Organization and structure of NADH-dependent glutamate synthase gene from rice plants

Satoshi Goto, Takumi Akagawa, Soichi Kojima, Toshihiko Hayakawa, Tomoyuki Yamaya

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Genomic clones for NADH-dependent glutamate synthase (NADH-GOGAT; EC were obtained from a genomic library of rice (Oryza sativa L. cv. Sasanishki). A genomic clone (λOS42, 14 kb) covered an entire structural gene and a 3.7 kb 5'-upstream region from the first methionine. Another clone (λOS23, 14 kb) contained a 2.8 kb 3'-downstream region from the stop codon. A 7047 bp long clone (λOSR51) consisting of full length cDNA for NADH-GOGAT was isolated from a cDNA library prepared using mRNA from roots of rice seedlings treated with 1 mM NH4Cl for 12 h. The presumed transcribed region (11.7 kb) consisted of 23 exons separated by 22 introns. Rice NADH-GOGAT is synthesized as a 2166 amino acid protein with a molecular mass of 236.7 kDa that includes a 99 amino acid presequence. DNA gel blot analysis suggested that NADH-GOGAT occurred as a single gene in rice. Primer extension experiments map the transcription start of NADH-GOGAT to identical positions. The 3.7 kb 5'-upstream region was able to transiently express a reporter gene in cultured rice cells. Putative motifs related to the regulation of NADH-GOGAT gene expression were looked for within the 5'-upstream region by database. Copyright (C) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)298-308
Number of pages11
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Protein Structure and Molecular Enzymology
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Sept 8


  • cDNA
  • Gene structure
  • NADH-glutamate synthase
  • Rice, Oryza sativa


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