Mannityl opine accumulation and exudation by transgenic tobacco

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Title: Mannityl opine accumulation and exudation by transgenic tobacco
Author: Savka, Michael; Farrand, Stephen
Abstract: Three genes from the TR region of pTi15955 were introduced into tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) to direct the synthesis of the mannityl opines from hexose sugars and glutamine or glutamate. Opines were present in all tissue types tested and accumulated to levels of 100 to 150 micrograms per milligram dry weight in root, stem, and leaf tissues. Opine-producing plants appeared normal with respect to morphology and development. Transgenic plants grown for 60 days under sterile autotrophic conditions produced up to 540 micrograms of the mannityl opines per milligrams dry weight of tissue as root exudates. Opines were also detected in leaf and seed washes from soil-grown plants.
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Date: 1992-02

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