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Characterization of CRISPR mutants targeting genes modulating pectin degradation in ripening tomato (2018)
Journal Article
Wang, D., Samsulrizal, N., Yan, C., Allcock, N. S., Craigon, J., Blanco-Ulate, B., …Seymour, G. B. (2019). Characterization of CRISPR mutants targeting genes modulating pectin degradation in ripening tomato. Plant Physiology, 179(2), 544-557. doi:10.1104/pp.18.01187

Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) is a globally important crop with an economic value in the tens of billions of dollars, and a significant supplier of essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in the human diet. Shelf life is a key quality trait r... Read More

N6-methyladenosine inhibits local ribonucleolytic cleavage to stabilise mRNAs in Arabidopsis (2018)
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Anderson, S. J., Kramer, M. C., Gosai, S. J., Liu, X., Vandivier, L. E., Nelson, A. D., …Gregory, B. D. (2018). N6-methyladenosine inhibits local ribonucleolytic cleavage to stabilise mRNAs in Arabidopsis. Cell Reports, 25(5), 1146-1157. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2018.10.020

N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is a dynamic, reversible, covalently modified ribonucleotide that occurs predominantly toward 30 ends of eukaryotic mRNAs and is essential for their proper function and regulation. In Arabidopsis thaliana, many RNAs contain a... Read More

Androgen dependent mechanisms of pro-angiogenic networks in placental and tumor development (2017)
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Metzler, V. M., de Brot, S., Robinson, R. S., Jeyapalan, J. N., Rakha, E., Walton, T., …Mongan, N. P. (2017). Androgen dependent mechanisms of pro-angiogenic networks in placental and tumor development. Placenta, 56, 79-85. doi:10.1016/j.placenta.2017.02.018

The placenta and tumors share important characteristics, including a requirement to establish effective angiogenesis. In the case of the placenta, optimal angiogenesis is required to sustain the blood flow required to maintain a successful pregnancy,... Read More

Exogenous N-acyl-homoserine lactones enhance the expression of flagella of Pseudomonas syringae and activate defence responses in plants (2016)
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Cheng, F., Ma, A., Zhuang, G., & Fray, R. G. (2017). Exogenous N-acyl-homoserine lactones enhance the expression of flagella of Pseudomonas syringae and activate defence responses in plants. Molecular Plant Pathology, 19(1), doi:10.1111/mpp.12502. ISSN 1464-6722

In order to cope with pathogens, plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to sense pathogenic attacks and to induce defence responses. The N-acyl-homoserine lactone (AHL)-mediated quorum sensing in bacteria regulates diverse physiological process... Read More

m6A potentiates Sxl alternative pre-mRNA splicing for robust Drosophila sex determination (2016)
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Haussmann, I. U., Bodi, Z., Sanchez-Moran, E., Mongan, N. P., Archer, N., Fray, R. G., & Soller, M. (2016). m6A potentiates Sxl alternative pre-mRNA splicing for robust Drosophila sex determination. Nature, 540(7632), doi:10.1038/nature20577. ISSN 0028-0836

N6-methyladenosine (m6A) is the most common internal modification of eukaryotic messenger RNA (mRNA) and is decoded by YTH domain proteins1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. The mammalian mRNA m6A methylosome is a complex of nuclear proteins that includes METTL3 (m... Read More

Genetic improvement of tomato by targeted control of fruit softening (2016)
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Uluisik, S., Chapman, N. H., Smith, R., Poole, M., Adams, G., Gillis, R. B., …Seymour, G. B. (2016). Genetic improvement of tomato by targeted control of fruit softening. Nature Biotechnology, 34, 950-952. doi:10.1038/nbt.3602

Controlling the rate of softening to extend shelf life was a key target for researchers engineering genetically modified (GM) tomatoes in the 1990s, but only modest improvements were achieved. Hybrids grown nowadays contain 'non-ripening mutations' t... Read More

Accessing low-oxidation state taxanes: is taxadiene-4(5)-epoxide on the taxol biosynthetic pathway? (2016)
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Barton, N. A., Marsh, B. J., Lewis, W., Narraidoo, N., Seymour, G. B., Fray, R. G., & Hayes, C. J. (in press). Accessing low-oxidation state taxanes: is taxadiene-4(5)-epoxide on the taxol biosynthetic pathway?. Chemical Science, 7(5), doi:10.1039/c5sc03463a. ISSN 2041-6520

We have shown for the first time that taxadiene (3) can be epoxidised in a regio- and diastereoselective manner to provide taxadiene-4(5)-epoxide (12) as a single diastereoisomer, and that this epoxide can be rearranged to give taxa-4(20),11(12)-dien... Read More

Yeast m6 A methylated mRNAs are enriched on translating ribosomes during meiosis, and under rapamycin treatment (2015)
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Bodi, Z., Bottley, A., Archer, N., May, S., & Fray, R. G. (2015). Yeast m6 A methylated mRNAs are enriched on translating ribosomes during meiosis, and under rapamycin treatment. PLoS ONE, 10, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0132090. ISSN 1932-6203

Interest in mRNA methylation has exploded in recent years. The sudden interest in a 40 year old discovery was due in part to the finding of FTO’s (Fat Mass Obesity) N6-methyladenosine (m6 A) deaminase activity, thus suggesting a link between obesity-... Read More

Adenosine methylation in Arabidopsis mRNA is associated with the 3′ end and reduced levels cause developmental defects (2012)
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Bodi, Z., Zhong, S., Mehra, S., Song, J., Graham, N., Li, H., …Fray, R. G. (2012). Adenosine methylation in Arabidopsis mRNA is associated with the 3′ end and reduced levels cause developmental defects. Frontiers in Plant Science, 3(48), doi:10.3389/fpls.2012.00048. ISSN 1664-462X

We previously showed that the N6-methyladenosine (m6A) mRNA methylase is essential during Arabidopsis thaliana embryonic development. We also demonstrated that this modification is present at varying levels in all mature tissues. However, the require... Read More

Stromule formation is dependent upon plastid size, plastid differentiation status and the density of plastids within the cell (2004)
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Waters, M., Fray, R., & Pyke, K. (2004). Stromule formation is dependent upon plastid size, plastid differentiation status and the density of plastids within the cell

Stromules are motile extensions of the plastid envelope membrane, whose roles are not fully understood. They are present on all plastid types but are more common and extensive on non-green plastids that are sparsely distributed within the cell. Durin... Read More