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Transgenic potato plants (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Superior) with the ability to synthesize glycinebetaine (GB) in chloroplasts (referred to as SC plants) were developed via the introduction of the bacterial choline oxidase (codA) gene under the control of an oxidative stress-inducible SWPA2 promoter. SC1 and SC2 plants were selected via the evaluation of(More)
Plant photoreceptors regulate various developmental processes. Among the photoreceptors, phytochromes, red and far-red light receptors, regulate light responses through many signaling components, including phytochrome-interacting proteins. The functional relationships among phytochromes and their interacting proteins, however, have not been clearly(More)
Angiosperm seeds integrate various environmental signals, such as water availability and light conditions, to make a proper decision to germinate. Once the optimal conditions are sensed, gibberellin (GA) is synthesized, triggering germination. Among environmental signals, light conditions are perceived by phytochromes. However, it is not well understood how(More)
In yeast and animals, tri- and dimethylation of histone H3 at lysine 4 (H3K4me3/2) are markers of transcriptionally active genes that have recently been shown to be primary ligands for the plant homeodomain (PHD) finger. However, PHD fingers able to bind to H3K4me3/2 have not been identified in plants. Here, we identify 83 canonical PHD fingers in the(More)
The accumulation of unfolded proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) elicits an ER-to-nucleus signaling pathway known as the unfolded protein response (UPR) in eukaryotes. In yeast, Ire1p, a kinase/endoribonuclease in the ER membrane, plays a key role in the UPR signaling. We isolated two cDNA homologs of IRE1 gene from Arabidopsis (AtIre1a, AtIre1b).(More)
Plants have diversified their leaf morphologies to adapt to diverse ecological niches. The molecular components responsible for regulating leaf morphology, however, have not been fully elucidated. By screening Arabidopsis activation-tagging lines, we identified a dominant mutant, which we designated longifolia1-1D (lng1-1D). lng1-1D plants were(More)
Compared to mammals, little is known about the unfolded protein response (UPR) in plants. Using an oligonucleotide array comprising approximately 8200 Arabidopsis genes we investigated the effect of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress on gene expression. Expression of 26 genes increased, including at least nine whose products act in the ER, while their(More)
Endoribonuclease E (RNase E) is a regulator of global gene expression in Escherichia coli and is the best studied member of the RNase E/G ribonuclease family. Homologues are present in other bacteria but the roles of plant RNase E/G-like proteins are not known. Arabidopsis thaliana contains a single nuclear gene (At2g04270) encoding a product with the(More)
Using Arabidopsis thaliana, we identified the cis-element involved in the plant unfolded protein response (UPR). In transgenic plants, tunicamycin stimulated expression of a reporter gene under the control of the BiP promoter and promoter analysis identified a 24 bp sequence crucial to this induction. When fused with a minimal promoter, a hexamer of this(More)
A cDNA and genomic DNA encoding an abscisic acid responsive gene (ASR) homologue (Asr1) was isolated from an inodorus melon, Cucumis melo var. kuwata, cDNA and genomic library. The Asr1 gene showed the strongest fruit-specific expression and differential expression profiles during fruit development, which were expressed from a low copy gene. The promoter(More)