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    Localizing Genome Segments and Protein Products of a Multipartite Virus in Host Plant Cells
    Authors:  Marie-Stephanie Vernerey, Elodie Pirolles, Stephane Blanc and Anne Sicard, date: 12/05/2019, view: 67, Q&A: 0
    A founding paradigm in virology is that the spatial unit of the viral replication cycle is an individual cell. This concept applied to multipartite viruses–which have a genome composed of two or more nucleic acid segments, each individually ...
    Localizing Genome Segments and Protein Products of a Multipartite Virus in Host Plant Cells
    Authors:  Marie-Stephanie Vernerey, Elodie Pirolles, Stephane Blanc and Anne Sicard, date: 12/05/2019, view: 67, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] A founding paradigm in virology is that the spatial unit of the viral replication cycle is an individual cell. This concept applied to multipartite viruses–which have a genome composed of two or more nucleic acid segments, each individually encapsulated–implies that all segments constituting a viral genome need to coinfect the same host cell for ...
    Method for Assessing Virulence of Colletotrichum higginsianum on Arabidopsis thaliana Leaves Using Automated Lesion Area Detection and Measurement
    Authors:  Ayako Tsushima, Pamela Gan and Ken Shirasu, date: 11/20/2019, view: 520, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The plant pathogenic fungus, Colletotrichum higginsianum is widely used to understand infection mechanisms, as it infects the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. To determine the virulence of C. higginsianum, several methods have been developed, such as disease reaction scoring, lesion measurement, entry rate assays, and ...
    Cell Wall Compositional Analysis of Rice Culms
    Authors:  Lanjun Zhang, Baocai Zhang and Yihua Zhou, date: 10/20/2019, view: 383, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The plant cell wall is a complicated network that is mainly constituted of polysaccharides, such as cellulose, hemicellulose and pectin. Many noncellulosic polysaccharides are further acetylated, which confers these polymers flexible physicochemical properties. Due to the significance of cell wall in plant growth and development, the analytic ...
    Non-aqueous Fractionation (NAF) for Metabolite Analysis in Subcellular Compartments of Arabidopsis Leaf Tissues
    [Abstract] The accurate determination of metabolite distribution in subcellular compartments is still challenging in plant science. Various methodologies, such as fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based technology, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and protoplast fractionation allow the study of metabolite compartmentation. However, large changes ...
    Visualization of Nitric Oxide, Measurement of Nitrosothiols Content, Activity of NOS and NR in Wheat Seedlings
    [Abstract] Nitric oxide (NO), is a redox-active, endogenous signalling molecule involved in the regulation of numerous processes. It plays a crucial role in adaptation and tolerance to various abiotic and biotic stresses. In higher plants, NO is produced either by enzymatic or non-enzymatic reduction of nitrite and an oxidative pathway requiring a putative ...
    PEG-mediated, Stable, Nuclear and Chloroplast Transformation of Cyanidioschizon merolae
    Authors:  Maksymilian Zienkiewicz, Tomasz Krupnik, Anna Drożak and Kinga Kania, date: 09/05/2019, view: 394, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ability to achieve nuclear or chloroplast transformation in plants has been a long standing goal, especially in microalgae research. Over past years there has been only little success, but transient and stable nuclear transformation has been achieved in multiple species. Our newly developed method allows for relatively simple transformation of ...
    Non-invasive Quantification of Cell Wall Porosity by Fluorescence Quenching Microscopy
    Authors:  Xiaohui Liu, Thomas Günther Pomorski and Johannes Liesche, date: 08/20/2019, view: 495, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] All bacteria, fungi and plant cells are surrounded by a cell wall. This complex network of polysaccharides and glycoproteins provides mechanical support, defines cell shape, controls cell growth and influences the exchange of substances between the cell and its surroundings. Despite its name, the cell wall is a flexible, dynamic structure. ...
    Tensile Testing Assay for the Measurement of Tissue Stiffness in Arabidopsis Inflorescence Stem
    Authors:  Kouki Yoshida, Shingo Sakamoto and Nobutaka Mitsuda, date: 08/05/2019, view: 1092, Q&A: 1
    [Abstract] Lignocellulosic biomass is a versatile renewable resource for fuels, buildings, crafts, and biomaterials. Strategies of molecularly designing lignocellulose for industrial application has been developed by the discoveries of novel genes after the screenings of various mutants and transformed lines of Arabidopsis whose cell walls could be ...
    Measuring Protein Half-life in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Authors:  Hongqing Guo and Yanhai Yin, date: 08/05/2019, view: 558, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Post-translational modifications play important roles in controlling protein function and can lead to altered protein stability. Protein stability can be determined after treatment with the protein synthesis inhibitor Cycloheximide. Cycloheximide is a translational inhibitor that inhibits protein synthesis via cytoplasmic ribosomes. Here we ...
    Quantification of Blumenol Derivatives as Leaf Biomarkers for Plant-AMF Association
    Authors:  Elisabeth Mindt, Ming Wang, Martin Schäfer, Rayko Halitschke and Ian T. Baldwin, date: 07/20/2019, view: 1079, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Symbiotic interactions between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plants are widespread among land plants and can be beneficial for both partners. The plant is provided with mineral nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous, whereas it provides carbon resources for the fungus in return. Due to the large economic and environmental impact, ...



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