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Polyphenol synthesis in cell suspension cultures of Paul's Scarlet rose

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    In dark-grown cell suspension cultures of Paul's Scarlet rose (Rosa sp.), polyphenol accumulation is essentially restricted to late- and post-exponential phase cells. The range of polyphenols synthesised is extensive, involving at least fourteen different compounds which show a characteristic pattern of development over the growth cycle.

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    The duration of polyphenol accumulation is largely determined by the availability of carbohydrate, while the initiation and initial rate of synthesis is largely influenced by a complex of factors of which auxin concentration and light are most important. High 2,4-D concentrations (5x10-5M) supress accumulation by delaying initiation and reducing the subsequent rate of synthesis. High intensity illumination (6000 Lux) partially reverses the inhibition of polyphenol synthesis at 5x10-5M 2,4-D, and enhances accumulation at lower auxin concentrations (5x10-7M 2,4-D).

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    Illuminated cultures also accumulate anthocyanin. Initiation of pigment synthesis is insensitive to the auxin concentration of the medium, and higher hormonal levels (5x10-5M 2,4-D) increase net anthocyanin accumulation by prolonging the period over which it is synthesised.

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Davies, M.E. Polyphenol synthesis in cell suspension cultures of Paul's Scarlet rose. Planta 104, 50–65 (1972).

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  • Polyphenol
  • Cell Suspension Culture
  • Characteristic Pattern
  • Phase Cell
  • Growth Cycle