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Freguesia do Ribeirao da Ilha, Brazil

De Freitas Lima M.,Institute Bioquimica Medica CCS | De Freitas Lima M.,Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro | Eloy N.B.,Instituto Tecnologico Vale | Bottino M.C.,Institute Bioquimica Medica CCS | And 2 more authors.
Molecular Biology Reports

The anaphase-promoting complex (APC) plays pivotal roles in cell cycle pathways related to plant development. In this study, we present evidence that overproduction of APC10 from Arabidopsis thaliana in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) plants promotes significant increases in biomass. Analyzes of plant's fresh and dried weight, root length, number of days to flower and number of seeds of plants overexpressing AtAPC10 verified an improved agronomic performance of the transgenic plants. Detailed analyzes of the leaf growth at the cellular level, and measurements of leaf cell number, showed that AtAPC10 also produce more cells, showing an enhancement of proliferation in these plants. In addition, crossing of plants overexpressing AtAPC10 and AtCDC27a resulted in a synergistic accumulation of biomass and these transgenic plants exhibited superior characteristics compared to the parental lines. The results of the present study suggest that transgenic plants expressing AtAPC10 and AtAPC10/AtCDC27a concomitantly are promising leads to develop plants with higher biomass. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source

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