Localization of the genes coding for the 51 kDa PSII chlorophyll apoprotein, apocytochrome b6, the 65-70 kDa PSI chlorophyll apoproteins and the 44 kDa PSII chlorophyll apoprotein in pea chloroplast DNA. Academic Article uri icon


  • DNA probes isolated from previously mapped spinach genes were used to locate 5 genes on pea ctDNA by heterologous hybridization. The genes mapped include psbC, psaA, psaB, psbB, and petB. PsbB and petB mapped to a 6.7 kbp XbaI DNA fragment adjacent to the petD gene. Northern probes from within the DNA which codes for psbB and petD hybridized to 6 RNAs ranging from 1.2 to 5.6 kbp. The psaA and psaB genes, which code for 65-70 kDa proteins of Photosystem I, were mapped to a 7.5 kbp. XbaI DNA fragment. A 5.8 kbp RNA is transcribed from the region which contains the psaA and psaB genes suggesting that these genes are co-transcribed. Finally the psbC gene which codes for a 44 kDa chlorophyll-protein of Photosystem II was mapped to a 12.3 kbp PstI DNA fragment. The pea psbC open reading frame overlaps the psbD coding sequence and this gene pair is within 3 kbp of the psaA-psaB genes. Overall, the organization of the 3 gene clusters analyzed in peas is similar to that reported for spinach.

published proceedings

  • Plant Mol Biol

author list (cited authors)

  • Berends, T., Kubicek, Q., & Mullet, J. E.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Berends, T||Kubicek, Q||Mullet, JE

publication date

  • March 1986