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Serotonin is a well known neurotransmitter in mammals and plays an important role in various mental functions in humans. In plants, the serotonin biosynthesis pathway and its function are not well understood. The rice sekiguchi lesion (sl) mutants accumulate tryptamine, a candidate substrate for serotonin biosynthesis. We isolated the SL gene by map-based(More)
In higher plants, lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase (LPAAT), located in the cytoplasmic endomembrane compartment, plays an essential role in the synthesis of phosphatidic acid, a key intermediate in the biosynthesis of membrane phospholipids in all tissues and storage lipids in developing seeds. In order to assess the contribution of LPAATs to the(More)
The effect of yoghurt, heat-treated fermented milk, milk and lactose solution intake on plasmid transfer and establishment of the resulting transconjugants in the digestive tract of mice colonised with human faecal flora were examined. Yoghurt lowered the population level of transconjugants more efficiently than heat-treated fermented milk (-2 log and -1(More)
We previously described the effects of intake of dairy products on plasmid dissemination in the digestive tract of gnotobiotic mice associated with human faecal flora (HFF) and found that yoghurt, heat-treated yoghurt (HTY) and milk reduced population levels of transconjugants compared with findings in mice fed a standard mouse diet. In the case of lactose(More)
Plasmid transfer occurs in the digestive tract and the transconjugants may become durably established. The aim of the present work is to investigate the effect of probiotics of plasmid transfer and on establishment of transconjugants in the gut. Plasmid transfers were carried out in the digestive tract of germ free mice associated with an E. coli K12 donor(More)
The tetraploid Brassica napus possesses several seed-expressed microsomal lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferases (LPAAT ) including BAT1.5, which has been retained after genome duplication as a consequence of a subfunctionalisation of the gene encoding the ubiquitously expressed Kennedy pathway enzyme BAT1.13. Next, cDNA BAT1.3, encoding a LPAAT was(More)
A combination of site-directed and random mutagenesis generated sequence variants of a plastidial lysophosphatidic acid acyltransferase. Alanine substitutions of residues present within two conserved motifs including the putative catalytic histidine resulted in a loss of acyltransferase activity assessed as complementation competence. Substitutions at five(More)
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