Novel insights into regulation of asparagine synthetase in conifers

Canales, Javier; Rueda-Lopez, Marina; Craven-Bartle, Blanca; Avil, Concepcion; Canovas, Francisco M.

Abstract

Asparagine, a key amino acid for nitrogen storage and transport in plants, is synthesized via the ATP-dependent reaction catalyzed by the enzyme asparagine synthetase (AS; EC 6.3.5.4). In this work, we present the molecular analysis of two full-length cDNAs that encode asparagine synthetase in maritime pine (Pinus pinaster Ait.), PpAS1, and PpAS2. Phylogenetic analyses of the deduced amino acid sequences revealed that both genes are class II AS, suggesting an ancient origin of these genes in plants. A comparative study of PpAS1 and PpAS2 gene expression profiles showed that PpAS1 gene is highly regulated by developmental and environmental factors, while PpAS2 is expressed constitutively. To determine the molecular mechanisms underpinning the differential expression of PpAS1, the promoter region of the gene was isolated and putative binding sites for MYB transcription factors were identified. Gel mobility shift assays showed that a MYB protein from Pinus taeda (PtMYB1) was able to interact with the promoter region of PpAS1. Furthermore, transient expression analyses in pine cells revealed a negative effect of PtMYB1 on PpAS1 expression. The potential role of MYB factors in the transcriptional regulation of PpAS1 in vascular cells is discussed.

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Título según WOS: ID WOS:000208837900101 Not found in local WOS DB
Título de la Revista: Frontiers in Plant Science
Volumen: 3
Editorial: FRONTIERS MEDIA SA
Fecha de publicación: 2012
DOI:

10.3389/fpls.2012.00100

Notas: ISI