Existence of thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) in seeds of cereals

R. Radhajeyalakshmi, K. Yamunarani, K. Seetharaman, R. Velazhahan*

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Seed extracts of pearl millet, sorghum, Japanese barnyard millet, foxtail millet, samai and proso millet were evaluated in vitro for their ability to inhibit the growth of Rhizoctonia solani, Macrophomina phaseolina and Fusarium oxysporum. Among them, seed extracts of pearl millet and sorghum were highly effective in inhibiting the growth of all three examined phytopathogenic fungi. The seed extracts were tested for the presence of thaumatin-like proteins (TLPs) by Western blot analysis using bean TLP antiserum. Results of Western blot analysis indicated the presence of a 23-kDa TLP in seeds of pearl millet, sorghum and Japanese barnyard millet. The 23-kDa TLP was more abundant in the seeds of pearl millet. The distribution of TLP in various parts of pearl millet was analyzed by Western blotting. The results indicated that the 23 kDa TLP was predominantly expressed in seeds and inflorescence of pearl millet.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-257
Number of pages7
JournalActa Phytopathologica et Entomologica Hungarica
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Antifungal protein
  • Pathogenesis-related protein
  • Pearl millet
  • Pennisetum glaucum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science


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