Silvana Dolfini

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Both light and developmental stimuli are directly involved in the regulation of plant gene expression. Pigment In maize, activation of the anthocyanin pathway represents an excellent model system for studying the interactions between an externa1 factor, such as light, and interna1 factors that regulate plant and seed development. By analyzing in detail the(More)
The Sn locus of maize is functionally similar to the R and B loci, in that Sn differentially controls the tissue-specific deposition of anthocyanin pigments in certain seedling and plant cells. We show that Sn shows molecular similarity to the R gene and have used R DNA probes to characterize several Sn alleles. Northern analysis demonstrates that all Sn(More)
BACKGROUND In angiosperms the seed is the outcome of double fertilization, a process leading to the formation of the embryo and the endosperm. The development of the two seed compartments goes through three main phases: polarization, differentiation of the main tissues and organs and maturation. SCOPE This review focuses on the maize kernel as a model(More)
Programmed cell death (PCD) in plants is considered an integral part of development. Evidence of DNA fragmentation, occurring at specific sites and times during embryo formation in maize (Zea mays L.), was obtained using terminal deoxyribonucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP-fluorescein nick end labelling (TUNEL) and by genomic DNA ladder detection. During(More)
The maize mutant lilliputian is characterized by miniature seedling stature, reduced cell elongation, and aberrant root anatomy. Here, we document that root cells of this mutant show several defects in the organization of actin filaments (AFs). Specifically, cells within the meristem lack dense perinuclear AF baskets and fail to redistribute AFs during(More)
Dap (Defective aleurone pigmentation) is the designation for mutations in maize that give rise to a characteristic dappled endosperm phenotype, consisting of patches of purple tissue, of variable size and shape, on a yellow background. Features shared by all Dap mutants are: dominant expression when they are maternally derived, lack of expression or(More)