Biochemical properties and level of expression of alcohol dehydrogenases in the allotetraploid plant Tragopogon miscellus and its diploid progenitors

Biochem Genet. 1980 Dec;18(11-12):1065-85. doi: 10.1007/BF00484339.


This study demonstrates that homoeologous genes in two diploid plant species that specify different amounts of an enzyme maintain the same relative level of expression in an allotetraploid derivative. The three predominant alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) isozymes (DD, DP, PP) in seeds of the recently evolved allotetraploid plant Tragopogon miscellus (Compositae) are dimers specified by Adh3-D and Adh3-P genes derived from its diploid progenitors T. dubius and T. pratensis. Seeds of T. pratensis contain twice as much ADH activity as those of T. dubius, while T. miscellus is intermediate. The three isozymes were similar in a number of catalytic properties; the densitometric ratio of the isozymes purified from T. miscellus was 1 DD : 4DP : 4PP for both ADH activity and protein; and dissociation-reassociation of the DP enzyme gave a 1:2:1 ratio of the three isozymes. Therefore, the enzymes were similar in specific activity, but twice as many P as D subunits were present in active enzymes in T. miscellus, precisely the difference in activity between the parents. In T. miscellus, the specific activity of ADH and its activity per mg tissue are intermediate to those of the diploids, because relative expression of the Adh gene in each genome is not influenced by the presence of the other genome.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Alcohol Oxidoreductases / genetics*
  • DNA Replication
  • Diploidy
  • Genes
  • Isoenzymes / genetics*
  • Phenotype
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Species Specificity


  • Isoenzymes
  • Alcohol Oxidoreductases