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Characterization of cDNA clones encoding the extrinsic 23 kDa polypeptide of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II in pea

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The 23 kDa polypeptide of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II has been extracted from pea photosystem II particles by washing with 1 M NaCl and purified by anion-exchange chromatography. The N-terminal amino acid sequence has been determined and specific antisera have been raised in rabbits and used to screen a pea-leaf cDNA library in λgt11. Determination of the nucleotide sequence of two clones provided the nucleotide sequence for the full 23 kDa polypeptide. The deduced amino acid sequence showed it to code for a mature protein of 186 amino acid residues with an N-terminal presequence of 73 amino acid residues showing a high degree of conservation with previously reported 23 kDa sequences from spinach and Chlamydomonas. Southern blots of genomic DNA from pea probed with the labelled cDNA gave rise to only one band suggesting that the protein is encoded by a single gene. Northern blots of RNA extracted from various organs indicated a message of approximately 1.1 kb, in good agreement with the size of the cDNA, in all chlorophyll-containing tissues. Western blots of protein extracted from the same organs indicated that the 23 kDa polypeptide was present in all major organs of the plant except the roots.

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Abbreviations

bis-Tris:

bis (2-hydroxyethyl) imino-tris (hydroxymethyl)-methane

pfu:

plaque-forming units

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Wales, R., Newman, B.J., Rose, S.A. et al. Characterization of cDNA clones encoding the extrinsic 23 kDa polypeptide of the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II in pea. Plant Mol Biol 13, 573–582 (1989). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00027317

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