Tea caffeine synthase (CS) is a key enzyme in tea plant for synthesis of caffeine. We firstly systematically investigated the gene expression of CS. Northern blot analysis showed that CS gene was not expressed in stems and roots but efficiently expressed in leaves of tea plants. The expression level of CS gene in summer-grown leaves was much higher than in spring leaves. Its expression level in leaves of the shaded or fertilized tea plants was significantly higher. Along the same shoot, CS gene was expressed at much higher level in the young leaves (bud and the first leaf) than in the more mature second and third leaves. RNA in situ hybridization indicated that tea CS gene was mainly expressed in the palisade parenchyma and the epicuticle of leaves but less expressed in the spongy parenchyma and the hypoderm.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 14, 2007
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