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    • Activities of hydrolytic enzymes in callus cultures of tobacco during organogenesis

      K R Naidu P B Kavi Kishor

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      Starch, total sugars, reducing sugars and protein contents and the specific activities of hydrolytic enzymes such as amylase, Phosphorylase, soluble acid invertase, wall-bound acid invertase, sucrose synthetase, acid and alkaline phosphatases and ribonuclease were determined in root forming, shoot forming and non-organ-forming callus cultures of tobacco. Organ-forming cultures not only showed higher amounts of the above metabolites but also higher enzyme activities compared to non-organ-forming cultures. The activities of these enzymes in relation to organogenesis is discussed.

    • An update and perspectives on the use of promoters in plant genetic engineering

      DIVYA KUMMARI SUDHAKAR REDDY PALAKOLANU P B KAVI KISHOR POOJA BHATNAGAR-MATHUR PRASANTH SINGAM VINCENT VADEZ KIRAN K SHARMA

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      Genetically engineered plants have varied applications in agriculture for enhancing the values of food and feed.Genetic engineering aims to introduce selected genetic regions with desirable traits into target plants for bothspatial and temporal expressions. Promoters are the key elements responsible for regulating gene expressionsby modulating the transcription factors (TFs) through recognition of RNA polymerases. Based on theirrecognition and expression, RNA polymerases were categorized into RNA pol II and pol III promoters.Promoter activity and specificity are the two prime parameters in regulating the transgene expression. Since theuse of constitutive promoters like Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S may lead to adverse effects on nontargetorganisms or ecosystem, inducible/tissue specific promoters and/or the RNA pol III promoters providemyriad opportunities for gene expressions with controlled regulation and with minimum adverse effects.Besides their role in transgene expression, their influence in synthetic biology and genome editing are alsodiscussed. This review provides an update on the importance, current prospects, and insight into the advantagesand disadvantages of promoters reported thus far would help to utilize them in the endeavour to developnutritionally and agronomically improved transgenic crops for commercialization.

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