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J Plant Res. 2011 Nov;124(6):699-705. doi: 10.1007/s10265-010-0397-3. Epub 2010 Dec 25.

Physiological characterization of the Arabidopsis thaliana oxidation-related zinc finger 1, a plasma membrane protein involved in oxidative stress.

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Department of Plant Biotechnology, Chonnam National University, Gwangju 500-757, South Korea.


The CCCH-type zinc finger proteins are a superfamily containing tandem zinc-binding motifs involved in many aspects of plant growth and development. However, the precise role of these proteins involved in plant stress tolerance is poorly understood. This study was to examine the regulatory and functional role of the CCCH-type zinc finger protein, AtOZF1 (At2g19810), under oxidative stress. Interestingly, the AtOZF1 protein was localized in the plasma membrane. The AtOZF1 transcripts were highly induced by treatment with hydrogen peroxide, abscisic acid and salinity. The AtOZF1-overexpressing plants were relatively resistant to oxidative stress than wild-type and T-DNA insertion mutant atozf1. Malondialdehyde, a decomposition product of lipid peroxidation, accumulated in atozf1 mutants more than in wild-type and AtOZF1-overexpressing plants. Furthermore, atozf1 mutants displayed lower activities of catalase and guaiacol peroxidase, higher chlorosis, and down-regulated expression of antioxidant genes under oxidative stress. Taken together, these observations demonstrate that AtOZF1 is required for the tolerance of Arabidopsis to oxidative stress.

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