Alteration of the synthesis of lipoxygenase in the early stages of soybean cotyledon culture

Xuemin Wang, Gerhard Bookjans, Mitch Altschuler, Glenn B. Collins, David F. Hildebrand

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A detailed study of lipoxygenase (EC synthesis in cotyledons of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr. cv. Century] cultured in vitro for up to 40 h showed that synthesis of this protein, measured by in vivo [35S]‐methionine labelling in connection with immunological methods and cell‐free translation of mRNA, underwent a large transient reduction in the first 4 h of culturing and gradually increased in the following 36 h. Northern blot hybridizations with lipoxygenase cDNA clones showed that the decrease in translational activity was the consequence of a considerable reduction in lipoxygenase mRNA in the cotyledons. From these results we conclude that the transient decline in lipoxygenase synthesis in excised soybean cotyledons is regulated at the RNA level. Similarly judged from the analysis of patterns of uni‐dimensional gel electrophoresis, the synthesis of a few other polypeptides decreased during the first 4 h of culture as well, while several others increased; in cotyledons cultured for 20 to 40 h the protein‐synthesis pattern had returned to that in freshly excised cotyledons. An acclimation period of ca 1 day seems to be needed for isolated soybean cotyledons to stabilize and to resume regular RNA and protein synthesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-132
Number of pages6
JournalPhysiologia Plantarum
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1988


  • Cotyledon
  • DNA
  • Glycine max
  • embryo
  • lipoxygenase. RNA
  • soybean
  • tissue culture
  • translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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