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J Mol Biol. 2004 Oct 8;343(1):249-65.

Inventory and comparative analysis of rice and Arabidopsis ATP-binding cassette (ABC) systems.

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Unité des Membranes Bactériennes CNRS URA2172, Département de Microbiologie Fondamentale et Médicale, Site Fernbach, Institut Pasteur 25, Rue du Docteur Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15 France.


ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins constitute a large superfamily found in all kingdoms of living organisms. The recent completion of two draft sequences of the rice (Oryza sativa) genome allowed us to analyze and classify its ABC proteins and to compare to those in Arabidopsis thaliana. We identified a similar number of ABC proteins in rice and Arabidopsis (121 versus 120), despite the rice genome being more than three times the size of Arabidopsis. Both Arabidopsis and rice have representative members in all seven major subfamilies of ABC ATPases (A to G) commonly found in eukaryotes. This comparative analysis allowed the detection of 29 potential orthologous sequences in Arabidopsis and rice. However, plant share with prokaryotes a specific set of ABC systems that is not detected in animals. These ABC systems might be inherited from the cyanobacterial ancestor of chloroplasts. The present work provides the first complete inventory of rice ABC proteins and an updated inventory of those proteins in Arabidopsis.

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