Plasmodia have been isolated from Brassica campestris tissue infected with Plasmodiophora brassicae. Cytokinins were extracted from plasmodia and from the remaining host cytoplasm. Fractions were separated in a butanol soluble fraction containing free cytokinins and a water soluble fraction containing bound forms, presumably glucose-6-phosphate derivatives of zeatin and zeatin riboside. The butanol fraction was analysed by high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). The different glucosides were determined after treatment of the water fraction with β-glucosidase.
Plasmodia contained zeatin riboside and its glucose derivative (175 and 1600 ng/g dry weight, respectively). Host cytoplasm contained zeatin riboside (132 ng/g dry weight) and small amounts of the glucose-6-phosphate derivatives of zeatin and zeatin riboside. The results suggest that plasmodia synthesize cytokinins which are released into the host cytoplasm inducing host cell division.
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Dekhuijzen, H.M. The occurrence of free and bound cytokinins in plasmodia of Plasmodiophora brassicae isolated from tissue cultures of clubroots. Plant Cell Reports 1, 18–20 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00267649