Zheng-diao Miao

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The molecular mechanism of signal transduction pathways which mediate the action of phytohormones are poorly understood. Recently, we and others have shown that the as -1 type cis-acting elements can respond to auxin and salicylic acid, two well-characterized signaling molecules in plants. In the present work, we have examined a comprehensive set of(More)
Salicylic acid (SA) is a key regulator for the induction of systemic acquired resistance (SAR), and NPR1 is a critical mediator for the biological effects of SA. Physical interactions between NPR1 and TGA factors, a conserved family of basic-leucine-zipper (bZip) proteins in plants, have suggested a role for these transcription factors in mediating SAR(More)
The TGA genes encode a family of basic domain-leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors that are conserved in higher plants. We have continued to unravel the complexity of this gene family by using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based approach. Taking advantage of the conserved amino acid sequence in the bZIP domain found in all members of this gene(More)
TGA1a is a well-characterized transcription factor that may mediate the root-specific and auxin-responsive expression of some plant genes. In tobacco, Southern blot and genomic cloning analyses have shown that TGA1a consists of at least four closely related genes. Since TGA1a belongs to the bZIP class of transcriptional factors, the protein products of the(More)
A major drawback to study gene functions in plant systems is the lack of an effective gene knockout strategy. With a large number of plant genes isolated and the accelerating pace by which this collection is growing, the need for their functional analyses at the whole plant level has become increasingly urgent. Here evidence is reported for the first(More)
Activating sequence factor 1 (ASF-1) is a conserved DNA-binding activity that interacts with sequence elements containing TGACG motifs, some of which have been demonstrated to respond to exogenous application of auxin and salicylic acid. Genes encoding transcription factors with similar DNA-binding specificity to ASF-1 have been cloned from diverse plant(More)
A novel bright-green leaf mutant, bgl11, derived from Nipponbare (Oryza sativa L. ssp. japonica) treated by ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS), exhibited a distinct bright-green leaf phenotype throughout development. Chlorophyll contents of bgl11 decreased significantly than that of its wild-type parent. Genetic analysis suggested that the bright-green leaf trait(More)
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