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Chloroplast-dependent and light-independent expression of the tobacco rbcS promoter-GUS chimeric gene in black spruce. 1996. Gray-Mitsumune, M.; Yoo, B.Y.; Charest, P.J. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 26(6): 909-917.

Year: 1996

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 10271

Language: English

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Abstract

The tobacco rbcS (ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase small subunit) promoter, fused to the ß-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter gene, was delivered to black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP) tissues via microprojectile DNA bombardment, and its regulation was studied. The expression of the tobacco rbcS promoter - GUS chimeric gene was dependent on the presence of chloroplasts in black spruce tissues, as demonstrated in two ways: (i) there was no GUS activity expressed in zygotic embryos where no chloroplasts were observed, whereas it was expressed in light- and dark-grown seedlings that contained mature or immature chloroplasts; (ii) a herbicide, Norflurazon, destroyed chloroplast structure in seedlings and inhibited the expression of the tobacco rbcS promoter - GUS chimeric gene. A control chimeric gene, the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter - GUS fusion gene was not inhibited by Norflurazon. Unlike in angiosperms, light had no effect on the expression of tobacco rbcS promoter - GUS chimeric gene. Both light- and dark-grown seedlings showed GUS activity, and expression in dark-grown seedlings was not enhanced by light. These results suggest that the tissue-specific regulation of the rbcS promoter may be conserved between angiosperms and conifers, but that the light regulation of this promoter may not be conserved.