S. A. Coomber

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Hevea brasiliensis anther calli were genetically transformed using Agrobacterium GV2260 (p35SGUSINT) that harboured the β-glucuronidase (gus) and neomycin phosphotransferase (nptII) genes. β-Glucuronidase protein (GUS) was expressed in the leaves of kanamycin-resistant plants that were regnerated, and the presence of the gene was confirmed by Southern(More)
Four genes essential for bacteriochlorophyll biosynthesis were known to be encoded within a 45 kb region of the Rhodobacter sphaeroides genome, the boundaries of which are defined by puh and puf genes for reaction-centre and light-harvesting LH1 complexes. The cluster is represented by eight overlapping inserts cloned in the mobilizable vector pSUP202. We(More)
Leaf plastids of the Arabidopsis pale cress (pac) mutant do not develop beyond the initial stages of differentiation from proplastids or etioplasts and contain only low levels of chlorophylls and carotenoids. Early in development, the epidermis and mesophyll of pac leaves resemble those of wild-type plants. In later stages, mutant leaves have enlarged(More)
1) A number of overlapping clones have been isolated from a Rhodobacter sphaeroides gene bank. Following conjugative gene transfer from Escherichia coli these clones restore a wild type phenotype to several mutants unable to synthesise bacteriochlorophyll. 2) The insert DNA was analysed by restriction mapping and together the clones form the basis of the(More)
The gene coding for isochorismate synthase (EC 5.4.99.6) was amplified by the polymerase chain reaction fromEscherichia coli, cloned into a binary vector. and mobilised intoAgrobacterium rhizogenes LBA9402 which was used to transformRubia peregrina. Transgenic roots containing bacterial isochorismate synthase cDNA expressed twice as much isochorismate(More)
The relative levels of mRNA for the reaction-centre L and M subunits, B875 (LH1) alpha and beta polypeptides and B800-850 (LH2) alpha and beta polypeptides, have been measured during pigment induction of Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Over the 6 h of the experiment, bacteriochlorophyll levels increased by at least 100-fold. No transcripts for photosynthetic(More)
A mutant of Rhodobacter sphaeroides, N1, has been isolated which is incapable of photosynthetic growth and, instead of synthesizing bacteriochlorophyll, N1 excretes coproporphyrin III into the growth medium. Using conjugative gene transfer, several clones were isolated from a R. sphaeroides gene library which restored normal pigment synthesis and(More)
A gene of the chloroplast genome has been designated the psbG gene on the basis that in maize the gene product is a 24-kDa polypeptide of photosystem two (PS2) (Steinmetz, A. A., Castroviejo, M., Sayre, R. T., and Bogorad, L. (1986) J. Biol. Chem. 261, 2485-2488). We have located and sequenced the equivalent gene in wheat (Triticum aestivum) and have raised(More)
A transformation system has been developed for Hevea brasiliensis using the particle gun method. Anther derived calluses were transformed with vectors harbouring the ß-glucuronidase (gus) gene, the neomycin phosphotransferase (nptII) gene, and the chloramphenicol acetyl transferase (cat) gene. Gene transfer was determined by histochemical staining and(More)
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