Melon ascorbate oxidase: cloning of a multigene family, induction during fruit development and repression by wounding

Melon ascorbate oxidase: cloning of a multigene family, induction during fruit development and... A small family of at least four genes encoding melon ascorbate oxidase (AO) has been identified and three members of it have been cloned. Preliminary DNA sequence determination suggested that melon AO genes code for enzymes homologous to ascorbate oxidases from other plants and similar to other multicopper oxidases. We describe detailed molecular studies addressing melon AO expression during organ specific differentiation, fruit development and ripening, and in response to wounding. In particular, AO transcript accumulation was induced in ovaries and the outer mesocarp of mature preclimacteric melon fruits, before the expression of genes encoding the necessary enzymatic activities for ethylene biosynthesis. On the other hand, AO was not expressed in late stages of fruit ripening and was repressed in wounded fruits. The role of ethylene in transcriptional regulation of AO is discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

Melon ascorbate oxidase: cloning of a multigene family, induction during fruit development and repression by wounding

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Sciences; Plant Pathology
ISSN
0167-4412
eISSN
1573-5028
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1005851527227
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Abstract

A small family of at least four genes encoding melon ascorbate oxidase (AO) has been identified and three members of it have been cloned. Preliminary DNA sequence determination suggested that melon AO genes code for enzymes homologous to ascorbate oxidases from other plants and similar to other multicopper oxidases. We describe detailed molecular studies addressing melon AO expression during organ specific differentiation, fruit development and ripening, and in response to wounding. In particular, AO transcript accumulation was induced in ovaries and the outer mesocarp of mature preclimacteric melon fruits, before the expression of genes encoding the necessary enzymatic activities for ethylene biosynthesis. On the other hand, AO was not expressed in late stages of fruit ripening and was repressed in wounded fruits. The role of ethylene in transcriptional regulation of AO is discussed.

Journal

Plant Molecular BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 29, 2004

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