Overexpression of OsERF48 Causes Regulation of OsCML16, a Calmodulin-Like Protein Gene That Enhances Root Growth and Drought Tolerance

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Harin Jung, Pil Joong Chung, Su-Hyun Park, Mark Christian Felipe Reveche Redillas, Youn Shic Kim, Joo-Won Suh, Ju-Kon Kim
Plant Biotechnology Journal, 2017, 15(10): 1295-1308  DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12716;      追溯原文......本站官方QQ群:62473826
OsERF48; calmodulin-like protein; co-regulatory network; drought tolerance; root growth
Graduate School of International Agricultural Technology and Crop Biotechnology Institute/GreenBio Science and Technology, Seoul National University; Center for Nutraceutical and Pharmaceutical Materials, Division of Bioscience and Bioinformatics, Myongji University

The AP2/ERF family is a plant-specific transcription factor family whose members have been associated with various developmental processes and stress tolerance. Here, we functionally characterized the drought-inducible OsERF48, a group Ib member of the rice ERF family with four conserved motifs, CMI-1, -2, -3 and -4. A transactivation assay in yeast revealed that the C-terminal CMI-1 motif was essential for OsERF48 transcriptional activity. When OsERF48 was overexpressed in an either a root-specific (ROXOsERF48 ) or whole-body (OXOsERF48 ) manner, transgenic plants showed a longer and denser root phenotype compared to the nontransgenic (NT) controls. When plants were grown on a 40% polyethylene glycol-infused medium under in vitro drought conditions, ROXOsERF48 plants showed a more vigorous root growth than OXOsERF48 and NT plants. In addition, the ROXOsERF48 plants exhibited higher grain yield than OXOsERF48 and NT plants under field-drought conditions. We constructed a putative OsERF48 regulatory network by cross-referencing ROXOsERF48 root-specific RNA-seq data with a co-expression network database, from which we inferred the involvement of 20 drought-related genes in OsERF48-mediated responses. These included genes annotated as being involved in stress signalling, carbohydrate metabolism, cell-wall proteins and drought responses. They included, OsCML16, a key gene in calcium signalling during abiotic stress, which was shown to be a direct target of OsERF48 by chromatin immunoprecipitation-qPCR analysis and a transient protoplast expression assay. Our results demonstrated that OsERF48 regulates OsCML16, a calmodulin-like protein gene that enhances root growth and drought tolerance.


基因列表
  钙调蛋白 OsCML16
  乙烯应答因子; 干旱应答的AP2/EREBP基因 OsERF48; OsDRAP1