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See detailPlasma concentrations of bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG) do not differ during the first 119 days between ongoing pregnancies derived by transfer of in vivo and in vitro produced embryos
Breukelman, S. P.; Perenyi, Z.; de Ruigh, L. et al

in Theriogenology (2005), 63(5), 1378-1389

Calves derived from IVP embryos may suffer from the large offspring syndrome that has been related to effects of in vitro culture on the intrinsic quality of the embryo. Limited information is available ... [more ▼]

Calves derived from IVP embryos may suffer from the large offspring syndrome that has been related to effects of in vitro culture on the intrinsic quality of the embryo. Limited information is available on the role of the placenta in such cases. In this study, bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG) was used as a marker to test whether placental function is influenced by the route of embryo production. Therefore, from day 7 until day 119 of ongoing gestations, resulting from transfer of MOET (n = 53), IVP-co-culture (n = 21) and IVP-SOF (n = 38) embryos, bPAG levels were compared in peripheral plasma of recipients. Plasma progesterone levels were compared as well. From day 25 of gestation onwards, bPAG could be detected in all recipients and the levels were significantly influenced by the day of gestation. Although IVP calves were significantly heavier than the in vivo produced calves, this difference was not reflected in the bPAG profiles of the embryo production groups. Yet, the mean bPAG level of the three last sampling moments (days 105-119) tended to be positively related to the birth weight of the calves, irrespective of the embryo production technique. Progesterone concentrations were not influenced by route of embryo production, but were significantly affected by parity of the recipient and day of gestation [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma concentrations of myeloperoxidase in endurance and 3-day event horses after a competition
Art, Tatiana ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Gangl, M. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (2006), 36

REASON FOR PERFORMING STUDY: In man, exercise of any type has been shown to induce neutrophil degranulation and respiratory burst activity, as well as an increase in plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO), a ... [more ▼]

REASON FOR PERFORMING STUDY: In man, exercise of any type has been shown to induce neutrophil degranulation and respiratory burst activity, as well as an increase in plasma myeloperoxidase (MPO), a specific enzyme of neutrophil azurophilic granules with a strong oxidative activity. Until now, it is not known whether this is the same in horses. OBJECTIVES: To study whether degranulation of blood neutrophils may be induced by exercise by measuring the total concentration of MPO and assess the possible influence of type of competition on this exercise-induced adjustment. METHODS: Blood was sampled before, and 30 min after, the course, in 9 ponies performing the Phase D of a national 3-day event championship (CIC*), and in 7 endurance horses participating at the European endurance championship 2005. White blood cells and granulocytes, total plasma proteins, creatine phosphokinase (CK), and total MPO contents were determined from blood samples. In addition, blood was taken from all ponies and 4 of the endurance horses 5 min after completion of the course to give some idea of the intensity of exercise. RESULTS: The mean blood lactate was 15.8 +/- 5.8 mmol/l after the CIC* and 2.7 +/- 0.2 mmol/l after the 160 km course. Performing both competitions induced a significant increase in CK and MPO. After the endurance course, the number of granulocytes significantly increased. Whilst there was no significant correlation between the measurements in CIC* ponies, MPO was significantly correlated with granulocyte count (r2 = 0.776) and CK (r2 = 0.586) in endurance horses. CONCLUSIONS: Intense exercise induces an activation of blood granulocytes, with degranulation of neutrophils and release of MPO. The plasmatic MPO concentration after endurance was higher than the values reported in some inflammatory pathological conditions. POTENTIAL RELEVANCE: This phenomenon may partly contribute to the occurrence of an exercise-induced oxidative stress and to the alteration of muscular membrane permeability. Further studies should be conducted to assess the possible relationship between MPO concentration and markers of oxidative stress in performance horses [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma concentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) in high producing dairy cows suffering early fetal loss during the warm season
Lopez-Gatius, F.; Hunter, R. H. F.; Garbayo, J. M. et al

in Theriogenology (2007), 67(8), 1324-1330

The present study was designed to establish whether plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) measurements during the early fetal period can be associated with early fetal loss. Blood samples ... [more ▼]

