Expression of genes necessary to perform C4 photosynthesis in maize is activated by light. It is not known how this activation is regulated on the chromatin level in vivo. We analysed alterations in the chromatin structure of the promoter of the C4-specific isoform of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC) after illumination of seedlings. A protocol was established that facilitates the preparation of nuclei from maize leaves with intact chromatin structure and resistance to DNA degradation during prolonged incubation at high temperatures. The presence of non-spliced transcripts from the C4-PEPC gene in the nuclei was demonstrated by RT-PCR. The chromatin was partially digested with restriction endonucleases. Quantitative PCR analyses revealed a clear increase in the accessibility of the promoter chromatin to restriction dependent on illumination of the seedlings. The data indicate chromatin reorganization at the C4-PEPC promoter during activation.
Plant Molecular Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 7, 2004
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