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Invertases catalyze the irreversible hydrolysis of sucrose to glucose and fructose. Plants contain two unrelated families of these enzymes: acid forms that derive from periplasmic invertases of eubacteria and are found in cell wall and vacuole, and neutral/alkaline forms evolved from the cytosolic invertases of cyanobacteria. Genomes of rice (Oryza sativa)(More)
 Seeds of Cichorium intybus L. var. foliosum cv. Flash were sown in acid-washed vermiculite and grown in a controlled-environment growth chamber. After 1 month of growth, plantlets did not contain sucrose:sucrose 1-fructosyltransferase (1-SST), the key enzyme in fructan biosynthesis. No fructan could be observed. Some of the plants were submitted to drought(More)
Although fructans occur widely in several plant families and they have been a subject of investigation for decennia, the mechanism of their biosynthesis is not completely elucidated. We succeeded in purifying a fructan: fructan 1-fructosyl transferase (1-FFT; EC 2.4.1.100) from chicory roots (Cichorium intybus L. var. foliosum cv. Flash). In combination(More)
High-efficiency thermal asymmetric interlaced (HE-TAIL) PCR is a modified thermal asymmetric interlaced (TAIL) method for finding unknown genomic DNA sequences adjacent to known sequences in GC-rich plant DNA. Necessary modifications to obtain high-efficiency amplification of flanking sequences are the inclusion of 2 control reactions during tertiary(More)
 Hydroponically cultivated barley plants were exposed to nitrogen (N)-deficiency followed by N-resupply. Metabolic and genetic regulation of fructan accumulation in the leaves were investigated. Fructan accumulated in barley leaves under N-deficiency was mobilized during N-resupply. The enhanced total activity of fructan-synthesizing enzymes,(More)
Floral traits have evolved to maximize reproductive success by attracting pollinators and facilitating pollination. Highly attractive floral traits may, however, also increase the degree of self-pollination, which could become detrimental for plant fitness through inbreeding depression. Floral nectar is a trait that is known to strongly mediate pollinator(More)
Fructan: fructan fructosyl transferase (FFT, EC 2.4.1.100) was purified from chicory (Cichorium intybus L. var. foliosum cv. Flash) roots by a combination of ammonium sulfate precipitation, concanavalin A affinity chromatography, and anion- and cation-exchange chromatography. This protocol produced a 60-fold purification and a specific activity of 14.5(More)
Dactylis glomerata (orchardgrass) accumulates a single series of levans and the high DP polymers might be correlated with an increased stress resistance. A single levan series could be induced in excised orchardgrass leaves, without any 1 -kestose accumulation, strongly suggesting that fructan synthesis occurs independently of 1-SST activity. This elegant(More)
The first 6-fructan exohydrolase (6-FEH) cDNA from Lolium perenne was cloned and characterized. Following defoliation, Lp6 - FEHa transcript level unexpectedly decreased together with an increase in total FEH activity. Lolium perenne is a major forage grass species that accumulates fructans, mainly composed of β(2,6)-linked fructose units. Fructans are(More)
Plant cell wall invertases and fructan exohydrolases (FEHs) are very closely related enzymes at the molecular and structural level (family 32 of glycoside hydrolases) but they are functionally different and are believed to fulfill distinct roles in plants. Invertases preferentially hydrolyze the Glc-Fru linkage in sucrose while plant FEHs have no invertase(More)