A pea cDNA clone homologous to the soybean early nodulin clone pGmENOD2 that most probably encodes a cell wall protein was isolated. The derived amino acid sequence of the pea ENOD2 protein shows that it contains the same repeating pentapeptides, ProProHisGluLys and ProProGluTyrGln, as the soybean ENOD2 protein. By in situ hybridization the expression of the ENOD2 gene was shown to occur only in the inner cortex of the indeterminate pea nodule. The transcription of the pea ENOD2 gene starts when the inner cortical cells develop from the nodule meristem. In the determinate soybean nodule the ENOD2 gene is expressed in the inner cortex as well as in cells surrounding the vascular bundle that connects the nodule with the root central cylinder. The term 'nodule inner cortex' is misleading, as there is no direct homology with the root inner cortex. Therefore, we propose to consider this tissue as nodule parenchyma. A possible role of ENOD2 in a major function of the nodule parenchyma, namely creating an oxygen barrier for the central tissue with the Rhizobium containing cells, is discussed.
|Journal||The EMBO Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|