Leaf-specific thionins of barley-a novel class of cell wall proteins toxic to plant-pathogenic fungi and possibly involved in the defence mechanism of plants.

@article{Bohlmann1988LeafspecificTO,
  title={Leaf-specific thionins of barley-a novel class of cell wall proteins toxic to plant-pathogenic fungi and possibly involved in the defence mechanism of plants.},
  author={H Bohlmann and Susanne Knoth Clausen and Susanna Behnke and Henriette Giese and Ch. Hiller and U Reimann-Philipp and Gerhard Schrader and Vibeke Barkholt and Klaus Apel},
  journal={The EMBO journal},
  year={1988},
  volume={7 6},
  pages={1559-65}
}
A novel class of highly abundant polypeptides with antifungal activity has been detected in cell walls of barley leaves. Similar polypeptides known as thionins occur not only in monocotyledonous but also in various dictoyledonous plants. The leaf-specific thionins of barley are encoded by a complex multigene family, which consists of at least 50-100 members per haploid genome. All of these genes are confined to chromosome 6. The toxicity of these thionins for plant pathogenic fungi and the fact… CONTINUE READING