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Effect of Temperature on Invertase, Invertase Inhibitor, and Sugars in Potato Tubers
Russell Pressey and Roy Shaw
Vol. 41, No. 10 (Dec., 1966), pp. 1657-1661
Published by: American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4260898
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The accumulation of reducing sugars in potato tubers exposed to low temperatures occurs with concomitant formation of the enzyme invertase. During the initial period of cold treatment when reducing sugars increase rapidly, invertase formation proceeds until the level of enzyme exceeds that of an endogenous macromolecular invertase inhibitor, resulting in a basal invertase activity. As the rate of sugar accumulation decreases and the sugar level becomes nearly constant, total invertase decreases, the basal activity disappears, and a low excess of inhibitor develops. On transfer of cold-stored tubers to warmer temperatures, sugars and invertase decrease sharply and a large excess of inhibitor develops. These changes in sugars, invertase and inhibitor occur reversibly when the tubers are subjected to alternating temperatures.
Plant Physiology © 1966 American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)