Plant Molecular Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 647–653 | Cite as

Molecular cloning of a cDNA encoding diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) in Arabidopsis thaliana

  • Takeshi Katagiri
  • Tsuyoshi Mizoguchi
  • Kazuo Shinozaki
Short Communication


Diacylglycerol kinase (DGK) synthesizes phosphatidic acid from diacylglycerol, an activator of protein kinase C (PKC), to resynthesize phosphatidylinositols. The structure of DGK has not been characterized in plants. We report the cloning of a cDNA, cATDGK1, encoding DGK from Arabidopsis thaliana. The cATDGK1 cDNA contains an open reading frame of 2184 bp, and encodes a putative protein of 728 amino acids with a predicted molecular mass of 79.4 kDa. The deduced ATDGK1 amino acid sequence exhibits significant similarity to that of rat, pig, and Drosophila DGKs. The ATDGK1 mRNA was detected in roots, shoots, and leaves. Southern blot analysis suggests that the ATDGK1 gene is a single-copy gene. The existence of DGK as well as phospholipase C suggests the existence of PKC in plants.

Key words

Arabidopsis thaliana diacylglycerol kinase EF-hand cysteine-rich zinc finger PI turnover Ca2+-binding proteins signal transduction pathways plants 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Katagiri
    • 1
    • 2
  • Tsuyoshi Mizoguchi
    • 1
  • Kazuo Shinozaki
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology, Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)Tsukuba Life Science CenterTsukuba, IbarakiJapan
  2. 2.Institute of Biological SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukuba, IbarakiJapan

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