TITLE

A Transient Transformation System for the Functional Characterization of Genes Involved in Stress Response

AUTHOR(S)
Ji, Xiaoyu; Zheng, Lei; Liu, Yujia; Nie, Xianguang; Liu, Shengnan; Wang, Yucheng
PUB. DATE
June 2014
SOURCE
Plant Molecular Biology Reporter;Jun2014, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p732
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In this study, we developed a simple and efficient transient transformation system, which can be used in homologous expression or reverse genetic study of the plants. A system for characterizing gene function in response to stress tolerance was also developed based on this transformation method. The overexpression and RNAi-silencing of a bZIP gene from Tamarix hispida, ThbZIP1, were performed in T. hispida using this transformation method. Real-time PCR showed that the expression of ThbZIP1 was highly up- and down-regulated in the plants with overexpression and RNAi-silenced expression of ThbZIP1, respectively, when compared with control plants (transiently transformed with empty pROK2). A physiological study showed that ThbZIP1 can enhance the activities of both peroxidase (POD) and superoxide dismutase (SOD), and decrease electrolyte leakage rate and levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde (MDA) under salt stress conditions. Furthermore, ThbZIP1 is found to mediate stress tolerance by regulating the expression of SOD and POD genes. These results suggested that this transient transformation system is an effective method for determining the function of a gene in response to abiotic stress in plants.
ACCESSION #
95753841

 

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