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Are allozymes differing in substrate specificity involved in the evolution of Silene species?

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The concerted action of two flavone-skeleton modifying genes, P and Me, and the alleles of three independently segregating loci g, gl and fg involved in flavone-glycosylation lead to the 33 different flavones so far identified in Silene. The alleles of the different loci involved in flavone-glycosylation control enzymes which differ in substrate specificity, a phenomenon not often described in higher organisms. The alleles of the different loci are variously distributed over the different species. The possible evolutionary implications of these distributions are discussed.

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van Brederode, J., Mastenbroek, O. Are allozymes differing in substrate specificity involved in the evolution of Silene species?. Theoret. Appl. Genetics 64, 151–153 (1983). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00272725

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Key words

  • Allozymes
  • Differing substrate specificity
  • Flavonoids
  • Flavonoid-glycosylation
  • Gene evolution
  • Silene species