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FEBS Lett. 2004 Nov 5;577(1-2):9-16.

Evidence for copper homeostasis function of metallothionein (MT3) in the hyperaccumulator Thlaspi caerulescens.

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Laboratoire de Physiologie et Génétique Moléculaire des Plantes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Plaine (CP 242) Bld du triomphe, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium. nroosens@ulb.ac.be

Abstract

Metallothioneins chelate metals and consequently may be a control point of metal homeostasis. Homologous to type 3 metallothioneins, TcMT3 cDNA was identified in the Cd/Zn hyperaccumulator, Thlaspi caerulescens. TcMT3 amino acid sequence showed modifications in the Cys positions when compared with its Arabidopsis orthologue. A structural model established that the MT3 carboxyterminal domain is similar to the beta domain of animal metallothioneins and predicts a smaller cavity to chelate metals for A. thaliana than for T. caerulescens. Functional testing in yeast and Northern blot analysis added further evidence for adaptative variations of MT3 for the maintenance of Cu homeostasis in a metal hyperaccumulator.

PMID:
15527754
DOI:
10.1016/j.febslet.2004.08.084
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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