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The plant-specific NAC (NAM, ATAF1/2, and CUC2) transcription factors (TFs) play important roles in plant growth, development, and stress responses. However, the precise role of NAC TFs in relation to fruit ripening is poorly understood. In this study, six NAC genes, designated MaNAC1-MaNAC6, were isolated and characterized from banana fruit. Subcellular(More)
The involvement of ethylene response factor (ERF) transcription factor (TF) in the transcriptional regulation of ethylene biosynthesis genes during fruit ripening remains largely unclear. In this study, 15 ERF genes, designated as MaERF1-MaERF15, were isolated and characterized from banana fruit. These MaERFs were classified into seven of the 12 known ERF(More)
BACKGROUND ABA-, stress- and ripening-induced (ASR) proteins have been reported to act as a downstream component involved in ABA signal transduction. Although much attention has been paid to the roles of ASR in plant development and stress responses, the mechanisms by which ABA regulate fruit ripening at the molecular level are not fully understood. In the(More)
Auxin, a vital plant hormone, regulates a variety of physiological and developmental processes. It is involved in fruit abscission through transcriptional regulation of many auxin-related genes, including early auxin responsive genes (i.e., auxin/indole-3-acetic acid (AUX/IAA), Gretchen Hagen3 (GH3) and small auxin upregulated (SAUR)) and auxin response(More)
Chromatin remodeling-related proteins, such as linker histone H1, involving in fruit ripening and stress responses are poorly understood. In the present study, a novel cDNA encoding linker histone H1 gene, designated as MaHIS1 was isolated and characterized from banana fruit. The full-length cDNA sequence was 1,253 bp with an open-reading frame (ORF) of 948(More)
Histone deacetylation plays an important role in epigenetic control of gene expression. HD2 is a plant-specific histone deacetylase that is able to mediate transcriptional repression in many biological processes. To investigate the epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms of longan fruit senescence, one histone deacetylase 2-like gene, DlHD2, and two(More)
Basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors (TFs) are ubiquitously involved in the response of higher plants to various abiotic stresses. However, little is known about bHLH TFs involved in the cold stress response in economically important fruits. Here, five novel full-length bHLH genes, designated as MabHLH1–MabHLH5, were isolated and(More)
The LATERAL ORGAN BOUNDARIES (LOB) DOMAIN (LBD) proteins are plant-specific transcriptional factors (TFs) functioning in the growth and development of Arabidopsis and other plant species. However, the involvement of LBD TFs in regulating the ripening of economically important fruits is largely unknown. In the present study, four full-length LBD genes,(More)
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors (TFs) are functional and involved in plant stress response, but few bZIP TFs have thus far been investigated in economically important fruit crops, such as bananas. In our present work, a novel 43.4 kDa bZIP transcription factor, MabZIP3, with a conserved bZIP(More)
The ripening-induced MaBSD1 acts as a transcriptional activator, and might be involved in banana fruit ripening partly through directly activating the expression of two ripening-associated genes, MaEXP1/2. BSD (BTF2-like transcription factors, synapse-associated proteins and DOS2-like proteins) transcription factors are characterized by a typical BSD(More)