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Auxin-Regulated Polypeptide Changes at Different Stages of Strawberry Fruit Development

K. Veluthambi and B. W. Poovaiah
Plant Physiology
Vol. 75, No. 2 (Jun., 1984), pp. 349-353
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4268679
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Abstract

The pattern of polypeptides at different stages of strawberry (Fragaria ananassa Duch. cv Ozark Beauty) fruit development was studied by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. An 81,000-dalton polypeptide appeared between 5 and 10 days after pollination. Polypeptides with molecular weights of 76,000 and 37,000 daltons were formed after 10 days. The control exerted by auxin in the stage-specific formation of polypeptides was investigated by stopping fruit growth after removing the achenes and reinitiating fruit growth by the application of a synthetic auxin, α-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA). When the achenes were removed from the 5- and 10-day-old fruits, the fruits failed to grow, the 81,000 dalton polypeptide was not formed between 5 and 10 days, and the 76,000- and 37,000-dalton polypeptides were not formed between 10 and 20 days. Application of NAA to fruits deprived of auxin by removal of achenes resulted in the resumption of growth and also in the appearance of these polypeptides. Removal of achenes of the 5- or 10-day-old fruits and growing them without auxin resulted in the formation of 52,000- and 57,000-dalton polypeptides. These two polypeptides were not formed when NAA was applied to fruits after removal of achenes. Supply of NAA to auxin-deprived fruits 5 days after removal of achenes resulted in resumption of growth and also in the disappearance of these two polypeptides, pointing out their possible relation to the inhibition of fruit growth.

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