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Selection of an atrazine-resistant tobacco cell line having a mutant psbA gene.

A mutant cell line that shows high resistance to the photosynthesis-inhibiting herbicide atrazine was selected from cultured photomixotrophic Nicotiana tabacum cv. Samsun NN cells by repeated exposure to toxic levels of the herbicide. This resistance was confirmed by measurements of Hill reaction activity in isolated thylakoid membranes. Nucleotide sequencing revealed that the resistant cell line had a point mutation in its chloroplast psbA gene. The 264th codon, AGT (serine) was changed to ACT (threonine) in this mutant. This new type of mutation also conferred moderate cross-resistance to diuron and subsequently was stable in the absence of continued selection pressure.[1]


  1. Selection of an atrazine-resistant tobacco cell line having a mutant psbA gene. Sato, F., Shigematsu, Y., Yamada, Y. Mol. Gen. Genet. (1988) [Pubmed]
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