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A carrot leucine-rich-repeat protein that inhibits ice recrystallization

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  • D Worrall
  • L Elias
  • D Ashford
  • M Smallwood
  • C Sidebottom
  • P Lillford
  • J Telford
  • C Holt
  • D Bowles
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2/10/1998
Issue number5386
Number of pages3
Pages (from-to)115-117
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Many organisms adapted to live at subzero temperatures express antifreeze proteins that improve their tolerance to freezing. Although structurally diverse, all antifreeze proteins interact with ice surfaces, depress the freezing temperature of aqueous solutions, and inhibit ice crystal growth. A protein purified from carrot shares these functional features with antifreeze proteins of fish. Expression of the carrot complementary DNA in tobacco resulted in the accumulation of antifreeze activity in the apoplast of plants grown at greenhouse temperatures. The sequence of carrot antifreeze protein is similar to that of polygalacturonase inhibitor proteins and contains leucine-rich repeats.