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A Novel G-Protein-Coupled Receptors Gene from Upland Cotton Enhances Salt Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Arabidopsis

Research Base in Anyang Institute of Technology, State Key Laboratory of Cotton Biology, Institute of Cotton Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science (ICR, CAAS), Anyang 455000, Henan, China
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, P.O. Box 210-40601, 210 Bondo, Kenya
Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liège, 5030 Gembloux, Belgium
Anyang Institute of Technology, Anyang 455000, Henan, China
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Authors contributed equally to this work.
Genes 2018, 9(4), 209;
Received: 1 March 2018 / Revised: 28 March 2018 / Accepted: 3 April 2018 / Published: 12 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Plant Genetics and Genomics)
Plants have developed a number of survival strategies which are significant for enhancing their adaptation to various biotic and abiotic stress factors. At the transcriptome level, G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are of great significance, enabling the plants to detect a wide range of endogenous and exogenous signals which are employed by the plants in regulating various responses in development and adaptation. In this research work, we carried out genome-wide analysis of target of Myb1 (TOM1), a member of the GPCR gene family. The functional role of TOM1 in salt stress tolerance was studied using a transgenic Arabidopsis plants over-expressing the gene. By the use of the functional domain PF06454, we obtained 16 TOM genes members in Gossypium hirsutum, 9 in Gossypium arboreum, and 11 in Gossypium raimondii. The genes had varying physiochemical properties, and it is significant to note that all the grand average of hydropathy (GRAVY) values were less than one, indicating that all are hydrophobic in nature. In all the genes analysed here, both the exonic and intronic regions were found. The expression level of Gh_A07G0747 (GhTOM) was significantly high in the transgenic lines as compared to the wild type; a similar trend in expression was observed in all the salt-related genes tested in this study. The study in epidermal cells confirmed the localization of the protein coded by the gene TOM1 in the plasma membrane. Analysis of anti-oxidant enzymes showed higher concentrations of antioxidants in transgenic lines and relatively lower levels of oxidant substances such as H2O2. The low malondialdehyde (MDA) level in transgenic lines indicated that the transgenic lines had relatively low level of oxidative damage compared to the wild types. The results obtained indicate that Gh_A07G0747 (GhTOM) can be a putative target gene for enhancing salt stress tolerance in plants and could be exploited in the future for the development of salt stress-tolerant cotton cultivars. View Full-Text
Keywords: G-protein-coupled receptors; salt tolerance; antioxidant; gene; wild type; transgenic G-protein-coupled receptors; salt tolerance; antioxidant; gene; wild type; transgenic
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Lu, P.; Magwanga, R.O.; Lu, H.; Kirungu, J.N.; Wei, Y.; Dong, Q.; Wang, X.; Cai, X.; Zhou, Z.; Wang, K.; Liu, F. A Novel G-Protein-Coupled Receptors Gene from Upland Cotton Enhances Salt Stress Tolerance in Transgenic Arabidopsis. Genes 2018, 9, 209.

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