We have identified an Arabidopsis thaliana cDNA, designated as AtTBP1, encoding a protein with a predicted size of 70.6 kDa that specifically binds to the plant telomeric repeat sequence TTTAGGG. AtTBP1 is present as a single-copy gene in Arabidopsis genome and is expressed ubiquitously in various organs. AtTBP1 has a single Myb telomeric DNA binding domain at the C-terminus and an extensive homology with other known telomere-binding proteins. The isolated C-terminus of AtTBP1 is capable of sequence-specific DNA binding to plant duplex telomeric DNA. These results suggest that AtTBP1 may play important roles in plant telomere function in vivo.
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This work was supported in part by Grant 1999-015-DP0389 and Grant 2000-015-DP0400 from the Korea Research Foundation.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology