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Plant Physiol. Mar 1994; 104(3): 881–887.
PMCID: PMC160685

Isolation of an Arabidopsis thaliana Mutant, mto1, That Overaccumulates Soluble Methionine (Temporal and Spatial Patterns of Soluble Methionine Accumulation).


We isolated Arabidopsis thaliana mutants that are resistant to ethionine, a toxic analog of methionine (Met). One of the mutants was analyzed further, and it accumulated 10- to 40-fold more soluble Met than the wild type in the aerial parts during the vegetative growth period. When the mutant plants started to flower, however, the soluble Met content in the rosette region decreased to the wild-type level, whereas that in the inflorescence apex region and in immature fruits was 5- to 8-fold higher than the wild type. These results indicate that the concentration of soluble Met is temporally and spatially regulated and suggest that soluble Met is translocated to sink organs after the onset of reproductive growth. The causal mutation, designated mto1, was a single, nuclear, semidominant mutation and mapped to chromosome 3. Accumulation profiles of soluble amino acids suggested that the mutation affects a later step(s) in the Met biosynthesis pathway. Ethylene production of the mutants was only 40% higher than the wild-type plants, indicating that ethylene production is tightly regulated at a step after Met synthesis. This mutant will be useful in studying the translocation of amino acids, as well as regulation of Met biosynthesis and other metabolic pathways related to Met.

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