Calmodulin (CaM) is a small Ca2+-binding protein highly conserved in eukaryotes. We have reported previously a novel rice CaM-like protein (OsCaM61) which contains an N-terminal CaM domain and a C-terminal extension with a potential prenylation site. Here we report in vitro activity assays confirm OsCaM61 as a functional CaM. Using the green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a visual marker, we further studied the subcellular localization of OsCaM61 in stably transformed tobacco cells. The GFP-OsCaM61 fusion protein was membrane-associated whereas OsCaM61-GFP was mainly detected in the nucleoplasm. GFP-OsCaM61 was transported into the nucleoplasm upon a block in isoprenoid biosynthesis by mevinolin treatment of cells. These results indicate that the prenylated OsCaM61 molecules are mainly membrane-associated whereas its unprenylated counterparts are transported into the nucleoplasm. Thus, OsCaM61 may play functions in co-ordinating Ca2+ signaling with isoprenoid metabolism.
Plant Molecular Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 13, 2004
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