TITLE

Leaflet initiation is temporally and spatially separated in simple and complex tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) leaf mutants: a developmental analysis

AUTHOR(S)
Kang, Julie; Sinha, Neelima R.
PUB. DATE
August 2010
SOURCE
Botany;Aug2010, Vol. 88 Issue 8, p710
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Formation of a compound leaf requires the involvement of multiple factors, including KNOX1 gene expression. To further characterize simple and complex tomato leaf mutants, we analyzed their morphology and development by assessing: leaf phenotypes, primary leaf morphogenesis, expression of the class I KNOX gene LeT6, and meristematic activity of the marginal blastozone. Mutants with alterations in lobing and (or) pinnation (decrease/increase) were analyzed. Primary leaflet initiation is delayed in mutants with decreased lobing. In contrast, leaflet initiation is advanced or similar to the wild type in mutants with deep lobes. Leaves with increased pinnation along the rachis require a protracted developmental program to form their final leaf morphology. Using a morphometric analysis, we show that leaf complexity can be quantified. The expression pattern of LeT6 correlates with histological analysis of meristematic activity of the marginal blastozone, suggesting that LeT6 may play a role, through some unknown mechanism, to regulate meristematic competence, not only in the marginal blastozone to regulate leaflet lobing, but along the entire length of the leaf to regulate pinnation in compound leaves.
ACCESSION #
52957512

 

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