Thushan S. Withana-Gamage

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Cruciferin is the major storage protein in Brassicaceae family oilseeds. The predominant cruciferin isoforms in Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated using homology modeling (HM) for their molecular structures and functional properties. The structure of Brassica napus procruciferin was used as the template for HM to determine the molecular structures(More)
Coding sequences for major trichome regulatory genes, including the positive regulators GLABRA 1(GL1), GLABRA 2 (GL2), ENHANCER OF GLABRA 3 (EGL3), and TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA 1 (TTG1) and the negative regulator TRIPTYCHON (TRY), were cloned from wild Brassica villosa, which is characterized by dense trichome coverage over most of the plant. Transcript(More)
BACKGROUND Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) seeds are a good source of protein that has potential applications in new product formulation and fortification. The main objectives of this study were to analyse the physicochemical, thermal and functional properties of chickpea protein isolates (CPIs) and compare them with those of soy (SPI) and pea (PPI) protein(More)
Arabidopsis thaliana lines expressing only one cruciferin subunit type (double-knockout; CRUAbc, CRUaBc, or CRUabC) or devoid of cruciferin (triple-knockout; CRU-) or napin (napin-RNAi) were generated using combined T-DNA insertions or RNA interference approaches. Seeds of double-knockout lines accumulated homohexameric cruciferin and contained similar(More)
Heteromeric cruciferin from wild type (WT) Arabidopsis thaliana and homomeric cruciferin CRUA, CRUB, and CRUC composed of identical subunits obtained from double-knockout mutant lines were investigated for their structural and physicochemical properties. A three-step chromatographic procedure allowed isolation of intact cruciferin hexamers with high purity(More)
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