W Van der Eycken

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In a compatible interaction, root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne) induce a sophisticated feeding site shortly after they have penetrated the plant root. The feeding site contains metabolically highly active giant cells. To gain insight into the molecular aspects that are typical for giant cells, a cDNA library from tomato roots infected with Meloidogyne(More)
The vast majority of proteins in the nematode cuticle are collagens. Cuticular collagen-encoding genes (col) have been described for the animal parasites Ascaris suum and Haemonchus contortus and for the free-living Caenorhabditis elegans. The proteins encoded by all these genes seem to have the same basic structure, indicating that there is a conserved(More)
Plant-endoparasitic root-knot nematodes feed on specialized giant cells that they induce in the vascular cylinder of susceptible plants. Although it has been established that a number of plant genes change their expression pattern during giant cell differentiation, virtually no data are available about the mechanisms involved in that change. One possibility(More)
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