Cloning and characterization of the gene encoding IMP dehydrogenase from Arabidopsis thaliana

Frank R. Collart, Jerzy Osipiuk, Jonathan Trent, Gary J. Olsen, Eliezer Huberman

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We have cloned and characterized the gene encoding inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) from Arabidopsis thaliana (At). The transcription unit of the At gene spans approximately 1900 bp and specifies a protein of 503 amino acids with a calculated relative molecular mass (M(r)) of 54,190. The gene is comprised of a minimum of four introns and five exons with all donor and acceptor splice sequences conforming to previously proposed consensus sequences. The deduced IMPDH amino-acid sequence from At shows a remarkable similarity to other eukaryotic IMPDH sequences, with a 48% identity to human Type II enzyme. Allowing for conservative substitutions, the enzyme is 69% similar to human Type II IMPDH. The putative active-site sequence of At IMPDH conforms to the IMP dehydrogenase/guanosine monophosphate reductase motif and contains an essential active-site cysteine residue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-220
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996



  • DNA sequence
  • Gene isolation
  • Plant
  • Protein homology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics

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