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Publication Type J
Authors Hwang, S.-T.
Title Isolation and Characterization of Expansin Genes in a Halophyte, Suaeda japonica
Source Journal of Life Science
Author Keywords Suaeda japonca halophyte expansin growth NaCl
Abstract Halophytes are unique land plants that are capable of thriving in a high‐salt environment. They are attracting public attention due to their ability to synthesize bioactive substances such as UV protectants or antioxidizing agents. To achieve unaffected growth under high salinity, halophytes may take advantage of the activities of cell growth factors such as expansins. Expansins are well-known cell wall proteins that are responsible for cell enlargement. They loosen cell walls, thereby contributing to actual plant growth. This study aimed to identify positive roles of expansins in the growth of halophytes. Three expansin cDNA clones were isolated from seedlings of Suaeda japonica. Comparing the deduced amino acid sequences of the expansin genes of S. japonica with those of other plant species suggested that the cDNA clones isolated from S. japonica belong to the EXPA (α-expansin) gene family. A phylogenetic tree based on the deduced amino acid sequences revealed that the expansins of S. japonica share a close evolutionary relationship with those of strawberry (Fragaria ananassa) and jujube (Ziziphus jujuba), both of which are woody dicots. SjEXPAs did not show any remarkable change in the gene expression level in different NaCl concentrations, providing a clue to the unaffected seedling growth of S. japonica in a high-salt environment. In conclusion, the present study presents the first report of expansin genes from halophytes and suggests a putative role for these genes in plant growth under high salinity.
ISSN 1225-9918
ISBN 1225-9918
Year Published 2013
Volume 23
Issue 2
Beginning Page 182-189
Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.5352/jls.2013.23.2.182
Unique Article Identifier KJD:ART001748791
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