The present study was designed to establish whether plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-1 (PAG-1) measurements during the early fetal period can be associated with early fetal loss. Blood samples were obtained and ultrasound controls performed on days 35, 42, 49, 56, and 63 of gestation or until pregnancy loss from 98 lactating dairy cows. Radioimmunoassay systems were used to determine PAG-1 and progesterone concentrations. Of the 98 pregnancies investigated 18 (18.4%) suffered early fetal loss: 15 (18.5%) in cows carrying singletons, and 3 (16.7%) in twin pregnancies. In cows suffering pregnancy loss, all living embryos registered on day 35 seemed normal in size and development in all weekly ultrasound controls before fetal expulsion. Using analysis of variance, plasma PAG-1 and progesterone values were not different between no loss and fetal loss groups for every gestation period. Based on the odds ratio, and considering only PAG-1 values obtained on day 35 of gestation, the risk of fetal loss was 10 and 6.8 times more likely in cows with low (< 2.5 ng/ml) and high (> 4 ng/ml) PAG-1 values, respectively, than in cows with medium PAG-1 values, used as reference. Of the 10 inseminating bulls included in the study, one was related to increased fetal loss by odds ratio of 21.7, whereas one bull was attributed fetal loss rate reduced by odds ratio of 12.5 (1/0.08) These findings can have a clear clinical application: PAG-1 measurements from one single sample taken on clay 35 of gestation provided more useful information than a series of values obtained from day 35 to 63 of gestation, and can be indicators of subsequent fetal loss. (c) 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma concentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins measured using anti-bovine PAG-2 antibodies on Day 120 of gestation predict abortion in dairy cows naturally infected with Neospora caninum.
Garcia-ispierto, I; Almeria, S; Serrano, B et al

in Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2013), 48

The present study sought to determine: (i) the effects of Neospora caninum infection and twin pregnancy on plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-2 (PAG-2) concentrations throughout pregnancy and (ii ... [more ▼]

The present study sought to determine: (i) the effects of Neospora caninum infection and twin pregnancy on plasma pregnancy-associated glycoprotein-2 (PAG-2) concentrations throughout pregnancy and (ii) whether plasma PAG-2 concentrations could predict abortion in N. caninum-infected cows. The study was performed on a commercial Holstein-Friesian dairy herd in northeastern Spain and the final data included those recorded in 53 non-aborting and 19 aborting animals. Blood samples were collected immediately before pregnancy diagnosis (on Days 40, 90, 120, 150, 180 and 210 post-insemination) in non-aborting cows or until the time of abortion detection in aborting cows. General lineal models (GLM) repeated measures ANOVA revealed the different behavior of PAG-1 and PAG-2, and significant effects of Neospora seropositivity, cool season and twin pregnancy on plasma PAG-2 concentrations throughout gestation (between-subject effects). In addition, based on the odds ratios, the likelihood of abortion increased in Neospora-seropositive cows (by a factor of 7.0) compared to seronegative animals and decreased in cows with a high plasma PAG-2 concentration (>4.5 ng/ml) on Day 120 of pregnancy (by a factor of 0.24), compared to the remaining cows. In conclusion, there is a relationship between plasma PAG-2 concentrations and the risk of abortion in Neosporainfected dairy cows. Thus, plasma PAG concentrations measured using anti-boPAG-2 antiserum on Day 120 of gestation could serve as an indicator of the abortion risk in N. caninum infected animals; values <4.5 ng/ml indicating a high risk of abortion in chronically infected animals. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma cystatin C for the detection of renal failure in obese patients
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg; Radermecker, Régis ULg et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2006), 21(S4), 214

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See detailPlasma enrichi en plaquettes et cicatrisation tendineuse : modèle sur rats
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Annales de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique (2011, October), 54(1), 123

Introduction: Le but de notre étude était de déterminer si une injection de plasma enrichi en plaquettes (PRP) pouvait améliorer et accélérer le processus de cicatrisation de tendons d'Achille de rats ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Le but de notre étude était de déterminer si une injection de plasma enrichi en plaquettes (PRP) pouvait améliorer et accélérer le processus de cicatrisation de tendons d'Achille de rats rompus. Matériel et méthode : Un défect de 5mm a été réalisé chirurgicalement au niveau de tendons d'Achille de 120 rats. Soixante rats ont reçu respectivement une infiltration de PRP ou PBS in situ après chirurgie. Vingt rats de chaque groupe ont été euthanasiés après 5, 15 et 30 jours. Quinze tendons de chaque groupe ont été directement soumis à un test de traction biomécanique jusqu'à rupture à l'aide de clamps de type "cryo-jaw" et ensuite collectés pour réaliser des analyses transcriptomiques. Des études histologique et biochimique ont également été réalisées sur les 5 tendons restant de chaque groupe. Résultats: Les tendons du groupe PRP étaient plus résistants à la rupture à 15 et 30 jours que ceux du groupe contrôle. La section transverse des tendons était significativement plus grande au sein du groupe PRP à J5 et J15. Les contraintes étaient significativement plus grandes au sein des tendons dans les phases tardives de cicatrisation. L'étude histologique montrait une augmentation de coloration pour les fibres de collagène à J5 au sein du groupe PRP, résultats confirmés par l'analyse biochimique montrant une augmentation de la concentration de collagène au sein du "cal" tendineux. L'expression de la ténomoduline, un marqueur de la différentiation des ténocytes, était significativement plus important au sein du groupe PRP à J5. Aucune différence significative en terme d'ARNm n'a été observée pou r le collagène de type III ni pour la MMP-9, à aucun temps, entre les 2 groupes. Conclusion : Une injection de PRP au sein de tendons d'Achille de rats rompus influence les phases précoces du la cicatrisation tendineuse, entrainant une meilleure résistance mécanique à la rupture. [less ▲]

