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Plant Sci. 2018 May;270:140-149. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.02.012. Epub 2018 Feb 14.

ShCIGT, a Trihelix family gene, mediates cold and drought tolerance by interacting with SnRK1 in tomato.

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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: yuchuying@webmail.hzau.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: songlulu2010@163.com.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: songjianwen200@webmail.hzau.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: bouy@mail.hzau.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: trista901117@sina.com.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: mushamber@126.com.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: ttwang@mail.hzau.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: hxli@mail.hzau.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: zhangjunhng@mail.hzau.edu.cn.
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Key Laboratory of Horticultural Plant Biology, Ministry of Education, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan 430070, China. Electronic address: zbye@mail.hzau.edu.cn.

Abstract

Abiotic stress, such as drought and cold stress, have a major impact on plant growth and development. The trihelix transcription factor family plays important roles in plant morphological development and adaptation to abiotic stresses. In this study, we isolated a cold-induced gene named ShCIGT from the wild tomato species Solanum habrochaites and found that it contributes to abiotic stress tolerance. ShCIGT belongs to the GT-1 subfamily of the trihelix transcription factors. It was constitutively expressed in various tissues. Its expression was induced by multiple abiotic stresses and abscisic acid (ABA). Overexpression of ShCIGT in cultivated tomato enhanced cold and drought stress tolerance. In addition, the transgenic plants displayed a reduced sensitivity to ABA during post-germination growth. We found that ShCIGT interacts with SnRK1, an energy sensor in the metabolic signaling network, which controls plant metabolism, growth and development, and stress tolerance. Based on these data, we conclude ShCIGT may improve abiotic-stress tolerance in tomato by interacting with SnRK1.

KEYWORDS:

Cold; Drought; ShCIGT; SnRK1; Tomato

PMID:
29576067
DOI:
10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.02.012
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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