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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(9), 2705; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19092705

Characterization of the XTH Gene Family: New Insight to the Roles in Soybean Flooding Tolerance

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Institutes of Agricultural Science and Technology Development, Joint International Research Laboratory of Agriculture and Agri-Product Safety, Co-Innovation Center for Modern Production Technology of Grain Crops, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou 225009, China
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National Center for Soybean Biotechnology and Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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Noble Research Institute, 2510 Sam noble Pkwy, Ardmore, OK 73401, USA
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Received: 26 June 2018 / Revised: 5 September 2018 / Accepted: 6 September 2018 / Published: 11 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Plant Cell Wall Proteins and Development)
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Xyloglucan endotransglycosylases/hydrolases (XTHs) are a class of enzymes involved in the construction and remodeling of cellulose/xyloglucan crosslinks and play an important role in regulating cell wall extensibility. However, little is known about this class of enzymes in soybean. Here, 61 soybean XTH genes (GmXTHs) were identified and classified into three subgroups through comparative phylogenetic analysis. Genome duplication greatly contributed to the expansion of GmXTH genes in soybean. A conserved amino acid motif responsible for the catalytic activity was identified in all GmXTHs. Further expression analysis revealed that most GmXTHs exhibited a distinct organ-specific expression pattern, and the expression level of many GmXTH genes was significantly associated with ethylene and flooding stress. To illustrate a possible role of XTH genes in regulating stress responses, the Arabidopsis AtXTH31 gene was overexpressed in soybean. The generated transgenic plants exhibited improved tolerance to flooding stress, with a higher germination rate and longer roots/hypocotyls during the seedling stage and vegetative growth stages. In summary, our combined bioinformatics and gene expression pattern analyses suggest that GmXTH genes play a role in regulating soybean stress responses. The enhanced soybean flooding tolerance resulting from the expression of an Arabidopsis XTH also supports the role of XTH genes in regulating plant flooding stress responses. View Full-Text
Keywords: Glycine max; XTH gene family; transgenic soybean; plant genome; plant hormone; flooding; root plasticity Glycine max; XTH gene family; transgenic soybean; plant genome; plant hormone; flooding; root plasticity
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Song, L.; Valliyodan, B.; Prince, S.; Wan, J.; Nguyen, H.T. Characterization of the XTH Gene Family: New Insight to the Roles in Soybean Flooding Tolerance. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 2705.

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