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Plant Mol Biol. 1992 Jun;19(3):411-20.

Activation of flavonoid biosynthesis in roots of Vicia sativa subsp. nigra plants by inoculation with Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar viciae.

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Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences, Leiden University, Netherlands.


Infective (nodulating) Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar viciae (R.l. viciae) bacteria release Nod factors which stimulate the release of nodulation gene-inducing flavanones and chalcones from roots of the host plant Vicia sativa subsp. nigra (K. Recourt et al., Plant Mol Biol 16: 841-852; H.P. Spaink et al., Nature 354: 125-130). The hypothesis that this release results from increased synthesis of flavonoids was tested by studying the effect of inoculation of V. sativa with infective and uninfective R.l. viciae bacteria on (i) activity of L-phenylalanine ammonia-lyase, (ii) level of chalcone synthase mRNA, and (iii) activity of (eriodictyol) methyltransferase in roots. Consistent with the hypothesis, each of these parameters was found to increase 1.5 to 2-fold upon inoculation with infective R.l. viciae bacteria relative to the situation for uninoculated roots and for roots inoculated with uninfective rhizobia.

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