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A list of publications by Hannah (Mirta) Sivak

A list of my scientific publications and you will find that most of them were authored by Mirta, not Hannah. When I was born in Argentina, I was named Mirta Noemi because my parents had to choose from a short list of permitted names (the list is much longer now). My family always called me Hannah (Chana), like my grandmother. When I came to the USA, I chose to change my first name from Mirta to Hannah; maybe it was a silly idea (my daughter thinks so), but there you are, and I like having the same name as my beautiful grandmother, of blessed memory.


a) In refereed Journals
1. “A primer independent form of potato tuber phosphorylase” Juana S. Tandecarz, Mirta N. Sivak and Carlos E. Cardini (1978) Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 82: 157-164.
2. “Studies on potato tuber phosphorylase-catalyzed reaction in the absence of an exogenous acceptor. I – Characterization of the enzyme”. Mirta N. Sivak, Juana S. Tandecarz and Carlos E. Cardini (1980) Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 212: 525-536.
3. “Studies on potato tuber phosphorylase catalyzed reaction in the absence of an exogenous acceptor. II- Characterization of the reaction product” Mirta N. Sivak, Juana S. Tandecarz and Carlos E. Cardini (1980) Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 212: 537-545.
4. “Some effects of CO2 concentration and decreased O2 concentration on induction fluorescence in leaves” Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1983) Proc Royal Soc. Lond. B 217, 393-404.
5. “Some effects of changes in the gas-phase on the steady-state chlorophyll a fluorescence exhibited by illuminated leaves” Mirta N. Sivak, Roslyn T. Prinsley and David A. Walker (1983) Proc. Royal Soc. Lond. B 217, 393-404 .
6. “Anti-parallel relationship between O2 evolution and slow fluorescence induction kinetics” David A. Walker, Peter Horton, Mirta N. Sivak and William P. Quick (1983) Photochem. Photobiol. 5, 35-39.
7. “Simultaneous measurement of oscillations in oxygen evolution and clorophyll a fluorescence in leaf pieces” David A. Walker, Mirta N. Sivak, Roslyn T. Prinsley and John K. Cheesbrough (1983) Plant Physiol. 73, 542-549.
8. “Slow secondary fluorescence kinetics associated with the onset of photosynthetic carbon assimilation in intact isolated chloroplasts” Zoran G. Cerovic, Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1984) Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 220, 327-338.

9. “The relationship between light scattering and chlorophyll a fluorescence during oscillations in photosynthetic carbon assimilation”. Mirta N. Sivak, Karl-Joseph Dietz, Ulrich Heber and David A. Walker (1985), Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 237, 513-519.
10. “Chlorophyll a fluorescence and light-scattering kinetics displayed by leaves during induction of photosynthesis”. Mirta N. Sivak, Ulrich Heber and David A. Walker (1985) Planta, 163, 419-423.
11. “Chlorophyll a fluorescence: can it shed light on fundamental questions in photosynthetic carbon dioxide fixation?”. Mirta N. Sivak and David Walker, Plant Cell Environ. 8, 439- 448.
12. “Can in vivo photosynthesis be modified?” Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1986). In: Plant Products and the New Technology”, Ann. Proc. Phytochem Soc. Eur. 26, 29- 44.
13. “Can phosphate limit photosynthesis in vivo?”. David A.Walker and Mirta N. Sivak(1985) Physiol. Veg. 23, 829-841.

