Sequence and RT-PCR expression analysis of two peroxidases from Arabidopsis thaliana belonging to a novel evolutionary branch of plant peroxidases

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cDNA clones encoding two new Arabidopsis thaliana peroxidases, ATP 1a and ATP 2a, have been identified by searching the Arabidopsis database of expressed sequence tags (dbEST). They represent a novel branch of hitherto uncharacterized plant peroxidases which is only 35% identical in amino acid sequence to the well characterized group of basic plant peroxidases represented by the horseradish (Armoracia rusticana) isoperoxidases HRP C, HRP E5 and the similar Arabidopsis isoperoxidases ATP Ca, ATP Cb, and ATP Ea. However ATP 1a is 87% identical in amino acid sequence to a peroxidase encoded by an mRNA isolated from cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). As cotton and Arabidopsis belong to rather diverse families (Malvaceae and Crucifereae, respectively), in contrast with Arabidopsis and horseradish (both Crucifereae), the high degree of sequence identity indicates that this novel type of peroxidase, albeit of unknown function, is likely to be widespread in plant species. The atp 1 and atp 2 types of cDNA sequences were the most redundant among the 28 different isoperoxidases identified among about 200 peroxidase encoding ESTs. Interestingly, 8 out of totally 38 EST sequences coding for ATP 1 showed three identical nucleotide substitutions. This variant form is designated ATP 1b. Similarly, six out of totally 16 EST sequences coding for ATP 2 showed a number of deletions and nucleotide changes. This variant form is designated ATP 2b. The selected EST clones are full-length and contain coding regions of 993 nucleotides for atp 1a, and 984 nucleotides for atp 2a. These regions show 61% DNA sequence identity. The predicted mature proteins ATP 1a, and ATP 2a are 57% identical in sequence and contain the structurally and functionally important residues, characteristic of the plant peroxidase superfamily. However, they do show two differences of importance to peroxidase catalysis: (1) the asparagine residue linked with the active site distal histidine vis hydrogen bonding is absent; (2) an N-glycosylation site is located right at the entrance to the heme channel. The reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to identify mRNAs coding for ATP 1a/b and ATP 2a/b in germinating seeds, seedlings, roots, leaves, stems, flowers and cell suspension culture using elongation factor 1α (EF-1α) for the first time as a positive control. Both mRNAs were transcribed at levels comparable to EF-1α in all plant tissues investigated which were more than two days old, and in cell suspension culture. In addition, the mRNA coding for ATP 1a/b was found in two day old germinating seeds. The abundant transcription of ATP 1a/b and ATP 2a/b is in line with their many entries in dbEST, and indicates essential roles for these novel peroxidases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPlant Molecular Biology
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)699-708
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1997

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