Thirteen cDNA clones encoding IgE-binding proteins were isolated from expression libraries of anthers of Brassica rapa L. and B. napus L. using serum IgE from a patient who was specifically allergic to Brassica pollen. These clones were divided into two groups, I and II, based on the sequence similarity. All the group I cDNAs predicted the same protein of 79 amino acids, while the group II predicted a protein of 83 amino acids with microheterogeneity. Both of the deduced amino acid sequences contained two regions with sequence similarity to Ca2+-binding sites of Ca2+-binding proteins such as calmodulin. However flanking sequences were distinct from that of calmodulin or other Ca2+-binding proteins. RNA-gel blot analysis showed the genes of group I and II were preferentially expressed in anthers at the later developmental stage and in mature pollen. The recombinant proteins produced in Escherichia coli was recognized in immunoblot analysis by the IgE of a Brassica pollen allergic patient, but not by the IgE of a non-allergic patient. The cDNA clones reported here, therefore, represent pollen allergens of Brassica species.
|ジャーナル||Plant Molecular Biology|
|出版ステータス||Published - 1995 12月 1|
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