Reza H Sajedi

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A new alpha-amylase was extracted from a recently found strain of Bacillus sp. and purified by ion-exchange chromatography. Sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis showed a single band for the purified enzyme with an apparent molecular weight of 59 kDa. The optimum temperature and pH range of the enzyme were 40-60 degrees C and 4.5-7.5,(More)
Up to now, all reported Ca(2+)-regulated photoproteins, except for mnemiopsin, have been cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. In this study, the cDNA for an isotype of mnemiopsin, from the ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi, has been cloned, sequenced, and functionally expressed. The full length cDNA encoding mnemiopsin of M. leidyi was 624 bp open reading(More)
Methyl jasmonate (MeJA) inhibited germination and root elongation of maize seeds. There was a reciprocal relationship between MeJA concentrations applied and seed germination and radicle growth. Determination of α-amylase activity in crude extracts and zymogram analysis showed that both activity and content of the enzyme decreased in the presence of MeJA.(More)
To understand alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) reactions to osmotic stress, solutions with −0.5, −1 and −1.5 MPa osmotic potentials using PEG (Poly ethyleneglycol) and distilled water as control were prepared. In a germination test, eleven alfalfa cultivar seeds were allowed to germinate in these solutions. M. sativa cv. Yazdi and M. sativa cv. Gharayonje,(More)
This study, for the first time, investigated the total protein changes and protease activity pattern of three cultivars of kiwifruit including Abbott, Allison and Hayward, cultivated in the north of Iran, during 6 months of fruit development from July to December 2008. During the last month of sampling, fruits were stored in ambient temperature. According(More)
Luciferin-regenerating enzyme (LRE) contributes to in vitro recycling of D-luciferin. In this study, reinvestigation of the luciferase-based LRE assay is reported. Here, using quick change site-directed mutagenesis seven T-LRE (Lampyris turkestanicusLRE) mutants were constructed and the most functional mutant of T-LRE (T(69)R) was selected for this research(More)
Artemin is an abundant thermostable protein in Artemia encysted embryos under stress. It is considered as a stress protein, as its highly regulated expression is associated with stress resistance in this crustacea. In the present study, artemin has been shown to be a potent molecular chaperone with high efficacy. Artemin is capable of inhibiting the(More)
The gene encoding a maltogenic amylase (MAase) from a newly isolated strain of thermophilic Geobacillus has been isolated, cloned and expressed. Following purification, biochemical and structural characterization have been performed. The enzyme exhibited maximal activity at a broad temperature range between 55 and 65 °C, clearly higher than that of other(More)
Immobilization of papain on Sepharose 6B in the presence of different concentrations of cysteine affected the enzyme activity depending on cysteine concentration. The maximum specific activity was observed when papain was immobilized with 200 mM cysteine. The immobilization process brought significant enhancement of stability to temperature and extreme pH(More)
Mnemiopsin, a Ca(2+)-regulated photoprotein isolated from Mnemiopsis leidyi, belongs to the family of ctenophore photoproteins. These proteins emit blue light from a chromophore, which is tightly but non-covalently bound in their central hydrophobic core that contains 21 conserved residues. In an effort to investigate the role of Arg39 (the sole charged(More)