The Cahoon lab conducts basic and applied research on plant lipid metabolism. The goals of our research are to enhance the nutritional and industrial value of crop plants and to probe the synthesis and function of bioactive lipids for nutritional biofortification and improved agronomic performance of crops.
Iskandarov U, Silva JE, Kim HJ, Andersson M, Cahoon RE, Mockaitis K, Cahoon EB (2017) A specialized diacylglycerol acyltransferase contributes to the extreme medium-chain fatty acid content of Cuphea seed oil. Plant Physiology 174:97-109.
Kimberlin AN, Han G, Luttgeharm KD, Chen M, Cahoon RE, Stone JM, Markham JE, Dunn TM, Cahoon EB (2016) ORM expression alters sphingolipid homeostasis and differentially affects ceramide synthase activities. Plant Physiology 172: 889-900.
Stacey MG, Cahoon RE, Nguyen HT, Cui Y, Sato S, Nguyen CT, Phoka N, Clark KM, Liang Y, Forrester J, Batek J, Do PT, Sleper DA, Clemente TE, Cahoon EB, Stacey G (2016) Identification of homogentisate dioxygenase as a target for vitamin E biofortification in oilseeds. Plant Physiology 172:1506-1518.
Msanne J, Chen M, Luttgeharm KD, Bradley AM, Mays ES, Paper JM, Boyle DL, Cahoon RE, Schrick K, Cahoon EB (2015) Glucosylceramides are critical for cell-type differentiation and organogenesis, but not for cell viability in Arabidopsis. Plant Journal 84:188-201.
Luttgeharm KD, Chen M, Mehra A, Cahoon RE, Markham JE, Cahoon EB (2015) Overexpression of Arabidopsis ceramide synthases differentially affects growth, sphingolipid metabolism, programmed cell death, and mycotoxin resistance. Plant Physiology 169: 1108-1117.