Katarzyna Rataj

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Lignin is a major component of plant secondary cell walls. Here we describe caffeoyl shikimate esterase (CSE) as an enzyme central to the lignin biosynthetic pathway. Arabidopsis thaliana cse mutants deposit less lignin than do wild-type plants, and the remaining lignin is enriched in p-hydroxyphenyl units. Phenolic metabolite profiling identified(More)
Flowering time is controlled by precision in gene regulation mediated by different pathways. Two Arabidopsis thaliana components of the autonomous flowering pathway, FCA and FPA, function as genetically independent trans-acting regulators of alternative cleavage and polyadenylation. FCA and FPA directly associate with chromatin at the locus encoding the(More)
Plants control the time at which they flower in order to ensure reproductive success. This control is underpinned by precision in gene regulation acting through genetically separable pathways. The genetic dissection of this process in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana has led to the recurrent identification of plant-specific and highly conserved RNA 3'(More)
The Arabidopsis protein FPA controls flowering time by regulating the alternative 3'-end processing of the FLOWERING LOCUS (FLC) antisense RNA. FPA belongs to the split ends (SPEN) family of proteins, which contain N-terminal RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) and a SPEN paralog and ortholog C-terminal (SPOC) domain. The SPOC domain is highly conserved among FPA(More)
The objectives of this project were to find novel genes that might be useful for optimising plant biomass to facilitate biofuel production. Since the phenolic polymer, lignin, surrounds and cross-links to other cell wall components, reducing the amount of lignin or altering its structure to make it easier to extract have become major targets for improving(More)
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