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Gene. 1999 Nov 29;240(2):379-88.

Isolation and characterization of a cDNA clone encoding a putative white spruce glycine-rich RNA binding protein.

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Centre de recherche en biologie forestière, Pavillon C.-E.-Marchand, Université Laval, Sainte-Foy, Canada.


A presumably full-length cDNA encoding a putative glycine-rich RNA binding protein was isolated from a lambdaZAP cDNA library prepared from mRNAs extracted from needles of 2year old white spruce seedlings, which had been either wounded or jasmonate-treated. The cDNA, designated PgRNP (Picea glauca RNP protein), presents a 468bp open reading frame encoding a 155 amino acid protein. This polypeptide possesses an RNA binding domain (RNP-CS) and a glycine-rich domain. Comparative alignment reveals extensive homologies to glycine-rich RNA binding proteins containing an RNP-CS found in other angiosperm species. Genomic hybridization experiments suggest that the PgRNP gene is part of a small multigene family with at least four members. RNA blot analysis revealed that the PgRNP transcript is expressed in all tissues from non-stressed plants. Constitutive mRNA level was found in needle tissue from control as well as methyl-jasmonate treated plants. Wounding had no clear induction effect. Jasmonic acid treatment and systemic wound response had a positive effect on transcript accumulation. Transcript accumulation was slightly induced by cold in needles, and repressed by drought stress in both needle and root tissues of 2year old plants. Finally, the level of PgRNP accumulation was induced by wounding and repressed in 2week old dark-grown seedlings upon jasmonate treatments.

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