Author

Marc Meulener

Date of Award

1999

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Wan-Ling Chiu

Abstract

Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) pathways are ubiquitous among eukaryotes, and are involved in the transduction of various extracellular signals. In mammals, three MAPK pathways have been identified, two of these respond to stress, and one can stimulate growth and differentiation. MAPKs have also been found in plants, and it has been suggested that a MAPK pathway may be involved in the signal transduction of auxin and cytokinin, two plant hormones that stimulate growth and differentiation. However, at this time, there is no conclusive evidence supporting this hypothesis. By studying the effect ofMAPKK's of both plant and animal origin in plant cells, we hope to establish a link between auxin signal transduction and the MAPK pathway.

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