The two classes of genes for the major potato tuber protein, patatin, are differentially expressed in tubers and roots. Academic Article uri icon


  • The major potato tuber protein, patatin, is a family of 40kd glycoproteins that constitutes forty per cent of the soluble protein in tubers but is generally undetectable in other tissues. Fused rocket immunoelectro-phoresis was used to detect in roots patatin that is immunologically different from tuber patatin. Western blots of SDS-polyacrylamide gels show root patatin to have a different molecular weight distribution than tuber patatin isoforms, but immunoprecipitation of in vitro translation products shows the patatin precursors to be of similar molecular weight in both tissues. This suggests that post-translational processing may differ in tubers and roots. Northern blots show that tuber and root patatin mRNAs are of similar size, but tuber transcripts are about 100-fold more abundant. 5' S1 nuclease and primer extension mapping suggests the class of patatin transcripts expressed in roots (class II transcripts) to be a subset of patatin transcripts expressed in tubers (classes I and II). Class II patatin mRNAs differ from class I transcripts by the presence of a 22 nucleotide insertion just upstream of the initiation codon. These data demonstrate that expression of the patatin multigene family is differentially regulated in tubers and roots.

published proceedings

  • Nucleic Acids Res

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Pikaard, C. S., Brusca, J. S., Hannapel, D. J., & Park, W. D.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Pikaard, CS||Brusca, JS||Hannapel, DJ||Park, WD

publication date

  • March 1987