Role of Enzymatic Wall-Softening in Plant Morphogenesis: Hormonal Induction in Achlya

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Science  07 Apr 1967:
Vol. 156, Issue 3771, pp. 84-85
DOI: 10.1126/science.156.3771.84


Sexual hormone A, which induces antheridial branching in male strains of Achlya, also elicits a rise in cellulase. The peak of induced cellulase corresponds in time with the appearance of branches that are the male sexual organ primordia; only those strains that branch in response to the hormone show a concomitant rise in cellulase. The response to the hormone is inhibited by compounds that block protein synthesis, for example, p-fluorophenylalanine and puronmycin. Vegetative branching, induced by substrates such as casein hydrolysate, is also accompanied by a rise in cellulase.