Mark Paske Robbins

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Treatment of cell suspension cultures of bean (Phaseolus vulgaris c.v. Immuna) with an elicitor preparation heat-released from the cell walls of the phytopathogenic fungus Colletotrichum lindemuthianum resulted in rapid changes in the composition of the bean cell walls. These consisted of (a) increases in phenolic material bound to the cellulosic and(More)
Proanthocyanidins (PAs) are plant secondary metabolites and are composed primarily of catechin and epicatechin units in higher plant species. Due to the ability of PAs to bind reversibly with plant proteins to improve digestion and reduce bloat, engineering this pathway in leaves is a major goal for forage breeders. Here, we report the cloning and(More)
DNAs complementary to poly(A)(+) RNA present in elicitor-treated cells of Phaseolus vulgaris L. were inserted into pBR325 and used to transform Escherichia coli strain JA221. A clone was identified that contained sequences complementary to mRNA encoding chalcone synthase, a regulatory enzyme of phenylpropanoid biosynthesis, which catalyzes the first(More)
An antisense dihydroflavonol reductase (DFR) gene-construct made using the cDNA for DFR from Antirrhinum majus was introduced into the genome of a series of clonal genotypes of Lotus corniculatus via Agrobacterium rhizogenes. After initial screening, 17 antisense and 11 control transformation events were analysed and tannin levels found to be reduced in(More)
Proanthocyanidins (PAs) are agronomically important biopolymers in higher plants composed primarily of catechin and epicatechin units. The biosynthesis of these natural products is regulated by transcription factors including proteins of the R2R3MYB class. To gain insight into the genetic control of the catechin and epicatechin branches of the PA pathway in(More)
This study concerns the effects of four different classes of plant growth regulators on root morphology, patterns of growth and condensed tannin accumulation in transgenic root cultures of Lotus corniculatus L. (Bird's-foot trefoil). Growth of transformed roots in 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) resulted in decreased tannin levels relative to(More)
Changes in the rates of synthesis of three enzymes of phenyl-propanoid biosynthesis in Phaseolus vulgaris L. (dwarf French bean) have been investigated by immunoprecipitation of [S]methionine-labeled enzyme subunits with mono-specific antisera. Elicitor causes marked, rapid but transient co-ordinated increases in the rate of synthesis of phenyl-alanine(More)
Agrobacterium rhizogenes was assessed as a vehicle for transformation ofLotus corniculatus. Plants were co-transformed usingA. rhizogenes strain LBA 9402 harbouring the bacterial plasmid pRi1855 and the binary transformation vector pJit 73. pRi 1855 transfers both TL and TR sequences, while pJit 73 encodes β-glucuronidase (GUS) and also two selectable(More)
The enzyme prolyl hydroxylase (proline: 2-oxoglutarate dioxygenase, EC 1.14.11.12), induced in suspension-cultured cells of Phaseolus vulgaris L. (French bean) by treatment with an elicitor preparation from the phytopathogenic fungus Colletotrichum lindemuthianum, has been investigated. The enzyme, which catalyses the hydroxylation of poly-L-proline with(More)
In his introduction to this volume we are reminded by the Editor that tens of thousands of secondary metabolites have been isolated and identified from higher plants and still only 20–30% of plants have been analysed. This is clearly a research area where progress can and will be made in the next decade. What this text endeavours to achieve is to give an(More)