Late embryogenesis abundant proteins

(LEA. Late embryogenesis abundant, English: enriched in late embryogenesis ) proteins were first discovered in seeds of Gossypium hirsutum (Mexican cotton) in a late phase of embryogenesis. Contrary to their name, their occurrence is not limited to a particular developmental stage or tissue. LEA proteins are widely distributed in the plant world, but were also found in some invertebrates and bacteria. Many studies suggest that a relationship between LEA proteins and plant stress tolerance is.


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  • Hundertmark, M and DK Hincha (2008): " LEA (Late Embryogenesis Abundant ) proteins and Their encoding Gened in Arabidopsis thaliana. " BMC Genomics 9 (118). ( Online)
  • Protein
  • Plant Physiology
  • Protein group