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DNA Res. 2001 Aug 31;8(4):153-61.

Monitoring of methyl jasmonate-responsive genes in Arabidopsis by cDNA macroarray: self-activation of jasmonic acid biosynthesis and crosstalk with other phytohormone signaling pathways.

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Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.


Jasmonates mediate various physiological events in plant cells such as defense responses, flowering, and senescence through intracellular and intercellular signaling pathways, and the expression of a large number of genes appears to be regulated by jasmonates. In order to obtain information on the regulatory network of jasmonate-responsive genes (JRGs) in Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis), we screened 2880 cDNA clones for jasmonate responsiveness by a cDNA macroarray procedure. Since many of the JRGs reported so far have been identified in leaf tissues, the cDNA clones used were chosen from a non-redundant EST library that was prepared from above-ground organs. Hybridization to the filters was achieved using alpha-33P-labeled single-strand DNAs synthesized from mRNAs obtained from methyl jasmonate (MeJA)-treated and untreated Arabidopsis seedlings. Data analysis identified 41 JRGs whose mRNA levels were changed by more than three fold in response to MeJA. This was confirmed by Northern blot analysis by using eight representatives. Among the 41 JRGs identified, 5 genes were JA biosynthesis genes and 3 genes were involved in other signaling pathways (ethylene, auxin, and salicylic acid). These results suggest the existence of a positive feedback regulatory system for JA biosynthesis and the possibility of crosstalk between JA signaling and other signaling pathways.

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