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Glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) is a ubiquitous enzyme that catalyzes the reversible amination of 2-oxoglutarate to glutamate. In Brassica napus, GDH isoenzymes 1 and 7 are hexamers of β and α subunits, respectively and the isoenzyme profile in leaves is known to change on wounding. Here, parallels were sought between the effects of wounding and protoplast isolation because of the possible relevance of changes in GDH activity to the perturbed metabolism in recalcitrant B. napus protoplasts. When leaf protoplasts of B. napus were isolated, GDH7 isoforms predominated. Transcription of GDH2, which encodes the GDH α subunit, was activated and translation of the GDH2 mRNA was also activated to synthesize α subunit polypeptides. When detached leaves absorbed either acidic 5 mM jasmonic acid or salicylic acid solutions via petioles, GDH7 isoenzymes were activated and the GDH isoenzyme patterns were similar to those of protoplasts. Salicylic acid β-glycosides were generated soon after treatment with the pectinase-cellulase enzyme solution and peaked at 1 h. NMR spectroscopic analysis of protoplasts and unstressed leaves incubated with 5 mM15NH4Cl showed that the change in GDH isoenzyme profile had no effect on ammonium assimilation. Protoplast isolation changed the redox state with NAD(P)H and oxidized glutathione levels increasing, and ascorbate, dehydroascorbate, NAD(P) and glutathione decreasing. ATP content in protoplasts declined to 2.6% of that in leaves, while that in wounded leaves increased by twofold. It is concluded that GDH7 does not support net amination in vivo and it is suggested that the increase in GDH7 activity is a response to oxidative stress during protoplast isolation. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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