Cytokinins and Transfer-Rnas - Arguments against a Hypothesis of Cytokinin Action
Plant Cell and Environment: 1992 15:503-505
Arguments against the hypothesis of cytokinin action via competitive binding of cytokinin and cytokinin-containing tRNA to specific receptor proteins [Romanov (1990) Plant, Cell and Environment 13, 751-754] are presented. The hypothesis states that cereal genes containing a large number (4-8%) of the Leu codons TTG and TTA should be regulated by cytokinin at the translational level. In this paper, it is shown that the only genes that fulfil these hypothetical requirements are the ones encoding the heavy chain of zein. It is further shown that this is a consequence of the high Leu content of the encoded proteins and the lack of GC bias of the genes.
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