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A Breakdown of Brassica Self-Incompatibility in ARC1 Antisense Transgenic Plants

Science  26 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5445, pp. 1729-1731
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5445.1729

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Abstract

Self-incompatibility, the rejection of self pollen, is the most widespread mechanism by which flowering plants prevent inbreeding. InBrassica, the S receptor kinase (SRK) has been implicated in the self-incompatibility response, but the molecular mechanisms involving SRK are unknown. One putative downstream effector for SRK is ARC1, a protein that binds to the SRK kinase domain. Here it is shown that suppression of ARC1 messenger RNA levels in the self-incompatibleBrassica napus W1 line is correlated with a partial breakdown of self-incompatibility, resulting in seed production. This provides strong evidence that ARC1 is a positive effector of theBrassica self-incompatibility response.

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