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See detailThe plasma environment of Mars : from the shocked solar wind down to the ionosphere
Trotignon, J.-G.; Parrot, M.; Cerisier, Jean-Claude et al

in Planetary and Space Science (2000), 48(12-14), 1181-1191

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See detailPlasma Estradiol Concentrations and Pharmacokinetics Following Transdermal Application of Menorest 50 or Systen (Evorel) 50
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Maturitas (1997), 27(2), 179-86

OBJECTIVES: In order to compare the pharmacokinetics of two transdermal estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) systems designed to release 50 micrograms 17 beta-estradiol/day, two studies were performed in ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: In order to compare the pharmacokinetics of two transdermal estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) systems designed to release 50 micrograms 17 beta-estradiol/day, two studies were performed in healthy postmenopausal volunteers. METHODS: Both studies had a cross-over design and incorporated a 1-week wash-out period between treatments. In the first study, Menorest 50 and Systen 50 (Evorel 50) were compared over four days of application in 30 women. In the second, 13 women wore each of the two systems for a total of 12 days each (three patches each for 4 days), and comparison was made during the third patch period (steady state, between days 8 and 12). Plasma 17 beta-estradiol levels were assayed using specific direct radioimmunoassays, and pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated by standard methods. All the samples of the first study were re-analysed using a different radioimmunoassay and the results of both assays were compared. RESULTS: In both studies, plasma 17 beta-estradiol levels rose at a comparable rate and reached similar peak levels with each of the two formulations. Levels then remained relatively constant throughout both evaluation periods with Menorest 50, but began to decline after 12 hours in the first study and after 30 h under steady state conditions in the second study with Systen 50. The difference between the two products was statistically significant in both studies. Analysis of pharmacokinetic parameters confirmed the greater bioavailability of Menorest 50. In addition, 17 beta-estradiol levels remained within the suggested therapeutic ranges for relief of acute symptoms and protection against osteoporosis for longer periods of time with Menorest 50 than with Systen 50. CONCLUSION: Since the acute efficacy, long-term protective effects, side effects and risks associated with ERT may depend on critical threshold plasma levels, much attention should be paid to the pharmacokinetic profiles of different formulations. The comparison of these two different radioimmunoassays demonstrates the comparability of their results. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma evolution of testosterone, insulin-like growth factor-I and IGF-I binding protein capacities around puberty in cattle
Massart, Serge; Renaville, Robert ULg; Sneyers, Myriam et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1991), 99

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See detailPlasma Histamine and Bronchial Reactivity in Allergic Asthma
Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Allergy (1993), 48(7), 547-9

Histamine is an important mediator of allergic inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), a hallmark of asthma. Studies on the relationship between plasma histamine and BHR in allergic ... [more ▼]

Histamine is an important mediator of allergic inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), a hallmark of asthma. Studies on the relationship between plasma histamine and BHR in allergic asthmatic patients have yielded controversial results. We therefore measured plasma histamine and bronchial reactivity in 30 nonsmoker volunteers taking no medication. Eleven were normal subjects; 19 were stable, mildly allergic asthmatic patients. Venous blood was taken to measure blood cells and basal plasma histamine by radioimmunoassay. After blood sampling, all subjects underwent a measurement of PC20M (concentration of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1). Mean plasma histamine levels were 0.21 +/- 0.1 ng/ml and 0.44 +/- 0.3 ng/ml in normal and asthmatic subjects, respectively (P < 0.05). We found a significant increase of blood eosinophils and basophils in asthmatic patients, and a positive correlation between plasma histamine and circulating basophils. PC20M was greater than 16 mg in normal volunteers, and mean PC20M was 2.1 +/- 2 mg/ml in asthmatic patients. PC20M did not correlate with plasma histamine levels, but it did so negatively with blood eosinophils. The increased plasma histamine concentration in mildly atopic asthmatic patients might be a consequence of the high basophil releasability of atopics and the higher basophil counts in allergic asthma. Plasma histamine is thus unlikely to be a determinant of BHR in asthma. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Hormones and Metabolites in Cattle in Relation to Breed (Belgian Blue Vs Holstein) and Conformation (Double-Muscled Vs Dual-Purpose Type)
Clinquart, Antoine ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Mayombo, A. P. et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1995), 19(3), 185-94

