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Genome-Wide Identification and Characterization of the GmSnRK2 Family in Soybean

Key laboratory of Biology and Genetic Improvement of Oil Crops, Ministry of Agriculture, Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Wuhan 430062, China
Beijing Genomics Institute, Wuhan 430075, China
State Key Laboratory of Crop Biology, Agronomy College, Shandong Agricultural University, Tai’an 271018, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18(9), 1834;
Received: 1 July 2017 / Revised: 19 August 2017 / Accepted: 20 August 2017 / Published: 23 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Abiotic Stress and Gene Networks in Plants 2017)
Sucrose non-fermenting-1 (SNF1)-related protein kinase 2s (SnRK2s) that were reported to be involved in the transduction of abscisic acid (ABA) signaling, play important roles in response to biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. Compared to the systemic investigation of SnRK2s in Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa, little is known regarding SnRK2s in soybean, which is one of the most important oil and protein crops. In the present study, we performed genome-wide identification and characterization of GmSnRK2s in soybean. In summary, 22 GmSnRK2s were identified and clustered into four groups. Phylogenetic analysis indicated the expansion of SnRK2 gene family during the evolution of soybean. Various cis-acting elements such as ABA Response Elements (ABREs) were identified and analyzed in the promoter regions of GmSnRK2s. The results of RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) data for different soybean tissues showed that GmSnRK2s exhibited spatio-temporally specific expression patterns during soybean growth and development. Certain GmSnRK2s could respond to the treatments including salinity, ABA and strigolactones. Our results provide a foundation for the further elucidation of the function of GmSnRK2 genes in soybean. View Full-Text
Keywords: soybean; sucrose non-fermenting-1 (SNF1)-related protein kinase 2; salinity; abscisic acid; strigolactones soybean; sucrose non-fermenting-1 (SNF1)-related protein kinase 2; salinity; abscisic acid; strigolactones
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Zhao, W.; Cheng, Y.-H.; Zhang, C.; Shen, X.-J.; You, Q.-B.; Guo, W.; Li, X.; Song, X.-J.; Zhou, X.-A.; Jiao, Y.-Q. Genome-Wide Identification and Characterization of the GmSnRK2 Family in Soybean. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2017, 18, 1834.

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