Engineered polyamine accumulation in tomato enhances phytonutrient content, juice quality, and vine life

@article{Mehta2002EngineeredPA,
  title={Engineered polyamine accumulation in tomato enhances phytonutrient content, juice quality, and vine life},
  author={Roshni A. Mehta and Tatiana Cassol and Ning Li and Nasreen Ali and Avtar K. Handa and Autar K Mattoo},
  journal={Nature Biotechnology},
  year={2002},
  volume={20},
  pages={613-618}
}
Polyamines, ubiquitous organic aliphatic cations, have been implicated in a myriad of physiological and developmental processes in many organisms, but their in vivo functions remain to be determined. We expressed a yeast S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase gene (ySAMdc; Spe2) fused with a ripening-inducible E8 promoter to specifically increase levels of the polyamines spermidine and spermine in tomato fruit during ripening. Independent transgenic plants and their segregating lines were evaluated… CONTINUE READING

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