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WRKYs, the Jack-of-various-Trades, Modulate Dehydration Stress in Populus davidiana-A Transcriptomic Approach
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2019 (English)In: International Journal of Molecular Sciences, ISSN 1661-6596, E-ISSN 1422-0067, Vol. 20, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Populus davidiana, native to Korea and central Asian countries, is a major contributor to the Korean forest cover. In the current study, using high-throughput RNA-seq mediated transcriptome analysis, we identified about 87 P. davidiana WRKY transcription factors (PopdaWRKY TFs) that showed differential expression to dehydration stress in both sensitive and tolerant cultivars. Our results suggested that, on average, most of the WRKY genes were upregulated in tolerant cultivars but downregulated in sensitive cultivars. Based on protein sequence alignment, P. davidiana WRKYs were classified into three major groups, I, II, III, and further subgroups. Phylogenetic analysis showed that WRKY TFs and their orthologs in Arabidopsis and rice were clustered together in the same subgroups, suggesting similar functions across species. Significant correlation was found among qRT-PCR and RNA-seq analysis. In vivo analysis using model plant Arabidopsis showed that atwrky62 (orthologous to Potri.016G137900) knockout mutants were significantly sensitive to dehydration possibly due to an inability to close their stomata under dehydration conditions. In addition, a concomitant decrease in expression of ABA biosynthetic genes was observed. The AtHK1 that regulates stomatal movement was also downregulated in atwrky62 compared to the wild type. Taken together, our findings suggest a regulatory role of PopdaWRKYs under dehydration stress.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 20, no 2
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RNA-seq analysis, Populus davidiana, WRKY transcription factor, dehydration stress, stomatal regulation
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Plant Biotechnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-176707DOI: 10.3390/ijms20020414ISI: 000459746500182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-176707DiVA, id: diva2:1500970
Available from: 2020-11-14 Created: 2020-11-14 Last updated: 2022-02-10Bibliographically approved

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