Journal article

Pollen tubes of Nicotiana alata express two genes from different beta-glucan synthase families

MS Doblin, L De Melis, E Newbigin, A Bacic, SM Read

PLANT PHYSIOLOGY | AMER SOC PLANT BIOLOGISTS | Published : 2001

Abstract

The walls deposited by growing pollen tubes contain two types of beta-glucan, the (1,3)-beta-glucan callose and the (1,4)-beta-glucan cellulose, as well as various alpha-linked pectic polysaccharides. Pollen tubes of Nicotiana alata Link et Otto, an ornamental tobacco, were therefore used to identify genes potentially encoding catalytic subunits of the callose synthase and cellulose synthase enzymes. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reactions (RT-PCR) with pollen-tube RNA and primers designed to conserved regions of bacterial and plant cellulose synthase (CesA) genes amplified a fragment that corresponded to an abundantly expressed cellulose-synthase-like gene named NaCslD1. A fragment..

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