ANTIBODIES AGAINST FUNGAL CONIDIA AND ANTIBIOTICS INHIBIT PHENYLALANINE AMMONIA-LYASE ACTIVATION IN CITRUS
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Antibodies raised against Trichoderma harzianum conidia prevented accumulation of Phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL, E.C. 188.8.131.52.) in Citrus. The observed effect of the antibodies is produced by a delay in the formation of the fungal germination tube. An increase of PAL activity of ca. 7 fold in C. limon and C sinensis seedlings, and of ca. 2 fold in C. paradisii seedlings was found, as an hypersensitive response to inoculation with T. harzianum conidia. This increase in activity was due to <<de novo>> synthesis of the enzyme as demonstrated by the effect of protein-synthesis inhibitors and by immunotitration.
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