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In the legume-Rhizobium interaction Nod factors emanating from rhizobia trigger a complex of specific responses in epidermis, pericycle and root cortex of the plant, thereby providing the basis for subsequent bacterial entry and organogenesis of root nodules. Since Nod factors are biologically active at pico-nanomolar concentrations and their activity depends on Nod factor structural features, it suggests the presence of high affinity receptors to these molecules. Genetic analysis of pea mutants allowed to identify genes that are essential for symbiosis development and among of them the PsSym10 and PsSym37. These genes are predicted to encode LysM-receptor-like kinases with LysM motifs in extracellular domain (LysM-RLKs). These proteins may be potential receptors to Nod factors. However experimental evidence of Nod factor binding to the putative receptors is needed to confirm the biochemical function of receptors. Mainly, it depends on the problems with receiving of membrane receptors. In this work the heterologous expression of SYM10 and SYM37 was conducted in bacterial cells. We have also optimized the conditions for recombinant proteins purification and obtained specific antibodies for next immunoenzyme analysis of two LysM-RLKs in legume plants.


About the authors

Elena A Dolgikh

All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, St. Petersburg, RF


Irina V Leppyanen

All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, Saint-Petersburg, RF


Vladimir A Zhukov

All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, Saint-Petersburg, RF


Viktor E Tsyganov

All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, Saint-Petersburg, RF


Igor A Tikhonovich

All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, Saint-Petersburg, RF

Email: Podbelskiy Ch., 3, Saint-Petersburg, Pushkin-8


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