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Invertases’ optimum environment, primary functions, and important role in injury response
XXXXX1, John Doe2, Jane Doe3 Correspondence should be addressed to xxxxxx. Email: [email protected]
1 Department of Biological Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61950; United States of America 2 Department of Biological Sciences, Molecular Plant Physiology Lab; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61950; United States of America 3 Department of Biological Sciences, Environmental Biology; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, 61950; United States of America
Invertase is a vitally important enzyme required to maintain successful
metabolism and energy supply within the plant tissue. Invertase is involved in
every aspect of plant development, growth, and tissue repair and defense. In this
study we perform DNA sequencing and find the optimum pH and temperature at
which invertase cleaves sucrose in the leaf tissue of Arabidopsis thaliana. We
found the optimal temperature and pH for invertase to be 35°C and 7
Graphical Abstract: Invertase breakdown of Sucrose into Fructose and Glucose.
• The invertase gene was found to be 1,656 bp in length.
• Invertase activity peaks when the pH of the cell is 7.
• Invertase activity peaks when the temperature of the cell is 35°C.
Invertase is an enzyme found in most plant species. The purpose of
invertase is to cleave sucrose within the plant into the two monosaccharaides
(Sturm and Tang, 1999), glucose and fructose, in an irreversible hydrolysis
(Xiang et al., 2011). The use of sucrose to be cleaved into hexoses (glucose and
fructose) provides carbon and energy to the plant tissues (Sturm, 1999). The
produced hexoses are vitally important to the overall metabolism, development,
growth, and protection of the plant. Energy, in the form of hexoses, is required for
tissue growth and cell elongation in the growing or recovering plant (Sturm,
1999). Invertase provides the sugar resources to the sink tissue of the plant
influencing where energy is used and where growth occurs in the plant (Heyer et
al., 2003). The effect of invertase on development is extends to the endosperm
and seeds, establishing sink strength (Sturm and Tang, 1999). In addition to
normal growth and development, invertase is produced in the areas directly
around plant injury or infection (Zhang et al., 1996) as the plant’s metabolism
drastically increases in response to the injury and hexose is in high demand to
meet the energy needs of tissue repair (Herbers et al., 1996). This has been
shown by finding high levels of invertase and the rapid production of hexoses in
the area around tissue wounds and infection (Sturm and Tang, 1999).
The overall function of invertase in the plant shows the presence of
organism-wide regulation of metabolic activity, growth, development, and injury
or infection repair based on the ability to use sucrose to produce energy when
and where it is needed (Smeekens, 1998; Sturm, 1999). In Arabidopsis thaliana,
six invertase genes have been found and are expressed throughout the plant,
including stems, leaves, roots, flowers, and seeds (Sherson et al., 2002). This
study used leaf tissue, isolating the DNA sequence and finding the pH and
temperature optima for invertase found in the leaves of Arabidopsis thaliana.
Results and Discussion
Figure 1 shows a varying result in temperature optimum of invertase. The
peak temperature optimum is found to be 30º C with a glucose/min output of
389.4. As Figure 1 shows, another smaller peak occurs at 55º C and an output of
385.2 glucose/min. This optimum temperature range may correlate to the
internal temperatures of the plant at critical life stages such as: a developing
seed in the ground and the need for increased sucrose cleavage is present, and
in the summer months when environmental temperature, heat of the sun, and
internal metabolism may cause a high internal temperature.
Figure 2 shows the range of pH optimum for invertase in Arabidopsis
thaliana. There is a clear range of optimum glucose activity found between a pH
of 4 and 8. This is consistent with the finding that the optimum curve of
intracellular invertase activity is rather broad (Goetz and Roitsch, 1999). This
range fits into to the finding that vacuolar and cell wall invertases cleave Sucrose
most efficiently between pH 4.5 and 5 (Sturm, 1999). The peak optimum found in
our testing specific to Arabidopis thaliana invertase occurs at a pH of 7 with a
release of 450.3 glucose/min. When invertase is exposed to it’s optimum
temperature of 35°C and pH of 7, it is best able to perform the vitals plant
functions listed in Figure 3.
DNA Sequence Analysis
Our DNA sequence analysis found the invertase from leaf tissue of the
Arabidopsis thaliana to be 1656 bp in length. The exact sequence is shown in
Figure 4 below.
Sequencing of the DNA was performed with 1 g of fresh leaf tissue. The
selected tissue was ground with a mortar and pestle and the genomic DNA was
extracted using a “Quick DNA” kit from Bio Rad. PCR was utilized to amplify the
gene using primers INV-F and INV-R. The PCR mixture included 22 µL of “Quick
PCR Reagent” (Bio-Rad) with 1 µL of genomic DNA and 1 µL of each primer.
Thermocycler conditions were: 94°C for 10 min followed by 35 cycles of [94°C for
30 s, 55°C for 30 s, 72°C for 1 min] and finished with 72°C for 10 min. The
amplified product was sent to TCAG Laboratories for sequencing.
Extraction of the enzyme was performed by grinding 1 g of fresh leaf
tissue with a mortar and pestle using a buffer comprised of 50 mM Tris (pH 7.0),
2 mM EDTA, 2 mM MgCl2. The extract was centrifuged at 13,000 rpm for 10 min
at 4° C, then the supernatant was collected for the activity analyses. Activity was
measured using a glucose oxidase assay kit (Bio-Rad) measuring the amount of
glucose released per minute. The reaction buffer was 40 mM HEPES, 1 M
sucrose, 2 mM EDTA, and 2 mM MgCl2. For the pH studies, the HEPES buffer
was changed from 1 – 14 at 30°C. And for the temperature studies, the pH was
7 and temperature changed from 5 - 70°C.
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Figure Legends Figure 1. The effect of temperature on invertase activity (data are represented as mean +/- SEM). Figure 2. The effect of pH on invertase activity (data are represented as mean +/- SEM). Figure 3. A list of the functions of Cell wall and Vacuolar Invertases. (Sturm and Tang, 1999) Figure 4. DNA sequencing of invertase from Arabidopsis thaliana. Tables
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Functions of Invertases
Cell Wall Invertase
Sucrose partitioning between source and sink organs.
Response to wounding and infection. Control of cell differentiation.
Osmoregulation and cell enlargement.
Control of sugar composition in fruits and storage organs. Response to cold (cold sweetening).
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