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2013

Biology

Western University

HULK3

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Characterization Of A Putative Activation Domain In The Hulk Gene Family, Christopher Doan Jul 2013

Characterization Of A Putative Activation Domain In The Hulk Gene Family, Christopher Doan

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The HULK gene family participates in regulation of both flowering time and development in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. The proteins encoded by these genes share conserved domain structures including a proline-rich region (PRR) in the carboxyl-terminus. Based on sequence analysis and the presence of a proline-rich domain, it has been suggested that the HULKs are putative transcription factors in which HUA2 is known to regulate several late-flowering genes: FLC, FLM and MAF2.

To investigate the putative transcriptional activation domain in the carboxyl-terminus of the HULKs, full-length HULKs and deletion constructs were 3-AT titrated in yeast-one hybrids. It was found that ...


Functional Characterization Of The Hua2 Gene Family In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Preetam Janakirama Feb 2013

Functional Characterization Of The Hua2 Gene Family In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Preetam Janakirama

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HUA2 encodes a key developmental regulatory protein implicated in the coordination of induction and the maintenance of floral state in Arabidopsis. To gain further insight into the function of HUA2, I have conducted a series of studies aimed at elucidating the molecular function(s) of its individual domains. I show that the PWWP, RPR and CT-proline rich domains within HUA2 are required for the proper regulation of the flowering time phenotype. I also establish that HUA2 interacts with characterized splicing factors (FCA, AtPRP40, RBP45 and UBP1) through its CT-proline rich domain. In addition, I examine the overlap in function between ...