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The crucifer Arabidopsis thaliana has been used widely as a model organism for the study of plant development. We describe here the development of an efficient insertional mutagenesis system in Arabidopsis that permits identification of genes by their patterns of expression during development. Transposable elements of the Ac/Ds system carrying the GUS(More)
Gene trap transposon mutagenesis can identify essential genes whose functions in later development are obscured by an early lethal phenotype. In higher plants, many genes are required for haploid gametophyte viability, so that the phenotypic effects of their disruption cannot be readily observed in the diploid plant body. The PROLIFERA (PRL) gene,(More)
The Mu transposons of the Robertsons's Mutator transposable element system in maize are unusual in many respects, when compared to the other known plant transposon systems. The excision of these elements occurs late in somatic tissues and very rarely in the germ line. Unlike the other plant transposons, there is no experimental evidence directly linking Mu(More)
We describe the isolation of cDNA clones encoding a p34cdc2 homologue from a higher plant, Zea mays (maize). A full-length cDNA clone, cdc2ZmA, was isolated, sequenced, and shown to complement a cdc28 mutation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequence of the maize p34cdc2 protein with other homologues showed that it was 64%(More)
The comparative analysis of a large number of plant cyclins of the A/B family has recently revealed that plants possess two distinct B-type groups and three distinct A-type groups of cyclins. Despite earlier uncertainties, this large-scale comparative analysis has allowed an unequivocal definition of plant cyclins into either A or B classes. We present here(More)
The aerial architecture of flowering plants is determined to a large extent by shoot growth and shoot branching arising from the initiation and growth of axillary meristems. We have identified an Arabidopsis mutant, supershoot (sps), which is characterized by a massive overproliferation of shoots, such that a single plant can generate 500 or more(More)
Maize lines known as Robertson's Mutator (Mu) lines generate unstable recessive mutations at high frequencies. These lines carry actively transposing copies of the transposons (Tn) Mu1 and Mu1.7. TnMu1 and TnMu1.7 are approximately 1400 and 1700 base pairs long, respectively, and they have 210-base-pair terminal inverted repeats. We report here(More)
We have determined the nucleotide sequences of the Klebsiella pneumoniae nifL (regulation of N2 fixation genes) and the Escherichia coli glnA (glutamine synthetase) promoters. We compared these sequences with the published sequences of three other promoters that, like the nifL and glnA promoters, are activated by the general nitrogen regulators glnF (ntrA)(More)
An 18 kb region adjacent to and surrounding the genes for nitrogenase (nif) was cloned from the genome of the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing species Rhizobium meliloti. A total of 31 Tn5 insertions in the nif region were constructed and assayed for their effect on symbiotic nitrogen fixation (Fix phenotype). Fix- insertions were found in two clusters, one 6.3 kb(More)
We have characterized a Rhizobium meliloti regulatory gene required for the expression of two closely linked symbiotic operons, the nitrogenase operon (nifHDK genes) and the "P2" operon. This regulatory gene maps to a 1.8 kb region located 5.5 kb upstream of the nifHDK operon. The regulatory gene is required for the accumulation of nifHDK and P2 mRNA and(More)