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Author (up) Downing, K.J.; Thomson, J.A. file  url
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  Title Introduction of the Serratia marcescens chiA gene into an endophytic Pseudomonas fluorescens for the biocontrol of phytopathogenic fungi Type Journal Article
  Year 2000 Publication Canadian Journal of Microbiology Abbreviated Journal Can J Microbiol  
  Volume 46 Issue 4 Pages 363-369  
  Keywords Chitinases/*genetics/metabolism; DNA-Binding Proteins/genetics/metabolism; Escherichia coli/genetics; Fabaceae/microbiology; *Pest Control, Biological; Plant Diseases/microbiology; Plants, Medicinal; Plasmids/genetics; Polymerase Chain Reaction/methods; Promoter Regions, Genetic; Pseudomonas fluorescens/*enzymology/*genetics/growth & development/isolation & purification; Repressor Proteins/genetics/metabolism; Rhizoctonia/*growth & development; *Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins; Serratia marcescens/enzymology/*genetics; *Telomere-Binding Proteins  
  Abstract An endophytic strain of Pseudomonas fluorescens was isolated from micropropagated apple plantlets and introduced into beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) via their root tips. It was shown to be present as an endophyte in the roots at a level of 1.2 x 10(5) CFU/g fresh weight. The gene coding for the major chitinase of Serratia marcescens, chiA, was cloned under the control of the tac promoter into the broad-host-range plasmid pKT240 and the integration vector pJFF350. Pseudomonas fluorescens carrying tacchiA either on the plasmid or integrated into the chromosome is an effective biocontrol agent of the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani on bean seedlings under plant growth chamber conditions.  
  Call Number Serial 1662  
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Author (up) Thacker, C.; Rose, A.M. file  url
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  Title A look at the Caenorhabditis elegans Kex2/Subtilisin-like proprotein convertase family Type Journal Article
  Year 2000 Publication BioEssays : News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Abbreviated Journal Bioessays  
  Volume 22 Issue 6 Pages 545-553  
  Keywords Animals; Caenorhabditis elegans/*enzymology/genetics; Genes, Helminth; Humans; Multigene Family; Mutation; Phylogeny; *Proprotein Convertases; *Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins; Subtilisins/chemistry/genetics/*metabolism  
  Abstract Significant advances have recently been made in our understanding of the mechanisms of activation of proteins that require processing. Often this involves endoproteolytic cleavage of precursor forms at basic residues, and is carried out by a group of serine endoproteinases, termed the proprotein convertases. In mammals, seven different convertases have been identified to date. These act in both the regulated secretory pathway for the processing of prohormones and proneuropeptides and in the constitutive secretory pathway, in which a variety of proproteins are activated endoproteolytically. The recently completed sequence of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans genome affords a unique opportunity to examine the entire proprotein convertase family in a multicellular organism. Here we review the nature of the family, emphasising the structural features, characteristic of the four nematode genes, that supply all of the necessary functions unique to this group of serine endoproteinases. Studies of the C. elegans genes not only provide important information about the evaluation of this gene family but should help to illuminate the roles of these proteins in mammalian systems. BioEssays 22:545-553, 2000.  
  Call Number Serial 522  
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