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The present study was carried out in order to examine and characterize the bidirectional hydrogenase in the cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. strain PCC 73102. Southern hybridizations with the probes Av1 and Av3 (hoxY and hoxH, bidirectional hydrogenase small and large subunits, respectively) revealed the occurrence of corresponding sequences in Anabaena variabilis(More)
In an effort to elucidate the diversity of cyanobacterial hydrogenases, we used a molecular approach. Filamentous strains from a broad range of sources were screened for the presence of hup (uptake hydrogenase), xisC (rearrangement within hupL), and hox (bidirectional hydrogenase) genes. As expected, an uptake hydrogenase seems to be present in all(More)
Two glutamine synthetase (GS) polypeptides (44 and 39 kD) were immunodetected on western blots of leaf extracts from tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.), a plant that has been reported to contain only chloroplast GS in the leaves. By immunocytochemical methods, we confirmed the localization of GS in the cytosol of cells in the vascular tissue and in the(More)
The function of aspartic proteinases (EC 3.4.23) present in flowers of Cynara species is still unknown. Cardosin A, as a highly abundant aspartic proteinase from Cynara cardunculus L., a relative of the artichoke, is synthesised as a zymogen and subsequently undergoes proteolytic processing, yielding the mature and active enzyme. Here we report the study of(More)
There is a need for new therapeutic strategies to treat bone defects caused by trauma, disease or tissue loss. Injectable systems for cell transplantation have the advantage of allowing the use of minimally invasive surgical procedures, and thus for less discomfort to patients. In the present study, it is hypothesized that Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD)-coupled in a(More)
Maize (Zea mays L.) endosperm transfer cells are essential for kernel growth and development so they have a significant impact on grain yield. Although structural and ultrastructural studies have been published, little is known about the development of these cells, and prior to this study, there was a general consensus that they contain only flange(More)
Potato (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Desiree) glutamine synthetase (GS) (EC gene expression and polypeptide accumulation patterns were analysed in several organs and at several developmental stages. Three GS genes have been identified, one gene encoding plastidic GS (GS2) and two encoding cytosolic GS (GS1) that are differentially expressed in the(More)
In this paper we have studied the localisation of expression of the two functional cytosolic glutamine synthetase (GS) genes, MtGSa and MtGSb, in root nodules of the model legume Medicago truncatula. We have used a combination of different techniques, including immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridisation and promoter beta-glucuronidase (GUS) fusions in(More)