Biochemistry (Moscow)

, Volume 74, Issue 1, pp 61–67 | Cite as

Role of OsHAL3 protein, a putative 4′-phosphopantothenoylcysteine decarboxylase in rice

  • Ning Zhang
  • Xuechen Wang
  • Jia ChenEmail author


In this study, we cloned the OsHAL3 gene from rice Oryza sativa. Alignment analysis revealed that OsHAL3 has a high sequence identity to Dfp protein in Escherichia coli and AtHAL3a protein in Arabidopsis thaliana, which have 4′-phosphopantothenoylcysteine decarboxylase (PPC-DC) activity. OsHAL3 can complement mutation in the E. coli dfp gene encoding PPC-DC, so that the mutant strains with OsHAL3 can grow on rich media at 42°C and on VB minimal media at 30°C. Complementation tests with point mutations of OsHAL3 suggested that the conserved Cys176 residue of OsHAL3 is a key active-site residue. The mutant OsHAL3 G180A has a partly reduced activity. Related mRNA-level analysis showed that the OsHAL3 gene is induced by calcium pantothenate in rice.

Key words

OsHAL3 4′-phosphopantothenoylcysteine decarboxylase coenzyme A rice 



coenzyme A


Murashige and Skoog basal salt mixture






4′-phosphopan-tothenoylcysteine decarboxylase


tryptone-yeast medium


Vogel-Bonner medium


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, College of Biological SciencesChina Agricultural UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Laboratory of Development Biology, Biological Science and Technology CollegeShenyang Agricultural UniversityShengyangChina

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