Biologia Plantarum

, Volume 50, Issue 2, pp 232–238 | Cite as

Further biological characteristics of galactoglucomannan oligosaccharides

  • K. Kollarova
  • D. Liskova
  • P. Capek


The biological activity of cell wall-derived galactoglucomannan oligosaccharides (GGMOs) was dependent on their chemical structure. Galactosyl side chains linked to the glucomanno-core influenced their inhibition of elongation growth of pea (Pisum sativum L. cv. Tyrkys) stem segments induced by 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). Reduction of the number of galactosyl side chains in GGMOs caused stimulation of the endogenous growth. Modification on the glucomanno-reducing end did not affect significantly the activity of these oligosaccharides. GGMOs inhibited also the elongation induced by indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) and gibberellic acid (GA3). In the presence of IAA the elongation growth was inhibited to 20 – 35 % after 24 h of incubation depending on GGMOs concentrations (1 μM, 10 nM, 0.1 nM), similarly as in the presence of 2,4-D, which confirms the hypothesis of GGMOs antiauxin properties. The elongation induced by GA3 was inhibited to 25 – 60 %, however, the time course of inhibition was different compared with IAA and 2,4-D. The highest inhibition was determined already after 6 h of incubation with a significant decrease after this time. The results indicated a competition between GGMOs and growth regulators.

Additional key words

biologically active oligosaccharides 2,4-D elongation growth GA3 IAA Pisum sativum 



2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid




galactoglucomannan oligosaccharides


gibberellic acid


indole-3-acetic acid


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  1. 1.Institute of ChemistrySlovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia

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