Cloning and developmental expression of pea ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit N-methyltransferase

Robert R. Klein, Robert L. Houtz

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

51 Scopus citations


Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) large subunit (LS) N-methyltransferase (Protein methylase III, Rubisco LSMT, EC catalyzes methylation of the ∈-amino group of Lys-14 in the LS of Rubisco. With limited internal amino acid sequence information obtained from HPLC-purified peptic polypeptides from Rubisco LSMT, a full-length cDNA clone was isolated utilizing polymerase chain reaction-based technology and conventional bacteriophage library screening. The 1802 bp cDNA of Rubisco LSMT encodes a 489 amino acid polypeptide with a predicted molecular mass of ca. 55 kDa. A derived N-terminal amino acid sequence with features common to chloroplast transit peptides was identified. The deduced sequence of Rubisco LSMT did not exhibit regions of significant homology with other protein methyltransferases. Southern blot analysis of pea genomic DNA indicated a low gene copy number of Rubisco LSMT in pea. Northern analysis revealed a single mRNA species of about 1.8 kb encoding for Rubisco LSMT which was predominately located in leaf tissue. Illumination of etiolated pea seedlings showed that the accumulation of Rubisco LSMT mRNA is light-dependent. Maximum accumulation of Rubisco LSMT transcripts occurred during the initial phase of light-induced leaf development which preceded the maximum accumulation of rbcS and rbcL mRNA. Transcript levels of Rubisco LSMT in mature light-grown tissue were similar to transcript levels in etiolated tissues indicating that the light-dependent accumulation of Rubisco LSMT mRNA is transient. This is the first reported DNA and amino acid sequence for a protein methylase III enzyme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-261
Number of pages13
JournalPlant Molecular Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1995


  • Pisum sativum L.
  • Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco)
  • northern analysis
  • protein methylase III (Rubisco LSMT, Rubisco large subunit N-methyltransferase, EC
  • protein methylation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Cloning and developmental expression of pea ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit N-methyltransferase'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this