Geraldina Santandrea

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A series of endosperm transfer layer-specific transcripts has been identified in maize by differential screening of a cDNA library of transcripts at 10 days after pollination. Sequence comparisons revealed among this class of cDNAs a novel, small gene family of highly diverged sequences encoding basal layer antifungal proteins (BAPs). The bap genes mapped(More)
In Nicotiana tabacum L. var. BEL W3 copper (Cu) at concentrations higher than 50 μM significantly inhibited callus growth and shoot regeneration. After 5–6 months of culture only a few morphogenic callus lines survived in the presence of 100 μM Cu. These calluses showed the capacity to grow and regenerate shoots through successive subcultures on medium(More)
The maize cob presents an excellent opportunity to screen visually for mutations affecting assimilate partitioning in the developing kernel. We have identified a defective kernel mutant termed rgf1, reduced grain filling, with a final grain weight 30% of the wild type. In contrast with most defective endosperm mutants, rgf1 shows gene dosage-dependent(More)
The role played by histone acetyltransferase (HAT), GCN5, in transcriptional co-activation has been analysed in detail in yeast and mammals. Here, we present the cloning and expression pattern of Zmgcn5, the maize homologue. The enzymatic activity of the recombinant ZmGCN5 was analysed with histone and nucleosome substrates. In situ hybridisation of(More)
Manganese toxicity to germination, callus induction and shoot regeneration was studied on three cultivars of Nicotiana tabacum: BEL W3, Burley 21, Bright NC 944. All materials were cultured on MS solid medium containing 0.1 (control), 2, 5, 10, 15 and 20 mM Mn, to which 5 µM NAA and 5 µM kinetin were added for callus induction and shoot regeneration. Mn(More)
A cDNA clone has been obtained for a low-abundance, seed-specific mRNA that encodes a polypeptide which defines a novel family of plant proteins with some similarities to the DnaJ class of molecular chaperones. The MEM1 (Maize Endosperm Motif binding protein) protein is capable of binding to the endosperm motif and activating transcription in the yeast(More)
The pedicel of the maize (Zea mays L.) caryopsis is a complex structure consisting of layers of specialized cell-types involved with solute transfer into the developing kernel. A molecular marker for one of these cell layers, the phloem parenchyma, has been obtained by differential screening of a cDNA library from 7 days after pollination (DAP) kernels. The(More)
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