Characterization of the Arabidopsis lecRK-a genes: members of a superfamily encoding putative receptors with an extracellular domain homologous to legume lectins

Characterization of the Arabidopsis lecRK-a genes: members of a superfamily encoding putative... An Arabidopsis cDNA clone that defines a new class of plant serine/threonine receptor kinases was found to be a member of a family of four clustered genes (lecRK-a1–a4) which have been cloned, sequenced and mapped on chromosome 3. This family belongs to a large superfamily encoding putative receptors with an extracellular domain homologous to legume lectins and appears to be conserved at least among dicots. In the Columbia ecotype only the lecRK-a1 and perhaps the lecRK-a3 gene is functional, since lecRK-a2 is disrupted by a Ty-copia retroelement and lecRK-a4 contains a frameshift mutation. Structural analysis of the lecRK-a1 and lecRK-a3 deduced amino-acid sequences suggests that the lectin domain is unlikely to be involved in binding monosaccharides but could interact with complex glycans and/or with hydrophobic ligands. Immunodetection of lecRK gene products in plasma membranes purified by free-flow electrophoresis showed that the lecRK-a proteins are probably highly glycosylated integral plasma membrane components. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

Characterization of the Arabidopsis lecRK-a genes: members of a superfamily encoding putative receptors with an extracellular domain homologous to legume lectins

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 1999 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:1006136701595
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Abstract

An Arabidopsis cDNA clone that defines a new class of plant serine/threonine receptor kinases was found to be a member of a family of four clustered genes (lecRK-a1–a4) which have been cloned, sequenced and mapped on chromosome 3. This family belongs to a large superfamily encoding putative receptors with an extracellular domain homologous to legume lectins and appears to be conserved at least among dicots. In the Columbia ecotype only the lecRK-a1 and perhaps the lecRK-a3 gene is functional, since lecRK-a2 is disrupted by a Ty-copia retroelement and lecRK-a4 contains a frameshift mutation. Structural analysis of the lecRK-a1 and lecRK-a3 deduced amino-acid sequences suggests that the lectin domain is unlikely to be involved in binding monosaccharides but could interact with complex glycans and/or with hydrophobic ligands. Immunodetection of lecRK gene products in plasma membranes purified by free-flow electrophoresis showed that the lecRK-a proteins are probably highly glycosylated integral plasma membrane components.

Journal

Plant Molecular BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 19, 2004

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