Sitakanta Pattanaik
Principal Investigator
Scientist III

  • (859) 257-3586
  • (859) 323-1077
  • University of Kentucky
    1401 University Drive
    Lexington KY 40546-0236
  • Kentucky Tobacco Research & Development Center

Professional Profile

I have been working at KTRDC since 2001:

2001 - 2004          post-doctoral scientist with Dr. Indu B. Maiti

2004 - 2005          post-doctoral scientist with Dr. Ling Yuan

2005 - 2009          Scientist I with Dr. Ling Yuan

2009 - 2018          Scientist II

2018 - present      Scientist III

Research Interests

1. Transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation of secondary metabolism in plants

2. Isolation and characterization of novel promoters for plant genetic engineering



I hold a Ph.D. in Plant Science from Utkal University, India

Additional Information

Selected publications

Wu Z, Singh SK, Lyu R, Pattanaik S, Wang Y, Li Y,Yuan L and Liu Y (2022) Metabolic engineering to enhance the accumulation of bioactive flavonoids licochalcone A and echitanin in Glycyrrhiza inflata (licorice) hairy roots. Frontiers in Plant Science 13:932594.

Liu YL, Patra B, Singh SK, Paul P, Zhou Y Li YQ, Wang Y, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2021) Terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus: effects and prospects of environmental factors in metabolic engineering. Biotechnology Letters 43: 2085-2103.

Lyu R, Singh SK, Liu Y, Patra B, Zhou Y, Wang B, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2021) Reprogramming plant specialized metabolism by manipulating protein kinases. aBiotech 2:226-239.

Singh SK, Patra B, Paul P, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2021) BHLH IRIDOID SYNTHESIS 3 is a member of a bHLH gene cluster regulating terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. Plant Direct 00:e00305. 

Liu X, Singh SK, Patra B, Liu Y, Wang B, Wang J, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2020) Protein-phosphatase NtPP2C2b and MAP-kinase NtMPK4 act in concert to modulate nicotine biosynthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany. 72(5):1661-1676.

Singh SK, Richmond MD, Pearce RC, Bailey WA, Hou X, Pattanaik S, Yuan L (2020) Maleic hydrazide elicits global transcriptomic changes in chemically topped tobacco to influence shoot bud development. Planta 252(4):64.

Kong Q, Singh SK, Mantyla JJ, Pattanaik S, Guo L, Yuan L, Benning C, Ma W (2020) TEOSINTE BRANCHED1/CYCLOIDEA/PROLIFERATING CELL FACTOR 4 interacts with WRINKLED1 to mediate seed oil biosynthesis. Plant Physiology 184:658-665.

Singh SK, Patra B, Paul P, Liu Y, Pattanaik S, Yuan L (2020) Revisiting the ORCA gene cluster that regulates terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. Plant Science 293:110408.

Paul P, Singh SK, Patra B, Liu X, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2020) Mutually Regulated AP2/ERF Gene Clusters Modulate Biosynthesis of Specialized Metabolites in Plants. Plant Physiology 182:840-856.

Liu YL, Patra B., Pattanaik S, Wang Y, Yuan L. (2019) GATA and PIF transcription factors regulate light-induced biosynthesis of vindoline in Catharanthus. Plant Physiology 180:1336-1350. 

Sui X, Kumar Singh S, Patra B, Schluttenhofer C, Guo W, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2018) Cross-family transcription factor interaction between MYC2 and GBFs modulates terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Journal of Experimental Botany 69: 4267-4281.

Wang J, Wang X, Geng S, Singh SK, Wang Y, Pattanaik S, Yuan L. (2018) Genome-wide identification of hexokinase gene family in Brassica napus: structure, phylogenetic analysis, expression, and functional characterization. Planta. 248:171-182

Patra B, Pattanaik S, Schluttenhofer C, Yuan L. (2018) A network of jasmonate-responsive bHLH factors modulate monoterpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. New Phytologist 217:1566-1581.

Paul P, Singh SK, Patra B, Sui X, Pattanaik S, and Yuan L (2017). A differentially regulated AP2/ERF transcription factor gene cluster acts downstream of a MAP kinase cascade to modulate terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. New Phytologist 213:1107-1123.

