ESTs reveal a multigene family for plant defensins in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Plant defensins, formerly named gamma-thionins, are a group of small, cysteine-rich, basic, and antimicrobial plant proteins. Random sequencing of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) in Arabidopsis thaliana has revealed several different plant defensin genes in this plant species which can be grouped into two subfamilies. We have used one EST of each subfamily… (More)