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The requirements for Ca2+, protein phosphorylation and concurrent protein synthesis for zeatin signaling of acidic chitinase transcript accumulation in Cucumis sativus L

Barwe, Sonali P and Sathiyabam, Muthukrishnan and Jayabaskaran, Chelliah (2001) The requirements for Ca2+, protein phosphorylation and concurrent protein synthesis for zeatin signaling of acidic chitinase transcript accumulation in Cucumis sativus L. In: Journal of Plant Physiology, 158 (9). 1117 -1123.

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Abstract

We have previously reported that both Ca2+ and staurosporine-sensitive protein kinase(s) are involved in the cytokinin zeatin induction of cucumber chitinase activity and its protein content (Barwe et al. 2001). To further characterize signal transduction events involved in this cytokinin induction of chitinase gene expression, Northern hybridizations of total RNAs prepared from excised, dark-grown cucumber cotyledons treated with cytokinins and/or various agonists and antagonists of signal transduction components, were carried out using a cucumber acidic chitinase (CACHT) cDNA probe (Metraux et al. 1989). CACHT mRNA increased by approximately 5- to 6-fold in response to exogenous zeatin (Z), zeatin riboside (ZR), and benzyladenine (BA) treatment, but failed to accumulate in response to kinetin (K). Among the cytokinins tested, Z was most effective. The Z-induced accumulation of CACHT mRNA was inhibited by a plasma membrane Ca2+ channel blocker verapamil. Treatment of cotyledons with exogenous CaCl2 and calcium ionophore A23187 in the presence and absence of cytokinin enhanced CACHT mRNA accumulation. These two observations suggest the participation of extracellular calcium in signaling Z-induction. Furthermore, the presence of staurosporine (an inhibitor of protein kinase) in Z treatment reduced CACHT mRNA, suggesting the involvement of phosphorylation of one or more cellular proteins. In addition, we provide evidence that the Z-induction of CACHT mRNA is blocked by protein synthesis inhibitor cycloheximide treatment. Taken together, these results suggest that Ca2+ influx from extracellular space, protein phosphorylation, and concurrent protein synthesis events participate in cytokinin signaling during Z-induced CACHT transcript accumulation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Ca2+;chitinase-cytokinin signaling;Cucumis sativus L.; protein phosphorylation;transcript level;zeatin.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Biochemistry
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2011 06:10
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2011 06:10
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/39643

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