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FEBS Lett. 1998 Jun 16;429(3):403-6.

AtPUMP: an Arabidopsis gene encoding a plant uncoupling mitochondrial protein.

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Centro de Biologia Molecular e Engenharia Genética, C.P. 6109, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP, Brazil.


A cDNA clone (AtPUMP) encoding a plant uncoupling mitochondrial protein was isolated from Arabidopsis thaliana. The cDNA contains an open reading frame of 921 nucleotides encoding 306 amino acids (predicted molecular weight 32,708). The predicted polypeptide is 81% identical and 89% similar to the potato UCP-like protein, and includes an energy transfer protein motif common to mitochondrial transporters. The AtPUMP gene exists as a single copy in the Arabidopsis genome. The corresponding transcript was expressed in all tissues and was strongly induced by cold treatment. We suggest that the putative AtPUMP protein may play a role in heat-requiring physiological events in Arabidopsis.

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