A Conserved Cysteine Motif Is Critical for Rice Ceramide Kinase Activity and Function

@inproceedings{Bi2011ACC,
  title={A Conserved Cysteine Motif Is Critical for Rice Ceramide Kinase Activity and Function},
  author={Fang-Cheng Bi and Quan-Fang Zhang and Zhe Liu and Ce Fang and Jian Li and Jian-Bin Su and Jean T Greenberg and Hong-Bin Wang and Nan Yao},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2011}
}
BACKGROUND Ceramide kinase (CERK) is a key regulator of cell survival in dicotyledonous plants and animals. Much less is known about the roles of CERK and ceramides in mediating cellular processes in monocot plants. Here, we report the characterization of a ceramide kinase, OsCERK, from rice (Oryza sativa spp. Japonica cv. Nipponbare) and investigate the effects of ceramides on rice cell viability. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS OsCERK can complement the Arabidopsis CERK mutant acd5. Recombinant OsCERK… CONTINUE READING

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