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.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 14, 2007
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