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Plant Mol Biol. 1995 Jun;28(3):443-54.

Characterization of a Chlamydomonas reinhardtii gene encoding a protein of the DNA photolyase/blue light photoreceptor family.

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Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of South Dakota, Vermillion 57069, USA.


The organization and nucleotide sequence of a gene from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii encoding a member of the DNA photolyase/blue light photoreceptor protein family is reported. A region of over 7 kb encompassing the gene was sequenced. Northern analysis detected a single 4.2 kb mRNA. The gene consists of eight exons and seven introns, and encodes a predicted protein of 867 amino acids. The first 500 amino acids exhibit significant homology with previously sequenced DNA photolyases, showing the closest relationship to mustard (Sinapis alba) photolyase (43% identity). An even higher identity, 49%, is obtained when the Chlamydomonas gene product is compared to the putative blue-light photoreceptor (HY4) from Arabidopsis thaliana. Both the Chlamydomonas and the Arabidopsis proteins differ from the well characterized DNA photolyases in that they contain a carboxyl terminal extension of 367 and 181 amino acids, respectively. However, there is very little homology between the carboxyl terminal domains of the two proteins. A previously isolated Chlamydomonas mutant, phr1, which is deficient in DNA photolyase activity, especially in the nucleus, was shown by RFLP analysis not to be linked to the gene we have isolated. We propose this gene encodes a candidate Chlamydomonas blue light photoreceptor.

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