Cloning of metallothionein genes from Arachis hypogaea and characterization of AhMT2a

Cloning of metallothionein genes from Arachis hypogaea and characterization of AhMT2a Seven cDNA sequences putatively encoding metallothionein (MT) proteins were isolated from peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). We analyzed the sequences of the deduced amino acids and characterized one of these genes, AhMT2a. Northern blot analysis indicates that the accumulation of AhMT2a mRNA was found in stems, young roots, and young leaves, and AhMT2a mRNA levels were up-regulated by cadmium, copper, ABA, H2O2, and heat shock. The metal-binding properties of the recombinant protein expressed in E. coli was investigated, and the results show that bacteria harboring AhMT2a exhibited increased tolerance to cadmium, copper, and lead, and the metal accumulation was also higher than the controls. Taken together, our results suggest that the AhMT2a protein might function in both detoxification of heavy metals and scavenging of reactive oxygen species in peanut. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Plant Physiology Springer Journals

Cloning of metallothionein genes from Arachis hypogaea and characterization of AhMT2a

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2007 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Subject
Life Sciences; Plant Physiology; Plant Sciences
ISSN
1021-4437
eISSN
1608-3407
D.O.I.
10.1134/S1021443707050159
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Abstract

Seven cDNA sequences putatively encoding metallothionein (MT) proteins were isolated from peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.). We analyzed the sequences of the deduced amino acids and characterized one of these genes, AhMT2a. Northern blot analysis indicates that the accumulation of AhMT2a mRNA was found in stems, young roots, and young leaves, and AhMT2a mRNA levels were up-regulated by cadmium, copper, ABA, H2O2, and heat shock. The metal-binding properties of the recombinant protein expressed in E. coli was investigated, and the results show that bacteria harboring AhMT2a exhibited increased tolerance to cadmium, copper, and lead, and the metal accumulation was also higher than the controls. Taken together, our results suggest that the AhMT2a protein might function in both detoxification of heavy metals and scavenging of reactive oxygen species in peanut.

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Russian Journal of Plant PhysiologySpringer Journals

Published: Sep 14, 2007

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