Starch synthesis-, and tuber storage protein genes are differently expressed in Solanum tuberosum and in Solanum brevidens

Zsófia Bánfalvi, Attila Molnár, Gergely Molnár, Lóránt Lakatos, László Szabó

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Studying in vitro stem cuttings of Solanum tuberosum induced for tuberization and those of a non-tuberizing Solanum species, differences both in morphology and in gene expression were detected. Stolen formation essentially depended on light while tuberization was triggered by the elevated level of sucrose in the medium. Genes involved in starch synthesis were induced by sucrose in both species, however, starch granules were detected only in potato. A new tuber specific cDNA clone, GM7, encoding a putative metallocarboxypeptidase inhibitor and the cDNA of a proline rich cell wall protein with S. brevidens specific expression were isolated by differential screening. Sucrose mediated transcription of the tuber storage proteins like patatin and proteinase inhibitors (Kunitz-type, winI, GM7) failed in S. brevidens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-164
Number of pages6
JournalFEBS letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - ápr. 1 1996


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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