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Plant Physiol. 1995 Apr; 107(4): 1091–1096.
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Tissue-Specific Expression of Germin-Like Oxalate Oxidase during Development and Fungal Infection of Barley Seedlings.


Oxalate oxidase activity was detected in situ during the development of barley seedlings. The presence of germin-like oxalate oxidase was confirmed by immunoblotting using an antibody directed against wheat germin produced in Escherichia coli, which is shown to cross-react with barley (Hordeum vulgare) oxalate oxidase and by enzymatic assay after electrophoresis of the protein extracts on polyacrylamide gels. In 3-d-old barley seedlings, oxalate oxidase is localized in the epidermal cells of the mature region of primary roots and in the coleorhiza. After 10 d of growth, the activity is detectable only in the coleorhiza. Moreover, we show that oxalate oxidase is induced in barley leaves during infection by the fungus Erysiphe graminis f. sp. hordei but not by wounding. Thus, oxalate oxidase is a new class of proteins that responds to pathogen attack. We propose that oxalate oxidase could have a role in plant defense through the production of H2O2.

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