Original Paper

Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, 33:1981

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Glutamate dehydrogenase of the germinating triticale seeds: gene expression, activity distribution and kinetic characteristics

  • Agnieszka GrabowskaAffiliated withDepartment of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, Warsaw University of Life Science Email author 
  • , Marcin NowickiAffiliated withDepartment of Genetics, Breeding, and Biotechnology, Research Institute of Vegetable Crops
  • , Joanna KwintaAffiliated withDepartment of Biochemistry, Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, Warsaw University of Life Science


On the cross-roads of main carbon and nitrogen metabolic pathways, glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH, E.C. carries out the reaction of reductive amination of 2-oxoglutarate to glutamate (the anabolic activity; NAD(P)H–GDH), and the reverse reaction of oxidative deamination of glutamic acid (the catabolic activity; NAD(P)+–GDH). To date, there have been no reports on identification of GDH genes in cereals. Here, we report cloning and biochemical characterization of the GDH from germinating triticale seeds, a common Polish cereal. A single TsGDH1 gene is 1,620 bp long, while its 1,236 bp long open reading frame encodes a protein of 411 amino acids of high homology with the published GDH protein sequences from other plants. Phylogenetic analyses locate the TsGDH1 among other monocotyledonous proteins and among the sequences of the β-type subunit of plant GDHs. Changes in TsGDH1 expression and the dynamics of enzyme activity in germinating seeds confirm the existence of one TsGDH isoform with varying expression and activity patterns, depending on the tissue localization and stage of germination. The four-step purification method (including the anionite chromatography using HPLC) resulted in a protein preparation with a high-specific activity and purification factor of approx. 230. The purified enzyme exhibited an absolute specificity towards 2-oxoglutarate (NAD(P)H–GDH), or towards l-glutamate in the reverse reaction (NAD(P)+–GDH), while its low K m constants towards all substrates and co-enzymes may suggest its aminating activity during germination, or, alternatively, its capability to adjust the direction of the catalyzed reaction according to the metabolic necessity.


Glutamate dehydrogenase gene Enzyme purification Gene expression Germinating seeds Triticale