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Time-Dependent Changes in the Auxin Sensitivity of Coleoptile Segments: Apparent Sensory Adaptation
Mary Jo Vesper and Michael L. Evans
Vol. 61, No. 2 (Feb., 1978), pp. 204-208
Published by: American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4265167
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When segments are excised from corn (Zea mays L.) coleoptiles they exhibit a very low rate of elongation for about 3.5 hours. A strong increase in growth rate (the spontaneous growth response) then occurs and persists for many hours. During the latent period preceding the spontaneous growth response there is an apparent increase with time in the sensitivity of the segments to indoleacetic acid (IAA). This increase in sensitivity is expressed as a 2- to 3-fold increase in the magnitude of the growth response to low levels of IAA and a 3-fold decrease in the latent period of the response during the first 3 hours following excision. A similar increase in sensitivity to low levels of IAA is noted if application of IAA is timed from the point of termination of a previous exposure to the hormone. Since the increase in responsiveness to low levels of IAA is not paralleled by an increase in the rate of uptake of the hormone, the data may be interpreted as evidence for a type of time-dependent sensory adaptation to auxin. The IAA dose-response relationship also changes with time, and there is indirect evidence that an auxin-dependent inhibitor may influence the expression of the apparent sensory adaptation to auxin.
Plant Physiology © 1978 American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)