Eliska Nejedlá

Masaryk University, Brünn, South Moravian, Czech Republic

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Publications (2)10.38 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Histidine-containing phosphotransfer proteins from Arabidopsis thaliana (AHP1-5) act as intermediates between sensor histidine kinases and response regulators in a signalling system called multi-step phosphorelay (MSP). AHP proteins mediate and potentially integrate various MSP-based signalling pathways (e.g. cytokinin or osmosensing). However, structural information about AHP proteins and their importance in MSP signalling is still lacking. To obtain a deeper insight into the structural basis of AHP-mediated signal transduction, the three-dimensional structure of AHP2 was determined. The AHP2 coding sequence was cloned into pRSET B expression vector, enabling production of AHP2 fused to an N-terminal His tag. AHP2 was expressed in soluble form in Escherichia coli strain BL21 (DE3) pLysS and then purified to homogeneity using metal chelate affinity chromatography and anion-exchange chromatography under reducing conditions. Successful crystallization in a buffer which was optimized for thermal stability yielded crystals that diffracted to 2.5 Å resolution.
    Acta Crystallographica Section F Structural Biology and Crystallization Communications 02/2013; 69(Pt 2):158-61. DOI:10.1107/S174430911205186X · 0.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Differential distribution of the plant hormone auxin within tissues mediates a variety of developmental processes. Cellular auxin levels are determined by metabolic processes including synthesis, degradation, and (de)conjugation, as well as by auxin transport across the plasma membrane. Whereas transport of free auxins such as naturally occurring indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) is well characterized, little is known about the transport of auxin precursors and metabolites. Here, we identify a mutation in the ABCG37 gene of Arabidopsis that causes the polar auxin transport inhibitor sensitive1 (pis1) phenotype manifested by hypersensitivity to auxinic compounds. ABCG37 encodes the pleiotropic drug resistance transporter that transports a range of synthetic auxinic compounds as well as the endogenous auxin precursor indole-3-butyric acid (IBA), but not free IAA. ABCG37 and its homolog ABCG36 act redundantly at outermost root plasma membranes and, unlike established IAA transporters from the PIN and ABCB families, transport IBA out of the cells. Our findings explore possible novel modes of regulating auxin homeostasis and plant development by means of directional transport of the auxin precursor IBA and presumably also other auxin metabolites.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 06/2010; 107(23):10749-53. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1005878107 · 9.81 Impact Factor