Biljana M. Kukavica

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Ramonda sp. (Gesneriaceae) is an endemic and relic plant in a very small group of poikilohydric angiosperms that are able to survive in an almost completely dehydrated state. Senescence- and drought-related changes in the activity of peroxidase (POD; EC 1.11.1.7), ascorbate peroxidase (EC 1.11.1.11), and superoxide dismutase (SOD; EC 1.15.1.1) were(More)
The analysis of plasma membranes from maize roots by native gel electrophoresis revealed the existence of Mn-containing 120 kDa and CuZn-containing 70, 40, and 15 kDa superoxide dismutase (SOD) isoform activities. Isoelectric focusing of the plasma membranes differentiated anionic SOD isoforms with a pI of about 5 and cationic SOD isoforms at pI 8.6.(More)
The hydroxyl radical produced in the apoplast has been demonstrated to facilitate cell wall loosening during cell elongation. Cell wall-bound peroxidases (PODs) have been implicated in hydroxyl radical formation. For this mechanism, the apoplast or cell walls should contain the electron donors for (i) H(2)O(2) formation from dioxygen; and (ii) the(More)
Cell wall isolated from pea roots was used to separate and characterize two fractions possessing class III peroxidase activity: (i) ionically bound proteins and (ii) covalently bound proteins. Modified SDS-PAGE separated peroxidase isoforms by their apparent molecular weights: four bands of 56, 46, 44, and 41kDa were found in the ionically bound fraction(More)
Resurrection plants are able to dehydrate/rehydrate rapidly without cell damage by a mechanism, the understanding of which may be of ecological importance in the adaptation of crop plants to dry conditions. The o-diphenol oxidase in Ramonda serbica Pan. & Petrov, a rare resurrection plant of the Balkan Peninsula, was characterized in respect to different(More)
A comparative fluorescence and oxygen radical-sensitive spin trap EPR spectroscopic study of isolated cell walls (with proteins or deproteinated), in the presence and absence of ascorbate and H(2)O(2) is presented. Fluorescence spectra indicate the presence of at least two fluorophores, one degraded and the other synthesized after reduction or oxidation,(More)
The oxidation of hydroquinone with H2O2 in the presence of mitochondria isolated from maize (Zea mays L.) roots was studied. The results indicate that a reduced form of quinone may be a substrate of mitochondrial peroxidases. Specific activities in different mitochondrial isolates, the apparent K m for hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone, and the influence(More)
Legumes are important crop plants and pea (Pisum sativum L.) has been investigated as a model with respect to several physiological aspects. The sequencing of the pea genome has not been completed. Therefore, proteomic approaches are currently limited. Nevertheless, the increasing numbers of available EST-databases as well as the high homology of the pea(More)
Potato protein (PP) holds great promise as a non-allergenic food ingredient with high nutritional value. Attempts to modulate its functional properties by crosslinking have not been reported to date. The effect of tyrosinase-mediated crosslinking of PP on the properties of o/w emulsions was studied in the present work. Among the various PPs, protease(More)
Peroxidase (POD) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) enzyme activities were analyzed in non-regenerative transformed embryogenic lines of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) carrying wound-inducible oryzacystatin I (OC-I), wound-inducible oryzacystatin I antisense (OC-Ias), or hygromycin phosphotransferase (hpt) genes. All of the transformed lines analyzed had elevated(More)
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