RNA expression patterns of a type 2 metallothionein-like gene from rice

Hsing Mei Hsieh, Wei Kuang Liu, Andrew Chang, P. C. Huang

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A type 2 metallothionein-like gene from rice, OsMT-2 (Oryza sativa metallothionein-like gene-2), was isolated in its cDNA form and sequenced. By northern analyses OsMT-2 expression was shown to be induced under stress by sucrose starvation, heat shock and, to a lesser extent, abscisic acid, but not excess metals, including copper. Its response to sucrose starvation was transient and different from OsMT-1, a type 1 metallothionein-like gene of rice inducible by copper. These results suggest that while OsMT-2 is also involved in cellular response to stress, its function may be complementary to that of OsMT-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-529
Number of pages5
JournalPlant Molecular Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • metallothionein
  • rice
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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