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Volume 63, Issue 2


Detection of the antimicrobial peptide gene in different Amaranthus species

Radka Pribylova / Petr Kralik / Bohumila Pisarikova / Ivo Pavlik
Published Online: 2008-03-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-008-0037-8


Using primers to amplify the gene AMP2 in Amaranthus caudatus, we found the gene to be present in seven other species of the Amaranthus genus (A. albus, A. cruentus, A. blitum, A. hybridus, A. hypochondriacus, A. retroflexus and A. tricolor), in which it had not been described previously. The PCR products were sequenced and it was established that all the sequences were identical, except for two polymorphisms. These single nucleotide polymorphisms occurred at nucleotide positions 45 and 246. This exchange of one nucleotide for another was manifested in an amino acid change in both cases. Due to the fact that both polymorphisms lay outside the region encoding the chitin-binding peptide domain, which is crucial for antimicrobial peptide function, they will not likely affect the proper functioning of the peptide. With the exception of the above-mentioned polymorphisms, all sequences were identical to the sequence of the AMP2 gene that codes for the A. caudatus Ac-AMP2 (antimicrobial peptide isolated from Amaranthus caudatus seeds). The detection of sequences with high degree of sequence similarity to A. caudatus AMP2 gene leads us to the assumption that an antimicrobial peptide could also be produced by other amaranth species.

Keywords: amaranth; PCR; internal transcribed spacer; chitin-binding domain

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Published Online: 2008-03-27

Published in Print: 2008-04-01

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 63, Issue 2, Pages 217–220, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-008-0037-8.

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