14. “Photosynthesis and phosphate: a cellular affair”. David A. Walker and Mirta N. Sivak (1986) Trends Biochem. Sci. 11, 176-179.
15. “Photosynthesis in vivo can be limited by phosphate supply”. Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1986). New Phytol. 102, 499-512.
16. “Ribulose biphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase – its role in photosynthesis”. David A. Walker, Richard C. Leegood and Mirta N. Sivak (1986). Phil. Transact. Royal Soc. Lond. B. 313, 305-324.
17. “Sudden changes in the rates of photosynthetic oxygen evolution and chlorophyll a fluorescence in isolated chloroplasts: The role of orthophosphate” Hitoshi Nakamoto, Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker. (1987) Photos. Research. 11, 119-130.
18. “The effect of oxygen on photosynthetic carbon assimilation and quenching of chlorophyll fluorescence emmission in vivo: phenomenology and hypotheses concerning the mechanisms involved. Mirta N. Sivak (1987). Photobiochem. Photobiophys., Suppl (1987) 141-156.
19. “Oscillations and other symptoms of limitation of in vivo photosynthesis by inadequate phosphate supply to the chloroplast”. Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1987). Plant Physiol. Biochem. 25, 635-648.
20. “Some effects of oxygen on photosynthesis by photorespiratory mutants of barley. I. Response to changes in oxygen concentration”. Mirta N. Sivak, Peter J. Lea, Ray Blackwell, Alan J.S. Murray, Nigel P. Hall, Alan C. Kendall, Janice C. Turner and Roger M. Wallsgrove (1988). J. Exp. Botany. 39, 655-666.
21. “Phosphate limits photosynthesis in a starchless mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) deficient in chloroplast phosphoglucomutase activity”. Mirta N. Sivak and Jackie Rowell (1988). Plant Physiol. Biochem. 26, 493-501.
22. “Photosynthetic characteristics of Spirulina platensis on solid support. Chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics”. Mirta N. Sivak and Avigad Vonshak (1988). New Phytol. 110, 241-247.
23. “Relationship between steady-state fluorescence yield and photosynthetic efficiency in spinach leaf tissue”. Richard B. Peterson, Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1988). Plant Physiology. 88, 158-163.
24. “Carbon dioxide-induced oscillations in fluorescence and photosynthesis. Role of thylakoid membrane energization in regulation of photosystem II activity”. Richard B. Peterson, Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1988). Plant Physiol. 88, 1125-1130.
25. “Relationship between a 47-kDa cytoplasmic membrane polypeptide and nitrate transport in Anacystis nidulans”. Mirta N. Sivak, Catalina Lara, Jose M. Romero, Rocio Rodriguez and Miguel G. Guerrero (1989). Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 158, 257-262.
26. “Use of a solid support in the study of photosynthetic activity of Spirulina platensis”. Avigad Vonshak, Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1989). J. Applied Phycology, 1: 131-135.
27. “Nucleotide sequence of the FNR-regulated fumarase gene (fumB) in Escherichia coli K- 12”. Philip J. Bell, Simon C. Andrews, Mirta N. Sivak and John R. Guest (1989). J. Bacteriol. 171: 3494-3503.
28. “Changes in net O2 exchange induced by inorganic nitrogen in the blue-green alga Anacystis nidulans”. Jose M. Romero, Catalina Lara and Mirta N. Sivak (1990) Plant Physiol. 91, 28-30.
29. “A mathematical skeleton model of photosynthetic oscillations.” Christoph Giersch, M.N. Sivak and D.A. Walker (1991) Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B. 245, 77-83.
30. “Effect of phosphinotricin (glufosinate) on photosynthesis and chlorophyll fluorescence emission by barley leaves illuminated under photorespiratory and non-photorespiratory conditions” M. Lacuesta, A. Muñoz Rueda , C. González-Murua and M. N. Sivak (1992) J. Exp. Botany 43: 159-165.

31. “Effect of carbon and nitrogen assimilation on chlorophyll fluorescence emission by the cyanobacterium Anacystis nidulans “. Jose M. Romero, Catalina Lara and Mirta N. Sivak (1992) Physiologia Plantarum. 85:433-438.

32. “alpha- 1,4-glucan synthesis by a chloroplastic phosphorylase isolated from spinach leaves is independent of added primer”. Mirta N. Sivak (1992) Carbohydrate Research, 227, 241- 255.
33. “Depression of carbon flow to the glycogen pool induced by nitrogen assimilation in intact cells of Anacystis nidulans (1992). Mercedes Garcia Gonzalez, Mirta Sivak, Miguel Garcia Guerrero, Jack Preiss and Catalina Lara. Physiologia Plantarum, 86: 360-364.
34. “Chemical modification of glycogen synthase from Escherichia coli B using the substrate analogue 8-azido-ADPglucose, a photoaffinity labeling agent. Fernando Ardila, Mirta N. Sivak and Jack Preiss (1993) Anales Asoc. Quim. Argentina. 81: 301-309.
35. “Biochemical evidence for the role of the Waxy protein from pea (Pisum satrivum L.) as a granule-bound starch synthase”. Mirta N. Sivak, Margaret Wagner and Jack Preiss (1993) Plant Physiology. 103: 1355-1359.

36. “Maize branching enzyme catalyzes the synthesis of glycogen-like polysaccharide in glgB deficient Escherichia coli. Hanping Guan, Takashi Kuriki, Mirta Sivak and Jack Preiss (1995) Proc. Nat. Acad.Sci. 92: 964-967.
37. “Progress in the genetic manipulation of crops aimed at changing starch structure and increasing starch accumulation”. Mirta N. Sivak and Jack Preiss (1995) J. Environmental Polymer Degradation 3: 145-152.
38. “Analysis of the active center of branching enzyme II from maize endosperm”. Takashi Kuriki, Hanping Guan, Mirta Sivak and Jack Preiss. (1996). J. Prot. Chem. 15: 305-313.
39.” Identification and Characterization of a Critical Region in the Glycogen Synthase from Escherichia coli”. (2004) Alejandra Yep, Miguel A. Ballicora, Mirta N. Sivak, and Jack PreissJ. Biol. Chem., Vol. 279, 8359-8367, February 27, 2004

