Seasonal changes in the pattern and content of dehydrins in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum) plants grown under field and laboratory conditions were studied by one-dimensional PAGE and immunochemical methods. During hardening, plants accumulated dehydrin-like polypeptides with mol wts of 209, 196, 66, 50, and 41 kD. In winter, low-molecular-weight dehydrins with mol wts of 24, 22, 17, 15, and 12 kD were synthesized and accumulated as well. Their content dropped sharply in spring when plants became unhardened. Accumulation/disappearance of these proteins corresponded to the fluctuations in wintering plant frost tolerance before winter and in spring. It is assumed that both high- and medium-molecular-weight dehydrins are involved in plant stress responses and adaptation, whereas low-molecular-weight dehydrins are evidently involved only in the process of low-temperature adaptation.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Dec 22, 2004
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