Structure and expression of the Zea mays mutS-homologs Mus1 and Mus2
DNA mismatch repair proteins play an important role in maintaining the integrity of the genetic information during replication and homologous recombination. The MutS-homologous (MSH) and MutL-homologous (MLH) proteins are highly conserved among all prokaryotes and eukaryotes. We have isolated two mutS homologous genes from Zea mays, named Mus1 and Mus2. Phylogenetic analysis identifies Mus1 as a member of the MSH2 protein family. Mus2 is an ortholog of the Arabidopsis thaliana MSH7 protein and belongs to a subgroup of MSH proteins that is possibly plant-specific. Mus1 and Mus2 are expressed at very low levels. Mus1 is located on chromosome 7L near locus b32B, and mus2 maps on chromosome 3S.
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.