The Lotus japonicus ndxgene family is involved in nodule function and maintenance

The Lotus japonicus ndxgene family is involved in nodule function and maintenance To elucidate the function of the ndx homeobox genes during the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis, two Lotus japonicus ndxgenes were expressed in the antisense orientation under the control of the nodule-expressed promoter Psenod12 in transgenic Lotus japonicus plants. Many of the transformants obtained segregated into plants that failed to sustain proper development and maintenance of root nodules concomitant with down-regulation of the two ndx genes. The root nodules were actively fixing nitrogen 3 weeks after inoculation, but the plants exhibited a stunted growth phenotype. The nodules on such antisense plants had under-developed vasculature and lenticels when grown on medium lacking nitrogen sources. These nodules furthermore entered senescence earlier than the wild-type nodules. Normal plant growth was resumed upon external addition of nitrogen. This suggests that assimilated nitrogen is not properly supplied to the plants in which the two ndx genes are down-regulated. The results presented here, indicate that the ndx genes play a role in the development of structural nodule features, required for proper gas diffusion into the nodule and/or transport of the assimilated nitrogen to the plant. Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

The Lotus japonicus ndxgene family is involved in nodule function and maintenance

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 2003 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Sciences; Plant Pathology
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