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Brian Osborne bosborne at NATURE.BERKELEY.EDU
Wed Feb 14 14:45:51 EST 1996

>A colleague of mine has asked me what is known about the molecular basis
>of the various mutants that Mendel worked with.
>Thanks in advance,
>Jean Greenberg
>Assistant Professor
>U. Colorado, Boulder
>greenbej at beagle.colorado.edu

Here is one reference, there may be others...

M. K. Bhattacharyya, A. M. Smith, T. H. Ellis, C. Hedley, C. Martin, Cell
60, 115-22 (1990).

We describe the cloning of the r (rugosus) locus of pea (Pisum sativum L.),
which determines whether the seed is round or wrinkled. Wrinkled (rr) seeds
lack one isoform of starch-branching enzyme (SBEI), present in round (RR or
Rr) seeds. A major polymorphism in the SBEI gene between near-isogenic RR
and rr lines shows 100% cosegregation with the r locus, establishing that
the SBEI gene is at the r locus. An aberrant transcript for SBEI is
produced in rr embryos. In rr lines the SBEI gene is interrupted by a 0.8
kb insertion that is very similar to the Ac/Ds family of transposable
elements from maize. Failure to produce SBEI has complex metabolic
consequences on starch, lipid, and protein biosynthesis in the seed.

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