Marie-France Dorbe

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Expression analyses of Nrt2 plant genes have shown a strict correlation with root nitrate influx mediated by the high-affinity transport system (HATS). The precise assignment of NRT2 protein function has not yet been possible due to the absence of heterologous expression studies as well as loss of function mutants in higher plants. Using a reverse genetic(More)
The influence of light-dark cycles and nitrate supply on nitrate reductase (NR) mRNA levels was studied in two plant species, tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) and tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum) using specific NR DNA probes. In the same series of experiments, changes in the levels of NR protein (NRP) by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and changes in the level(More)
In higher plants, nitrate is taken up by root cells where Arabidopsis thaliana NITRATE TRANSPORTER2.1 (ATNRT2.1) chiefly acts as the high-affinity nitrate uptake system. Nitrate taken up by the roots can then be translocated from the root to the leaves and the seeds. In this work, the function of the ATNRT2.7 gene, one of the seven members of the NRT2(More)
We have cloned and sequenced the nitrate reductase (NR)-encoding gene (nia) from tomato. When compared to the two Nicotiana tabacum nia structural genes, this 5-kb tomato gene shows a highly conserved structure, the coding sequence being interspersed with three introns at the same positions. Nucleotide sequences of the 5' promoter regions are not(More)
A nitrate reductase (NR) deficient mutant of Nicotiana plumbaginifolia totally impaired in the production of functional nia transcript and protein was restored for NR activity by transformation with a cloned tomato nia gene. The transgenic plants expressed from undetectable to 17% of the control NR activity in their leaves. Restoration of growth rates(More)
Arabidopsis AtNRT2.1 protein is the best characterized high affinity nitrate transporter in higher plants. However, nothing is known about its sub-cellular localization. In this work, we used GFP imaging to follow the targeting of the AtNRT2.1 protein to the different cell membranes. A polyclonal antibody was also raised against a peptide derived from the(More)
Higher plants have both high- and low-affinity nitrate uptake systems (HATS and LATS respectively). Here we report the isolation and characterization of two genes, NpNRT1.1 and NpNRT1.2, from Nicotiana plumbaginifolia whose structural features suggest that they both belong to the NRT1 gene family, which is involved in the LATS. Amino acid sequence alignment(More)
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