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Type: Journal article
Title: Molecular cloning of a cDNA encoding a (1→4)-β-mannan endohydrolase from the seeds of germinated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)
Other Titles: Molecular cloning of a cDNA encoding a (1->4)-beta-mannan endohydrolase from the seeds of germinated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum)
Author: Bewley, J.
Burton, R.
Morohashi, Y.
Fincher, G.
Citation: Planta, 1997; 203(4):454-459
Publisher: SPRINGER
Issue Date: 1997
ISSN: 0032-0935
1432-2048
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J. Derek Bewley, Rachel A. Burton, Yukio Morohashi, Geoffrey B. Fincher
Abstract: Mannose-containing polysaccharides are widely distributed in cell walls of higher plants. During endosperm mobilization in germinated tomato seeds (1-->4)-beta-mannan endohydrolases (EC 3.2.1.78) participate in the enzymic depolymerization of these cell wall polysaccharides. A cDNA encoding a (1-->4)-beta-mannanase from the endosperm of germinated tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) seeds has been isolated and characterized. The amino acid sequence deduced from the 5'-region of the cDNA exactly matches the sequence of the 65 NH2-terminal amino acids determined directly from the purified enzyme. The mature enzyme consists of 346 amino acid residues, it has a calculated M(r) of 38,950 and an isoelectric point of 5.3. Overall, the enzyme exhibits only 28-30% sequence identity with fungal (1-->4)-beta-mannanases, but more highly conserved regions, which may represent catalytic and substrate-binding domains, can be identified. Based on classification of the tomato (1-->4)-beta-mannanase as a member of the family 5 group of glycosyl hydrolases, Glu-148 and Glu-265 would be expected to be the catalytic acid and the catalytic nucleophile, respectively. Southern hybridization analyses indicate that the enzyme is derived from a family of about four genes. Expression of the genes, as determined by the presence of mRNA transcripts in Northern hybridization analyses, occurs in the endosperm of germinated seeds; no transcripts are detected in hypocotyls, cotyledons, roots or leaves.
Keywords: Cell wall; endosperm mobilization; gene expression patterns; lycopersicon; (1→4)-β-Mannan endohydrolase (primary structure); polysaccharide
Rights: © Springer-Verlag 1997
RMID: 0030003681
DOI: 10.1007/s004250050214
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