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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(7), 1288;

Identification of Light-Independent Anthocyanin Biosynthesis Mutants Induced by Ethyl Methane Sulfonate in Turnip “Tsuda” (Brassica rapa)

College of Life Science, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Yayoi, Bunkyo Tokyo 113-8654, Japan
State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and Breeding, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin 150040, China
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Received: 30 May 2017 / Revised: 11 June 2017 / Accepted: 13 June 2017 / Published: 22 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Anthocyanins)
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The epidermis of swollen storage roots in purple cultivars of turnip “Tsuda” (Brassica rapa) accumulates anthocyanin in a light-dependent manner, especially in response to UV-A light, of which the mechanism is unclear. In this study, we mutagenized 15,000 seeds by 0.5% (v/v) ethyl methane sulfonate (EMS) and obtained 14 mutants with abnormal anthocyanin production in their epidermis of swollen storage roots. These mutants were classified into two groups: the red mutants with constitutive anthocyanin accumulation in their epidermis of storage roots even in underground parts in darkness and the white mutants without anthocyanin accumulation in the epidermis of storage roots in aboveground parts exposed to sunlight. Test cross analysis demonstrated that w9, w68, w204, r15, r21, r30 and r57 contained different mutations responsible for their phenotypic variations. Further genetic analysis of four target mutants (w9, w68, w204 and r15) indicated that each of them was controlled by a different recessive gene. Intriguingly, the expression profiles of anthocyanin biosynthesis genes, including structural and regulatory genes, coincided with their anthocyanin levels in the epidermis of storage roots in the four target mutants. We proposed that potential genes responsible for the mutations should be upstream factors of the anthocyanin biosynthesis pathway in turnips, which provided resources to further investigate the mechanisms of light-induced anthocyanin accumulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthocyanin; EMS mutant; turnips; light anthocyanin; EMS mutant; turnips; light

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Yang, J.-F.; Chen, Y.-Z.; Kawabata, S.; Li, Y.-H.; Wang, Y. Identification of Light-Independent Anthocyanin Biosynthesis Mutants Induced by Ethyl Methane Sulfonate in Turnip “Tsuda” (Brassica rapa). Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 1288.

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