What does hormone Ecdysone do in plants?

dkim at unm.edu dkim at unm.edu
Tue Sep 13 14:49:40 EST 1994


I have a PCR-amplified cDNA clone from Jimsonweed (Datura innoxia) cell 
cultures.  When I ran a sequence search using blastx (translated sequence
vs protein databases), one of the really good matches was an Ecdysone-
responsive protein in Drosphila.  I looked in a plant biochemistry text
and found that Ecdysone-like hormones are also made by plants, but no 
clue was given as to their function.

Does anyone know?  I am especially interested in stress responses, since my
cell cultures were exposed to the chemical TNT (as in !BOOM!) before
RNA extraction.

Daniel Kim

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