MtENOD16 and 20 are members of a family of phytocyanin-related early nodulins

MtENOD16 and 20 are members of a family of phytocyanin-related early nodulins We have identified two single-copy genes from the model legume Medicago truncatula (MtENOD16 and 20) whose expression can be correlated with early stages of root nodulation and whose predicted coding sequences are partially homologous to both pea/vetch ENOD5 and soybean N315/ENOD55. Database searching and sequence alignment have defined the encoded early nodulins as a distinct sub-family of phytocyanin-related proteins, although the absence of key ligands implies that they are unlikely to bind copper. Molecular modelling based on known phytocyanin structure has been used to predict the 3-dimensional conformation of the principle globular domain of MtENOD16/20. Additional structural features common to both early nodulin and phytocyanin precursors include an N-terminal transit peptide, a highly variable (hydroxy)proline-rich sequence which probably undergoes extensive post-translational modification, and a hydrophobic C-terminal tail. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

MtENOD16 and 20 are members of a family of phytocyanin-related early nodulins

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Publisher
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:1005916821224
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Abstract

We have identified two single-copy genes from the model legume Medicago truncatula (MtENOD16 and 20) whose expression can be correlated with early stages of root nodulation and whose predicted coding sequences are partially homologous to both pea/vetch ENOD5 and soybean N315/ENOD55. Database searching and sequence alignment have defined the encoded early nodulins as a distinct sub-family of phytocyanin-related proteins, although the absence of key ligands implies that they are unlikely to bind copper. Molecular modelling based on known phytocyanin structure has been used to predict the 3-dimensional conformation of the principle globular domain of MtENOD16/20. Additional structural features common to both early nodulin and phytocyanin precursors include an N-terminal transit peptide, a highly variable (hydroxy)proline-rich sequence which probably undergoes extensive post-translational modification, and a hydrophobic C-terminal tail.

Journal

Plant Molecular BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 6, 2004

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