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ID TSE1304
Title A chloroplastic UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase from Arabidopsis is the committed enzyme for the first step of sulfolipid biosynthesis.
Description Plants synthesize a sulfur-containing lipid, sulfoquinovosyldiacylglycerol, which is one of three nonphosphorus glycerolipids that provide the bulk of the structural lipids in photosynthetic membranes. Here, the identification of a novel gene, UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase3 (UGP3), required for sulfolipid biosynthesis is described. Transcriptome coexpression analysis demonstrated highly correlated expression of UGP3 with known genes for sulfolipid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana. Liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of leaf lipids in two Arabidopsis ugp3 mutants revealed that no sulfolipid was accumulated in these mutants, indicating the participation of UGP3 in sulfolipid biosynthesis. From the deduced amino acid sequence, UGP3 was presumed to be a UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase (UGPase) involved in the generation of UDP-glucose, serving as the precursor of the polar head of sulfolipid. Recombinant UGP3 was able to catalyze the formation of UDP-glucose from glucose-1-phosphate and UTP. A transient assay using fluorescence fusion proteins and UGPase activity in isolated chloroplasts indicated chloroplastic localization of UGP3. The transcription level of UGP3 was increased by phosphate starvation. A comparative genomics study on UGP3 homologs across different plant species suggested the structural and functional conservation of the proteins and, thus, a committing role for UGP3 in sulfolipid synthesis.
Authors Okazaki Y, Shimojima M, Sawada Y, Toyooka K, Narisawa T, Mochida K, Tanaka H, Matsuda F, Hirai A, Hirai MY, Ohta H, Saito K.
Reference Plant Cell. 2009 Mar;21(3):892-909. doi: 10.1105/tpc.108.063925. Epub 2009 Mar 13.

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Title Arabidopsis thaliana
Organism - Scientific Name Arabidopsis thaliana
Organism - ID NCBI taxonomy:3702
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Preparation Seeds of the T-DNA insertion line for the ugp3-1, ugp3-2, and sqd1 mutants (SALK_020654, SALK_073806, and SALK_016799, respectively) were obtained from the ABRC. The T-DNA insertion site was confirmed by sequencing of PCR fragments. The primers used for this study are listed in Supplemental Table 1 online. The PCR fragment at the left border of the T-DNA was amplified using LBa1 and gene-specific primers (ugp3-1_Rv for SALK_020654, ugp3-2_Rv for SALK_073806, and sqd1_Rv for SALK_016799). Unless stated otherwise, plants were grown on agar-solidified Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium containing 1% (w/v) sucrose at 22°C under a 16-h-light/8-h-dark cycle. After an 18-d incubation, the aerial regions were harvested 6 h after the onset of the light phase. For lipid analyses of plants grown under phosphate-controlled conditions, wild type (Columbia-0 accession) plants, ugp3-1, ugp3-2, and sqd1 mutants were grown on phosphate-controlled medium with sufficient phosphate (10 mM) for 10 d and then transferred to either phosphate-sufficient (10 mM) or phosphate-depleted (0 mM) medium prepared as described by Härtel et al. (2000) and grown for another 10 d. For lipid analyses of plants grown under sulfate-controlled conditions, plants were grown on MS medium for 10 d and then transferred to either MS medium or sulfate-depleted (0 mM) MS medium by replacing MgSO4 with MgCl2 for another 2 d. For isolation of intact chloroplasts, plants were grown on soil at 22°C under a 16-h-light/8-h-dark cycle for 45 d.
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Title LC-Q-MS
Method Details ID MS2
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Title Analysis of UDP-Glc in Arabidopsis Leaves
Instrument UPLC-Q-MS
Instrument Type
Ionization ESI
Ion Mode positive and negative
Description Rosette leaves of Arabidopsis (250 mg fresh weight) grown in soil were frozen in liquid nitrogen and homogenized to a fine powder using a mortar and pestle. The powder was extracted with 2.5 mL of 50% (v/v) methanol and subjected to UPLC-Q-MS analysis (flow rate, 0.3 mL min−1; column, ACQUITY UPLC HSS T3 1.8 μm [2.1 mm i.d., 50 mm long; Waters]; solvent, 10 mM triethylamine acetate, pH 6.0; column temperature, 30°C; conditions for MS were same as those used for assay of recombinant UGP3) (Ramm et al., 2004).

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