Shen EM, Singh SK, Ghosh JS, Patra B, Paul P, Yuan L, and Pattanaik S (2017). The miRNAome of Catharanthus roseus: identification, expression analysis, and potential roles of microRNAs in regulation of terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Sci Rep 7:43027.

Wang H, Yang J, Zhang M, Fan W, Firon N, Pattanaik S, Yuan L and Zhang P (2016) Altered Phenylpropanoid Metabolism in the Maize Lc-Expressed Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas) Affects Storage Root Development. Sci Rep 6:18645

Singh SK, Wu Y, Ghosh JS, Pattanaik S, Fisher C, Wang Y, Lawson D and Yuan L (2015) RNA-sequencing Reveals Global Transcriptomic Changes in Nicotiana tabacum Responding to Topping and Treatment of Axillary-shoot Control Chemicals. Sci Rep 5:18148.

Schluttenhofer C, Pattanaik S, Patra B and Yuan L (2014) Analyses of Catharanthus roseus and Arabidopsis thaliana WRKY transcription factors reveal involvement in jasmonate signaling. BMC Genomics. 15:502.

Pattanaik S, Patra B, Singh, SK and Yuan L (2014) An overview of the gene regulatory network controlling trichome development in the model plant Arabidopsis. Front Plant Sci. 5:259.

 Patra, B, Schluttenhofer C, Pattanaik S and Yuan L (2013) Transcriptional regulation of secondary metabolite biosynthesis in plants. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1829:1236-1247.

Yang Z, Patra B, Li R, Pattanaik S and Yuan L (2013) Promoter analysis reveals cis-regulatory motifs associated with the expression of the WRKY transcription factor CrWRKY1 in Catharanthus roseus. Planta 238:1039-1049.

Patra B, Pattanaik S and Yuan L (2013) Ubiquitin protein ligase 3 mediates the proteasomal degradation of GLABROUS 3 and ENHANCER OF GLABROUS 3, regulators of trichome development and anthocyanin biosynthesis in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 74:435-447.

Kong Q, Pattanaik S, Feller A, Werkman JR, Chai C, Wang Y, Grotewold E and Yuan  L (2012) Regulatory switch enforced by basic helix-loop-helix and ACT-domain mediated dimerizations of the maize transcription factor R. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 109: E2091-2097

Bai Y, Pattanaik S, Patra B, Werkman JR, Xie CH, and Yuan L (2011) Flavonoid-related basic helix-loop-helix regulators, NtAn1a and NtAn1b, of tobacco have originated from two ancestors and are functionally active. Planta  234:363-375.

Suttipanta N, Pattanaik S, Kulshrestha M, Patra B, Singh SK, and Yuan L (2011) The transcription factor CrWRKY1 positively regulates terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. Plant Physiol. 157:2081-2093.

Pattanaik S, Kong Q, Zaitlin D, Werkman JR, Xie CH and Yuan L (2010) isolation and Functional Characterization of a floral tissue-specific R2R3 Myb regulator from tobacco. Planta 231:1061-1076.

Pattanaik S, Xie CH and Yuan L (2008) The interaction domains of the plant Myc-like bHLH transcription factors can regulate the transactivation strength. Planta 227:707-715

Pattanaik S, Nitima Suttipanta N, Gunjan S, Xie CH, Littleton J and Yuan L (2007) Promoter analysis of the Catharanthus roseus geraniol 10-hydroxylase gene involved in terpenoid indole alkaloid biosynthesis. Biochim Biophys Acta 1769:139–148.

Hou C-X , Dirk LMA, Pattanaik S, Das NC, Maiti IB, Houtz RL and Williams MA (2007) Plant peptide deformylase: a novel selectable marker and herbicide target based on essential cotranslational chloroplast protein processing. Plant Biotech J. 5: 275-281.

Pattanaik S, Xie CH, Kong Q, Shen KA, Yuan L (2006) Directed evolution of plant basic helix–loop–helix transcription factors for the improvement of transactivational properties. Biochim Biophys Acta 1759:308–318.

