José-Miguel Pêgo

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In plants, sugars act as signalling molecules that control many aspects of metabolism and development. Arabidopsis plants homozygous for the recessive sucrose uncoupled-6 (sun6) mutation show a reduced sensitivity to sugars for processes such as photosynthesis, gene expression and germination. The sun6 mutant is insensitive to sugars that are substrates for(More)
Low concentrations of the glucose (Glc) analog mannose (Man) inhibit germination of Arabidopsis seeds. Man is phosphorylated by hexokinase (HXK), but the absence of germination was not due to ATP or phosphate depletion. The addition of metabolizable sugars reversed the Man-mediated inhibition of germination. Carbohydrate-mediated regulation of gene(More)
Sugar-mediated regulation of gene expression is a mechanism controlling the expression of many different plant genes. In this review, a compilation of the genes encoding photosynthetic proteins, subject to this mode of regulation, is presented. Several groups have devised different screening strategies to obtain Arabidopsis mutants in sugar sensing and(More)
Plant fructokinases are the gateway to fructose metabolism. Here, we discuss the properties of published plant fructokinases and compare the available protein sequences. In addition, we speculate on the possible function of fructokinases as sugar sensors. A proposal is presented to clarify the confusing fructokinase nomenclature. Only a few plant(More)
INTRODUCTION Brain regions implicated in sexual behavior begin to differentiate in the last trimester of gestation. Antenatal therapy with corticosteroids is often used in clinical practice during this period to accelerate lung maturation in preterm-risk pregnancies. Clinical and animal studies highlighted major behavioral impairments induced later in life(More)
Stress perception, response, adaptation, and coping strategies are individually distinct, and the sequel of stress and/or glucocorticoids (GCs) is also distinct between subjects. In the last years, it has become clear that early life stress is a powerful modulator of neuroendocrine stress-responsive circuits, programing intrinsic susceptibility to stress,(More)
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