Ryuji Tsugeki

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The SSR16 gene of Arabidopsis has been identified as a gene encoding a ribosomal protein S16 homolog through analysis of a transposon insertion mutation. The insertion mutation is lethal, arresting embryonic development at approximately the transition from the globular to the heart stage of embryonic development. Co-segregation of the mutant phenotype with(More)
During leaf development in flowering plants, adaxial (upper) and abaxial (lower) side-specific genes are responsible for blade outgrowth, which takes places predominantly in the lateral direction, and for margin development as well as differentiation of adaxial and abaxial tissues. However, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Here, we show that(More)
Three cDNA clones (cat1, cat2, cat3) for catalase (EC 1.11.1.6) were isolated from a cDNA library of pumpkin (Cucurbita sp.) cotyledons. In northern blotting using the cDNA-specific probe, the cat1 mRNA levels were high in seeds and early seedlings of pumpkin. The expression pattern of cat1 was similar to that of malate synthase, a characteristic enzyme of(More)
Epidermal cell differentiation in Arabidopsis root is studied as a model system for understanding cell fate specification. Two types of MYB-related transcription factors are involved in this cell differentiation. One of these, CAPRICE (CPC), encoding an R3-type MYB protein, is a positive regulator of hair cell differentiation and is preferentially(More)
The subcellular localization and several biochemical activities of nonspecific lipid transfer protein (nsLTP) were investigated. A section of a castor bean cotyledon cell was labeled with anti-nsLTP serum followed by protein A-gold. Gold particles were more abundant in the glyoxysome matrix and the vessel cell wall than in other areas. Cell fractionation(More)
The root cap is increasingly appreciated as a complex and dynamic plant organ. Root caps sense and transmit environmental signals, synthesize and secrete small molecules and macromolecules, and in some species shed metabolically active cells. However, it is not known whether root caps are essential for normal shoot and root development. We report the(More)
A homologue of the 70-kDa heat-shock protein (Hsp70) was purified from pumpkin chloroplasts. The molecular mass of the purified protein was approximately 75 kDa and its N-terminal amino acid sequence was very similar to those of homologues of Hsp70 from bacterial cells and from the mitochondrial matrix and stroma of pea chloroplasts. The purified homologue(More)
Local efflux-dependent auxin gradients and maxima mediate organ and tissue development in plants. Auxin efflux is regulated by dynamic expression and subcellular localization of the PIN auxin-efflux proteins, which appears to be established not only through a self-organizing auxin-mediated polarization mechanism, but also through other means, such as cell(More)
Two different cDNA clones, pMCPN60-1 and pMCPN60-2, encoding the mitochondrial homologues of chaperonin 60 (Cpn60) were isolated from a cDNA library of germinating pumpkin cotyledons by use of mixtures of synthetic oligonucleotides based on the N-terminal amino acid sequence of the protein. Determination of the complete nucleotide sequences of the two cDNA(More)
Polarity along the adaxial-abaxial axis of the leaf is essential for leaf development and morphogenesis. One of the genes that encodes a putative transcription factor regulating adaxial-abaxial polarity, FILAMENTOUS FLOWER (FIL), is expressed in the abaxial region of the leaf primordia. However, the molecular mechanisms controlling the polarized expression(More)