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This article is part of the supplement: IUFRO Tree Biotechnology Conference 2011: From Genomes to Integration and Delivery

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Apparent coordination of isocitrate dehydrogenase and glutamate decarboxylase expression in early stages of tree development

Juan Jesús Molina-Rueda1, María Belén Pascual2, Lara Silvia Jiménez-Bermúdez3, Francisco Miguel Cánovas2 and Fernando Gallardo2*

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1 Present address: Rutgers University, Dpt Biological Sciences, Newark, New Jersey, USA

2 Universidad de Málaga, Dpt. Biología Molecular y Bioquímica, Málaga, Spain

3 Universidad de Málaga, SCAI, Servicio de Cultivo de Plantas, Málaga, Spain

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BMC Proceedings 2011, 5(Suppl 7):P66  doi:10.1186/1753-6561-5-S7-P66

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Published:13 September 2011

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Poster presentation

The biosynthesis of 2-oxoglutarate and glutamate are key steps in the biosynthesis of nitrogen compounds and plant development. The reaction catalyzed by cytosolic isoenzyme of NADP+-linked isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) is also considered as the main route in the production of 2-oxoglutarate. According to its expression pattern during development, IDH is also involved in other, yet unknown, processes [1,2]. In addition to the importance of glutamate in the biosynthesis of nitrogen compounds, glutamate also serves as precursor of GABA, a molecule that is currently considered as a signal in higher plants. GABA is produced by the action of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD), a cytosolic enzyme that is regulated by Ca2+/calmodulin and pH. In contrast to IDH, that it is encoded by just one gene in most of plant genomes [2], GAD is encoded by a small family of nuclear genes [3]. The expression of IDH and GAD has been investigated during the differentiation of hypocotyl and stem in tree species. Our results indicate a coordination of the expression of IDH and GAD in developmental processes suggesting a role for 2-oxoglutarate supply and GABA synthesis during early stages of organ differentiation in trees.


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