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FEBS Lett. 1997 Aug 18;413(2):294-8.

Over-expression of plant 14-3-3 proteins in tobacco: enhancement of the plasmalemma K+ conductance of mesophyll cells.

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Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Gatersleben,Germany.


Two cDNA clones encoding 14-3-3 homologous proteins were isolated from Vicia faba. Deduced amino acid sequences share different degrees of homology with other plant 14-3-3 proteins. Both clones, under the control of the CaMV 35S promoter, were transformed into tobacco plants. Immunoblotting showed three different forms of ca. 31, 34, and 37 kDa, indicating a covalent modification of the expressed 14-3-3 proteins. These forms were mainly present in the microsomal fraction. Patch-clamp studies of mesophyll protoplasts of the transformants revealed a strongly enhanced K+ conductance compared to the wild type. This indicates the involvement of 14-3-3 proteins in ion channel regulation, presumably by modulating kinase activities or binding the channel.

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