Trudy J. J. Logman

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Attachment of Rhizobium and Agrobacterium bacteria to cells of their host plants is a two-step process. The first step, direct attachment of bacteria to the plant cell wall, is mediated by the bacterial protein rhicadhesin. A putative plant receptor molecule for rhicadhesin was purified from cell walls of pea roots using a bioassay based on suppression of(More)
Rhizobium bacteria produce different surface polysaccharides which are either secreted in the growth medium or contribute to a capsule surrounding the cell. Here, we describe isolation and partial characterization of a novel high molecular weight surface polysaccharide from a strain of Rhizobium leguminosarum that nodulates Pisum sativum (pea) and Vicia(More)
Analysis of two exopolysaccharide-deficient mutants of Rhizobium leguminosarum, RBL5808 and RBL5812, revealed independent Tn5 transposon integrations in a single gene, designated exo5. As judged from structural and functional homology, this gene encodes a UDP-glucose dehydrogenase responsible for the oxidation of UDP-glucose to UDP-glucuronic acid. A(More)
The Ca2+-dependent adhesin which mediates the first step in attachment of bacteria of the family Rhizobiaceae to plant root hair tips was isolated from the surface of Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar viciae cells; its ability to inhibit attachment of R. leguminosarum to pea root hair tips was used as a bioassay. Isolated adhesin was found to be able to(More)
The chvB gene of Agrobacterium tumefaciens encodes a 235 kDa proteinaceous intermediate involved in the synthesis of β-1,2-glucan. chvB mutants show a pleiotropic phenotype. Besides not to produce cyclic β-1,2-glucan, chvB mutants have been reported to be avirulent, attachment-deficient, and nonmotile. In this study we report additional differences from the(More)
An enzyme-linked lectin binding assay (ELBA) has been developed for the detection of soluble lectin binding substances (receptors) and the determination of their relative affinity for the lectin. The assay is based on competitive binding to enzyme-labeled lectin of a known lectin receptor, bound to a solid phase, and unknown sample receptors. In this paper(More)
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