Molecular and General Genetics MGG

, Volume 217, Issue 2–3, pp 223–232 | Cite as

Molecular cloning, nucleotide sequence, and abscisic acid induction of a suberization-associated highly anionic peroxidase

  • Elizabeth Roberts
  • P. E. Kolattukudy


A highly anionic peroxidase induced in suberizing cells was suggested to be the key enzyme involved in polymerization of phenolic monomers to generate the aromatic matrix of suberin. The enzyme encoded by a potato cDNA was found to be highly homologous to the anionic peroxidase induced in suberizing tomato fruit. A tomato genomic library was screened using the potato anionic peroxidase cDNA and one genomic clone was isolated that contained two tandemly oriented anionic peroxidase genes. These genes were sequenced and were 96% and 87% identical to the mRNA for potato anionic peroxidase. Both genes consist of three exons with the relative positions of their two introns being conserved between the two genes. Primer extension analysis showed that only one of the genes is expressed in the periderm of 3 day wound-healed tomato fruits. Southern blot analyses suggested that there are two copies each of the two highly homologous genes per haploid genome in both potato and tomato. Abscisic acid (ABA) induced the accumulation of the anionic peroxidase transcripts in potato and tomato callus tissues. Northern blots showed that peroxidase mRNA was detectable at 2 days and was maximal at 8 days after transfer of potato callus to solid agar media containing 10−4 M ABA. The transcripts induced by ABA in both potato and tomato callus were identical in size to those induced in wound-healing potato tuber and tomato fruit. The anionic peroxidase peptide was detected in extracts of potato callus grown on the ABA-containing media by western blot analysis. The results support the suggestion that stimulation of suberization by ABA involves the induction of the highly anionic peroxidase.

Key words

Abscisic acid Peroxidase Potato Suberization Tomato 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Roberts
    • 1
  • P. E. Kolattukudy
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Biological ChemistryWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  2. 2.Ohio State Biotechnology CenterThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA

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