Planta

, Volume 183, Issue 2, pp 258–264

Hevein: an antifungal protein from rubber-tree (Hevea brasiliensis) latex

  • Jan Van Parijs
  • Willem F. Broekaert
  • Irwin J. Goldstein
  • Willy J. Peumans
Article

Abstract

Several chitin-binding proteins were isolated from the “bottom fraction” of Hevea brasiliensis (Müll.) Arg. latex. One of these chitin-binding proteins is hevein, a small monomeric protein which strongly resembles the lectin from stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.). Like the latter, hevein showed strong antifungal activity against several fungi in vitro. The possible involvement of this protein in the defense against invasion by potentially pathogenic fungi is discussed.

Key words

Chitin Fungus Hevea (antifungal protein) Lectin Plant-pathogen interaction Resistance (to fungi) 

Abbreviations

FPLC

fast protein liquid chromatography

Mr

apparent molecular mass

SDS-PAGE

Sodium dodecyl sulp-hatepolyacrylamide gel electrophoresis

UDA

Urtica dioica agglutinin

WGA

Wheat-germ agglutinin

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Van Parijs
    • 1
  • Willem F. Broekaert
    • 1
  • Irwin J. Goldstein
    • 2
  • Willy J. Peumans
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratorium voor PlantenbiochemieLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Biological ChemistryUniversity of MichiganAnn HarborUSA

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