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FEBS Lett. 2001 May 25;497(2-3):165-70.

N-terminal EF-hand-like domain is required for phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C activity in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Department of Plant Biochemistry, Lund University, P.O. Box 117, SE-221 00, Lund, Sweden.


Phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C's (PI-PLCs) are ubiquitous in eukaryotes, from plants to animals, and catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate into the two second messengers inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate and diacylglycerol. In animals, four distinct subfamilies of PI-PLCs have been identified, and the three-dimensional structure of one rat isozyme, PLC-delta1, determined. Plants appear to contain only one gene family encoding PI-PLCs. The catalytic properties of plant PI-PLCs are very similar to those of animal enzymes. However, very little is known about the regulation of plant PI-PLCs. All plant PI-PLCs comprise three domains, X, Y and C2, which are also conserved in isoforms from animals and yeast. We here show that one PI-PLC isozyme from Arabidopsis thaliana, AtPLC2, is predominantly localized in the plasma membrane, and that the conserved N-terminal domain may represent an EF-hand domain that is required for catalytic activity but not for lipid binding.

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