Prof. Adina Breiman

ביולוגיה מול.ואקול.צמחים אמריטוס
Prof. Adina Breiman
Phone: 03-6409377
Fax: 03-6405958
Office: Britannia-Porter, 605









Tel Aviv University, Israel





Tel Aviv University, Israel

Plant Physiology




Academic Appointments:






Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Plant Genetics

Post doctoral fellow


National Cancer Institute


Post doctoral fellow


NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Fogarty fellowship



Tel Aviv University, Israel




Tel Aviv University, Israel


Senior Lecturer


Plant Breeding Institute

Molecular Genetics

Short sabbatical


U.S.Department of Agriculture, Bethesda, MD

Plant Molecular Biology

Sabbatical fellow

1993- 2002

Tel Aviv University, Israel


Associate Professor


Tel Aviv University, Israel

Plant Sciences

Head of Department


Tel Aviv University, Israel

Plant Sciences



Tel Aviv University, Israel


Advisor to the President of TAU on gender issues


Tel Aviv University, Israel


Head of the special program for outstanding students


Tel Aviv University, Israel


Head of the Institute for cereal crops Improvment


Stony Brook U. NY




CNRS, ISV Gif sur Yvette

and INRA Versailles,France




Professional Activities:

  Reviewer for the international journals , Molecular General Genetics , Plant Molecular Biology Plant J. Plant Physiology, Journal of Membrane Biology, J.Biol Chem, PNAS, Crop Sciences, FEBS Letters, Theoretical Applied Genetics , Biochem. Biophys. Acta, J Exp. Biol.J Plant Physiology, Gene, Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, New Phytologist,
  President National Society for Plant Cell Culture and Molecular Biology
  Member International Society of Plant Molecular Biology , American Society of Plant Physiology


Peer Review Committees:

  BARD –US Israel Panel , Plant Molecular biology ,Israel Academy of Science and Humanities Plant Molecular Biology, EU Committee FP5, GIF , Israel –India collaboration


University and Faculty Committee Membership:


University committee for M.Sc students; University committee for the promotion of the research associates; Faculty committee for PhD students; Faculty committee for academic appointments; Ad hoc committes for the Biotechnology program; University committee for Ph.D students; Head of the Institute of Cereal Crop Improvement 2005-2013; Head of the Student Excellence program 2006-2014; Advisor to TAU President on women's status 2005-2013


Research Interests

My research focuses on the function and biological role of the molecular chaperones belonging to the immunophilins in plants. More specifically, I study the function of the FK506 binding proteins in wheat and Arabidopsis. We have found that these proteins are essential for the proper functioning protein folding and fertility of the plants.


The FKBPs are conserved from bacteria to man and plants and are involved in cell differentiation and proliferation. These family of proteins have been found to be involved in the immune response in humans, to affect cell division in yeast, affect cell growth and differentiation in plants and protein folding in most organisms.


In plants we study their mode of action by using genetic and molecular tools by producing mutants and transgenic plants. The acronym of this protein family is FKBP which stands for FK506 Binding Proteins . FK506 is an immunosuppresive drug used in medicine and these proteins bind the drug. All the members of this family possess peptidyl prolyl cis trans isomerase activity , affecting the folding of other proteins and some proteins behave as molecular chaperones.


We study the mode of action of FKBPs in wheat ,rice and arabidopsis. Plants which loose the FKBP become heat stress sensitive. We have found that 2 genes of Arabidopsis ROF1 and ROF2 are involved in heat stress response by their interaction with HSP90 and the transcription factor HSFA2. They form complexes that regulate expression of the small heat stress proteins . These proteins are responsible for the heat stress response.At present we follow in depth the mode of function of the complex ROF1, HSP90, HSFA2 in vitro and in vivo


Selected Publications

Galun, E. & Breiman, A. 1997. Transgenic plants. Ed. Chiang, Y.K., Imperial College Press, Singapore, London.


Kurek, I., E. Herman, N. Erel, K. Aviezer, O. Blecher & A. Breiman , 1999. The wheat peptidyl prolyl isomerase FKBP77 is heat induced and developmentally regulated Plant Physiol . 119, 693-704.


