Michal M. Sikorski

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Physical, chemical and biological stress factors, such as microbial infection, upregulate the transcription levels of a number of plant genes, coding for the so-called pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins. For PR proteins of class-10 (PR-10), the biological function remains unclear, despite two decades of scientific research. PR-10 proteins have a wide(More)
Plant pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins of class 10 (PR-10) are small and cytosolic. The main feature of their three-dimensional structure is a large cavity between a seven-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet and a long C-terminal alpha-helix. Although PR-10 proteins are abundant in plants, their physiological role remains unknown. Recent data have indicated(More)
The cytosolic fraction of Vigna radiata contains a 17-kD protein that binds plant hormones from the cytokinin group, such as zeatin. Using recombinant protein and isothermal titration calorimetry as well as fluorescence measurements coupled with ligand displacement, we have reexamined the K(d) values and show them to range from approximately 10(-6) M (for(More)
Pathogenesis-related class 10 (PR10) proteins are restricted to the plant kingdom where they are coded by multigene families and occur at high levels. In spite of their abundance, their physiological role is obscure although members of a distantly related subclass (cytokinin-specific binding proteins) are known to bind plant hormones. PR10 proteins are of(More)
Plant pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins of class 10 are the only group among the 17 PR protein families that are intracellular and cytosolic. Sequence conservation and the wide distribution of PR-10 proteins throughout the plant kingdom are an indication of an indispensable function in plants, but their true biological role remains obscure. Crystal and(More)
Pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins of class 10 are abundant in higher plants. Some of these proteins are induced under stress conditions as part of the plant defence mechanism. Other homologues are developmentally regulated and their expression varies in different plant organs. The PR-10 proteins are encoded by multigene families, have a weight of about 17(More)
NodS is an S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM)-dependent N-methyltransferase that is involved in the biosynthesis of Nod factor (NF) in rhizobia, which are bacterial symbionts of legume plants. NF is a modified chitooligosaccharide (COS) signal molecule that is recognized by the legume host, where it initiates symbiotic processes leading to atmospheric nitrogen(More)
Hypericin, a red-colored naphtodianthrone, is a natural product synthesized in the medicinal plant Hypericum perforatum, widely known as St. John's wort. Hypericin has been attracting a growing attention of the pharmaceutical industry because of its potential application in various therapies, including the treatment of depression. In vivo, hypericin is(More)
Histidine-containing phosphotransfer proteins (HPts) take part in hormone signal transduction in higher plants. The overall pathway of this process is reminiscent of the two-component system initially identified in prokaryotes. HPts function in histidine-aspartate phosphorelays in which they mediate the signal from sensory kinases (usually membrane(More)
The crystal structure of cytokinin-specific binding protein (CSBP) containing four independent molecules with 4 x 155 = 620 residues in the asymmetric unit of the P6(4) unit cell has been solved by three-wavelength MAD using 1.8 angstroms resolution data recorded from a crystal derivatized with the dodecabromohexatantalum cation (Ta6Br12)2+. The diffraction(More)