G-string slippage turns white rice red

David Lee, Elisabetta Lupotto, Wayne Powell

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The mutations that convey the white pericarp phenotype to rice (Oryza sativa subsp. japonica) are in a regulatory gene, Rc. We have identified a genetic difference between the cultivar 'Perla' and its natural red rice mutant 'Perla Rosso' in the Rc gene. The deletion of a G base restores the reading frame for the Rc gene, lost by the original 14 bp deletion that gave rise to white rice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-3
Number of pages4
JournalMammalian Genome
Issue number5
Publication statusPrint publication - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA, Plant/genetics
  • Genes, Dominant
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Oryza/genetics
  • Pigmentation/genetics
  • Plant Proteins/chemistry
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


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