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BACKGROUND AND AIMS Current understanding of stomatal development in Arabidopsis thaliana is based on mutations producing aberrant, often lethal phenotypes. The aim was to discover if naturally occurring viable phenotypes would be useful for studying stomatal development in a species that enables further molecular analysis. METHODS Natural variation in(More)
Loss of function of the positive stomata development regulators SPCH or MUTE in Arabidopsis thaliana renders stomataless plants; spch-3 and mute-3 mutants are extreme dwarfs, but produce cotyledons and tiny leaves, providing a system to interrogate plant life in the absence of stomata. To this end, we compared their cotyledon transcriptomes with that of(More)
Stomatal development in Arabidopsis thaliana has been linked to photoreceptor-perceived light through several components of the photomorphogenic switch, whose lack of function is often seedling-lethal. CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 10 (COP10) is an important component of this switch, its loss of function producing stomatal clusters. Exploiting the reduced(More)
The TM1072 gene from Thermotoga maritima codifies for a putative form of a rhamnulose-1-phosphate aldolase (Rha-1PA Tm). To investigate this enzyme further, its gene was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. The purified enzyme was activated by Co2+ as a divalent metal ion cofactor, instead of Zn2+ as its E. coli homologue, and exhibited a maximum of(More)
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