We have identified, expressed and characterized two genes from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtPMEI-1 and AtPMEI-2) encoding functional inhibitors of pectin methylesterases. AtPMEI-1 and AtPMEI-2 are cell wall proteins sharing many features with the only pectin methylesterase inhibitor (PMEI) characterized so far from kiwi fruit. Both Arabidopsis proteins interact with and inhibit plant-derived pectin methylesterases (PMEs) but not microbial enzymes. The occurrence of functional PMEIs in Arabidopsis indicates that a mechanism of controlling pectin esterification by inhibition of endogenous PMEs is present in different plant species. © 2003 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

Two Arabidopsis thaliana genes encode functional pectin methylesterase inhibitors

Maria Benedetta Mattei;
2004

Abstract

We have identified, expressed and characterized two genes from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtPMEI-1 and AtPMEI-2) encoding functional inhibitors of pectin methylesterases. AtPMEI-1 and AtPMEI-2 are cell wall proteins sharing many features with the only pectin methylesterase inhibitor (PMEI) characterized so far from kiwi fruit. Both Arabidopsis proteins interact with and inhibit plant-derived pectin methylesterases (PMEs) but not microbial enzymes. The occurrence of functional PMEIs in Arabidopsis indicates that a mechanism of controlling pectin esterification by inhibition of endogenous PMEs is present in different plant species. © 2003 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
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