Plant Systematics and Evolution

, Volume 138, Issue 1–2, pp 89–113 | Cite as

Differentiation of Fraction 1 protein in relation to age and distribution of Angiosperm groups

  • Kevin Chen
  • S. G. Wildman


Fraction 1 protein (F-1-protein) (ribulose bisphosphate carboxy-lase-oxygenase) contained inLemnaceae has been evolving for at least 50 million years because fossils of these plants have been identified in strata belonging to the Upper Cretaceous. Electrofocusing F-1-protein resolves the large subunit polypeptides coded by extranuclear DNA and the small subunit polypeptides coded by nuclear DNA. Four differences affecting isoelectric points of the large subunit polypeptides and eight affecting the small subunit polypeptides are now present among eleven species representing the four genera comprising theLemnaceae. In comparison, four differences in the large and 13 in the small subunit polypeptides exist among 63 species ofNicotiana; four differences in the large and eight differences in the small subunit polypeptides exist among 19 species ofGossypium. The number of differences in F-1-protein composition being of the same order of magnitude for the generaNicotiana, Gossypium, and the familyLemnaceae, we infer that these Angiosperms are of similar antiquity.

Nicotiana species indigenous to Australia and Africa contain F-1-proteins whose large subunit polypeptides are different but some of whose small subunit polypeptides are like those found in species from the Western Hemisphere. The same situation is found for the F-1-protein inGossypium. These results are in harmony with the view that species ofNicotiana andGossypium have arrived in Australia via former land connections between S. America, Antarctica, and Australia.

Key words

Angiosperms Nicotiana Gossypium Lemnaceae Fraction 1 protein differentiation and age of taxa migration to Australia land connections long distance dispersal 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin Chen
    • 1
  • S. G. Wildman
    • 2
  1. 1.Dep. Biological SciencesUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore CountyCatonsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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