Jorge Nieto-Sotelo

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Phytochrome-imposed down-regulation of the expression of its own phytochrome A gene (PHYA) is one of the fastest light-induced effects on transcription reported in plants to date. Functional analysis of the oat PHYA3 promoter in a transfection assay has revealed two positive elements, PE1 and PE3, that function synergistically to support high levels of(More)
HSP101 belongs to the ClpB protein subfamily whose members promote the renaturation of protein aggregates and are essential for the induction of thermotolerance. We found that maize HSP101 accumulated in mature kernels in the absence of heat stress. At optimal temperatures, HSP101 disappeared within the first 3 days after imbibition, although its levels(More)
Phytochrome A is a member of a plant regulatory photoreceptor family (1). The down-regulation by phytochrome of the transcription of its own PHYA3 gene, is one of the most rapid light-mediated effects on transcription reported to date in plants (2). Two positive elements designated PE1 (-367 bp to -346 bp) and PE3 (-111 bp to -81 bp) necessary for high(More)
Transcription of heat shock genes is induced by exposure of cells to elevated temperatures or other stress conditions. In yeast, it is thought that induction of transcription is mediated by conversion of a DNA-bound transcriptionally inactive form of the heat shock transcription factor (HSTF) to a DNA-bound transcriptionally active form. We have identified(More)
Heat shock protein 101 (HSP101) cDNA and genomic clones from maize have been isolated. The structure of maize HSP101 reveals the presence of six exons interrupted by five introns. Maize HSP101 contains a predicted open reading frame that translates into a 912-aa sequence with a mass of 101kDa. Initiation of transcription was mapped 146 bases upstream of the(More)
The quiescent center is viewed as an architectural template in the root apical meristem of all angiosperm and gymnosperm root tips. In roots of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh., the quiescent center inhibits differentiation of contacting initial cells and maintains the surrounding initial cells as stem cells. Here, the role of the quiescent center in the(More)
Maize embryonic axes contain stored mRNAs, some of which are able to undergo cap-independent translation initiation during germination. The Hsp101 mRNA, encoding a heat shock protein, is essential for thermo-tolerance induction and is present among the stored transcripts. This research aimed to investigate whether the Hsp101 transcript is IRES-driven(More)
Agaves are perennial crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) plants distributed in tropical and subtropical arid environments, features that are attractive for studying the heat-shock response. In agaves, the stress response can be analysed easily during leaf development, as they form a spirally shaped rosette, having the meristem surrounded by folded leaves in(More)
Agave tequilana Weber var. Azul plants reproduce asexually by producing ramets. Continuous production of ramets throughout the vegetative cycle of the parent delays the time of harvesting of heads for tequila production. Little is known about the factors influencing their emergence. Heads are engrossed rosettes where fructans are stored. We show here that,(More)