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The vsp1 gene of Arabidopsis thaliana encodes a storage protein that accumulates in vegetative organs. Transgenic plants expressing a vsp1 promoter-gus (beta-glucuronidase) gene fusion were found to contain high GUS activity when challenged with jasmonate, a volatile plant hormone. The induction of vsp1-gus expression by jasmonate could be measured in(More)
The chloroplast ribosomal protein CS1 is an essential component of the plastids translational machinery involved in translation initiation. Southern analysis suggests that the corresponding nuclear gene is present in one copy in the spinach genome. We have isolated and sequenced the gene (rps1) to study its expression at the transcriptional level. The gene(More)
Promoter studies have revealed that sequences related to the GT-1 binding site, known as GT elements, are conserved in plant nuclear genes of diverse functions. In this work, we addressed the issue of whether GT elements are involved in cell type-specific transcriptional regulation. We found that the inactivation of GT-1 site-mediated transcription in roots(More)
A 7,022 by BamHI-EcoRI fragment, located in the inverted repeat of spinach chloroplast, has been sequenced. It contains a 2131 codon open reading frame (ORF) homologous to both tobacco ORFs 581 and 1708, and to Marchantia ORF 2136. Relative to the Marchantia chloroplast genome, spinach ORF 2131 is located at the end of a large inversion; the other end point(More)
GT-1 belongs to the class of trihelix DNA-binding proteins and binds to a promoter sequence found in many different genes. Data presented in this report show that GT-1 contains a trans-activation function in yeast and in plant cells. However, in tobacco BY-2 protoplasts, this activity functions only when an internal region containing the DNA-binding domain(More)
The nuclear gene rps1 coding for the spinach plastid ribosomal protein CS1 exhibits both a constitutive and leaf-specific expression pattern. In contrast to other chloroplast-related genes like rbcS and cab, the leaf induction of rps1 expression is light-independent. These unique features of rps1 expression provide good models to study the mechanisms(More)
A cDNA encoding a specific binding activity for the tissue-specific negative cis-element S1F binding site of spinach rps1 was isolated from a spinach cDNA expression library. This cDNA of 0.7 kb encodes an unusual small peptide of only 70 amino acids, with a basic domain which contains a nuclear localization signal and a putative DNA binding helix. This(More)
COP1 is a negative regulator of Arabidopsis light-dependent development. Mutation of the COP1 locus causes constitutive photomorphogenesis in the dark. Here, we report the identification of an isoform of the COP1 protein, named COP1b, which is generated by alternative splicing. COP1b has a 60-amino acid deletion in the WD-40 repeat domain relative to the(More)
The TATA box-binding protein (TBP) is an essential component of transcription initiation complexes of all three eukaryotic RNA polymerases. Increasing evidence suggests that the TBP activity and availability may be regulated to precisely control gene transcription and play an important role in cell type-specific regulation. Arabidopsis TBP-2 is up-regulated(More)