Sucrose Modulation of Soybean Vsp Gene Expression Is Inhibited by Auxin. Academic Article uri icon


  • We have shown that auxin represses soybean (Glycine max L.) vegetative storage protein gene (Vsp) expression in suspension-cultured cells and in leaves and petioles of excised trifoliates. The auxin analog naphthyleneacetic acid (NAA) at 10 [mu]M strongly inhibited methyl jasmonate-induced Vsp expression in soybean suspension-cultured cells. Both indole-3-acetic acid and NAA inhibited methyl jasmonate- and wound-induced expression of the Vsp and LoxA excised soybean trifoliate leaves and petioles. The less active auxin analog phenylacetic acid had less effect on methyl jasmonate- and wound-induced expression of these genes. Addition of cytokinin to alter the auxin:cytokinin ratio did not reverse auxin inhibition of Vsp expression. Transcription of [beta]-glucuronidase (Gus) modulated by a methyl jasmonate-responsive domain derived from the VspB promoter was minimally influenced by auxin. In contract, sucrose-induced expression of Gus mediated by a sucrose-responsive domain of the VspB promoter was strongly inhibited by NAA. We conclude that auxin inhibits Vsp mRNA accumulation, in part, by repressing sugar-mediated activation of Vsp expression.

published proceedings

  • Plant Physiol

author list (cited authors)

  • DeWald, D. B., Sadka, A., & Mullet, J. E.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • DeWald, DB||Sadka, A||Mullet, JE

publication date

  • February 1994