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Funct Integr Genomics. 2010 Aug;10(3):425-31. doi: 10.1007/s10142-009-0151-x. Epub 2009 Dec 15.

The nodC, nodG, and glgX genes of Rhizobium tropici strain PRF 81.

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  • 1Embrapa Soja, Cx. Postal 231, CEP 86001-970, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. lu_ruano@hotmail.com


Rhizobium tropici is a diazotrophic microsymbiont of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) that encompasses important but still poorly studied tropical strains, and a recent significant contribution to the knowledge of the species was the publication of a genomic draft of strain PRF 81, which revealed several novel genes [Pinto et al. Funct Int Gen 9:263-270, 2009]. In this study, we investigated the transcription of nodC, nodG, and glgX genes, located in the nod operon of PRF 81 strain, by reverse-transcription quantitative PCR. All three genes showed low levels of transcription when the cells were grown until exponential growth phase in the presence of common-bean-seed exudates or of the root nod-gene inducer naringenin. However, when cells at the exponential phase of growth were incubated with seed exudates, transcription occurred after only 5 min, and nodC, nodG, and glgX were transcribed 121.97-, 14.86-, and 50.29-fold more than the control, respectively, followed by a rapid decrease in gene transcription. Much lower levels of transcription were observed in the presence of naringenin; furthermore, maximum transcription required 8 h of incubation for all three genes. In light of these results, the mechanisms of induction of the nodulation genes by flavonoids are discussed.

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