What is it about?
This gene codes for a very special protein with extremely high content of three amino acids lysine (K), aspartic acid (E) and glutamic acid (D), therefore called KED. It can be found in all types of plants known in the world. Wounding to plant leaves drastically increases the KED gene activity.
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Why is it important?
We find that this gene is present in all known plants and is responsive to tissue wounding and insect chewing. Thus, it probably has unique evolutionary and physiological roles in plant life, as implicated by its structure and function shared by all plant species. Is it part of survival and thrive strategy of plants in response to ever changing environments?
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This page is a summary of: Evolutionary analysis of KED-rich proteins in plants, PLoS ONE, March 2023, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0279772.
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