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  1. Insights into structural and functional diversity of Dof (DNA binding with one finger) transcription factor.

    Planta 241(3):549 (2015) PMID 25564353

    The structural, functional and in-silico studies of Dof transcription factor attempted so far reveals immense opportunity to analyze the plant genomes in terms of number of Dof genes and discuss in light of the evolution. The multiple functions of Dof genes needs to explored for crop improvement. Tr...
  2. Biological activities of the antiviral protein BE27 from sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.).

    Planta 241(2):421 (2015) PMID 25326773

    We tested other putative activities of BE27 that could have a defensive role against pathogens finding that BE27 displays rRNA N-glycosidase activity against yeast and Agrobacterium tumefaciens ribosomes, DNA polynucleotide:adenosine glycosidase activity against herring sperm DNA, and magnesium-depe...
  3. Photosynthetic costs and benefits of abaxial versus adaxial anthocyanins in Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito'.

    Planta 240(5):971 (2014) PMID 24903360

    We test the hypothesis that abaxial anthocyanins protect leaves of understory plants from photo-oxidative stress via light attenuation during periodic exposure to high incident sunlight in the forest understory, without interfering with sunlight capture and photosynthesis during shade conditions. We...
  4. Temporal and spatial regulation of anthocyanin biosynthesis provide diverse flower colour intensities and patterning in Cymbidium orchid.

    Planta 240(5):983 (2014) PMID 25183255

    Our analyses show the diversity in flower colour of Cymbidium orchid derives not from different individual pigments but from subtle variations in concentration and pattern of pigment accumulation....
  5. Influence of thylakoid membrane lipids on the structure and function of the plant photosystem II core complex.

    Planta 240(4):781 (2014) PMID 25063517

    MGDG leads to a dimerization of isolated, monomeric PSII core complexes. SQDG and PG induce a detachment of CP43 from the PSII core, thereby disturbing the intrinsic PSII electron transport. The influence of the four thylakoid membrane lipids monogalactosyldiacylglycerol (MGDG), digalactosyldiacylgl...
  6. The kinetic analysis of the substrate specificity of motif 5 in a HAD hydrolase-type phosphosugar phosphatase of Arabidopsis thaliana.

    Planta 240(3):479 (2014) PMID 24915748

    The Arabidopsis thaliana gene AtSgpp (locus tag At2g38740), encodes a protein whose sequence motifs and expected structure reveal that it belongs to the HAD hydrolases subfamily I, with the C1-type cap domain (Caparrós-Martín et al. in Planta 237:943-954, 2013). In the presence of Mg(2+) ions, the e...
  7. Expression of an amylosucrase gene in potato results in larger starch granules with novel properties.

    Planta 240(2):409 (2014) PMID 24893853

    Expression of amylosucrase in potato resulted in larger starch granules with rough surfaces and novel physico-chemical properties, including improved freeze-thaw stability, higher end viscosity, and better enzymatic digestibility. Starch is a very important carbohydrate in many food and non-food app...
  8. Genetic structure of duckweed population of Spirodela, Landoltia and Lemna from Lake Tai, China.

    Planta 239(6):1299 (2014) PMID 24663442

    Duckweed is widely used in environmental biotechnology and has recently emerged as a potential feedstock for biofuels due to its high growth rate and starch content. The genetic diversity and composition of a natural duckweed population in genera Spirodela, Landoltia and Lemna from Lake Tai, China,...
  9. Molecular and biochemical identification of inositol 1,3,4,5,6-pentakisphosphate 2-kinase encoding mRNA variants in castor bean (Ricinus com...

    Planta 239(5):965 (2014) PMID 24463774

    During seed development, phytic acid (PA) associated with mineral cations is stored as phytin and mobilized following germination in support of seedling growth. Two parallel biosynthetic pathways for PA have been proposed; yet the pathway is still poorly understood in terms of its regulation and the...
  10. No fitness cost of glyphosate resistance endowed by massive EPSPS gene amplification in Amaranthus palmeri.

    Planta 239(4):793 (2014) PMID 24385093

    We evaluate the effects of EPSPS gene amplification on both the level of glyphosate resistance and fitness cost of resistance. A. palmeri individuals resistant to glyphosate by expressing a wide range of EPSPS gene copy numbers were evaluated under competitive conditions in the presence or absence o...