The maize brevis plant1 is a type II inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase

  • Yu Chen
  • Qinan Cai
  • Shuiyuan Hao
Original Article


The genes associated with the dwarf phenotype have been utilized in crop breeding to prevent lodging and stem breakage. Brevis plant1 (Bv1), encoding a putative inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase (5PTase), has been associated with stem elongation in maize (Zea mays L.); however, the enzymatic activity of BV1 has not been experimentally characterized. In this study, the phosphatase activity of BV1 was verified with biochemical assays. BV1 demonstrated type II 5PTase activity capable of hydrolyzing both inositol polyphosphates and phosphoinositides. Similar to other type II 5PTases that share similar sequences and common domain architecture with BV1, the enzymatic activity of BV1 is sensitive to changes in Mg2+ and pH. 367G-R and 565S-L are two mutations in Bv1 that have been associated with the dwarfing phenotype in maize. To characterize the dwarfing mechanism, mutant BV1 proteins were expressed in vitro and assayed for phosphatase activity. The results showed that both mutations significantly reduced the enzymatic activity of BV1, but neither altered its substrate specificity and dependence on Mg2+ and pH. This biochemical verification of BV1 as a type II 5PTase is important as it sheds light on the molecular basis of deficient BV1-mediated dwarfing phenotype.


Brevis plant1 Inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase Stem elongation 



Brevis plant1


Inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase


Protein-A immunoglobulin G (IgG) binding domains


Tobacco etch virus


Polymerase chain reaction


Quantitative polymerase chain reaction


Reverse transcription


Tubulin beta


Basic Local Alignment Search Tool


Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HorticultureNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingChina
  2. 2.Agro-Biotechnology Research InstituteJilin Academy of Agricultural SciencesChangchunChina
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural SciencesHetao CollegeBayannur CityChina

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