Roberto J. Staneloni

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A Nicotiana plumbaginifolia genomic library in the phage Charon 34 was used to isolate and characterize 7 full-length genes and part of an 8th gene encoding chlorophyll a/b-binding (CAB) polypeptides. These genes are arranged in two clusters. All the genes within the clusters are arranged in opposite orientation to their neighbours. The nucleotide sequences(More)
In plants, light signals caused by the presence of neighbors accelerate stem growth and flowering and induce a more erect position of the leaves, a developmental strategy known as shade-avoidance syndrome. In addition, mutations in the photoreceptors that mediate shade-avoidance responses enhance disease susceptibility in Arabidopsis thaliana. Here, we(More)
Phytochrome A signaling shows two photobiologically discrete outputs: so-called very-low-fluence responses (VLFR) and high-irradiance responses (HIR). By modifying previous screening protocols, we isolated two Arabidopsis mutants retaining VLFR and lacking HIR. Phytochrome A negatively or positively regulates phytochrome B signaling, depending on light(More)
Analysis of a clinical isolate of Acinetobacter baumannii showed that this bacterium was able to grow under iron-limiting conditions, using chemically defined growth media containing different iron chelators such as human transferrin, ethylenediaminedi-(o-hydroxyphenyl)acetic acid, nitrilotriacetic acid, and 2,2'-bipyridyl. This iron uptake-proficient(More)
In etiolated seedlings, light perceived by phytochrome promotes the expression of light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b protein of photosystem II (Lhcb) genes. However, excess of photosynthetically active radiation can reduce Lhcb expression. Here, we investigate the convergence and divergence of phytochrome, high-light stress and abscisic acid (ABA) signaling,(More)
A genetic analysis of Agrobacterium tumefaciens chromosomal functions required for virulence was undertaken. Large Tn5-containing cosmid clones were isolated from DNA of avirulent A. tumefaciens mutants having chromosomal Tn5 insertions and exhibiting defective attachment to plant cells. The clones from several different mutants each contained overlapping(More)
Current evidence is inconclusive regarding the point of signaling convergence downstream from different members of the phytochrome family. In transgenic Arabidopsis, the activity of a reporter enzyme under the control of the -453 to +67 fragment of an Lhcb1*2 promoter shows very low fluence responses (VLFRs) and high-irradiance responses (HIRs) mediated by(More)
Phytochrome A (phyA) and phytochrome B (phyB) share the control of many processes but little is known about mutual signaling regulation. Here, we report on the interactions between phyA and phyB in the control of the activity of an Lhcb1*2 gene fused to a reporter, hypocotyl growth and cotyledon unfolding in etiolated Arabidopsis thaliana. The very-low(More)
In plants, development is a continuing process that takes place under strong fluctuations of the light environment. Here we show that in Arabidopsis thaliana plants grown under intense white light, coupling of the photoreceptor cryptochrome 2 to developmental processes is broader than previously appreciated. Compared to the wild type, the cry2 mutant showed(More)
Phytochromes mediate a profound developmental shift when dark-grown seedlings are exposed to light. Here, we show that a subset of genes is upregulated in phytochrome B (phyB) mutants even before dark-grown Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings are exposed to light. Most of these genes bear the RY cis motif, which is a binding site of the transcription factor(More)