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The B class of MADS-box floral homeotic genes specifies petal and stamen identity in angiosperms. While this group is one of the most studied in herbaceous plant species, it has remained largely uncharacterized in woody species such as grapevine. Although the B class PI/GLO and AP3/DEF clades have been extensively characterized in model species, the role of(More)
The sorting of macromolecules within and between membranous organelles is often directed by information contained in protein primary or secondary structure. We show here that absent such structural information, macromolecules internalized by endocytosis in macrophages can be sorted by size. After endocytosis, small solute probes of fluid-phase pinocytosis(More)
Pinus radiata is one of the most important forestry species in the southern hemisphere. This work describes the regeneration of this plant via somatic embryogenesis from immature zygotic embryos. To improve this process, somatic embryogenic cell suspensions were established in liquid media for the generation of material for embryo maturation. Each(More)
OTUBAINS are a recently discovered family of cysteine proteases that participate in the ubiquitin pathway. These proteins were originally described in animal systems and are involved in removing the ubiquitin chain attached to a protein destined for degradation. In a cDNA-AFLP screen designed to identify genes that are expressed during early somatic(More)
When inoculated into sensitive tobacco Xanthi-nn plants, the crucifer and garlic-infecting Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV-Cg) induces local necrotic lesions that resemble those seen in the hypersensitive response (HR) of resistant tobacco plants. However, unlike these, tobacco Xanthi-nn plants do not become resistant to infection and the virus spreads(More)
The tobamovirus TMV-Cg induces an HR-like response in Nicotiana tabacum cv. Xanthi nn sensitive plants lacking the N or N' resistance genes. This response has been characterized by the appearance of necrotic lesions in the inoculated leaf and viral systemic spread, although the defence pathways are activated in the plant. A previous study demonstrated that(More)
BACKGROUND Under drought, plants accumulate the signaling hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which induces the rapid closure of stomatal pores to prevent water loss. This event is trigged by a series of signals produced inside guard cells which finally reduce their turgor. Many of these events are tightly regulated at the transcriptional level, including the(More)
BACKGROUND Viral infections and their spread throughout a plant require numerous interactions between the host and the virus. While new functions of viral proteins involved in these processes have been revealed, current knowledge of host factors involved in the spread of a viral infection is still insufficient. In Arabidopsis thaliana, different ecotypes(More)
Citrus plants are widely cultivated around the world and, however, are one of the most salt stress sensitive crops. To improve salinity tolerance, transgenic Carrizo citrange rootstocks that overexpress glyoxalase I and glyoxalase II genes were obtained and their salt stress tolerance was evaluated. Molecular analysis showed high expression for both(More)
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