Characteristics of asparagine pool in soybean nodules in comparison with ureide pool

Kiwamu Minamisawa, Yasuhiro Arima, Kikuo Kumazawa

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The changes in the content of nitrogenous compound in intact soy bean nodules were investigated by inhibiting nitrogen fixation with acetylene application. The contents of ureides (allantoin and allantoic acid), asparagine, and glutamine decreased by the acetylene treatment. Incorporation of lsN into asparagine, ureides, and other nitrogenous compounds in intact soybean nodules was also investigated by the long term feeding of gaseous 16N., Approximately 68% nitrogen in the ureide pool and 35% nitrogen in the asparagine pool were derived from gaseous UNa at 5.5 h after 16Ns exposure. The flow rate of newly fixed nitrogen via the asparagine pool was from 17 to 22% of that via the ureide pool, which was estimated based on the data of the acetylene inhibition experiment and l-N tracer experiment. A larger quantity of UN was incorporated into the amido-N of asparagine than into its amino-N, and l-N incorporation into ammonia was almost similar to that into asparagine at 5.5 h after l&Ns exposure. The characteristics of the asparagine, aspartate, ammonia, and ureide pools in soybean nodules are discussed based on these results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSoil Science and Plant Nutrition
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1986 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • Allantoin
  • Ammonia assimilation
  • Hydrogenase
  • Nitrogen fixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Science


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