Characterization of a cDNA encoding a novel plant poly(A) polymerase

Characterization of a cDNA encoding a novel plant poly(A) polymerase We have isolated cDNA clones encoding a novel factor (PAP-I) that is a component of a multi-subunit poly(A) polymerase from pea seedlings. The encoded protein, when isolated from appropriately engineered Escherichia coli, was active as a poly(A) polymerase, either with an associated RNA binding cofactor (PAP-III) or with free poly(A) as an RNA substrate. The latter observation indicates that PAP-I is in fact a poly(A) polymerase. PAP-I bore a striking resemblance to an as yet uncharacterized cyanobacterial protein. This observation suggested a possible chloroplast localization for PAP-I. This hypothesis was tested and found to be substantiated; immunoblot analysis identified PAP-I in chloroplast but not nuclear extracts. Our results suggest that PAP-I is a component of the machinery that adds poly(A) to chloroplast RNAs. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

Characterization of a cDNA encoding a novel plant poly(A) polymerase

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
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Copyright © 1998 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Sciences; Plant Pathology
ISSN
0167-4412
eISSN
1573-5028
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1006000213403
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Abstract

We have isolated cDNA clones encoding a novel factor (PAP-I) that is a component of a multi-subunit poly(A) polymerase from pea seedlings. The encoded protein, when isolated from appropriately engineered Escherichia coli, was active as a poly(A) polymerase, either with an associated RNA binding cofactor (PAP-III) or with free poly(A) as an RNA substrate. The latter observation indicates that PAP-I is in fact a poly(A) polymerase. PAP-I bore a striking resemblance to an as yet uncharacterized cyanobacterial protein. This observation suggested a possible chloroplast localization for PAP-I. This hypothesis was tested and found to be substantiated; immunoblot analysis identified PAP-I in chloroplast but not nuclear extracts. Our results suggest that PAP-I is a component of the machinery that adds poly(A) to chloroplast RNAs.

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Plant Molecular BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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