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Electrophoresis. 1991 Sep;12(9):646-53.

Use of a fast protein electrophoretic purification procedure for N-terminal sequence analysis to identify S-locus related proteins in stigmas of Brassica oleracea.

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RCAP-INRA, UCB Lyon I, Villeurbanne, France.


In the cruciferous plant Brassica oleracea L. (cabbage), the S-locus specific glycoproteins (SLSGs) isolated only in stigmas are considered to play an important role in the normal prevention of self-fertilization. Recent molecular data have shown that the gene encoding these glycoproteins (the SLG gene) belonged to a multigenic family consisting of about 10 homologous copies among which another member is expressed, the S-locus related gene (SLR1gene). Our aim was to determine whether the SLR1-gene proteins were expressed in the stigmatic tissues. We first identified the putative SLSGs or SLR1-proteins by Con A-peroxidase detection of glycoproteins separated after isoelectric focusing in polyacrylamide gels. We describe a fast purification procedure for the glycoproteins of interest, based on analytical isoelectric focusing, electrophoresis, and electroblotting of proteins onto polyvinylidene difluoride membranes. Blotted proteins were sequenced for N-terminal amino acid determination. By comparison of the N-terminal sequences of the purified proteins with the peptide sequence predicted from the SLR1-cDNA, we demonstrate the expression of SLR1-like proteins in stigmas of B. oleracea.

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