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A full-length cDNA sequence of plant type CRY (designated Hae-P-CRY) was cloned from the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis. The cDNA sequence was 3608 base pairs (bp) in length, which contained a 2988-bp open reading frame encoding 995 amino acids with molecular mass of 107.7 kDa and isoelectric point of 6.19. Multiple alignment analysis revealed that the deduced amino acid sequence of Hae-P-CRY shared high identity of 47-66% with corresponding plant type CRYs from other eukaryotes. The catalytic motifs of plant type CRYs were detected in the amino acid sequence of Hae-P-CRY including the typical PHR and CTE domains. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the Hae-P-CRY was grouped together with other plant type CRYs from green algae and higher plants, which distinguished from other distinct groups. The transcriptional level of Hae-P-CRY was strongly decreased after 0-4 h under HL stress. In addition, the Hae-P-CRY gene was heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) and successfully purified. The typical spectroscopic characteristics of plant type CRYs were present in Hae-P-CRY indicated that it may be an active enzyme, which provided valuable clue for further functional investigation in the green alga H. pluvialis. These results lay the foundation for further function and interaction protein identification involved in CRYs mediated signal pathway under HL stress in H. pluvialis. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Wei Hang, Asadullah Gujar, Hongjiang Zhang, Wenxin Xu, Chunchao Zhao, Xiaoli Zhu, Jinai Xue, Chunhui Zhang, Chunli Ji, Song Qin, Runzhi Li, Hongli Cui. Cloning, expression, and characterization of a novel plant type cryptochrome gene from the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis. Protein expression and purification. 2020 Aug;172:105633

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