Evolutionary conservation of kinetochore protein sequences in plants
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The evolutionary conservation of structural/functional kinetochore proteins has been studied on isolated nuclei and pro-/metaphase chromosomes of mono- and dicot plants. The cross-reactivities of antibodies against human CENPC, CENPE and CENPF, and against maize CENPCa with the centromeric regions of mitotic chromosomes of Vicia faba and/or Hordeum vulgare are shown. Putative homologs of the kinetochore protein SKP1 (suppressor of kinetochore protein 1p of yeast) were found in both species and of CBF5p (centromere binding factor 5 of yeast) in barley. Antibodies against synthetic peptides derived from partial sequences encoding these proteins were produced and recognized the centromeric regions on mitotic chromosomes as detected by indirect immunofluorescence.
KeywordsPeptide Protein Sequence Binding Factor Synthetic Peptide Partial Sequence
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