The tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.) cDNA clone TomA5B was isolated by differential screening of a cDNA library prepared from anthers at late meiosis to tetrad formation. The 5B gene is present in a single copy in the tomato genome. Expression is developmentally regulated and tissue specific. RNA accumulation was detected from premeiosis through tetrad release in the tapetal cell layer of the anther with low levels of RNA detected in petals and early stages of pistil development. The protein deduced from the DNA sequence analysis is predicted to have a molecular mass of 11.1 kDa and a secretory signal sequence, suggesting it is a secreted protein. The deduced 5B protein has a pattern of cysteine residues that is similar to other proteins that have stamen-specific expression and to a superfamily of seed proteins. The 5B protein is unique in that there is no amino acid sequence similarity to other proteins beyond the similar cysteine motif.
- seed protein