Dr Paul Kenton


Dr Paul Kenton


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After graduating in Biology from York I worked for some time as an immunology technician at Liverpool before completing and MSc and then PhD on human placental syncytiotrophoblast membranes as a model for cancer signalling. I then moved to Leicester where I worked in John Draper's group on signalling in the plant wound response with a particular interest in jasmonates with Luis Mur and Claus Wasternack (Halle). I also contributed to work on the roles of reactive oxygen species in plant defence with John and Luis. In 1997 the Leicester group moved to Aberystwyth and I joined them as a Research Lecturer. In addition to my interest in jasmonates, I also worked on the role of cytokinins in defence with Thea Davies and transmembrane movement of salicylic acid with Andrew Clarke. I had a brief sojourn in the Careers Advisory Service creating online resources. I returned to IBERS in 2006 as a Teaching Fellow and latterly a Lecturer in Biology concentrating on teaching cell biology at undergraduate level.



My research interests have, most recently, centred on aspects of plant resistance to disease. This work has included involvement in the following areas 1.The role of jasmonates in the hypersensitive response 2. The influence of cytokinins on resistance. 3. Transmembrane movement of salicylate 4. Active oxygen species and defence responses 5. Basal (avr-independent) disease resistance.


The hypersensitive response; the centenary is upon us but how much do we know?Mur, L. A. J., Kenton, P., Lloyd, A. J., Ougham, H. J. & Prats, E. 2007 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.59, 3, p. 501-52020 p.
NO provides mainly avr-dependent inputs into cell death mechanisms associated with the hypersensitive response in tobaccoHarren, F. J. M., Mur, L. A. J., Kenton, P., Smith, A. & Laarhoven, L. 2007 In : Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology.146, 4, p. S256
The outcomes of concentration-specific interactions between salicylate and jasmonate signaling include synergy, antagonism, and oxidative stress leading to cell deathAtzorn, R., Mur, L. A. J., Wasternack, C., Kenton, P. & Miersch, O. 2005 In : Plant Physiology.140, 1, p. 249-26214 p.
Harpin modulates the accumulation of salicylic acid by Arabidopsis cells via apoplastic alkalizationMur, L. A. J., Clarke, A., Kenton, P. & Darby, R. M. 2005 In : Journal of Experimental Botany.p. 3129-31368 p.
There's more to a colourful life than simply sexKenton, P. 2005 In : Nature.436, 328
In planta measurements of oxidative bursts elicited by avirulent and virulent bacterial pathogens suggests that H2O2 is insufficient to elicit cell death in tobaccoDraper, J. H., Kenton, P. & Mur, L. A. J. 2005 In : Plant, Cell and Environment.p. 548-56114 p.