Four Belgian Blue double-muscled type (BBDM) bulls, four Belgian Blue dual-purpose type (BBDP) bulls and four Holstein bulls were used in a fattening trial in order to relate differences in the extent of ... [more ▼]

Four Belgian Blue double-muscled type (BBDM) bulls, four Belgian Blue dual-purpose type (BBDP) bulls and four Holstein bulls were used in a fattening trial in order to relate differences in the extent of muscle development and adiposity to differences in digestibility, endocrine status, protein and lipid metabolism. The larger muscle development in BBDM animals was associated with a trend to higher nitrogen retention, higher food conversion efficiency (p < 0.05) and lower apparent digestibility (p < 0.05). No difference was found between the groups for plasma glucose concentration. Higher creatinine, lower alpha-amino nitrogen, lower triglycerides and higher non-esterified fatty acid plasma levels were observed in BBDM as compared to Holstein bulls (p < 0.05), the BBDP group being intermediate. A trend to a higher cholesterol plasma level was found in BBDM animals. There was no difference between the three groups in plasma fatty acid composition, except for the C14:0 content. Some of the differences in plasma metabolites were related to carcass composition and endocrine regulation, a decrease in muscle development and an increase in adiposity being associated with lower growth hormone production (p < 0.05) and higher insulin (p < 0.05) and IGF secretions. The insulin/growth hormone ratio at the end of the fattening period was 0.0011, 0.0018 and 0.0069 in BBDM, BBDP and Holstein bulls, respectively, and was directly associated with fat deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma IGF-I levels as predictive criteria of growth performances in cattle
Renaville, Robert ULg; Sneyers, Myriam; Massart, Serge et al

Poster (1994)

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See detailPlasma IGF-I levels as predictive criteria of growth performances in cattle
Renaville, Robert ULg; Sneyers, Myriam; Massart, Serge et al

in Growth Regulation (1994), 4(suppl 1), 115

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See detailPlasma influence on cellular calcium (Ca IC) regulation in chronic renal failure (CRF) and essential hypertension
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Pequeux, M. L.; Rorive, Georges ULg

in Abstract book of XII International Congress of Nephrology (1993)

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See detailPlasma insulin level in double-muscled and conventional bulls during the first year of life
Michaux, C.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; de Fonseca, M. et al

in Zeitschrift für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie (1981), 98

Concentration of plasma insulin has been determined by radioimmunoassay in conventional and double-muscled bulls at 80 (I1), 131 (I2), 227 (I3) and 370 I(4) d of age. Double-musceld have lower plasma ... [more ▼]

Concentration of plasma insulin has been determined by radioimmunoassay in conventional and double-muscled bulls at 80 (I1), 131 (I2), 227 (I3) and 370 I(4) d of age. Double-musceld have lower plasma levels of insulin at all ages studied, which is consistent with the reduced fatty tissue of double-muscling. The correlations between insulin level and growth traits, estimated separately fo reach type of bulls, are low and most often positive and significant in double-muscled. Insulin level tends to be negatively correlated with the lean percent from the 7th rib cut. The correlation between the successive insulin levels are generally positive. The correlations between the concentration of insulin and of GH are low and negative. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma leptin levels, insulin secretion, clearance and action on glucose metabolism in anorexia nervosa.
Letiexhe, Michel ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Eating and Weight Disorders [=EWD] (1997), 2(2), 79-86

From a metabolic point of view, anorexia nervosa may be viewed as a mirror image of obesity. We compared insulin secretion, clearance and action on glucose metabolism during an intravenous glucose ... [more ▼]