Kurek, I. , A. Harvey, D.M. Lonsdale & A. Breiman    2000. Molecular   analysis of the wheat FKBP73    promoter . Plant Mol. Biol . 42, 489-497.


Kurek, I. , R. Dulberger, D. Sudhakar , P. Christou & A. Breiman , 2001.Deletion of the C-     terminal 138 amino acids abrogates calmodulin binding, dimerisation and male fertility in transgenic rice . Plant Mol. Biol . 48, 369-381.            


Harell J, Kurek I , Breiman A ,   Radanyi C, Renoir JM, Pratt WB & Galigniana MD 2002 .The Hsp90-binding immunophilins of wheat,wFKBP73 and wFKBP77 interact with cytoplasmic dynein via their peptidyl   prolyl isomerase domains   Biochemistry 17,5581-5587


Breiman A & I. Camus 2002.The involvement of the mammalian and plant FK506 binding proteins in development (FKBPs) Transgenic    Research 11,321-335.


Kurek I. , F. Pirkl, E.Fischer, J. Buchner & A. Breiman , 2002. The wheat FKBP73 functions in vitro as a molecular chaperone independent of its peptidyl prolyl cis -trans isomerase activity.Planta 215,119-126


Harell J, Kurek I , Breiman A , Radanyi C, Renoir JM, Pratt WB, Galigniana MD 2002 The Hsp90-binding immunophilins of wheat,wFKBP73 and wFKBP77 interact with cytoplasmic dynein via their peptidyl prolyl isomerase domains   Biochemistry 17,5581-5587.


Dwivedi R, Breiman A , Herman E, 2003. Differential distribution of the cognate and heat-stress-induced isoforms of high M r cis-trans prolyl peptidyl isomerase (FKBP) in the cytoplasm and nucleoplasm J . Experimental Botany 393, 2679-2689.


Magiri E, Pisanti O., Breiman A 2006 The rice large FKBPs are differentially expressed during development and heat stress Plant Sciences , 170 ,695-704


Aviezer-Hagai K, Skovorodnikova J, Galigniana M, Farchi-Pisanti O, Maaayan E, Bocovza S, Efrat Y, von Koskull –Doring P, Ohad N, Breiman A 2007 Arabidopsis immunophilins ROF1( At FKBP62) and ROF2( At FKBP65) exhibit tissue specificity are heat stress induced and bind HSP90. Plant Mol. Biol 63,237-255


Meiri D & Breiman A 2009 Arabidopsis ROF1(FKBP62) modulates thermotolerance by interacting with HSP90.1 and affecting accumulation of HSfA2 –regulated sHSPs Plant J .59, 387-399


Meiri D,Tazat K, Cohen-Peer.R, Farchi-Pisanty O, Aviezer-Hagai K,Avni A , Breiman A 2010 .The involvement of Arabidopsis ROF2 (FKBP65) in thermotolerance. Plant Mol. Biol. 72,191-203


Cohen-Peer R , Schuster S , Meiri D, Breiman A , Avni A . Sumoylation of Arabidopsis heat shock factor A2 (HsfA2) modifies its activity during acquired thermotholerance Plant Mol Biol . 2010 74(1-2):33-45.


Unger T , Dym O , Albeck S , Jacobovitch Y , Bernehim R , Marom D , Pisanty O , Breiman A . 2010 Crystal structure of the three FK506 binding protein domains of wheat FKBP73: evidence for a unique wFK73_2 domain. 11,113-123


Vitlin A , Weiss C , Demishtein-Zohary K , Rasouly A , Levin D , Pisanty-Farchi O , Breiman A , Azem A . 2011 Chloroplast β chaperonins from A. thaliana function with endogenous cpn10 homologs in vitro. Plant Mol Biol . 77(1-2):105-15.


Lighezan L, Meiri D· Breiman A, Neagu A.2013. Circular dichroism and the secondary structure of the ROF2 protein from Arabidopsis thaliana J Biol Phys, 39:635–648


Breiman A 2014 Plant co chaperones of Hsp90 Current protein and Peptide Science (review, in press)


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