Cloning and expression of cDNAs encoding alpha1,3-fucosyltransferase homologues from Arabidopsis thaliana

Biochim Biophys Acta. 2001 Jul 2;1527(1-2):88-96. doi: 10.1016/s0304-4165(01)00151-9.


The core alpha1,3-fucosyltransferases are involved in the synthesis of glycans specific to plants and invertebrates which are known to be immunogenic and allergenic. We report the identification, isolation and characterisation of the cDNAs of three genes (FucTA, FucTB and FucTC) encoding proteins similar to alpha1,3-fucosyltransferases in Arabidopsis thaliana. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction was used to amplify the full length coding sequence of FucTA. The FucTA gene, which consists of seven exons, encodes a presumptive protein of 501 amino acids showing an overall sequence identity of 66% to the protein encoded by the recently isolated mung bean Fuc-T C3 cDNA. FucTA was expressed in Pichia pastoris under the control of the AOX1 gene promoter. The soluble enzyme was found to catalyse the same reaction as mung bean core alpha1,3-fucosyltransferase as judged by analyses of the products by MALDI-TOF and high-performance liquid chromatography. The FucTB cDNA was isolated from a lambda-ZAP library, but the clone used an alternative splicing site between the second and third exon resulting in a premature stop codon. The FucTC gene encodes a protein with less than 40% identity to FucTA across 115 amino acids of a total of 401 amino acids and is a member of a new sub-family of plant alpha1,3/4-fucosyltransferase homologues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Arabidopsis / enzymology*
  • Base Sequence
  • Carbohydrate Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA, Complementary / analysis
  • DNA, Complementary / genetics
  • Fucosyltransferases / biosynthesis
  • Fucosyltransferases / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid


  • DNA, Complementary
  • Fucosyltransferases
  • galactoside 3-fucosyltransferase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AJ404860
  • GENBANK/AJ404861
  • GENBANK/AJ404862