Paula Jay Perry

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Ethylene represents an important regulatory signal for root development. Genetic studies in Arabidopsis thaliana have demonstrated that ethylene inhibition of root growth involves another hormone signal, auxin. This study investigated why auxin was required by ethylene to regulate root growth. We initially observed that ethylene positively controls auxin(More)
Re-orientation of Arabidopsis seedlings induces a rapid, asymmetric release of the growth regulator auxin from gravity-sensing columella cells at the root apex. The resulting lateral auxin gradient is hypothesized to drive differential cell expansion in elongation-zone tissues. We mapped those root tissues that function to transport or respond to auxin(More)
Auxin transport, which is mediated by specialized influx and efflux carriers, plays a major role in many aspects of plant growth and development. AUXIN1 (AUX1) has been demonstrated to encode a high-affinity auxin influx carrier. In Arabidopsis thaliana, AUX1 belongs to a small multigene family comprising four highly conserved genes (i.e., AUX1 and LIKE(More)
Telomerase is an attractive target for the design of new anticancer drugs. We have previously described a series of 1,4- and 2, 6-difunctionalized amidoanthracene-9,10-diones that inhibit human telomerase via stabilization of telomeric G-quadruplex structures. The present study details the preparation of three further, distinct series of regioisomeric(More)
A mutant isolated from a screen of EMS-mutagenized Arabidopsis lines, per1, showed normal root hair development under control conditions but displayed an inhibited root hair elongation phenotype upon Pi deficiency. Additionally, the per1 mutant exhibited a pleiotropic phenotype under control conditions, resembling Pi-deficient plants in several aspects.(More)
A number of 1,4- and 2,6-difunctionalized amidoanthracene-9, 10-diones have been prepared. We have examined their in vitro cytotoxicity in several tumor cell lines and their ability to inhibit the telomere-addition function of the human telomerase enzyme together with their inhibition of the Taq polymerase enzyme. Compounds with -(CH2)2- side chains(More)
Spatial–temporal variation of the regulation and the kinetics of net nitrate (NO3 −) uptake rate (NNUR) along the tap root of Citrus aurantium L. were analysed. Suberin incrustation in the peripheral cell layers and plasma membrane (PM) H+-ATPase localisation, anatomical and physiological factors involved in NO3 − uptake were also investigated. The results(More)
Manganese (Mn) is the second most prevalent transition metal in the Earth's crust but its availability is often limited due to rapid oxidation and low mobility of the oxidized forms. Acclimation to low Mn availability was studied in Arabidopsis seedlings subjected to Mn deficiency. As reported here, Mn deficiency caused a thorough change in the arrangement(More)
Telomerase is a major new target for the rational design of novel anticancer agents. We have previously identified anthraquinone-based molecules capable of inhibiting telomerase by stabilizing G-quadruplex structures formed by the folding of telomeric DNA. In the present study we describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a series of analogous(More)
Four-stranded tetraplex ("G-quadruplex") DNA represents a new paradigm for the design of DNA-interactive antitumour drugs, as the formed DNA-drug complexes have been suggested to interfere with critical telomerase function. The unique structural features presented by tetraplex over duplex DNA have stimulated the design of small ligand molecules able to(More)