Response of antioxidative enzymes to long-term Tomato spotted wilt virus infection and virus elimination by meristem-tip culture in two Impatiens species
Cingel, Aleksandar D.
Todorović, Slađana I
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Ornamental plants Impatiens hawkerii and Impatiens walleriana are susceptible to Tomato spotted wilt virus infection that can be eradicated by meristem-tip propagation. Comparison of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), guaiacol peroxidase (GPX) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX) profiles of healthy, infected and virus-eliminated plants showed that long-term infection did not cause major changes in I. hawkerii, but caused induction of several APX and GPX isoforms, increase in Mn-SOD and APX and a decrease in CAT activity in I. walleriana. This is the first report on the effects of virus elimination by meristem-tip propagation on the antioxidative metabolism in plants. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.