Cereal Research Communications

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 406–418 | Cite as

Heterologous expression and dough mixing studies of a novel cysteine-rich avenin-like protein

  • P. ChenEmail author
  • R. Li
  • R. Zhou
  • G. He
  • P. R. Shewry
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The Avenin-like gene (EU096532) was cloned from Aegilops biuncialis (2n = 4X, UUMM) in our previously study, the encoded gluten protein contained 19 cysteine residues, much more than that in all other glutenin subunits characterized so far. In present study, the protein was expressed in E. coli in large scale and purified in high purity through His-binding affinity chromatography. The purified protein was simply added or incorporated into a base flour and conducted with a 2 g Mixograph in order to investigate the functional properties including mixing time (MT), peak dough resistance (PR) and breakdown in resistance (RBD). Both 10 mg and 15 mg Avenin-like protein could cause significant increases in MT and PR, and decrease in RBD, compared to the control, when incorporated into dough. But the latter showed larger effect on functional properties. Size exclusion high-performance liquid chromatography (SE-HPLC) analysis confirmed that Avenin-like protein was chemically incorporated into polymeric subunits by intermolecular disulphide bonds.


Avenin-like wheat Mixograph test dough properties 





glutenin macropolymer


high molecular weight glutenin subunit




potassium iodate


large monomeric proteins


large polymeric proteins


low molecular weight glutenin subunit


mixing time


peak dough resistance


polyvinylidene difluoride


breakdown in resistance


size exclusion high-performance liquid chromatography


smaller monomeric proteins


smaller polymeric proteins


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of AgricultureGuangxi UniversityNanningChina
  2. 2.College of Life Science and TechnologyGuangxi UniversityNanningChina
  3. 3.China-UK HUST-RRes Genetic Engineering and Genomics Joint LaboratoryHuazhong University of Science & TechnologyWuhanChina
  4. 4.Rothamsted Research HarpendenHertfordshireUK

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