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The priming of amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis leaves


Zeeman, SC and Smith, SM and Smith, AM, The priming of amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis leaves, Plant Physiology, 128, (3) pp. 1069-1076. ISSN 0032-0889 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2002 American Society of Plant Biologists

DOI: doi:10.1104/pp.010640


We investigated the mechanism of amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis leaves using 14C-labeling techniques. First, we tested the hypothesis that short malto-oligosaccharides (MOS) may act as primers for granule-bound starch synthase I. We found increased amylose synthesis in isolated starch granules supplied with ADP[14C]glucose (ADP[14C]Glc) and MOS compared with granules supplied with ADP[14C]Glc but no MOS. Furthermore, using a MOS-accumulating mutant (dpe1), we found that more amylose was synthesized than in the wild type, correlating with the amount of MOS in vivo. When wild-type and mutant plants were tested in conditions where both lines had similar MOS contents, no difference in amylose synthesis was observed. We also tested the hypothesis that branches of amylopectin might serve as the primers for granule-bound starch synthase I. In this model, elongated branches of amylopectin are subsequently cleaved to form amylose. We conducted pulse-chase experiments, supplying a pulse of ADP[14C]Glc to isolated starch granules or14CO2 to intact plants, followed by a chase period in unlabeled substrate. We detected no transfer of label from the amylopectin fraction to the amylose fraction of starch either in isolated starch granules or in intact leaves, despite varying the time course of the experiments and using a mutant line (sex4) in which high-amylose starch is synthesized. We therefore find no evidence for amylopectin-primed amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis. We propose that MOS are the primers for amylose synthesis in Arabidopsis leaves.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:amylose synthesis, arabidopsis
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences
UTAS Author:Smith, SM (Professor Steven Smith)
ID Code:101552
Year Published:2002
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2015-06-25
Last Modified:2015-09-21

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