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Plant Physiol. Oct 1987; 85(2): 502–507.
PMCID: PMC1054285

Polygalacturonase Gene Expression in Rutgers, rin, nor, and Nr Tomato Fruits 1

Abstract

Polygalacturonase (PG) gene expression was studied in normally ripening tomato fruit (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill, cv Rutgers) and in three ripening-impaired mutants, rin, nor, and Nr. Normal and mutant fruit of identical chronological age were analyzed at 41, 49, and 62 days after pollination. These stages corresponded to mature-green, ripe, and overripe, respectively, for Rutgers. The amount of PG mRNA in Rutgers was highest at 49 days and accounted for 2.3% of the total mRNA mass but at 62 days had decreased to 0.004% of the total mRNA mass. In Nr, the amount of PG mRNA steadily increased between 41 and 62 days after pollination, reaching a maximum level of 0.5% of the total mRNA mass. The mutant nor exhibited barely detectable levels of PG mRNA at all stages tested. Surprisingly, PG mRNA, comprising approximately 0.06% of the mRNA mass, was detected in 49 day rin fruit. This mRNA accumulation occurred in the absence of elevated ethylene production by the fruit and resulted in the synthesis of enzymically active PG I. The different patterns of PG mRNA accumulation in the three mutants suggests that distinct molecular mechanisms contribute to reduced PG expression in each ripening-impaired mutant.

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