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Plant Physiol. Jul 1984; 75(3): 865–868.
PMCID: PMC1067008

Analysis of the Complexity and Diversity of mRNAs from Pollen and Shoots of Tradescantia1

Abstract

The mRNAs of the mature pollen grain of Tradescantia paludosa at anesthesia and of vegetative shoots have been compared by analyzing the kinetics of hybridization between homologous and heterologous reactions of cDNA to poly(A)RNA in excess. The mRNAs in pollen can be divided into three abundance classes with complexities of 5.2 × 104, 1.6 × 106, and 2.1 × 107 nucleotides. The three classes are made up of sequences that constitute 15, 60, and 24% of the mRNAs and each sequence is present on an average at 26,000, 3,400, and 100 copies, respectively, per pollen grain. About 20,000 different genes are expressed in pollen as compared to about 30,000 in vegetative shoots. Estimates have been made of pollen mRNA sequences shared with those of shoot tissue and of shoot sequences common to those in pollen.

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