In Silico Characterization of Plant Salt Tolerance Promoting KDP Proteins from Alcaligenes xylosoxydans

Fatima Muccee


Soil salinity stress is a detrimental factor in crops production. Conventional methods of soil management and reclamation have been proved useless. On the contrary, exploiting the inherent genes and mechanisms of halotolerant bacteria can bring revolution in agriculture. Present study was designed to characterize ATPase dependent protein complexes kdpFABC and kdpDE in a salt tolerant bacterium Alcaligenes xylosoxydans. This complex enables plants to endure the saline environmental conditions through enhancing the K+ ions influx. For characterization, protein sequences of three isoforms of kdpA, four of kdpB, two of kdpC and one of kdpE were retrieved from Uniprot database. These were analyzed via ProtParam tool, AlphaFold protein database and HDOCK server. Highest affinity for ATP molecule was observed in kdpB confirming its reported function of ATP hydrolysis. All documented proteins were found polar (except kdpE), alkaline (except one isoform of each kdpA and kdpB), thermostable, to exhibit complex 3D structure (except for kdpC and E) and in vitro stability. These properties of subunit proteins can be exploited to engineer the complex and produce osmotolerant transgenic plants


salinity; Alcaligenes xylosoxydans; halotolerant; kdp complex; encoding

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