Michal Swiderski

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Specific recognition of Pseudomonas syringae strains that express the avirulence gene avrPphB requires two genes in Arabidopsis, RPS5 and PBS1. Previous work has shown that RPS5 encodes a member of the nucleotide binding site-leucine rich repeat class of plant disease resistance genes. Here we report that PBS1 encodes a putative serine-threonine kinase.(More)
In plants, the TIR (toll interleukin 1 receptor) domain is found almost exclusively in nucleotide-binding (NB) leucine-rich repeat resistance proteins and their truncated homologs, and has been proposed to play a signaling role during resistance responses mediated by TIR containing R proteins. Transient expression in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves of "TIR +(More)
Identification of replication initiation sites, termed origins, is a crucial step in understanding genome transmission in any organism. Transcription of the Trypanosoma brucei genome is highly unusual, with each chromosome comprising a few discrete transcription units. To understand how DNA replication occurs in the context of such organization, we have(More)
The Arabidopsis RPS4 gene belongs to the Toll/interleukin-1 receptor/nucleotide-binding site/leucine-rich repeat (TIR-NB-LRR) class of plant resistance (R) genes. It confers resistance to Pseudomonas syringae carrying the avirulence gene avrRps4. Transient expression of genomic RPS4 driven by the 35S promoter in tobacco leaves induces an AvrRps4-independent(More)
African trypanosomes, such as Trypanosoma brucei, are protistan parasites that cause sleeping sickness. Though first described more than a century ago, trypanosomes remain a blight on the health of the human population and on the economy of sub-Saharan Africa. T. brucei replicates in the bloodstream of infected mammals and traverses the blood-brain barrier(More)
A unifying feature of eukaryotic nuclear organization is genome segregation into transcriptionally active euchromatin and transcriptionally repressed heterochromatin. In metazoa, lamin proteins preserve nuclear integrity and higher order heterochromatin organization at the nuclear periphery, but no non-metazoan lamin orthologues have been identified,(More)
Specific recognition of Hyaloperonospora parasitica isolate Cala2 by Arabidopsis thaliana Ws-0 is mediated by the resistance gene RPP1A. Transient expression of different truncations of RPP1A in tobacco leaves revealed that its TIR-NB-ARC portion is sufficient to induce an elicitor-independent cell death. In stable transgenic lines of Arabidopsis,(More)
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