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Few studies have examined the neuropsychological sequelae associated with end-stage pulmonary disease. Neuropsychological data are presented for 47 patients with end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who were being evaluated as potential candidates for lung transplantation. Although patients exhibited a diversity of neurocognitive deficits,(More)
Structure-activity profiles for the phytohormone auxin have been collected for over 70 years, and a number of synthetic auxins are used in agriculture. Auxin classification schemes and binding models followed from understanding auxin structures. However, all of the data came from whole plant bioassays, meaning the output was the integral of many different(More)
Auxins are defined mainly by a set of physiological actions, but the structure-effect relationship still is based on chemical intuition. Currently a well-defined auxin molecular structure is not available. The existence of different auxin binding proteins and mechanisms of auxin action, the wide diversity of the auxin molecules, and the pleiotropic effects(More)
An computational-biostatistical approach, supported by ab initio optimizations of auxin-like molecules, was used to find biologically meaningful relationships between quantum chemical variables and fresh bioassay's data. It is proven that the auxin-like recognition requires different molecular assembling states. We suggest that the carboxyl group is not the(More)
The function of the extracytoplasmic AUXIN-BINDING-PROTEIN1 (ABP1) is largely enigmatic. We complemented a homozygous T-DNA insertion null mutant of ABP1 in Arabidopsis thaliana Wassilewskia with three mutated and one wild-type (wt) ABP1 cDNA, all tagged C-terminally with a strepII-FLAG tag upstream the KDEL signal. Based on in silico modelling, the abp1(More)
Plant growth and architecture is regulated by the polar distribution of the hormone auxin. Polarity and flexibility of this process is provided by constant cycling of auxin transporter vesicles along actin filaments, coordinated by a positive auxin-actin feedback loop. Both polar auxin transport and vesicle cycling are inhibited by synthetic auxin transport(More)
The search for links between chemical factors and physiological effects was already documented in the 17th century by William Harvey. He describes the blood circulation. Two additional hints of the transport of chemical substances were published later by Berthold in animals1 and Darwin in plants.2 Those issues were the bases of biological concepts for(More)
A reasonable balance between accuracy and feasibility of quantum-chemical methods depends on the complexity of the molecular system and the scientific goals. Six series of indole-, naphthalene-, phenol-, benzoic-, phenoxy-, other auxin-derivatives, and a test set of similar organic molecules have been chosen for an assessment of 13 density functional and(More)
A novel approach is applied for the prediction of potential binding sites in ligand-protein interactions. This methodology introduces an integral strategy based on the calculation of protein geometrical parameters and the use of a quantum mechanical descriptor, Binding Local Site (B(LS)). A screening of the most likely cavities in the protein crystal(More)
The transformation of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) through Agrobacterium tumefaciens is still far from being routine, particularly when it comes to commercial varieties. In the present paper, we present an efficient and simple protocol for leaf disc transformation of three Vietnamese tomato cultivars (DM8, MTS, FM372C) by comparing shoot regeneration media(More)