Sequence of the fourth and fifth Photosystem II type I chlorophyll a/b-binding protein genes of Arabidopsis thaliana and evidence for the presence of a full complement of the extended CAB gene family

Plant Mol Biol. 1992 Aug;19(5):725-33. doi: 10.1007/BF00027069.


A second locus (Lhb1B) encoding Photosystem II Type I chlorophyll a/b-binding (CAB) polypeptides was identified in Arabidopsis thaliana. This locus carries two genes in an inverted orientation. The predicted sequences of the polypeptides encoded by these two genes show substantial divergence in their amino termini relative to each other and to the proteins encoded by the three Lhb1 CAB genes previously characterized [10], but little divergence within the predicted primary structure of the mature protein. DNA probes derived from seven additional types of tomato CAB genes, encoding chlorophyll a/b-binding polypeptides of several antenna systems of the photosynthetic apparatus, were tested against A. thaliana. Each of these hybridized in Southern blots to unique DNA fragment(s), demonstrating the existence of each of these different types of CAB genes in the genome of A. thaliana. The number of genes encoding each CAB type in A. thaliana was estimated to be similar to that of tomato.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Southern
  • Genetic Linkage / genetics
  • Light-Harvesting Protein Complexes
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Multigene Family / genetics*
  • Photosynthetic Reaction Center Complex Proteins / genetics*
  • Photosystem II Protein Complex
  • Plant Proteins / genetics*
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid


  • Light-Harvesting Protein Complexes
  • Photosynthetic Reaction Center Complex Proteins
  • Photosystem II Protein Complex
  • Plant Proteins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X64459
  • GENBANK/X64460