Mybleu is a natural incomplete transcription factor of rice (Oryza sativa), consisting of a partial Myb repeat followed by a short leucine zipper. We previously showed its localization to the apical region of rice roots and coleoptiles. Specifically, in coleoptiles, Mybleu is expressed under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions, whereas in roots, it is expressed only under aerobic conditions. Mybleu is able to dimerize with canonical leucine zippers and to activate transcription selectively. To investigate Mybleu function in vivo, we transformed Arabidopsis thaliana and evaluated several morphological, physiological and biochemical parameters. In agreement with a hypothesized role of Mybleu in cell elongation in the differentiation zone, we found that the constitutive expression of this transcription factor in Arabidopsis induced elongation in the primary roots and in the internodal region of the floral stem; we also observed a modification of the root apex morphology in transformed lines. Based on the high expression of Mybleu in anaerobic rice coleoptiles, we studied the role of this transcription factor in transgenic plants grown under low-oxygen conditions. We found that overexpression of this transcription factor increased tolerance to oxygen deficit. In transgenic plants, this effect may depend both on the maintenance of a higher metabolism during stress and on the higher expression levels of certain genes involved in the anaerobic response.
|Titolo:||The rice Mybleu transcription factor increases tolerance to oxygen deprivation in Arabidopsis plant|
|Autori interni:||IRITI, MARCELLO|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/12 - Patologia Vegetale|
Settore AGR/13 - Chimica Agraria
|Data di pubblicazione:||2007|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1111/j.1399-3054.2007.00936.x|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|