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Plant J. 2005 Jun;42(5):720-30.

The nuclear gene HCF107 encodes a membrane-associated R-TPR (RNA tetratricopeptide repeat)-containing protein involved in expression of the plastidial psbH gene in Arabidopsis.

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Institut fuer Entwicklungs und Molekular Biologie der Pflanzen, Heinrich Heine Universitaet, D-40225 Duesseldorf, Germany.


Expression of the genes of plastidial psbB operon (psbB-psbT-psbH-petB-petD) involves multiple processing events and formation of several mono-, di- and multi-cistronic transcripts which are further regulated by differential stability and expression. Here we describe the identification of the HCF107 gene that is involved in the 5'-end processing/stability and/or translation of the psbH gene and in the translation of the psbB gene. HCF107 is an RNA-TPR-containing protein with 11 RTPRs that are tandemly arranged. A single mutation in the third RTPR that changes a conserved alanine residue to a threonine affects both 5'-end-processed psbH transcript accumulation as well as psbB translation, resulting in disruption of PSII and seedling lethal plants. The protein is localized to the plastid membranes and is present as part of a multi-subunit complex in the range of 60-190 and 600-800 kDa. HCF107 thus represents a new member of the growing helical repeat family of proteins that seem to play a gene-specific role in regulating plastidial gene expression and biogenesis.

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