Marcelo Fridlender

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A defense-inducible maize gene was discovered through global mRNA profiling analysis. Its mRNA expression is induced by pathogens and defense-related conditions in various tissues involving both resistant and susceptible interactions. These include Cochliobolus heterostrophus and Cochliobolus carbonum infection, ultraviolet light treatment, the Les9 disease(More)
Plants have had an essential role in the folklore of ancient cultures. In addition to the use as food and spices, plants have also been utilized as medicines for over 5000 years. It is estimated that 70-95% of the population in developing countries continues to use traditional medicines even today. A new trend, that involved the isolation of plant active(More)
The Ac-encoded transposase, a factor that is essential for the mobility of the Ac element, is expressed under the control of a promoter that lacks a conventional TATA box. The regulation of this promoter is poorly understood. We have analyzed Ac promoter structure and activity, both in vitro and in vivo, using transgenic tobacco plants and cell suspensions.(More)
Specific binding of Nicotiana nuclear protein(s) to subterminal regions of the Ac transposable element was detected using gel mobility shift assays. A sequence motif (GGTAAA) repeated in both terminal regions of Ac, was identified as the protein binding site. Mutation of two nucleotides in this motif was sufficient to abolish binding. Based on a series of(More)
Granulomas may be found in 30-70% of patients with Crohn's disease (CD). The etiology of granuloma formation in CD is presently unknown. Elevated levels of TNF-alpha are found within granuloma tissue, and are required to maintain granuloma formation in animal models. TNF-alpha production has been shown to influenced by TNF-alpha promoter polymorphisms. We(More)
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