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A compound, specifically synthesized by crown gall plant cells, that can be used by agrobacteria as specific growth substances. Examples are nopaline [N-α-(1,3-dicarboxylpropyl)-l-arginine] and octopine [N-α-(d-1-carboxyethyl)-l-arginine]. See Agrobacterium tumefaciens.

Subjects: Chemistry — Genetics and Genomics.

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