We have isolated two cDNAs encoding small GTP-binding proteins from leaf cDNA libraries. These cDNAs encode distinct proteins which show considerable homology to members of the ras superfamily. Np-ypt3, a 1044 bp long Nicotiana plumbaginifolia cDNA, encodes a 24.4 kDa protein which shows 65% amino acid sequence similarity to the Schizosaccharomyces pombe ypt3 protein. The N-ypt3 gene is differentially expressed in mature flowering plants. Expression of this gene is weak in leaves, higher in stems and roots, but highest in petals, stigmas and stamens. Nt-rab5, a 712 bp long Nicotiana tabacum SR1 cDNA, encodes a 21.9 kDa protein which displays 65% amino acid sequence similarity to mammalian rab5 proteins. The expression pattern of the Nt-rab5 gene is very similar to that of the Np-ypt3 gene. The Nt-rab5 gene is virtually not expressed in leaves, higher in stems and roots, and highest in flowers. Both the Nt-rab5 and Np-ypt3 proteins were expressed in Escherichia coli and shown to bind GTP.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Plant molecular biology|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|