, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp 113–124 | Cite as

Sieve-tube proteins from Cucurbita maxima

  • J. Beyenbach
  • C. Weber
  • H. Kleinig


The two main proteins from the phloem exudate of Cucurbita maxima Duchesne have been isolated by ammonium-sulfate precipitation, DEAE-cellulose chromatography, and gel filtration, and have been characterized. They comprise about 40% each of the total protein. The amino-acid composition of these two proteins has been determined. Both are highly basic with an IEP above 9.5. The smaller protein has a molecular weight of ca. 30000 as determined by analytical ultracentrifugation, gel filtration, and SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. It easily dimerizes to a form which appears to be the naturally occurring structure. The larger protein has a molecular weight of 116000 (ultracentrifugation, SDS polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis). This protein forms a gel in the absence of SH-protecting agents. Several minor proteins have been detected by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.


Precipitation Molecular Weight Chromatography Total Protein Large Protein 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Beyenbach
    • 1
  • C. Weber
    • 1
  • H. Kleinig
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Biologie II, Lehrstugl für ZellbiologieUniversität FreiburgFreiburg i.Br.Federal Republic of Germany

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