J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2004, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (2): 137-141.

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Degradation of Ribulose-1, 5-Bisphosphate Carboxylase/Oxygenase in Wheat Leaves During Dark-induced Senescence

RUI Qi, XU Lang-Lai   


The degradation of Ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco, EC in wheat (Triticum aestivum L. cv. Yangmai 158) leaves during dark-induced senescence was studied. An in vivo degradation product of Rubisco large subunit (LSU) with molecular weight of 50 kD was detected by SDS-PAGE and immunoblotting with antibody against tobacco Rubisco. This fragment could also be detected in natural senescence. The result also suggested that the Rubisco holoenzyme had not dissociated when LSU hydrolyzed from 53 kD to 50 kD. And LSU could be fragmented to 50 kD at 30-35 ℃ and at pH 7.5 in crude enzyme extracts of wheat leaves dark-induced for 48 h, which suggested that maybe LSU was degraded to 50 kD by an unknown protease in chloroplast.

Key words: Rubisco (EC, protease, proteolysis, leaf senescence, wheat

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