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FEBS Lett. 1991 Sep 23;290(1-2):103-6.

A metallothionein-like gene from maize (Zea mays). Cloning and characterization.

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Department of Plant Molecular Biology, CIBA-Geigy Agricultural Biotechnology Research Unit, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2257.


A differentially expressed maize gene has been cloned and sequenced. Transcriptional and translational start sites have been mapped and 2.5 kb of 5' flanking DNA were sequenced. The 8 kDa protein encoded by this gene shows striking similarity to the metallothionein-like proteins recently described in Pisum sativum and Mimulus guttatus. The maize MT-L gene message is very abundant in roots without exposure to high levels of metals, present at lower concentration in leaves and pith, and at very low concentration in seed.

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