Grain protein variability among species of Triticum and Aegilops: quantitative SDS-PAGE studies

Abstract

Total proteins were extracted from degermed seeds of various species of Triticum and Aegilops with solutions containing sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and mercaptoethanol. The reduced, dissociated proteins were fractionated according to molecular weight (MW) by high-resolution polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in buffers containing SDS (SDS-PAGE). Stained SDS-PAGE patterns were measured by densitometric scanning over a suitable range of optical density. The data were normalized to equivalent total areas for each of the densitometric scans by means of a computer program that also permitted the construction of patterns of hypothetical amphiploids by averaging patterns of two or three diploid species. The grain proteins of most species examined had distinctive qualitative and quantitative aspects that were characteristic of the species even though nearly every accession or cultivar of a species exhibited at least minor differences in pattern from other accessions or cultivars. The main protein components (probably prolamins) of Triticum monococcum ssp. monococcum, T. monococcum ssp. boeoticum, T. urartu, and Aegilops squarrosa had MW's in the range 29–36 X 103 whereas the most important components of Ae. speltoides, Ae. longissima, and Ae. searsii had MW's in the range 37–55 × 103. Changes in the quantitative expression of particular genes, especially those coding for storage protein components, may have been associated with speciation. The strong predominance of proteins with MW's in the range 29–36 × 103 in some accessions of AB genome tetraploids, such as T. turgidum ssp. dicoccoides, may indicate contributions to the B genome of these tetraploids by T. monococcum ssp. boeoticum, T. urartu, or Ae. squarrosa.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00275173

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@article{Cole1981GrainPV, title={Grain protein variability among species of Triticum and Aegilops: quantitative SDS-PAGE studies}, author={Elliott W. Cole and J . G . Fullington and Donald D. Kasarda}, journal={Theoretical and Applied Genetics}, year={1981}, volume={60}, pages={17-30} }