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The molecular mechanisms of plant recognition, colonization, and nutrient exchange between diazotrophic endophytes and plants are scarcely known. Herbaspirillum seropedicae is an endophytic bacterium capable of colonizing intercellular spaces of grasses such as rice and sugar cane. The genome of H. seropedicae strain SmR1 was sequenced and annotated by The(More)
The search for new drugs and treatment approaches is of particular importance for glioblastomas (GBMs), as with other types of malignant gliomas, as they are lethal without the available medical care. Current anticancer cocktails have failed to prolong survival beyond 1 year, in part owing to the natural resistance of GBM cells and to the toxic side effects(More)
Staphylococcus xylosus is a microorganism involved in fermentation of meat products and also a natural producer of extracellular lipases. The aim of the present work was to clone and express in E. coli a lipase from S. xylosus (AF208229). This lipase gene (1084 bp) was amplified from a S. xylosus strain isolated from naturally fermented salami and(More)
MYB proteins are a family of transcription factors that play an important role in plant development and regulatory defense processes. Arabidopsis thaliana MYB30 (AtMYB30), a member of this protein family, is involved in cell death processes during the hypersensitive response (HR) of plants. HR is characterized by a vast production of reactive oxygen species(More)
In the search for drugs with anti-trypanosome activity, we had previously synthesized two series of platinum and palladium analogous compounds of the formula [M(II)Cl(2)(HL)], where HL were bioactive 5-nitrofuryl or 5-nitroacroleine thiosemicarbazone derivatives. In this work, we thoroughly characterized [M(II)Cl(2)(HL)] complexes interaction with DNA by(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) can influence the transcriptional activity of a wide set of Arabidopsis genes. The aim of the present work was to investigate if NO modifies DNA-binding activity of AtMYB2 (a typical R2R3-MYB from Arabidopsis thaliana), by a posttranslational modification of its conserved Cys53 residue. We cloned a fully active minimal DNA-binding domain(More)
The role of nitric oxide (NO) as a major regulator of plant physiological functions has become increasingly evident. To further improve our understanding of its role, within the last few years plant biologists have begun to embrace the exciting opportunity of investigating protein S-nitrosylation, a major reversible NO-dependent post-translational(More)
This paper reports on the synthesis and characterization of two new ternary copper(II) complexes: [Cu(doxycycline)(1,10-phenanthroline)(H(2)O)(ClO(4))](ClO(4)) (1) and [Cu(tetracycline)(1,10-phenanthroline)(H(2)O)(ClO(4))](ClO(4)) (2). These compounds exhibit a distorted tetragonal geometry around copper, which is coordinated to two bidentate ligands,(More)
We have studied the protonation equilibria of a dicopper(II) complex [Cu(2)(micro-OH)(C(21)H(33)ON(6))](ClO(4))(2).H(2)O, (1), in aqueous solution, its interactions with DNA, its cytotoxic activity, and its uptake in tumoral cells. C(21)H(33)ON(6) corresponds to the ligand 4-methyl-2,6-bis[(6-methyl-1,4-diazepan-6-yl)iminomethyl]phenol. From(More)
The orphan receptor nerve growth factor-induced B (NGFI-B) is a member of the nuclear receptor's subfamily 4A (Nr4a). NGFI-B was shown to be capable of binding both as a monomer to an extended half-site containing a single AAAGGTCA motif and also as a homodimer to a widely separated everted repeat, as opposed to a large number of nuclear receptors that(More)