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Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2012 Oct 19;427(2):330-5. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2012.09.055. Epub 2012 Sep 18.

Overexpression of gma-MIR394a confers tolerance to drought in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana.

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The National Key Facility for Crop Gene Resources and Genetic Improvement, Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, PR China. nizhiyong@126.com

Abstract

MicroRNAs, key posttranscriptional regulators of eukaryotic gene expression, play important roles in plant development and response to stress. In this study, a soybean gma-MIR394a gene was functionally characterized, especially with regard to its role in drought stress resistance. Expression analysis revealed that gma-MIR394a was expressed differentially in various soybean tissues and was induced by drought, high salinity, low temperature stress, and abscisic acid treatment in leaves. One target gene of gma-miR394a, Glyma08g11030, was predicted and verified using a modified 5' RLM-RACE (RNA ligase-mediated rapid amplification of 5' cDNA ends) assay. Overexpression of gma-MIR394a resulted in plants with lowered leaf water loss and enhanced drought tolerance. Furthermore, overexpression of gma-MIR394a in Arabidopsis reduced the transcript of an F-box gene (At1g27340) containing a miR394 complementary target site. These results suggest that the gma-MIR394a gene functions in positive modulation of drought stress tolerance and has potential applications in molecular breeding to enhance drought tolerance in crops.

PMID:
23000164
DOI:
10.1016/j.bbrc.2012.09.055
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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