Cloning and expression of cDNAs encoding two enzymes of the MEP pathway in Catharanthus roseus.Biochim Biophys Acta. 2000 Dec 15; 1517(1):159-63.BB
Two periwinkle cDNAs (crdxr and crmecs) encoding enzymes of the non-mevalonate terpenoid pathway were characterized using reverse transcription-PCR strategy based on the design of degenerated oligonucleotides. The deduced amino acid sequence of crdxr is homologue to 1-deoxy-D-xylulose 5-phosphate reductoisomerases. Crmecs represents the first plant cDNA encoding a protein similar to the 2C-methyl-D-erythritol 2,4-cyclodiphosphate synthase from Escherichia coli. Expression of crdxr and crmecs genes was up-regulated in periwinkle cells producing monoterpenoid indole alkaloids. Involvement of the 2C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate pathway in alkaloid biosynthesis is discussed.