Miguel Angel Freire

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The ABA-induced MA12 cDNA from maize, which encodes a set of highly phosphorylated embryo proteins, was used to isolate the corresponding genomic clone. This gene, called RAB-17 (responsive to ABA), encodes a basic, glycine-rich protein (mol. wt. 17 164) containing a cluster of 8 serine residues, seven of them contiguous. It is a homologue of the rice(More)
Two cDNAs (At.EIF4E1 and At.EIF4E2) encoding, respectively, the eukaryotic initiation factors eIF4E and eIF(iso)4E of Arabidopsis thaliana were isolated by complementation of a Saccharomyces cerevisiae conditional mutant. The deduced amino acid sequences of the proteins are homologous to those from monocotyledonous plants, yeast and mammals. The(More)
The eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) emerged recently as a target for different types of regulation affecting translation. In animal and yeast cells, eIF4E-binding proteins modulate the availability of eIF4E. A search for plant eIF4E-binding proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana using the yeast genetic interaction system identified a clone encoding a(More)
We have previously described a developmentally regulated mRNA in maize that accumulates in mature embryos and is involved in a variety of stress responses in the plant. The sequence of the encoded 16 kDa protein (MA16) predicts that it is an RNA-binding protein, since it possesses a ribonucleoprotein consensus sequence-type RNA-binding domain (CS-RBD). To(More)
The 3′-terminal 1500 nucleotides of the genome of pelargonium flower break carmovirus (PFBV) were sequenced from RT-PCR amplification products. One large ORF was found, encoding a 345 amino acid protein of Mr 37 kDa, which corresponds to the coat protein, as confirmed by immunoprecipitation of products of in vitro transcription and translation. The sequence(More)
A two-hybrid screen with the translation initiation factor, eIF(iso)4E from Arabidopsis, identified a clone encoding a lipoxygenase type 2 [Freire, M.A., et al., 2000. Plant lipoxygenase 2 is a translation initiation factor-4E-binding protein. Plant Molecular Biology 44, 129-140], and three cDNA clones encoding the homologue of the mammalian BTF3 factor,(More)
The maize RNA-binding protein MA16 is a non-ribosomal nucleolar protein widely distributed in different maize tissues. We have previously shown that the MA16 protein binds preferentially to guanosine-and uridine-rich sequences. As a step towards the identification of specific targets with which MA16 interacts within the cell, we investigated the RNA-binding(More)
The expression of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) large subunit in cotyledons was investigated during germination and dark growth of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.) seedlings. The levels of large-subunit (LS) Rubisco were determined by immunodetection on western blots of SDS-PAGE-separated proteins, using highly specific monoclonal(More)
The helper-component proteinase (HC-Pro) of potyvirus is a multifunctional protein involved in many mechanisms of viral life cycle. In addition, HC-Pro protein was the first identified suppressor of RNA silencing in plants. However, the identities and functions of direct targets toward the pathways of RNA-silencing suppression mediated by HC-Pro are still(More)
Polymer formation is arguably one of the essential factors that allowed the emergence, stabilisation and spread of life on Earth. Consequently, studies concerning biopolymers could shed light on the origins of life itself. Of particular interest are RNA and polysaccharide polymers, the archetypes of the contrasting proposed evolutionary scenarios and their(More)