Transgenic Arabidopsis

  • G. P. Rédei
  • Csaba Koncz
  • Jeff Schell
Part of the Stadler Genetics Symposia Series book series (SGSS)


A nuclear gene locus of (Arabidopsis thaliana L.) (Rédei, 1973; Rédei and Plurad, 1973) causes hereditary alterations in the genetic material of the plastids. Its effectiveness is quite remarkable in as much as the rate mutation when either one of the three known recessive alleles become homozygous, increases by a factor of about 106over the spontaneous level. The mutator activity is revealed by the numerous green, yellow and white sectors on the leaves and stems of the plants (Figs. 1 and 2). Some of the mutations induced have pleiotropic effect: in addition to alteration of the plastids the shape of the leaves is also affected. Since the sorting out of the mutant plastids is clearly a non-random process, leaves or entire plants may become homo- or near homoplastidic within a single generation (Rédei, 1974). The homoplastidic condition generally cannot be stabilized, however, unless the recessive inducer is blocked by rendering the plants heterozygous or by the removal of the chm alleles from the nucleus. Details of these procedures were worked out and their effectiveness has been proven (Rédei, unpublished).


Border Sequence Isopentenyl Adenosine Primary Trisomic Transgenic ARABIDOPSIS Trisomic Analysis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Rédei
    • 1
    • 2
  • Csaba Koncz
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jeff Schell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Max-Planck-InstitutKöln 30Germany

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