A pollen-expressed gene for a novel protein with an F-box motif that is very tightly linked to a gene for S-RNase in two species of cherry, Prunus cerasus and P. avium

Hisayo Yamane, Kazuo Ikeda, Koichiro Ushijima, Hidenori Sassa, Ryutaro Tao

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This study describes a novel F-box protein gene in the S-locus of sour cherry (Prunus cerasus) and sweet cherry (P. avium). The gene showed an S-haplotype-specific sequence polymorphism and the expression was specific to pollen. Genomic DNA blot analysis of eight sweet cherry cultivars with the probe for the F-box protein gene under low stringency conditions yielded RFLP bands specific to the S-haplotypes of each cultivar. We discuss the possibility of the gene for the F-box protein being a candidate for the male determinant of gametophytic self-incompatibility in Prunus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-769
Number of pages6
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • F-box motif
  • Gametophytic self-incompatibility
  • Pollen determinant
  • Prunus avium
  • Prunus cerasus
  • S-RNase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Physiology
  • Cell Biology

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