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The Aborted Microspores (AMS)-Like Gene Is Required for Anther and Microspore Development in Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.)

Beijing Key Laboratory of Growth and Developmental Regulation for Protected Vegetable Crops, Department of Vegetable Science, College of Horticulture, China Agricultural University, Beijing 100193, China
Shandong Key Laboratory of Greenhouse Vegetable Biology, Institute of Vegetables and Flowers, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Shandong Branch of National Vegetable Improvement Center, Jinan 250100, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(5), 1341;
Received: 21 March 2018 / Revised: 27 April 2018 / Accepted: 30 April 2018 / Published: 2 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Plant Sciences)
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Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) is an economically important vegetable crop worldwide. Although many genes associated with anther and pollen development have been identified, little is known about the mechanism of pollen abortion in pepper. Here, we identified and isolated two putative aborted microspore (AMS) isoforms from pepper flowers: CaAMS1 and CaAMS2. Sequence analysis showed that CaAMS2 was generated by retention of the fourth intron in CaAMS1 pre-mRNA. CaAMS1 encodes a putative protein with a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) domain belonging to the MYC subfamily of bHLH transcription factors, and it is localized to the nucleus. Truncated CaAMS2-1 and CaAMS2-2 are produced by alternative splicing. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis showed that CaAMS (referred to CaAMS1 and CaAMS2-2) was preferentially expressed in stamens and its expression level gradually decreases with flower development. RNA in situ hybridization analysis showed that CaAMS is strongly expressed in the tapetum at the tetrad and uninucleate stages. Downregulation of CaAMS led to partial shortened filaments, shriveled, indehiscent stamens and abortive pollens in pepper flowers. Several genes involved in pollen exine formation were downregulated in defective CaAMS-silenced anthers. Thus, CaAMS seems to play an important role in pepper tapetum and pollen development by regulating a complex genetic network. View Full-Text
Keywords: Capsicum annuum L.; CaAMS; bHLH transcription factor; MYC family; male sterility Capsicum annuum L.; CaAMS; bHLH transcription factor; MYC family; male sterility

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Guo, J.; Liu, C.; Wang, P.; Cheng, Q.; Sun, L.; Yang, W.; Shen, H. The Aborted Microspores (AMS)-Like Gene Is Required for Anther and Microspore Development in Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.). Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1341.

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