Ethylene production and beta cyanoalanine synthase activity in carnation flowers dianthus caryophyllus

Manning, K.

Planta (Heidelberg) 168(1): 61-66


ISSN/ISBN: 0032-0935
Accession: 005392400

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The relationship between ethylene production and the CN- -assimilating enzyme .beta.-cyanoalanine synthase (CAS: EC was examined in the carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus L.) flower. In petals from cut flowers aged naturally or treated with ethylene to accelerate senescence the several hundred-fold increase in ethylene production which occurred during irreversible wilting was accompanied by a one- to twofold increase in CAS activity. The basal parts of the petal, which produced the most ethylene, had the highest CAS activity. Studies of flower parts (styles, ovaries, receptacles, petals) showed that the styles had a high level of CAS together with the ethylene-forming enzyme (EFE) system for converting 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) to ethylene. The close association between CAS and EFE found in styles could also be observed in detached petals after induction by ACC or ethylene. Treatment of the cut flowers with cycloheximide reduced synthesis of CAS and EFE. The data indicate that CAS and ethylene production are associated, and are discussed in relation to the hypothesis that CN- is formed during the conversion of ACC to ethylene.