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Asian Journal of Plant Sciences
Year: 2004  |  Volume: 3  |  Issue: 1  |  Page No.: 128 - 131

A cDNA Sequence Encoding Actin Gene in Moso Bamboo Shoot and its Phylogenetic Analysis

Toshiyuki Matsui, Pankaj Kumar Bhowmik and Kyosuke Yokozeki    

Abstract: Actin is one of the most ubiquitous and conserved eukaryotic protein. All eukaryotic cells, from yeast to plants to animals, have an internal framework called the cytoskeleton. The plant actin cytoskeleton is central to many different sub-cellular processes and actin genes have been the focus of numerous scientific studies because of their involvement in basic cellular processes. In order to explain the structure and evolution of monocot actin gene family we have cloned and sequenced a 515 bp cDNA sequence from moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) shoot. Phylogenetic analysis of the bamboo actin along with asparagus actin and those previously published in the database, indicates that monocots actin genes are highly conserved and actin multigene family underwent many gene duplication events early in the evolution of angiosperms.

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