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We isolated and characterized two flower-specific genes from petunia. The protein products of these genes, designated floral binding protein 1 (FBP1) and 2 (FBP2), are putative transcription factors with the MADS box DNA binding domain. RNA gel blot analysis showed that the fbp1 gene is exclusively expressed in petals and stamen of petunia flowers. In(More)
We isolated and characterized two ovule-specific MADS box cDNAs from petunia, designated floral binding protein (fbp) genes 7 and 11. The putative protein products of these genes have approximately 90% of their overall amino acid sequence in common. In situ RNA hybridization experiments revealed that both genes are expressed in the center of the developing(More)
The function of the petunia MADS box gene fbp2 in the control of floral development has been investigated. Inhibition of fbp2 expression in transgenic plants by a co-suppression approach resulted in the development of highly aberrant flowers with modified whorl two, three and four organs. This mutant flower phenotype inherited as a single Mendelian trait.(More)
For Arabidopsis and Antirrhinum, the so-called ABC model has been developed, which postulates that the determination of floral organ primordia is controlled by the action of three classes of homeotic genes. A number of these ABC genes encode putative transcription factors with the MADS box DNA binding motif. This paper reports on the functional analysis of(More)
The C function in Arabidopsis, which specifies stamen and carpel identity, is represented by a single gene called AGAMOUS (AG). From both petunia and cucumber, two MADS box genes have been isolated. Both share a high degree of amino acid sequence identity with the Arabidopsis AG protein. Their roles in specifying stamen and carpel identity have been studied(More)
We have identified a novel petunia MADS box gene, PETUNIA FLOWERING GENE (PFG), which is involved in the transition from vegetative to reproductive development. PFG is expressed in the entire plant except stamens, roots and seedlings. Highest expression levels of PFG are found in vegetative and inflorescence meristems. Inhibition of PFG expression in(More)
In contrast to the wealth of information relating to genes regulating floral meristem and floral organ identity, only limited data are available concerning genes that are involved in determining and regulating the identity and development of an ovule. We have recently isolated the floral binding protein 11 (FBP11) MADS box gene from petunia and found that(More)
In unisexual flowers, sex is determined by the selective repression of growth or the abortion of either male or female reproductive organs. The mechanism by which this process is controlled in plants is still poorly understood. Because it is known that the identity of reproductive organs in plants is controlled by homeotic genes belonging to the MADS box(More)
The petunia MADS box floral binding protein (fbp) gene 1 represents a class B homeotic gene determining the identity of second and third floral whorl organs. Suppression of fbp1, which is highly homologous to the Antirrhinum gene globosa and Arabidopsis gene pistillata, results in the conversion of petals to sepals and stamens to carpels. In contrast to(More)
Several genes belonging to the MADS box transcription factor family have been shown to be involved in the transition from vegetative to reproductive growth. The Petunia hybrida MADS box gene UNSHAVEN (UNS) shares sequence similarity with the Arabidopsis thaliana flowering gene SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONSTANS1, is expressed in vegetative tissues,(More)