Lisa M. Weaver

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Plants have evolved the ability to regulate flowering in response to environmental signals such as temperature and photoperiod. The physiology and genetics of floral induction have been studied extensively, but the molecular mechanisms that underlie this process are poorly understood. To study this process, we isolated a gene, LUMINIDEPENDENS (LD), that is(More)
It has long been known that leaf senescence can be induced in many plant species by detaching leaves and placing them in the darkness. It recently has been shown that entire Arabidopsis plants placed in the darkness are not induced to senesce, as judged by visible yellowing and certain molecular markers. Here, we show that when individual Arabidopsis leaves(More)
A cDNA encoding potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) 3-deoxy-D-arabino-heptulosonate 7-phosphate synthase, the first enzyme of the shikimate pathway, was cloned into phage lambda gt11. The clone represents the first cDNA for this enzyme from any eukaryotic source. The nucleotide sequence of the cDNA was determined, and its identity was confirmed through partial(More)
In Escherichia coli, genes aroF+, aroG+, and aroH+ encode isoenzymes of 3-deoxy-D-arabino-heptulosonate 7-phosphate synthases that are feedback inhibited by tyrosine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan, respectively. A single base pair change in aroF causes a Pro-148-to-Leu-148 substitution and results in a tyrosine-insensitive enzyme.
Arabidopsis ERD1 is a ClpC-like protein that sequence analysis suggests may interact with the chloroplast-localized ClpP protease to facilitate proteolysis. The mRNA encoded by the ERD1 gene has previously been shown to accumulate in response to senescence and to a variety of stresses and hormones. Here we show that the ERD1 protein, in contrast to the ERD1(More)
Biotin, an essential cofactor, is synthesized de novo only by plants and some microbes. An Arabidopsis thaliana expressed sequence tag that shows sequence similarity to the carboxyl end of biotin synthase from Escherichia coli was used to isolate a near-full-length cDNA. This cDNA was shown to code for the Arabidopsis biotin synthase by its ability to(More)
As a catalytic cofactor, biotin has a critical role in the enzymological mechanism of a number of enzymes that are essential in both catabolic and anabolic metabolic processes. In this study we demonstrate that biotin has additional non-catalytic functions in regulating gene expression in plants, which are biotin autotrophic organisms. Biotin controls(More)
A cDNA encoding 3-deoxy-D -arabino-heptulosonate 7-phosphate (DAHP) synthase (EC 4.1.2.15) from potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) presumably specifies a chloroplast transit sequence near its 5′-end. In order to show the function of this transit sequence, we constructed a plasmid that contains the entire coding region of the cDNA downstream from a T7 promoter.(More)
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