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Rychlewska U, Djuran MI. Mononuclear gold(III) complexes with L-histidine-containing dipeptides: tuning the structural and biological properties by variation of the N-terminal amino acid and counter anion. Dalton Trans. 2017;46(8):2594-2608.
  3. Ajdacic V, Senerovic L, Vranic M, Pekmezovic M, Arsic-Arsenijevic V, Veselinovic A, Veselinovic J, Solaja B, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Opsenica I. Synthesis and evaluation of thiophene-based guanylhydrazones (iminoguanidines) efficient against panel of voriconazole-resistant fungal isolates. Bioorg Med Chem. 2016;24:1277-1291.
  4. Božinović N, Šegan S, Vojnovic S, Pavic A, Šolaja BA, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Opsenica IM. Synthesis and anti-Candida Activity of Novel Benzothiepino[3,2-c]pyridine Derivatives. Chem Biol Drug Des. Chem Biol Drug Des. 2016;88(6):795-806.
  5. Glisic B, Senerovic L, Comba P, Wadepohl H, Veselinovic A, Milivojevic D, Djuran M, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Silver(I) complexes with phthalazine and quinazoline as effective agents against pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains. J Inorg Biochem 2016;155:115-28.
  6. Jeremic S, Beskoski V, Djokic L, Vasiljevic B, Vrvic M, Avdalovic J, Gojgic Cvijovic G, Slavkovic Beskoski L, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Interactions of the metal tolerant heterotrophic microorganisms and iron oxidizing autotrophic bacteria from sulphidic mine environment during bioleaching experiments. J Environ Manage. 2016;172:151-161.
  7. Radivojevic J, Skaro S, Senerovic L, Vasiljevic B, Guzik M, Kenny S, Maslak V, O'Connor K, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Polyhydroxyalkanoate-based 3-hydroxyoctanoic acid and its derivatives as a platform of bioactive compounds. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol. 2016;100:161-72.
  8. Savic N, Milivojevic D, Glisic B, Ilic-Tomic T, Veselinovic J, Pavic A, Vasiljevic B, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Djuran M. A comparative antimicrobial and toxicological study of gold(III) and silver(I) complexes with aromatic nitrogen-containing heterocycles: synergistic activity and improved selectivity index of Au(III)/Ag(I) complexes mixture. RSC Adv. 2016;6:13193-13206.
  9. Ilic-Tomic T, Gencic MS, Zivkovic MZ, Vasiljevic B, Djokic L, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Radulovic NS. Structural diversity and possible functional roles of free fatty acids of the novel soil isolate Streptomyces sp. NP10. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 2015;99(11):4815-4833.
  10. Pavić A, Ilić-Tomić T, Pačevski A, Nedeljković T, Vasiljević B, Morić I. Diversity and biodeteriorative potential of bacterial isolates from deteriorated modern combined-technique canvas painting. Int Biodeterior Biodegradation 2015;97:40-50.
  11. Senerovic L, Zivkovic MD, Veselinovic A, Pavic A, Djuran MI, Rajkovic S, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Synthesis and Evaluation of Series of Diazine-Bridged Dinuclear Platinum(II) Complexes through in Vitro Toxicity and Molecular Modeling: Correlation between Structure and Activity of Pt(II) Complexes. J Med Chem 2015;58:1442-1451.
  12. Veselinović JB, Kocić GM, Pavic A, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Senerovic L, Nikolić GM, Veselinović AM. Selected 4-phenyl hydroxycoumarins: in vitro cytotoxicity, teratogenic effect on zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos and molecular docking study. Chem Biol Interact 2015;231:10-17.
  13. Guzik MW, Narancic T, Ilic-Tomic T, Vojnovic S, Kenny ST, Casey WT, Duane GF, Casey E, Woods T, Babu RP, Nikodinovic-Runic J, O'Connor KE. Identification and characterization of an acyl-CoA dehydrogenase from Pseudomonas putida KT2440 that shows preference towards medium to long chain length fatty acids. Microbiology 2014;160:1760-1771.
  14. Jovanovic P, Jeremic S, Djokic L, Savic V, Radivojevic J, Maslak V, Ivkovic B, Vasiljevic B, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Chemoselective biocatalytic reduction of conjugated nitroalkenes: new application for an Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) expression strain. Enzyme Microb Technol 2014;60:16-23.
  15. Nikodinovic-Runic J, Mojic M, Kang YJ, Maksimovic-Ivanic D, Mijatovic S, Vasiljevic B, Stamenkovic VR, Senerovic L. Undecylprodigiosin conjugated monodisperse gold nanoparticles efficiently cause apoptosis in colon cancer cells in vitro. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 2014;2:3271-3281.
  16. Radivojevic J, Minovska G, Senerovic L, O'Connor K, Jovanovic P, Savic V, Tokic-Vujosevic Z, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Maslak V. Synthesis of gamma-nitroaldehydes containing quaternary carbon in the alpha-position using a 4-oxalocrotonate tautomerase whole-cell biocatalyst. Rsc Advances 2014;4:60502-60510.
  17. Stankovic N, Senerovic L, Ilic-Tomic T, Vasiljevic B, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Properties and applications of undecylprodigiosin and other bacterial prodigiosins. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 2014;98:3841-3858.
  18. Djokic L, Narancic T, Biocanin M, Saljnikov E, Casey E, Vasiljevic B, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Phenol removal from four different natural soil types by Bacillus sp PS11. Applied Soil Ecol. 2013;70:1-8.
  19. Narancic T, Radivojevic J, Jovanovic P, Francuski D, Bigovic M, Maslak V, Savic V, Vasiljevic B, O'Connor KE, Nikodinovic-Runic J. Highly efficient Michael-type addition of acetaldehyde to beta-nitrostyrenes by whole resting cells of Escherichia coli expressing 4-oxalocrotonate tautomerase. Bioresour Technol 2013;142:462-468.
  20. Narancic T, Djokic L, Kenny ST, O'Connor KE, Radulovic V, Nikodinovic-Runic J, Vasiljevic B. Metabolic versatility of Gram-positive microbial isolates from contaminated river sediments. J Hazard Mater 2012;215-216:243-251.

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