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A cDNA clone from Arabidopsis thaliana encoding plastidic ferredoxin:sulfite reductase.

Bruehl A., Haverkamp T., Gisselmann G., Schwenn J.D.

A cDNA with an open reading frame of 1929 bp (termed sir) was isolated from a lambda ZapII library of Arabidopsis thaliana leaf tissue. The polypeptide sequence deduced from the cDNA is homologous to the ferredoxin-dependent sulfite reductase (EC 1.8.7.1) from Synechococcus PCC7942 and distantly related to the hemoprotein subunit of Escherichia coli NADPH-dependent sulfite reductase (EC 1.8.1.2). A molecular mass of 71.98 kDa can be predicted for a ferredoxin sulfite reductase from A. thaliana. The polypeptide consists of 642 amino acids including a transit peptide of 66 residues (6.72 kDa) that is assumed to direct the protein into the plastid. For expression and enzymatic characterization of a putative A. thaliana ferredoxin sulfite reductase, the DNA of the transit peptide was deleted by a PCR method. The truncated cDNA clone was expressed as his-tag fusion protein. The modified gene product was enzymatically inactive but specific cross-reaction with polyclonal antibodies against ferredoxin sulfite reductase from Synechococcus is seen as confirmation of its identity as higher plant ferredoxin sulfite reductase.

Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1295:119-124(1996) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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