Misa Takahashi

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Atmospheric nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)) is an environmental oxidant that is removed through direct uptake by foliage, but plant responses to this highly reactive gas are not well understood at the molecular level. From NO(2)-exposed leaves of a woody azalea (Rhododendron mucronatum), we cloned two cDNAs (RmGLP1 and RmGLP2) for germin-like proteins (GLPs), a(More)
In order to screen for the best species for mitigating nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by plants at urban levels, we investigated assimilation of nitrogen dioxide by 70 taxa of woody plants that are mostly utilized as roadside trees. They were fumigated with 15N-labeled NO2 at 0.1 microl l(-1) for 8h, and the amount of reduced nitrogen derived from NO2 (in mg Ng(-1)(More)
The importance of nitric oxide (NO) as a signaling molecule to various plant physiological and pathophysiological processes is becoming increasingly evident. However, little is known about how plants protect themselves from nitrosative and oxidative damage mediated by NO and NO-derived reactive nitrogen species (RNS). Peroxynitrite, the product of the(More)
Arabidopsis thaliana was transformed with a gene encoding a nitroreductase (NTR, E.C.1.6.99.7) with activity against a wide range of nitroaromatic compounds. The gene was transferred from Escherichia coli by an Agrobacterium-mediated in planta method. The obtained seeds were sowed to produce T1 plants, and they were assayed for the integration of the(More)
All plants examined to date possess non-symbiotic hemoglobin whose physiological role remains unclear. The present study explored the catalytic function of three representative classes of the plant hemoglobin from Arabidopsis thaliana: AtGLB1, AtGLB2, and AtGLB3. Purified recombinant proteins of these hemoglobins displayed hydrogen peroxide-dependent(More)
• To gain more insight into the physiological function of nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), we investigated the effects of exogenous NO₂ on growth in Arabidopsis thaliana. • Plants were grown in air without NO₂ for 1 wk after sowing and then grown for 1-4 wk in air with (designated treated plants) or without (control plants) NO₂. Plants were irrigated semiweekly with(More)
Protein tyrosine nitration is a selective process, as revealed in studies of animals. However, evidence for selective protein nitration in plants is scarce. In this study, Arabidopsis plants were exposed to air with or without nitrogen dioxide at 40 ppm for 8 h in light. Proteins extracted from whole leaves or isolated chloroplasts were subjected to 2D PAGE(More)
Plants take up inorganic nitrogen and store it unchanged or convert it to organic forms. The nitrogen in such organic compounds is stoichiometrically recoverable by the Kjeldahl method. The sum of inorganic nitrogen and Kjeldahl nitrogen has long been known to equal the total nitrogen in plants. However, in our attempt to study the mechanism of nitrogen(More)
We investigated the effect of extracellular matrix protein on in vitro attachment and outgrowth of bovine hatched blastocysts. In vitro produced bovine hatched blastocysts were cultured on a fibronectin- or laminin-coated Petri dishes. Hatched blastocysts adhered and outgrew on the fibronectin-coated dish whereas no attachment was observed on the(More)