J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2004, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (10): 1226-1233.

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Molecular Cloning and Characterization of Enolase from Oilseed Rape (Brassica napus)

ZHAO Jing-Ya, ZUO Kai-Jing, QIN Jie, TANG Ke-Xuan   


An enolase-encoding cDNA clone in oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) was isolated. This gene (accession number: AY307449) had a total length of 1 624 bp with an open reading frame of 1 335 bp, and encoded a predicted polypeptide of 444 amino acids with a molecular weight of 47.38 kD. The deduced amino acid sequence shared identity with a number of enolases ranging from Bacillus subtilis to human beings and had much higher identity with other plant enolases than with enolases from Bacillus, yeast and human beings. Comparison of its primary structure with those of other enolases revealed the presence of an insertion of five amino acids in enolase of B. napus. Southern blotting analysis of genomic DNA indicated that enolase was likely to be a low-copy gene in the oilseed rape genome. Expression of the cloned enolase gene increased under salt stress, but decreased in response to low temperature. Our studies suggested that the cloned gene was a new member of plant enolase gene family, which contributed to the energy supply in stress-treated tissues.

Key words: enolase, oilseed rape (Brassica napus), cDNA cloning

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