Document Type

Article

Abstract

Axillary buds of intact pea seedlings (Pisum sativum L. cv Alaska) do not grow and are said to be dormant. Decapitation of the terminal bud promotes the growth of these axillary buds, which then develop in the same manner as terminal buds. We previously showed that unique sets of proteins are expressed in dormant and growing buds. Here we describe the cloning, sequencing, and expression of a cDNA clone (pGB8) that is homologous to ribosomal protein L27 from rat. RNA corresponding to this clone increases 13-fold 3 h after decapitation, reaches a maximum enhancement of about 35-fold after 12 h, and persists at slightly reduced levels at later times. Terminal buds, root apices, and elongating internodes also contain pGB8 mRNA but fully expanded leaflets and fully elongated internodes do not. In situ hybridization analysis demonstrates that pGB8 mRNA increases in all parts of the bud within 1 h of decapitation. Under appropriate conditions, growing buds can be made to stop growing and become dormant; these buds subsequently can grow again. Therefore, buds have the capacity to undergo multiple cycles of growth and dormancy. RNA gel blots show that pGB8 expression is reduced to dormancy levels as soon as buds stop growing. However, in situ hybridization experiments show that pGB8 expression continues at growing-bud levels in the apical meristem for 2 d after it is reduced in the rest of the bud. When cultured stems containing buds are treated with indoleacetic acid at concentrations > 10 gM, bud growth and expression of pGB8 in the buds are inhibited.

Publication Date

1-1-1992

Original Citation

Stafstrom JP, Sussex IM (1992). Expression of a ribosomal protein gene in axillary buds of pea. Plant Physiol. 100:1494-1502.

Legacy Department

Department of Biological Sciences

Sponsorship

Supported by U.S. Department of Agriculture grant No. 87- CRCR-1-2435 (I.M.S.) and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Plant Biology (J.P.S.).

ISSN

0032-0889

Language

eng

Publisher

American Society of Plant Biologists

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