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Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

Agricultural Sciences Bldg.
Room 242
Phone: (208) 885-6274
Fax: (208) 885-7760

Mailing Address:
Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2339
Moscow, ID 83844-2339

Allan Caplan

Office: Agricultural Science Building
Room 231

Phone: (208) 885-9441
Email: acaplan@uidaho.edu

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences
Associate Professor

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Selected Publications
    • Garcia, A.-B., de Aleida Engler, J., Iyer, S., Geerts, T., Van Montagu, M., and Caplan, A.  1997.  Effects of osmoprotectants upon salt stress in rice. Plant Physiol.115: 159-169.
    •  Iyer, S. and Caplan, A.  1998.  Products of proline catabolism can function as pleiotropic effectors in rice. Plant Physiol. 116: 203-211.
    •  Garcia, A.-B., de Aleida Engler, J., Claes, B., Villaroel, R., Van Montagu, M., Geerts, T., and Caplan, A. 1998. The expression of the salt-responsive gene salT from rice is regulated by hormonal and developmental cues.  Planta 207: 172-180.
    •  Noventa-Jordao, M. A. , Couto, R. M. , Goldman, M. H. S. , Aguirre, J., Iyer, S., Caplan, A., Terenzi, H. F.,  and Goldman G. H. 1999. Catalase activity is necessary for heat-shock recovery in Aspergillus nidulans germlings. Microbiology 145: 3229- 3234.
    •  Cortese, M., Caplan, A., and Crawford, R.  2002.  Structural, functional, and evolutionary analysis of moeZ, a gene encoding an enzyme required for the synthesis of the Pseudomonas metabolite, pyridine-2,6-bis(thiocarboxylic acid). BMC Evolutionary Biology 2: 8
    •  Sripo T, Phongdara A, Wanapu C, Caplan A.B.  2002. Screening and characterization of aldehyde dehydrogenase gene from Halomonas salina strain AS11. J Biotechnol 95:171-179
    •  Wu, X., Li, F., Kolenovsky, A., Caplan, A., Cui, Y, Cutler, A, and Tsang, E.W.T. 2009.  A mutant deficient in S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase in Arabidopsis shows defects in root hair development.  Botany 87: 1-14.
    •  Dziedzic, S.A. and Caplan, A.B., 2011. Identification of autophagy genes participating in zinc-induced necrotic cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Autophagy 7: 490-500.
    •  Dziedzic, S.A. and Caplan, A.B., 2012. Autophagy proteins play cytoprotective and cytocidal roles in leucine starvation induced cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Autophagy 8: 731-738.
    •  Ouyang, B., Fei, Z., Joung, J.G., Kolenovsky, A., Koh, C., Nowak, J., Caplan, A., Keller, W.A., Cui, Y., Cutler, A.J., Tsang, E.W.T.,  2012. Transcriptome profiling and methyl homeostasis of an Arabidopsis mutant deficient in S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase 1 (SAHH1). Plant Molecular Biology 79: 315-331.
  • Research Projects
    • Modification of expression in plants and animals; Dual role of autophagy in preserving cellular life and contributing to death