b) Chapters in books and papers included in proceedings of conferences

1. “Some relationships between photosynthetic carbon metabolism and clorophyll fluorescence” David A. Walker, Mirta N. Sivak and Zoran G. Cerovic (1984). In: Advances in Photosynthesis Research, C. Sybesma (ed). Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Pub. The Hague, III (7), 645-652.
2. “Simultaneous measurement of Chl a fluorescence and photosynthetic O2 evolution in systems of decreasing complexity (from the leaf to the reconstituted chloroplast system)” M. N. Sivak, Z.G. Cerovic and D. A. Walker (1984). In: Advances in Photosynthesis Research, C.Sybesma (ed).M. Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Pub.The Hague, III, 661-664..
3. “New perspectives in the understanding of the regulation of photosynthesis and its relation to chlorophyll fluorescence kinetics through the study of oscillations.” Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1984). In: Proc. Int. Conference “Oscillations in physiological systems: dynamics and control”, Oxford, England, 11-13 September 1984. Institute of Measurement and Control, London, pp. 91-96.
4. “What can be learned about the regulation of photosynthesis from multiple measurements. State of the art and perspectives”. Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1984) In: “Regulation of Sources and Sinks in Crop Plants, British Plant Regulator Group (ICI), Monograph 2”, B. Jeffcoat, A.F. Hawkins and A.D. Stead (eds.) pp. 3-17.
5. “Theory and practice of chlorophyll a fluorescence in its relation to photosynthesis: the state of the art and perspectives”. Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1985). In: “Proceedings of the Workshop on Photosynthesis and Physiology of the whole plant”. Organized by the Co-operative Research project on Food Production and Conservation, OECD Braunschweig , Germany, September 1984., OECD, Paris, pp. 9-37.
5’. “Théorie et pratique de l’utilisation de la fluorescence de la chlorophylle a dans ses relations avec la photosynthèse: état de la question et perspectives”. Mirta N. Sivak and David Walker (1985) In: Photosynthèse et Physiologie de la Plante Entière. OECD, Paris, pp. 9- 37 (French translation of ref. 5).
6. “In vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence transients associated with changes in the CO2 content in the gas-phase”. David Walker and Mirta N. Sivak (1985). In: Regulation of carbon partitioning in photosynthetic tissues. T.L. Heath and J. Preiss, (eds.) Procs. VIII Symp. In Plant Physiology (Jan. 11-12th 1985), University of California, Riverside. American Society of Plant Physiologists, Rockville, Maryland, pp. 93-108.
7. “Summing up: measuring photosynthesis in vivo”. Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker 1986). In: Biological Control of Photosynthesis, R. Marcelle, H. Clijters & M. vanPoucke (eds). M. Nijhoff, Dordrecht, pp.132.
8. “New developments in the measurement of photosynthesis in vivo: implications for plant genetic engineering” Mirta N. Sivak, Peter J. Lea and David A. Walker (1986). Biochem. Soc. Transact. 14, 63-64.
9. “Possible relationships between photosynthetic carbon assimilation and chlorophyll a fluorescence”. David A. Walker and Mirta N. Sivak (1985). In: Proc. Int. Symposium on Kinetics of Photosynthetic
Carbon metabolism in C3 Plants, Tallin, Estonia, 1983. “Valgus”,Tallin, pp. 35-45.
10. “Multiple roles of oxygen: the use of new techniques in the study of the effects of oxygen on photosynthesis.” Mirta N. Sivak (1987). In: Progress in Photosynthesis Research (Proc. VII Int. Congress on Photosynthesis, August 1986, Providence, Thode Island, U.S.A.), J. Biggins (ed.) Martinus Nijhoff Pub., Dordrecht., vol. III, 301-308.
11. “Chloroplast energization during photosynthetic induction.” Mirta N. Sivak, and David A. Walker (1987). In: Progress in Photosynthesis Research (Proc. VII Int. Congress on Photosynthesis, August 1986, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.), J. Biggins (ed.) Martinus Nijhoff Pub., Dordrecht, vol. III, 313-316.
12. “Thresholds in the initiation of oscillatory behavior in photosynthesis.” Mirta N. Sivak and David A. Walker (1987). In: Proc. Hungarian-U.S.A. Binational Symposium on Photosynthesis, Salve Regina College, Newport, Rhode Island, August 1986. (M. Gibbs, ed.). pp. 105-113.
13. “Past and Present: long term changes in atmospheric CO2 concentration and plant strategies for the optimisation of photosynthesis.” Mirta N. Sivak (1987). In: Carbon Dioxide as a Source of Carbon. Biochemical and Chemical Uses (M. Aresta and G. Forti, eds.) NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series C., Vol. 206. D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, pp. 213- 236.
14. “Transport of photoassimilates within photosynthetic cells”. Mirta N. Sivak, Richard C. Leegood and David A. Walker. In: Transport of photoassimilates. (D.A. Baker and J.A.Millburn, eds.). Monographs and Surveys in Plant Science, Longman Scientific and Technical, Harlow, pp.1-48.
15. “Impact of species selection and CO2 concentration on changes in photosynthesis”. Mirta N. Sivak (1989). In: Energy Technologies for Reducing Emissions of Greenhouse Gases, Proceedings of an Expert’s Seminar. OECD, Paris, pp. 273-280.
16. “Inhibition of photosynthesis in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) leaves by phosphinotricin (glufosinate). Short and long-term effects.” M. Lacuesta, C. Gonzalez-Murúa, A. Muñoz Rueda and M. N. Sivak (1990). In: Current Research in Photosynthesis, Vol. IV, M. Baltscheffsky (ed.) 789-792, Kluwer Acad, Pub., The Netherlands.
17. “Increasing photosynthesis by genetic manipulation: Difficulties and prospects”. Mirta N. Sivak (1990). In: “Enzymatic and model carboxylation and reduction reactions for Carbon Dioxide utilization”. M. Aresta and J. Schloss (eds.). NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series C. D. Reidel Pub. Col, Dordrecht, pp. 301-320.
18. “Una nueva metodología en la medición de la actividad fotosintética” (A new methodology in the measurement of photosynthetic activity). Mirta N. Sivak (1991). In: Fijación y mobilización biológica de nutrientes,Vol. I: Fotosíntesis: aspectos fisiológicos y de estrés (J. Lopez Gorgé, ed) Col.Nuevas Tendencias, Cons.Sup.Inv.Cients.Madrid, pp101-127.
19. “Prospects for the production of cereals with improved starch properties”. Preiss, J., Stark, D., Barry, G.F., Guan, H.P., Libal-Weksler, Y., Sivak, M.N., Okita, T. W. and Kishore, G. M. (1994). Proceedings of a symposium on Improvement of Cereal Quality by Genetic Engineering, Sydney, Australia, R.J. Henry & J.A. Ronalds, eds. pp.115-127.
20. “Synthesis of starch in seeds”. Mirta N. Sivak and Jack Preiss (1995). In: Seed development and germination. J. Kigel and G. Galili (eds.). Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, pp. 139-168.
21. “Studies on the starch biosynthetic for manipulation of starch content and quality”. In: Current Topics in Plant Physiology. Vol 13. Carbon partitioning and sink-source interactions in plants. (M. Madore and W. Lucas, eds.) Proceedings of the seventeenth annual symposium in Plant Physiology, University of California, Riverside, A.S.P.P., Rockville, MD, pp. 91-99.
22. “Starch synthesis in sinks and sources”. J. Preiss and M. Sivak (1996). In: Photoassimilate distribution in plants and crops: Source-sink relationships. E. Zamsky and A.A. Schaffer (eds.) Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, pp. 63-96.