From a metabolic point of view, anorexia nervosa may be viewed as a mirror image of obesity. We compared insulin secretion, clearance and action on glucose metabolism during an intravenous glucose tolerance test in nine women with anorexia nervosa and in nine age-matched normal-weight controls. Insulin secretion (ISR) was derived by deconvolution of plasma C-peptide levels, insulin clearance (MCR(I)) was obtained by dividing the area under the curve (AUC(0-180 min)) of ISR by the corresponding AUC of plasma insulin levels, insulin sensitivity (S(I)) and glucose effectiveness index (S(G)) were calculated by Bergman's minimal model. The anorectic women had markedly lower BMI values (13.7+/-0.6 vs 23.2+/-0.8 kg/m2, p<0.0001) and serum basal leptin levels (2.8+/-0.6 vs 8.9+/-1.8 ng/mL, p=0.005) than control women. The anorectic women exhibited clear-cut lower fasting and post-glucose plasma insulin levels but similar corresponding plasma C-peptide concentrations when compared to controls. Consequently, ISR was similar in both groups while MCR(I) was significantly increased in anorexia nervosa (MCR(I): 3320+/-881 vs 822+/-79 mL x min(-1) x m(-2), p<0.02). The index S(I) tended to be higher in anorectic women than in normal-weight subjects, but without reaching the level of statistical significance because of a high between-subject variability (20.2+/-5.7 vs 12.5+/-2.2 10(-5) x min(-1)/pmol x L(-1), NS). The index S(G) was similar in both groups (0.022+/-0.004 vs 0.018+/-0.002 min(-1), NS). In conclusion, low plasma insulin levels observed in women with anorexia nervosa result from high MCR(I) rather than from depressed insulin secretion. Insulin sensitivity is not systematically increased and glucose effectiveness is unchanged in anorectic women when compared to normal-weight controls. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma luteinizing hormone and progesterone concentrations in Azawak zebu cows submitted to different estrus synchronization protocols.
Zongo, M.; Pitala, W.; Sawadogo, L. et al

in Revue d'Elévage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux (2008), 61(3-4), 221-227

The percentage of estrus induction and plasma LH concentrations were examined in 15 Azawak zebu cows submitted to two different estrus synchronization protocols. In the first treatment (T1, n = 9), the ... [more ▼]

The percentage of estrus induction and plasma LH concentrations were examined in 15 Azawak zebu cows submitted to two different estrus synchronization protocols. In the first treatment (T1, n = 9), the cows received a norgestomet ear-implant for 10 days associated with estradiol valerate, prostaglandin F2alpha (PGF2alpha) and pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG) injections. Treatment 2 (T2, n = 6) consisted in two PGF2alpha injections 11 days apart, followed by the administration of PMSG two days after the second prostaglandin injection. Blood samples were collected every three hours during five days after implant removal (T1) or PMSG injection (T2) for LH measurements. The proportion of induced estrus was higher in T2, but the difference was not significant. In general, the elapsed time until the estrus onset tended to be shorter in norgestomet-treated animals (35.9 ± 3.9 h) than in prostaglandin-treated ones (49.5 ± 5.8 h). Seven out of nine norgestomet-treated cows, and only two out of the six treated with PGF2alpha, presented a peak of LH. The mean interval from the end of treatments to LH peak tended to be longer in PGF2-treated females than in norgestomet-treated ones. One female presenting abnormally high LH concentrations after implant removal did not show a peak of LH during the observation period. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma membrane localization of StREM1.3 Remorin is mediated by conformational changes in a novel C-terminal anchor and required for the restriction of PVX movement.
Perraki, Artemis; Cacas, Jean-Luc; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Plant Physiology (2012), 160(1),

The formation of plasma membrane (PM) micro-domains plays a crucial role in the regulation of membrane signalling and trafficking. Remorins are a plant-specific family of proteins organized in six ... [more ▼]

The formation of plasma membrane (PM) micro-domains plays a crucial role in the regulation of membrane signalling and trafficking. Remorins are a plant-specific family of proteins organized in six phylogenetic groups, and Remorins of the group 1 are among the few plant proteins known to specifically associate with membrane rafts. As such, they are valuable to understand the molecular bases for PM lateral organization in plants. However, little is known about the structural determinants underlying group 1 Remorins specific association with membrane rafts. We used a structure-function approach to identify a short C-terminal anchor (RemCA) indispensable and sufficient for tight direct binding of Solanum tuberosum REMORIN 1.3 (StREM1.3) to the PM. RemCA switches from unordered to an alpha-helical structure in a non-polar environment. Protein structure modelling indicates that RemCA folds into a tight hairpin of amphipathic helices. Consistently, mutations reducing RemCA amphipathy abolished StREM1.3 PM localization. Furthermore, RemCA directly binds to biological membranes in vitro, shows higher affinity for Detergent-Insoluble Membranes (DIM) lipids, and targets YFP to DIMs in vivo. Mutations in RemCA resulting in cytoplasmic StREM1.3 localization abolish StREM1.3 function in restricting potato virus X movement. The mechanisms described here provide new insights on the control and function of lateral segregation of plant PM. [less ▲]

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