Regulated expression of a calmodulin isoform alters growth and development in potato

J Plant Physiol. 1996;149:553-8. doi: 10.1016/s0176-1617(96)80333-6.


A transgene approach was taken to study the consequences of altered expression of a calmodulin isoform on plant growth and development. Eight genomic clones of potato calmodulin (PCM1 to 8) have been isolated and characterized (Takezawa et al., 1995). Among the potato calmodulin isoforms studied, PCM1 differs from the other isoforms because of its unique amino acid substitutions. Transgenic potato plants were produced carrying sense construct of PCM1 fused to the CaMV 35S promoter. Transgenic plants showing a moderate increase in PCM1 mRNA exhibited strong apical dominance, produced elongated tubers, and were taller than the controls. Interestingly, the plants expressing the highest level of PCM1 mRNA did not form underground tubers. Instead, these transgenic plants produced aerial tubers when allowed to grow for longer periods. The expression of different calmodulin isoforms (PCM1, 5, 6, and 8) was studied in transgenic plants. Among the four potato calmodulin isoforms, only the expression of PCM1 mRNA was altered in transgenic plants, while the expression of other isoforms was not significantly altered. Western analysis revealed increased PCM1 protein in transgenic plants, indicating that the expression of both mRNA and protein are altered in transgenic plants. These results suggest that increasing the expression of PCM1 alters growth and development in potato plants.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Agrobacterium tumefaciens
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Calmodulin / genetics*
  • Calmodulin / metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant*
  • Genes, Plant*
  • Phenotype
  • Plant Stems / genetics
  • Plant Stems / growth & development*
  • Plant Stems / metabolism
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / genetics
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / growth & development*
  • Plants, Genetically Modified / metabolism
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Plant
  • Sequence Analysis
  • Solanum tuberosum / genetics
  • Solanum tuberosum / growth & development*
  • Solanum tuberosum / metabolism
  • Transgenes


  • Calmodulin
  • RNA, Messenger
  • RNA, Plant