Farzana Sabir

PhD (2011) in Biotechnology, Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants(CIMAP-CSIR) and Integral University, Lucknow (U.P.), India.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa and Linking Landscape, Environment, Agriculture And Food (LEAF), Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa

Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade de Lisboa — Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 1649-003 Lisboa, Portugal

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Researcher ID A-7319-2014
Group Researcher ID B-5293-2014
Scopus Author ID 24482101700

Research Interests

Our aim is to understand the mechanism of water transport and it´s regulation in plants, in particular, Vitis vinifera (cv.Touriga Nacional). Specifically, to functionally characterize the Vitis aquaporins (PIPs, TIPs, NIPs) expressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae through stopped-flow spectroscopy.  We are also interested to explore the specificity of aquaporins for non-aqua substrates and regulatory effects of cations, pH and stress agents in water and glycerol transport and the putative interactions between aquaporins by their co-expression.


Selected Publications

Sabir Farzana, Loureiro-Dias MC, Soveral G, Prista C. Functional relevance of water and glycerol channels in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. FEMS Microbiology Letters 2017; 364: fnx080

Sabir Farzana, Loureiro-Dias MC, Prista C. Comparative analysis of sequences, polymorphisms and topology of yeasts aquaporins and aquaglyceroporins.  FEMS Yeast Research 2016; 16: pii: fow025.

Zarrouk O, Garcia-Tejero I, Pinto C, Genebra T, Sabir Farzana, Prista C, Soares DT, Loureiro Dias MC, Chaves MM. Aquaporins isoforms in cv. Touriga Nacional grapevine under water stress and recovery – regulation of expression in leaves and roots. Agricultural Water Management 2016; 164: 167-175.

Molina-Hidalgo F J, Medina-Puche L, Gelis S, Ramos J, Sabir Farzana, Soveral G, Prista C, Iglesias-Fernández R, Caballero JL, Blanco-Portales R. Functional Characterization of FaNIP1;1 Gene, A Ripening-Related and Receptacle-Specific Aquaporin in Strawberry Fruit. Plant Science 2015; 238: 198-211.

Sabir Farzana, Leandro MJ, Martins AP, Loureiro-Dias MC, Moura TF, Soveral G, Prista C. Exploring three PIPs and three TIPs of grapevine for transport of water and atypical substrates through heterologous expression in aqy-null yeast. PLoS ONE 2014; 9: e102087.