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Title: Characterization and molecular cloning of two different type 2 ribosome-inactivating proteins from the monocotyledonous plant Polygonatum multiflorum
Authors: Van Damme, E J ×
Charels, Diana
Barre, A
Rougé, P
Van Leuven, Freddy
Peumans, W J #
Issue Date: Jun-2000
Series Title: European Journal of Biochemistry vol:267 issue:9 pages:2746-59
Abstract: Leaves of the monocotyledonous plant Polygonatum multiflorum L. (Solomon's seal) contain besides a monocot mannose-binding lectin two galactose/N-acetylgalactosamine (Gal/GalNAc)-binding type 2 ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs). Both RIPs were purified using a combination of classical protein purification techniques and affinity chromatography. Although both RIPs consist of protomers of 65 kDa, the P. multiflorum RIP monomer (PMRIPm) occurs as a monomer of approximately 60 kDa, whereas the tetramer (PMRIPt) is a tetramer of 240 kDa. Both RIPs exhibit similar RNA N-glycosidase activity but differ in their specific agglutination activity and carbohydrate-binding specificity, PMRIPt being a GalNAc-specific lectin whereas PMRIPm is Gal/GalNAc-specific. Toxicity tests indicated that both Polygonatum RIPs exhibit a very low cytotoxicity towards human and animal cells. Analysis of the genomic clones encoding both RIPs revealed a high degree of sequence similarity to other type 2 RIPs. Molecular modelling confirmed that both Polygonatum RIPs have a similar structure to ricin.
ISSN: 0014-2956
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Associated Laboratories - miscellaneous (-)
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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