Abdullah B. Makhzoum

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The Catharanthus roseus DAT gene encodes the enzyme acetyl-CoA:deacetylvindoline-4-O-acetyltransferase involved in the last step of the indole alkaloid pathway leading to vindoline. This gene is characterized by specific cell type expression in idioblasts and laticifers. To understand the specific transcriptional regulation mechanism(s) of DAT, several DAT(More)
Several species of the genus Datura have been cultivated for their hyoscyamine content. Hyoscyamine production in field-cultivated plants can often be limited by environmental conditions. The culture of hairy roots obtained by inoculation of Datura explants with the A4 strain of Agrobacterium rhizogenes offers promising prospects for the in vitro production(More)
Plant molecular pharming is a promising system to produce important recombinant proteins such as therapeutic antibodies, pharmaceuticals, enzymes, growth factors, and vaccines. The system provides an interesting alternative method to the direct extraction of proteins from inappropriate source material while offering the possibility to overcome problems(More)
Recombinant proteins expressed in plants have been emerged as a novel branch of the biopharmaceutical industry, offering practical and safety advantages over traditional approaches. Cultivable in various platforms (i.e. open field, greenhouses or bioreactors), plants hold great potential to produce different types of therapeutic proteins with reduced risks(More)
BACKGROUND Agricultural biotechnology, including the generation of genetically modified food crops, has been the subject of much controversy over the last few years. Initially serving the basic needs of farmers, Ag Biotech has more recently gained much appeal for its opportunities with respect to both the nutritional and pharmaceutical sciences. METHODS(More)
Taxol is amongst the most effective anti-cancer drugs available in market. The increasing demand of this compound due to its use in treating wide range of cancers, as well as its high cost have triggered efforts to find alternative ways to obtain this drug. Hazel (Corylus avellana), which is already cultivated for nutritional aspects, is now attracting(More)
Strigolactones (SLs) represent an important new plant hormone class marked by their multifunctional role in plant and rhizosphere interactions. These compounds stimulate hyphal branching in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and seed germination of root parasitic plants. In addition, they are involved in the control of plant architecture by inhibiting bud(More)
Origanum vulgare L is commonly known as a wild marjoram and winter sweet which has been used in the traditional medicine due to its therapeutic effects as stimulant, anticancer, antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and many other diseases. A reliable gene transfer system via Agrobacterium rhizogenes and plant regeneration via hairy roots was(More)
Potato StCYP86A33 complements the Arabidopsis AtCYP86A1 mutant, horst - 1. Suberin is a cell-wall polymer that comprises both phenolic and aliphatic components found in specialized plant cells. Aliphatic suberin is characterized by bi-functional fatty acids, typically ω-hydroxy fatty acids and α,ω-dioic acids, which are linked via glycerol to form a(More)