Comparison of Messenger RNA in Photoperiodically Induced and Noninduced Xanthium Buds

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Science  10 Dec 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3702, pp. 1450-1453
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3702.1450


In response to the floral stimulus, Xanthium buds synthesize relatively more messenger RNA than do vegetative buds. This is demonstrated by fractionation, on methylated albumin-kieselguhr columns, of a mixture of nucleic acids from vegetative and induced buds, one being labeled with uridine-H3 and the other with uridine-2-C14. While floral induction stimulates a small increase in messenger RNA synthesis as revealed by labeling intact plants, this difference can be magnified by labeling excised buds in solution. From experiments with excised buds from Xanthium plants, it is concluded that buds from photoperiodically induced plants contain more messenger RNA than buds from noninduced ones do.