Chlamydomonas transcripts encoding three divergent plastid chaperonins are heat-inducible

Plant Mol Biol. 1995 Mar;27(5):1031-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00037029.


Three cDNAs encoding plastid cpn60 chaperonin subunits have been isolated from the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Based on comparisons of the predicted amino acid sequences, we conclude that Chlamydomonas, like higher plants, contains divergent plastid cpn60-alpha and cpn60-beta subunits. The predicted amino acid sequences of the two Chlamydomonas cpn60-beta subunits differ significantly (24% divergent), indicating that the two cpn60-beta subunits have been selectively maintained for a considerable period of time. Unlike plastid chaperonin transcripts in higher plants, heat shock conditions (42 degrees C) lead to a rapid increase (10- to 30-fold) in the level of each of the three plastid transcripts.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chaperonins / biosynthesis*
  • Chaperonins / genetics
  • Chlamydomonas / genetics*
  • Chlamydomonas / metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Plant*
  • Hot Temperature
  • Kinetics
  • Mitochondria / metabolism
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny*
  • Plants / metabolism
  • Plastids / metabolism*
  • RNA, Plant / biosynthesis
  • Transcription, Genetic*


  • RNA, Plant
  • Chaperonins

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L27471
  • GENBANK/L27472
  • GENBANK/L27473