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Circadian Clock Mutants in Arabidopsis Various aspects of plant development and metabolism are regulated by the circadian clock. Since clock mutations in some species mainly influence a number of rhythmic markers in parallel, it means that a lone oscillator can manage several outputs. In a bid to identify mutant seedlings with abnormal cycling patterns, the study used the rotating bioluminescence of Arabidopsis plants bearing a firefly luciferase combination construct with the initial peak of luminescence sequence varying from the wild types’ (Millar et.al, 1995).
The period and frequency have isolated the genes that influence circadian rhythmicity. Allelic chains at each locus are; long- and short-period alleles, whereas the null alleles, are mostly arrhythmic. Despite the lack of the lack of palpable homology of phase or rate of recurrence series to the Arabidopsis thaliana genome, identification of genes needed for oscillator purpose can still be done using genetic screens for period mutants. They used a preset video imaging system to observe leaf movements and the transgenic parent line in tocl plants. The recovered Mutants with both long- and short time, partially dominant short-period mutation drawn, and timed of CAB expression (toc1), into chromosome.
According to Millar, the phase of entrainment, amplitude of cycling, and earlier luminescence levels were not extensively changed in the mutant. The tocl individuals grown in light or dark were similar to the parent transgenic. Separation of tocl from the transgene showed that the mutation was not dependent on the correspondent gene.
The results concluded that the toc1 mutation condense the movements of primary leaves, the manifestation of chlorophyll a/b-binding protein (CAB) genes and the phase of two separate circadian rhythms, although toc1 mutants do not express wide-ranging pleiotropy for other phenotypes.
1. How does light affect tocl seedlings compared to wild type?
2. Does the tocl mutation express any variance in their phenotypes? Explain.
Work cited
Millar, AJ, AI Carre, CA Strayer, NH Chua, and SA Kay. "Circadian clock mutants in Arabidopsis identified by... [Science. 1995] - PubMed - NCBI."National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2013.