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The phytochrome - deficient pcd2 mutant of pea is unable to convert biliverdin 1Xa to 3(Z)-phytochromobilin


Weller, JL and Terry, MJ and Reid, JB and Kendrick, RE, The phytochrome - deficient pcd2 mutant of pea is unable to convert biliverdin 1Xa to 3(Z)-phytochromobilin, The Plant Journal, 11, (6) pp. 1177-1186. ISSN 0960-7412 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1046/j.1365-313X.1997.11061177.x


During screening of ethylmethane sulphonate-mutagenized pea (Pisum sativum L.) seedlings under far-red light a mutant line, AF130, was isolated which showed a reduction in both red and far-red light-induced deetiolation responses. The photomorphogenic phenotype of AF130 results from a single recessive mutation which is not allelic with the previously described phytochrome chromophore biosynthesis mutant pcd1. This new mutant has been designated pcd2, for phytochrome chromophore deficient 2. Like pcd1, etiolated pcd2 seedlings are severely deficient in spectrally active phytochrome and contain wild-type levels of phytochrome A apoprotein which is not substantially depleted by red light treatment. Etioplast preparations from pcd2 seedlings can metabolize heme to biliverdin (BV) IXα, but are unable to convert BV IXα to the phytochrome chromophore, phytochromobilin. The PCD1 and PCD2 genes therefore control consecutive steps in phytochromobilin synthesis. Despite a similarly severe impairment of photomorphogenic responses, pcd2 mutant seedlings do not display the strongly chlorotic phenotype of pcd1, suggesting that this characteristic of pcd1 does not result from phytochrome deficiency per se, but is a specific effect of the pcd1 mutation. A double mutant between pcd1 and pcd2 was constructed. This mutant is paler than pcd1 and less responsive to red light than either single mutant, but retains a strong response to blue light.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Biochemistry and cell biology
Research Field:Biochemistry and cell biology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Weller, JL (Associate Professor Jim Weller)
UTAS Author:Reid, JB (Professor Jim Reid)
ID Code:10467
Year Published:1997
Web of Science® Times Cited:35
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:1997-08-01
Last Modified:2010-11-08

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