Expression of miR159 Is Altered in Tomato Plants Undergoing Drought Stress
AbstractIn a scenario of global climate change, water scarcity is a major threat for agriculture, severely limiting crop yields. Therefore, alternatives are urgently needed for improving plant adaptation to drought stress. Among them, gene expression reprogramming by microRNAs (miRNAs) might offer a biotechnologically sound strategy. Drought-responsive miRNAs have been reported in many plant species, and some of them are known to participate in complex regulatory networks via their regulation of transcription factors involved in water stress signaling. We explored the role of miR159 in the response of Solanum lycopersicum Mill. plants to drought stress by analyzing the expression of sly-miR159 and its target SlMYB transcription factor genes in tomato plants of cv. Ailsa Craig grown in deprived water conditions or in response to mechanical damage caused by the Colorado potato beetle, a devastating insect pest of Solanaceae plants. Results showed that sly-miR159 regulatory function in the tomato plants response to distinct stresses might be mediated by differential stress-specific MYB transcription factor targeting. sly-miR159 targeting of SlMYB33 transcription factor transcript correlated with accumulation of the osmoprotective compounds proline and putrescine, which promote drought tolerance. This highlights the potential role of sly-miR159 in tomato plants’ adaptation to water deficit conditions. View Full-Text
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López-Galiano, M.J.; García-Robles, I.; González-Hernández, A.I.; Camañes, G.; Vicedo, B.; Real, M.D.; Rausell, C. Expression of miR159 Is Altered in Tomato Plants Undergoing Drought Stress. Plants 2019, 8, 201.
López-Galiano MJ, García-Robles I, González-Hernández AI, Camañes G, Vicedo B, Real MD, Rausell C. Expression of miR159 Is Altered in Tomato Plants Undergoing Drought Stress. Plants. 2019; 8(7):201.Chicago/Turabian Style
López-Galiano, María J.; García-Robles, Inmaculada; González-Hernández, Ana I.; Camañes, Gemma; Vicedo, Begonya; Real, M. D.; Rausell, Carolina. 2019. "Expression of miR159 Is Altered in Tomato Plants Undergoing Drought Stress." Plants 8, no. 7: 201.
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