81 – Special short dual-action RNA fragments can both induce and inhibit crown-gall tumors

Authors : M. BELJANSKI, L. LE GOFF, Y. AARON-DA-CUNHA
Proc. 4th Conf. Plant Path. Bacteria, Angers, 1978, pp. 207-220.

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ABSTRACT: When ribosomal RNA which contains an excess of purine nucleotides is subjected to mild degradation by a specific ribonuclease, we can isolate specific RNA-fragments which, in vitro, can be described into complementary DNA by an RNA dependent DNA polymerase partially purified from Escherichia coli extracts. These RNA-fragments can either stimulate or inhibit development of crown-gall tumors induced by inoculation of Agrobacterium tumefaciens (oncogenic strain B6) into decapitated germinating pea seedlings (Pisum sativum L cv. Annonay). Stimulation or inhibition of tumor development depends on the time at which the RNA-fragments have been introduced into the bacteria-infected wound. Interaction between RNA-fragments and auxin was also studied. Results obtained both in vitro and in vivo will be described.

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