Yoni Moskovitz

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Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is an attractive approach for studying gene function. Although the number of virus vectors available for use in VIGS experiments has increased in recent years, most of these vectors are applied in annual or herbaceous plants. The aim of this work was to develop a VIGS vector based on the Grapevine virus A (GVA), which is(More)
Grapevine virus B (GVB) has been found associated with corky bark-diseased vines. Although the sequence of a 7.6-kb cDNA clone from a GVB isolate from Italy has been described, striking differences in sequences between GVB isolates prompted us to construct an additional full-length GVB clone from the isolate 94/971 and to determine its complete sequence.(More)
The genomic RNA of vitiviruses contains 5 open reading frames (ORF). ORF3 encodes a protein to which the function of a movement protein (MP) was assigned, based on sequence homology with other viral proteins. The aim of the research described in this paper was to gain further insight in distribution profile of the ORF3 product encoded by the vitiviruses(More)
Both the essentiality and the toxicity of copper in human, yeast, and bacteria cells require precise mechanisms for acquisition, intimately linked to controlled distribution, which have yet to be fully understood. This work explores one aspect in the copper cycle, by probing the interaction between the human copper chaperone Atox1 and the c-terminal domain(More)
Grapevine virus A (GVA) is closely associated with the economically important rugose-wood disease of grapevine. In an attempt to develop GVA resistance, we made a GFP-tagged GVA-minireplicon and utilized it as a tool to consistently activate RNA silencing. Launching the GVA-minireplicon by agroinfiltration delivery resulted in a strong RNA silencing(More)
Copper plays a key role in all living organisms by serving as a cofactor for a large variety of proteins and enzymes involved in electron transfer, oxidase and oxygenase activities, and the detoxification of oxygen radicals. Due to its toxicity, a conserved homeostasis mechanism is required. In E. coli, the CusCFBA efflux system is a copper-regulating(More)
C. elegans is a heme auxotroph that requires environmental heme for sustenance. As such, worms utilize HRG-3, a small heme-trafficking protein, to traffic heme from the intestine to extra-intestinal tissues and embryos. However, how HRG-3 binds and delivers heme remains unknown. In this study, we utilized electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy(More)
Plants are an infinite source of bioactive compounds. We screened the Israeli flora for compounds that interfere with the organization of the actin cytoskeleton. We found an activity in lipidic extract from Iris germanica that was able to increase HeLa cell area and adhesion and augment the formation of actin stress fibers. This effect was not observed when(More)
CueR (Cu export regulator) is a metalloregulator protein that "senses" Cu(I) ions with very high affinity, thereby stimulating DNA binding and the transcription activation of two other metalloregulator proteins. The crystal structures of CueR when unbound or bound to DNA and a metal ion are very similar to each other, and the role of CueR and Cu(I) in(More)
We tested the antiproliferative activity and mechanism of the action of several novel aminoacridine derivatives. Six different cancer cell lines were used to evaluate the potential cytotoxic effect of eleven aminoacridine-based molecules. A standard MTT assay was used for cell bioavailability analysis. Additionally, the potential cytotoxic effect of the(More)