Molecular cloning and characterization of a cDNA encoding α-glucosidase from spinach

Manabu Sugimoto, Satoshi Furui, Yukio Suzuki

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A cDNA encoding spinach α-glucosidase was cloned and sequenced by the reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) methods. The cDNA comprised 2867 bp, and included an open reading frame which encodes a polypeptide of 903 amino acid residues. The calculated molecular mass of 101 kDa was larger than those of native α-glucosidases in spinach seeds, which are 78. 78, 82, and 82 kDa by SDS-PAGE for α-glucosidase I, II, III, and IV, respectively. The deduced amino acid sequence included those of tryptic peptides from native enzymes. Southern blot analysis suggested that the α-glucosidase gene was a single copy gene. These results indicate the possibility that the multiplicity of α-glucosidase in spinach occurs via post translational modification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)765-768
Number of pages4
JournalPlant Molecular Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1997


  • Spinacia oleracea L.
  • multiple molecular forms
  • post-translational modification
  • α-glucosidase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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