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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Altering the expression of the chlorophyllase gene ATHCOR1 in transgenic Arabidopsis caused changes in the chlorophyll-to-chlorophyllide ratio
Author: Benedetti, CE
Arruda, P
Abstract: The Arabidopsis gene ATHCOR1, which encodes the CORI1 (coronatine-induced) protein, was expressed in bacterial cells. Soluble recombinant CORI1 was purified and shown to possess chlorophyllase (Chlase) activity in vitro. To determine its activity in vivo, wild-type Arabidopsis and coil mutant, which lacks ATHCOR1 transcripts, were transformed with sense and antisense forms of the gene. Wild-type and coil plants overexpressing ATHCOR1 showed increased contents of chlorophyllide (Chlide) without a substantial change in the total amount of the extractable chlorophyll (Ch1). These plants presented high Chlide to Ch1 ratios in leaves, whereas antisense plants and nontransformed coil mutant showed undetectable ATHCOR1 mRNA and significantly lower Chlide to Ch1 ratios, relative to wild-type control. Overexpression of ATHCOR1 caused an increased breakdown of Ch1 ca, as revealed by the Chlide a to b ratio, which was significantly higher in sense than wild-type, coil mutant, and antisense plants. This preferential activity of CORM toward Ch1 a was further supported by in vitro analyses using the purified protein. Increased Chlase activity was detected in developing flowers, which correlated to the constitutive expression of ATHCOR1 in this organ. Flowers of the antisense plant showed reduced Chlide to Ch1 ratio, suggesting a role of CORI1 in Ch1 breakdown during flower senescence. The results show that ATHCOR1 has Chlase activity in vivo, however, because coil flowers have no detectable ATHCOR1 mRNA and present Chlide to Ch1 ratios comparable with the wild type, an additional Chlase is likely to be active in Arabidopsis. In accordance, transcripts of a second Arabidopsis Chlase gene, AtCLH2, were detected in both normal and mutant flowers.
Country: EUA
Editor: Amer Soc Plant Biologists
Citation: Plant Physiology. Amer Soc Plant Biologists, v. 128, n. 4, n. 1255, n. 1263, 2002.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1104/pp.010813
Date Issue: 2002
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