Michael A. Phillips

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Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) is a precise method to measure changes in gene transcript level. Accurate quantification requires careful RNA quality assessment, determination of primer efficiency, and selection of an appropriate reference gene. While many experimental procedures for these purposes have been described for(More)
Isopentenyl diphosphate isomerases (IDI) catalyze the interconversion of the two isoprenoid universal C5 units, isopentenyl diphosphate and dimethylally diphosphate, to allow the biosynthesis of the large variety of isoprenoids including both primary and specialized metabolites. This isomerisation is usually performed by two distinct IDI isoforms located(More)
The 2-C-methyl-d-erythritol-4-phosphate (MEP) pathway provides the precursors for the biosynthesis of plastidial isoprenoids, which include the carotenoid pigments of many fruits. We have analysed the genes encoding the seven enzymes of the MEP pathway in melon (Cucumis melo L.) and determined that the first one, 1-deoxyxylulose 5-phosphate synthase (DXS),(More)
In climacteric fruit-bearing species, the onset of fruit ripening is marked by a transient rise in respiration rate and autocatalytic ethylene production, followed by rapid deterioration in fruit quality. In non-climacteric species, there is no increase in respiration or ethylene production at the beginning or during fruit ripening. Melon is unusual in(More)
Plastidial isoprenoids are a diverse group of metabolites with roles in photosynthesis, growth regulation, and interaction with the environment. The methylerythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway produces the metabolic precursors of all types of plastidial isoprenoids. Proteomics studies in Arabidopsis thaliana have shown that all the enzymes of the MEP pathway(More)
A case study of the first deaf-blind patient implanted with a Nucleus 22 channel cochlear prosthesis is presented. The patient's preimplant evaluation data, using a powerful hearing aid and vibro-tactile device, are compared with results obtained 8 months postimplant. Preimplant testing indicated no consistent response to sound. Postimplant testing showed(More)
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