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GsMAS1 Encoding a MADS-box Transcription Factor Enhances the Tolerance to Aluminum Stress in Arabidopsis thaliana

by 1,2,3,4,5,†, 1,2,3,4,5,†, 1,2,3,4,5, 1,2,3,4,5, 1,2,3,4,5, 1,2,3,4,5, 1,2,3,4,5,* and 1,2,3,4,5,*
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The State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro-bioresources, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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The Guangdong Provincial Laboratory of Lingnan Modern Agricultural Science and Technology, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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The Key Laboratory of Plant Molecular Breeding of Guangdong Province, College of Agriculture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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The Guangdong Subcenter of National Center for Soybean Improvement, College of Agriculture, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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The National Engineering Research Center of Plant Space Breeding, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21(6), 2004; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijms21062004
Received: 28 January 2020 / Revised: 13 March 2020 / Accepted: 14 March 2020 / Published: 15 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Plant Sciences)
The MADS-box transcription factors (TFs) are essential in regulating plant growth and development, and conferring abiotic and metal stress resistance. This study aims to investigate GsMAS1 function in conferring tolerance to aluminum stress in Arabidopsis. The GsMAS1 from the wild soybean BW69 line encodes a MADS-box transcription factor in Glycine soja by bioinformatics analysis. The putative GsMAS1 protein was localized in the nucleus. The GsMAS1 gene was rich in soybean roots presenting a constitutive expression pattern and induced by aluminum stress with a concentration-time specific pattern. The analysis of phenotypic observation demonstrated that overexpression of GsMAS1 enhanced the tolerance of Arabidopsis plants to aluminum (Al) stress with larger values of relative root length and higher proline accumulation compared to those of wild type at the AlCl3 treatments. The genes and/or pathways regulated by GsMAS1 were further investigated under Al stress by qRT-PCR. The results indicated that six genes resistant to Al stress were upregulated, whereas AtALMT1 and STOP2 were significantly activated by Al stress and GsMAS1 overexpression. After treatment of 50 μM AlCl3, the RNA abundance of AtALMT1 and STOP2 went up to 17-fold and 37-fold than those in wild type, respectively. Whereas the RNA transcripts of AtALMT1 and STOP2 were much higher than those in wild type with over 82% and 67% of relative expression in GsMAS1 transgenic plants, respectively. In short, the results suggest that GsMAS1 may increase resistance to Al toxicity through certain pathways related to Al stress in Arabidopsis. View Full-Text
Keywords: GsMAS1; MADS; Al stress; Glycine Soja; Arabidopsis thaliana GsMAS1; MADS; Al stress; Glycine Soja; Arabidopsis thaliana
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Zhang, X.; Li, L.; Yang, C.; Cheng, Y.; Han, Z.; Cai, Z.; Nian, H.; Ma, Q. GsMAS1 Encoding a MADS-box Transcription Factor Enhances the Tolerance to Aluminum Stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2020, 21, 2004. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijms21062004

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Zhang X, Li L, Yang C, Cheng Y, Han Z, Cai Z, Nian H, Ma Q. GsMAS1 Encoding a MADS-box Transcription Factor Enhances the Tolerance to Aluminum Stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2020; 21(6):2004. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijms21062004

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Zhang, Xiao, Lu Li, Ce Yang, Yanbo Cheng, Zhenzhen Han, Zhandong Cai, Hai Nian, and Qibin Ma. 2020. "GsMAS1 Encoding a MADS-box Transcription Factor Enhances the Tolerance to Aluminum Stress in Arabidopsis thaliana" International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21, no. 6: 2004. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijms21062004

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