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Plant Mol Biol. 1993 Jan;21(2):267-77.

The gene and the RNA for the precursor to the plastid-located glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase of Arabidopsis thaliana.

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National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan.


The gene and the RNA from Arabidopsis thaliana for the plastid-located glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT; EC and their encoded product have been studied. The gene (designated ATS1) was isolated by screening a lambda DASH genomic library for cross-hybridization with a radiolabeled probe prepared from cDNA for GPAT from squash. cDNA clones representing the mRNA were isolated by screening a lambda ZAPII cDNA library for hybridization with a radiolabeled probe prepared from a DNA fragment of ATS1. The nucleotide sequences of the gene and the cDNA were determined, and the 5' end of the RNA was mapped by primer extension. Sequences similar to the TATA box, polyadenylation sequences and intron-splicing sequences were found at the expected locations. The pre-mRNA was 3288 nucleotides long and contained 5' and 3'-untranslated sequences of 57 and 442 nucleotides, respectively. The coding sequence of 1377 nucleotides was interrupted by 11 introns of 1412 nucleotides in total and the 3'-untranslated sequence contained another intron of 94 nucleotides. The open-reading frame encoded a polypeptide of 459 amino acid residues, the amino acid sequence of which was highly homologous to those of precursors to plastid-located GPATs from squash and pea. The enzymatic activity of a gene product that was over-produced in Escherichia coli confirmed the identity of the gene.

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