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Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences CMLS

, Volume 59, Issue 8, pp 1246–1255 | Cite as

Differential display analysis of gene expression in plants

  • M. Yamazaki
  • K. Saito

Abstract.

This review deals with the application of differential display to investigate gene expression in plants. A substantial articles reports the isolation and profiling of various genes expressed in cells using this technique. Genes involved in physiological events, stress responses, signal transduction and secondary metabolism have been isolated and characterized. Some of the isolated genes encode transcription factors, membrane proteins and rare enzymes that were previously difficult to purify. These results suggest that differential display is a powerful tool used to investigate the rare genes involved in the plant life cycle without using information from proteins.

Key words. Differential display; plant gene; secondary metabolism; chemotype. 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Yamazaki
    • 1
  • K. Saito
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chiba University, Yayoi-cho 1-33, Inage-ku, Chiba 263-8522 (Japan), Fax + 81 43 290 2905, e-mail: mamiy@p.chiba-u.ac.jp, ksaito@p.chiba-u.ac.jpJP

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