Frédéric Côté

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We have investigated the secondary structure of peach latent mosaic viroid (PLMVd) in solution, and we present here the first description of the structure of a branched viroid in solution. Different PLMVd transcripts of plus polarity were produced by using the circularly permuted RNA method and the exploitation of RNA internal secondary structure to(More)
The fragile X syndrome is an X-linked inherited disease and is the result of transcriptional inactivation of the FMR1 gene and the absence of its encoded FMR protein (FMRP). Using a specific monoclonal antibody directed against human FMRP, we have studied the steady-state levels of its murine homolog in several tissues and organs of adult and young mice. In(More)
Microexplant cultures from three-day-old rats were used to investigate whether angiotensin II (Ang II), through its AT(1) and AT(2) receptors, could be involved in the morphological differentiation of cerebellar cells. Specific activation of the AT(2) receptor during 4-day treatment induced two major morphological changes. The first was characterized by(More)
The rhizobial production of extracellular polysaccharide (EPS) is generally required for the symbiotic infection of host plants that form nodules with an apical meristem (indeterminate nodules). One exception is Rhizobium meliloti AK631, an exoB mutant of Rm41, which is deficient in EPS production yet infects and fixes nitrogen (i.e., is Fix+) on alfalfa,(More)
In their undifferentiated state, NG108-15 cells express only the angiotensin II (Ang II) type 2 receptor (AT(2)). We have previously shown that Ang II induced neurite outgrowth of NG108-15 cells, a process involving sustained activation of p42/p44(mapk) activity. We have also shown that Ang II stimulates nitric oxide (NO) production. The aim of the present(More)
We have previously shown that ZNF74, a candidate gene for DiGeorge syndrome, encodes a developmentally expressed zinc finger gene of the Kruppel-associated box (KRAB) multifinger subfamily. Using RACE, RT-PCR, and primer extension on human fetal brain and heart mRNAs, we here demonstrate the existence of six mRNA variants resulting from alternative promoter(More)
Growth and yield characteristics of two different clones of banana plants (Musa AAA cv. Grande naine) originating from four months old embryogenic cell suspensions were studied. These characteristics were compared with those plants produced by the conventional in vitro budding multiplication method. Two types of variants were observed during the(More)
Photosynthesis and light O(2)-uptake of the aerial portion of the CAM plant Ananas comosus (L.) merr. were studied by CO(2) and O(2) gas exchange measurements. The amount of CO(2) which was fixed during a complete day-night cycle was equal to the amount of total net O(2) evolved. This finding justifies the assumption that in each time interval of the light(More)
Three pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins of tobacco are acidic isoforms of beta-1,3-glucanase (PR-2a, -2b, -2c). We have cloned and sequenced a partial cDNA clone (lambda FJ1) corresponding to one of the PR-2 beta-1,3-glucanases. A small gene family encodes the PR-2 proteins in tobacco, and similar genes are present in a number of plant species. We analyzed(More)
The expression of the tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) gene, encoding the rate-limiting enzyme of serotonin biosynthesis, is tightly regulated both at the transcriptional and at the post-transcriptional levels. In the pineal gland, transcription of the gene is activated in response to an intracellular circadian increase of the cAMP concentration. We have(More)