Desmond J. Bradley

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Flowering plants exhibit one of two types of inflorescence architecture: indeterminate, in which the inflorescence grows indefinitely, or determinate, in which a terminal flower is produced. The indeterminate condition is thought to have evolved from the determinate many times, independently. In two mutants in distantly related species, terminal flower 1 in(More)
Recessive mutations at the plena (ple) locus result in a homeotic conversion of sex organs to sterile perianth organs in flowers of Antirrhinum majus. A complementary phenotype, in which sex organs replace sterile organs, is conferred by semidominant ovulata mutations. The ple locus was identified and isolated using a homologous gene, agamous from(More)
Homologous proteins occurring through gene duplication may give rise to novel functions through mutations affecting protein sequence or expression. Comparison of such homologues allows insight into how morphological traits evolve. However, it is often unclear which changes are key to determining new functions. To address these ideas, we have studied a(More)
Flowering plants exhibit two types of inflorescence architecture: determinate and indeterminate. The centroradialis mutation causes the normally indeterminate inflorescence of Antirrhinum to terminate in a flower. We show that centroradialis is expressed in the inflorescence apex a few days after floral induction, and interacts with the(More)
The overall morphology of an Arabidopsis plant depends on the behaviour of its meristems. Meristems derived from the shoot apex can develop into either shoots or flowers. The distinction between these alternative fates requires separation between the function of floral meristem identity genes and the function of an antagonistic group of genes, which(More)
Shoot meristems harbor stem cells that provide key growing points in plants, maintaining themselves and generating all above-ground tissues. Cell-to-cell signaling networks maintain this population, but how are meristem and organ identities controlled? TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) controls shoot meristem identity throughout the plant life cycle, affecting the(More)
Plant species exhibit two primary forms of flowering architecture, namely, indeterminate and determinate. Antirrhinum is an indeterminate species in which shoots grow indefinitely and only generate flowers from their periphery. Tobacco is a determinate species in which shoot meristems terminate by converting to a flower. We show that tobacco is responsive(More)
Plant and bacterial antigens contributing to nodule development and symbiosis in pea (Pisum sativum L.) roots were identified after isolation of a set of monoclonal antibody (McAb)-producing hybridoma lines. Rats were immunised with the peribacteriod material released by mild osmotic shock treatment from membrane-enclosed bacteroids of Rhizobium(More)
Thyroid hormone exerts profound effects on the developing mammalian brain, and its deficiency can lead to severe mental retardation and motor abnormalities. To identify specific anatomic targets of thyroid hormone action in the developing mammalian nervous system, we examined thyroid hormone receptor gene expression by hybridization histochemistry on serial(More)
The floral C-function, which specifies stamen and carpel development, played a pivotal role in the evolution of flowers. An important aspect of this was the establishment of mechanisms regulating the temporal and spatial expression domain of the C-function genes. Transcription of the Arabidopsis C-function gene AGAMOUS (AG) is tightly controlled by factors(More)