TITLE

Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinase in Arabidopsis: Changes in Gene Expression, Protein and Activity during Vegetative and Reproductive Development

AUTHOR(S)
Susan Malone; Zhi-Hui Chen; Ahmad R. Bahrami; Robert P. Walker; Julie E. Gray; Richard C. Leegood
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Plant & Cell Physiology;Mar2007, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p441
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The aim of this work was to investigate the occurrence of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) in different tissues of Arabidopsis thaliana throughout its vegetative and reproductive growth. The A. thaliana genome contains two PEPCK genes (PCK1 and PCK2), and these are predicted to generate 73,404 and 72,891 Da protein products, respectively. Both genes were transcribed in a range of tissues; however, PCK1 mRNA appeared to be more abundant and was present in a wider range of tissues. PEPCK protein was present in flowers, fruit, developing seed, germinating seed, leaves, stems and roots. Two PEPCK polypeptides, of ∼74 and ∼73 kDa were detected by immunoblotting, and these may arise from PCK1 and PCK2, respectively. PEPCK was abundant in cotyledons during post-germinative growth, and this is consistent with its well established role in gluconeogenesis. PEPCK was also abundant in sink tissues, such as young leaves, in developing flowers, fruit and seed. Immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization showed that PEPCK was present in the nectaries, stigma, endocarp of the fruit wall and in tissues involved in the transfer of assimilates to the developing ovules and seeds, such as the vasculature and seed coat. The potential functions of PEPCK in A. thaliana are discussed.
ACCESSION #
26088550

 

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