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Changes in Nucleic Acid Fractions of Seed Components of Red Pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) during Germination.
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PMID:  16657263     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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Changes in nucleic acid fractions of Pinus resinosa during seed germination were studied. At various stages of seed germination, embryos and megagametophytes were surgically separated and nucleic acids were extracted separately by a phenol-method. Total nucleic acids were fractionated on single-layer methylated albumin kieselguhr (MAK) columns. Total nucleic acids in embryos increased significantly 2 days after seeds were moistened, whereas, in megagametophytes, total nucleic acids stayed almost at a constant level until they degenerated at the time of shedding. In embryos, ribosomal RNAs (rRNA) increased 2 days after seeds were sown, whereas soluble RNA (sRNA) increased at 3 days. By comparison, nucleic acid fractions of megagametophytes did not show any quantitative changes during germination, except that rRNA fractions decreased shortly before shedding of seed coats. In dormant embryos the proportion of DNA was high and the proportions of sRNA and rRNA were low, whereas in megagametophytes at dormancy the proportions were completely reversed. As seed germination progressed, proportions of nucleic acid fractions in embryos changed significantly. In megagametophytes, although proportions of individual fractions remained almost constant throughout the experimental period, incorporation of (32)P into sRNA and rRNA of megagametophytes indicated turnover of these fractions.
Authors:
S Sasaki; G N Brown
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Plant physiology     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0032-0889     ISO Abbreviation:  Plant Physiol.     Publication Date:  1969 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-29     Completed Date:  2010-06-29     Revised Date:  2010-09-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401224     Medline TA:  Plant Physiol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1729-33     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
School of Forestry, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65201.
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