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In vitro Phytochrome Dark Reversion Process

A. O. Taylor
Plant Physiology
Vol. 43, No. 5 (May, 1968), pp. 767-774
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4261370
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In vitro Phytochrome Dark Reversion Process
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Abstract

Thermal reversion of the far-red absorbing form of phytochrome to the red absorbing form in darkness has been investigated in crude and partially purified isolates from a number of etiolated and light grown higher plants. The influence of temperature, aging and urea on the rate of reversion was also determined. Phytochrome isolated from all higher plants underwent reversion. The reversion proceeded in at least 2 distinct stages; a short rapid initial phase being followed by a slow phase which continued for many hours. Reversion rate was highest in phytochrome isolated from green leaves of parsnip (Pastinacea sativa) and lowest in that isolated from etiolated oats (Avena sativa). Although the rate of reversion could be changed by modifying the tertiary structure of the protein component, the large differences in rate appeared to be characteristic of the plant source. Observed in vitro rates of reversion are slower than those occurring in vivo. Removal of other buffer solubilized material during purification had little effect on the rate of reversion of phytochrome isolated from etiolated material.

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