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Uptake of [2- 14 C]abscisic acid and distribution of 14 C in apple embryos

P. Barthe and C. Bulard
Planta
Vol. 152, No. 4 (1981), pp. 336-340
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23388249
Page Count: 5
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Uptake of [2-
          14
          C]abscisic acid and distribution of
          14
          C in apple embryos
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Abstract

Pyrus malus L. var. Golden delicious embryos were incubated with (±)-[2-14C]abscisic acid (ABA) (10-5 M, 355 kBq μmol-1). After incubations of various durations, the radioactivity was measured in whole embryos, cotyledons, and embryonic axes. With either 48-h or 16-d incubation periods, the uptake of [14C]ABA depended upon the mode of culture used. The lowest values corresponded to the absorption by the embryonic axis, the highest to the absorption by the distal parts of the two cotyledons. The cotyledons accumulated the main part of the radioactivity under all conditions. Dormant and almost completely after-ripened embryos cultivated for 4 d showed no significant differences in the radioactivity uptake for identical modes of culture. There was a linear relationship between exogenous ABA concentrations (0.5 to 3.10-5 M) and ABA uptake for embryos cultivated for 4 d with the distal parts of the cotyledons immersed in the medium.

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