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Investigating the Function of a Small Secreted Protein Family in Physcomitrella Patens

Sherrard, George, Woolard, Gillian and Wheeler, Mike (2016) Investigating the Function of a Small Secreted Protein Family in Physcomitrella Patens. In: MOSS 2016 Conference, 2nd - 5th September 2016, University of Leeds. (Unpublished)

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The correct development of multicellular organisms depends upon the perception of signals secreted by cells in order to co-ordinate cell differentiation. The Physcomitrella patens genome encodes many components of potential signaling systems, including putative receptor proteins and putative secreted protein ligands, yet at present little characterization of these proteins has been carried out. We are currently attempting to characterize the expression pattern and function of a family of 6 secreted proteins exhibiting homology to PrsS, the ligand that controls self-incompatibility (SI) in Papaver rhoeas (field poppy). In poppy, PrsS interacts a receptor on the surface of pollen tubes, PrpS causing SI by programmed cell death. Homologues of this protein (SPH – S-Protein Homologues) exist in dicotyledonous plants and bryophytes but not in other plant taxa. We aim to determine spatiotemporal expression differences between these proteins via reporter gene analysis and qPCR of cDNA. In addition we are in the process of creating targeted gene knockouts for all 6 of the genes in P. patens. We are also searching for receptors of PrpS in Physcomitrella using a bioinformatic strategy alongside phage display. In accomplishing this we hope to determine the function of a small novel secreted protein family in Physcomitrella but in addition we also hope to elucidate the function of SPH proteins in Arabidopsis.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: SPH proteins, function, Physcomitrella Patens
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Mike Wheeler
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 12:30
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:13

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