Learn More
Controlling expression of IPT, a gene encoding isopentenyltransferase (the enzyme that catalyzes the rate-limiting step in cytokinin biosynthesis), with a senescence-specific promoter results in the suppression of leaf senescence. Transgenic tobacco plants expressing this chimeric gene do not exhibit the developmental abnormalities usually associated with(More)
The expression of several Arabidopsis thaliana senescence-associated genes (SAGs) in attached and/or detached leaves was compared in response to age, dehydration, darkness, abscisic acid, cytokinin, and ethylene treatments. Most of the SAGs responded to most of the treatments in a similar fashion. Detachment in darkness and ethylene were the strongest(More)
Controlled cellular suicide is an important process that can be observed in various organs during plant development. From the generation of proper sexual organs in monoecious plants to the hypersensitive response (HR) that occurs during incompatible pathogen interactions, programmed cell death (PCD) can be readily observed. Although several biochemical and(More)
Trichome glands on the surface of many higher plants produce and secrete exudates affecting insects, microbes, and herbivores. Metabolic engineering of gland exudation has potential for improving pest/disease resistance, and for facilitating molecular farming. We identified a cytochrome P450 hydroxylase gene specific to the trichome gland and used both(More)
A typical eukaryotic promoter consists of a minimal promoter and other upstream cis elements. The minimal promoter is essentially a TATA box region where RNA polymerase II, TATA-binding protein (TBP), and TBP-associated factors (TAFs) bind to initiate transcription, but minimal promoters alone have no transcriptional activity. The cis elements, to which(More)
Like other developmental processes, the terminal phase of leaf development, generally referred to as leaf senescence. regulates a subset of genes whose transcript abundances are increased during senescence. Jasmonic acid (JA), a plant growth regulator, also regulates the expression of subsets of genes in many aspects of plant growth and development,(More)
The last phase of leaf development, generally referred to as leaf senescence, is an integral part of plant development that involves massive programmed cell death. Due to a sharp decline of photosynthetic capacity in a leaf, senescence limits crop yield and forest plant biomass production. However, the biochemical components and regulatory mechanisms(More)
Two promoters of senescence-associated ARABIDOPSIS genes, SAG12 and SAG13, were used in tomato plants to express IPT that catalyzes the rate-limiting step in cytokinin biosynthesis. Expression of these heterologous promoters in tomato plants was analyzed using the reporter gene beta-glucuronidase. Both promoters are expressed in tomato leaves in a manner(More)
Brassinosteroid-insensitive 1 (BRI1), the receptor of brassinosteroids (BRs), is a dual-function serine/threonine/tyrosine protein kinase which initiates BR signaling and regulates plant growth via its protein kinase activity. Previous research has identified phosphorylation sites of Arabidopsis BRI1 in vivo and in vitro, but the significance of which to BR(More)
  • 1