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Lectin-gene expression in pea (Pisum sativum L.) roots

Abstract : The expression of a lectin gene in pea (Pisum sativum L.) roots has been investigated using the copy DNA of a pea seed lectin as a probe. An mRNA which has the same size as the seed mRNA but which is about 4000 times less abundant has been detected in 21-d-old roots. The probe detected lectin expression as early as 4 d after sowing, with the highest level being reached at 10 d, i.e. just before nodulation. In later stages (16-d- and 21-d-old roots), expression was substantially decreased. The correlation between infection by Rhizobium leguminosarum and lectin expression in pea roots has been investigated by comparing root lectin mRNA levels in inoculated plants and in plants grown under conditions preventing nodulation. Neither growth in a nitrate concentration which inhibited nodulation nor growth in the absence of Rhizobium appreciably affected lectin expression in roots.
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Dominique Buffard, Pierre-Alexandre Kaminski, A. Donny Strosberg. Lectin-gene expression in pea (Pisum sativum L.) roots. Planta, Springer Verlag, 1988, 173 (3), pp.367-372. ⟨10.1007/BF00401023⟩. ⟨pasteur-03659907⟩



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