A plant-defensin from sugarcane (Saccharum spp.)

Lara Padovan, Ludovica Segat, Alessandro Tossi, Nikolinka Antcheva, Ana Maria Benko-Iseppon, Akio Kido Ederson, Lucas Brandao, Tercilio Calsa, Sergio Crovella

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Comparing available Poaceae defensins with sugarcane ESTs, a putative defensin gene was identified in sugarcane and cloned from genomic sugarcane DNA. The deduced encoded peptide shows the structure and amino acid composition typical of other plant defensins. Using RT-PCR, defensin expression in sugarcane and differences between "normal" and infected sugarcane were evidenced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)430-436
Number of pages7
JournalProtein and Peptide Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2009


  • Antimicrobial peptides
  • Plant defensin
  • Poaceae
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • Protein function
  • Saccharum spp

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Structural Biology


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