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Zeitschrift fur Naturforschung. C, Journal of biosciences

Action of brassinosteroids on the epithelial cell line from Chironomus tentans.


PMID 1590890

Abstract

The two brassinosteroids, 22 S,23 S-homobrassinolide and 22 S,23 S-homocastasterone are weak competitors of the binding of [3H]ponasterone A to the intracellular ecdysteroid receptor from the epithelial cell line from Chironomus tentans. The relative affinities to the ecdysteroid receptor are 0.001 for both brassinosteroids as compared to 20-OH-ecdysone and 0.1 in comparison to ecdysone. Both substances exert morphological effects similar to those observed with 20-OH-ecdysone. Like moulting hormones both brassinosteroids inhibit chitin synthesis. However, these effects were observed only at rather high concentrations (10(-5) to 10(-4) M) which were cytotoxic for 22 S,23 S-homobrassinolide.

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