Pattanaik S, Dey N, Bhattacharyya S and Maiti, IB (2004) Isolation of a full-length transcript promoter from the Strawberry vein banding virus (SVBV) and expression analysis by protoplasts transient assays and in transgenic plants. Plant Sci. 167:427-438.

Majee M, Maitra S, Ghose Dastidar K, Pattnaik S, Chatterjee A, Hait N, Das KP, and Lahiri Majumder A (2004) A  novel salt-tolerant L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase from Porteresia coarctata Tateoka, a halophytic wild rice: Molecular cloning, bacterial overexpression, characterization  and functional introgression  into tobacco conferring salt-tolerance phenotype. J Biol Chem. 279:28539-28552.

Bhattacharyya S, Pattanaik S and Maiti IB (2003) Intron-mediated enhancement of gene expression in transgenic plants using chimeric constructs composed of Peanut chlorotic streak virus (PClSV) promote-leader and the antisense orientation of PClSV ORF VII (p7R).  Planta  218: 115-124.

Maiti IB, Dey N, Pattanaik S, Dahlman DL, Rana RL and Webb BA (2003) Antibiosis-type insect resistance in transgenic plants expressing a teratocyte secretory protein (TSP14) gene from a hymenopteran endoparasite (Microplitis croceipes).  Plant Biotech J. 1:209-219.

Book Chapters

Singh S, Patra B, Sigleton J, Liu Y, Paul P, Sui X, Suttipanta N, Pattanaik S and Yuan L (2022) Identification and Characterization of Transcription Factors Regulating Terpenoid Indole Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Catharanthus roseus. In: Catharanthus roseus: Methods and Protocols. V. Courdavault and S. Besseau (ed.), Methods Mol Biol 2505:203-221.

Patra B, Liu Y, Singleton J, Singh S Pattanaik S, and Yuan L (2022) Virus-Induced Gene Silencing as a Tool to Study Regulation of Alkaloid Biosynthesis in Medicinal Plants. In: Plant Secondary Metabolism Engineering: Methods and Protocols. A.G. Fett-Neto (ed.), Methods Mol Biol 2469:155-164.

Pattanaik S, Werkman JR, and Yuan L (2011) Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation as a Tool to Study Interactions of Regulatory Proteins in Plant Protoplasts. In: Plant Transcription Factors. L. Yuan and S.E. Perry (eds.), Methods Mol Biol 754:185-193.

Werkman JR, Pattanaik S, and Yuan L (2011) Directed Evolution Through DNA Shuffling for the Improvement and Understanding of Genes and Promoters. In: In: Plant Transcription Factors. L. Yuan and S.E. Perry (eds.), Methods Mol Biol 754:325-342

Pattanaik S, Werkman JR, Kong Q and Yuan L (2010) Site-directed Mutagenesis and Saturation Mutagenesis for the Functional Study of Transcription Factors Involved in Plant Secondary Metabolite Biosynthesis.  In: Plant Secondary Metabolism Engineering, A. G. Fett-Neto (ed.), Methods Mol Biol 643:47-57

Maiti IB, Pattanaik S, Bhattacharyya S and Dey N (2004) Genetic tools useful for basic research in molecular biology and biotechnological applications. In: Biotechnological Approaches for Sustainable Development. M.S. Reddy and S. Khanna (eds.), Chapter 6, pages 29-39, Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd., India.

Lahiri Majumder A, Hait NC, Deb I, Majee M, Chatterjee A, Ghosh Dastidar K,  Bhattacharyya S, Ghosh S, Chatterjee A, Maitra S and Pattanaik S (2003) L-myo inositol 1-phosphate synthase: an ancient protein with diverse function.  In: Molecular Insight in Plant Biology. P. Nath, A.K. Mattoo, S.A. Ranade and J.H. Weil (eds.), Chapter 5, pages 67-76, Science Publishers, USA.

Pattnaik S and Chand PK (1996) "Artificial seeds" as an aid to clone White Mulberry (Morus alba L.). In: Poncelet D & Dautzenberg H (eds.) Proceedings International Workshop Bioencapsulation V: From Fundamentals to Industrial Application.  Potsdam, Germany, pp.165-68.