23. “Can we assign specific roles for the starch biosynthetic enzymes with respect to starch biosynthesis?” J. Preiss, H.P. Guan, Y.-b. Fu, M. A. Ballicora and M.N. Sivak, (1996). In: Proc. First Intl. Symp. Sucrose Metabolism (H.G. Pontis, G. Salerno, E. Echeverria, eds.) Amer. Soc. Plant Physiol., Rockville, MD, pp. 128-142.
24. “Biochemistry, molecular biology and regulation of starch synthesis.” J. Preiss and M.N. Sivak (1998). In: Genetic Engineering, Principles and Methods, Vol. 20. J.K. Setlow (ed.) Plenum Press, pp. 177-223.

25. “Biochemistry and molecular biology of starch synthesis in plants and of glycogen synthesis in bacteria and mammals” Jack Preiss and Mirta Sivak (1999) In: Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry Vol. 3: Carbohydrates and Their Derivatives Including Tannins, Cellulose and Related Lignins. B.M. Pinto (ed.) Elsevier Science.

26. “The Discovery of Starch Biosynthesis”. Preiss, J. and Sivak , M.N. (2000) In Discoveries in Plant Biology, Vol. 3 (Kung,S.-D. and Yang, S.-F., Eds.) pp. 217-237. World Scientific Publishing Co. Ltd. Hong Kong, China.

c) Books
1) “Starch: basic science to biotechnology”. Mirta N. Sivak and Jack Preiss (1998) Advances in Food and Nutrition Research, Vol. 41. Academic Press, San Diego, N.Y. 199 pages.
2) “The scientific revolution in skin care” (2016). Hannah N Sivak. Illustrated by Claire Thomas. Amazon Kindle editions, 159 pages.

Book 2) is also available in Spanish, translated by Dr. Cecilia Hidalgo, as La revolución científica en el cuidado de la piel (Skin Actives Scientific nº 2) (Spanish Edition)