Paul F. Lurquin

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Growth of Alcaligenes eutrophus JMP134 on 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate requires a 2,4-dichlorphenol hydroxylase encoded by gene tfdB. Catabolism of either 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate or 3-chlorobenzoate involves enzymes encoded by the chlorocatechol oxidative operon consisting of tfdCDEF, which converts 3-chloro- and 3,5-dichlorocatechol to maleylacetate and(More)
Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata Walp) embryos mechanically isolated from mature seeds and incubated in the presence of plasmid DNA harboring chimeric gus genes were shown to germinate into seedlings expressing β-glucuronidase activity in a variety of tissues, including the apical meristem. Embryo electroporation in the presence of DNA and protectants such as(More)
Transient expression and stable integration and expression of transgenes were observed in the tissues and offspring of certain leguminous plants after electroporation of DNA into intact nodal meristems in planta. The method described in this article thus allows the study of transgene expression in tissues differentiating from meristematic cells present in(More)
Electroporation-mediated gene transfer into intact plant tissues was demonstrated in pea, cowpea, lentil, and soybean plants. Transient expression of a chimeric gus reporter gene was used to monitor the uptake and expression of the introduced DNA in electroporated nodal axillary buds in vivo. The branches that grew out of the nodal meristems were chimeric(More)
Large, ethidium bromide-loaded liposomes electrically pulsed in the presence of externally added DNA display the bright fluorescence of DNA-ethidium bromide complexes. Sonication of these liposomes increases the fluorescence of trapped DNA-ethidium bromide complexes by no more than about 40%. These results are thus in agreement with a mechanism involving(More)
Stable transformation of eggplant to kanamycin resistance was obtained by cocultivation of cotyledonary and young leaves with the hypervirulent, fully oncogenicAgrobacterium tumefaciens strain A281 carrying plasmid pGA472. No transformation was observed when using the disarmedA. tumefaciens LBA4404 strain carrying pGA472 or when using either strain for(More)
Electroporation of cells in the presence of DNA is widely used for the introduction of transgenes either stably or transiently into bacterial, fungal, animal, and plant cells. A review of the literature shows that electroporation parameters are often reported in an incomplete or incorrect manner, forcing researchers to rely too much on a purely empirical(More)
Uptake of homologous and heterologous radioactively labelled DNA was studied in ten Streptomyces species. Among these, S. kasugaensis and S. virginiae were shown to take up 0.5-2.0% of the supplied donor DNA at a well-defined point in their growth cycle. The heterologous donor DNA taken up retained its original buoyant density in CsCl gradients. Other(More)
A filtration technique is described to purify Escherichia coli chi 1488 minicells much more rapidly than the usual method involving sucrose gradient centrifugation, and to produce minicells that have not been subjected to osmotic stress. The minicells so prepared are metabolically active as indicated by the in vivo incorporation of [35S]methionine into(More)