TITLE

Brassinosteroids Induce Entry into the Final Stage of Tracheary Element Differentiation in Cultured Zinnia Cells

AUTHOR(S)
Yamamoto, Ryo; Demura, Taku; Fukuda, Hiroo
PUB. DATE
August 1997
SOURCE
Plant & Cell Physiology;Aug1997, Vol. 38 Issue 8, p980
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
To elucidate the involvement of brassinosteroids in the progression of tracheary element differentiation in cultured Zinnia cells, we analyzed the effects of uniconazole, an inhibitor of brassinosteroid synthesis, and brassinolide, a biologically active brassinosteroid, on the accumulation of mRNAs for various genes that were expressed in different stages of differentiation. Uniconazole specifically suppressed the accumulation of transcripts for genes that were induced in the final stage of differentiation in association with secondary wall formation and cell death. This suppression was recovered with the addition of brassinolide. These results strongly suggest that endogenous brassinosteroids induce entry into the final stage of differentiation.
ACCESSION #
79307051

 

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