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Plant J. 1994 Apr;5(4):493-505.

A cotyledon regulatory region is responsible for the different spatial expression patterns of Arabidopsis 2S albumin genes.

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Plant Genetic Systems N.V., Gent, Belgium.


The 2S albumin genes of Arabidopsis thaliana are a model system to study gene expression during late embryogenesis. The at2S1 gene has previously been shown to be expressed essentially in the embryo axis, unlike at2S2, which is expressed throughout the embryo. Hybrid promoter constructs between at2S1 and at2S2 were introduced into Arabidopsis and used to identify a cotyledon regulatory region necessary for 2S albumin expression in palisade parenchyma and specific epidermal cells. Other promoter sequences flanking this tissue-specific promoter element were shown to control mRNA expression levels independently of the mRNA distribution throughout the embryos. Certain hybrid promoters resulted in the alteration of the time course of expression in cotyledons. Differential expression of 2S albumin genes is discussed in terms of layered cellular organization and mitotic activity throughout the embryo.

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