Title: Transgenic expression in Arabidopsis of a polyprotein construct leading to production of two different antimicrobial proteins
Authors: Fran├žois, Isabelle ×
De Bolle, Miguel
Dwyer, G
Goderis, Inge
Wouters, PFJ
Verhaert, PD
Proost, P
Schaaper, WMM
Cammue, Bruno
Broekaert, Willem #
Issue Date: 2002
Series Title: Plant physiology vol:128 issue:4 pages:1346-1358
Abstract: We developed a method for expression in Arabidopsis of a transgene encoding a cleavable chimeric polyprotein. The polyprotein precursor consists of a leader peptide and two different antimicrobial proteins (AMPs), DmAMP1 originating from Dahlia merckii seeds and RsAFP2 originating from Raphanus sativus seeds, which are linked by an intervening sequence ("linker peptide") originating from a natural polyprotein occurring in seed of Impatiens balsamina. The chimeric polyprotein was found to be cleaved in transgenic Arabidopsis plants and the individual AMPs were secreted into the extracellular space. Both AMPs were found to exert antifungal activity in vitro. It is surprising that the amount of AMPs produced in plants transformed with some of the polyprotein transgene constructs was significantly higher compared with the amount in plants transformed with a transgene encoding a single AMP, indicating that the polyprotein expression strategy may be a way to boost expression levels of small proteins.
ISSN: 0032-0889
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics
Laboratory of Molecular Immunology (Rega Institute)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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