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Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) are involved in many aspects of plant development. In this study, biochemical and genetic approaches demonstrated that AGPs are abundant in developing fibers and may be involved in fiber initiation and elongation. To further investigate the role of AGPs during fiber development, a fasciclin-like arabinogalactan protein gene(More)
Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) often encounters abiotic stress such as drought and high salinity during its development, and its productivity is significantly limited by those adverse factors. To investigate the molecular adaptation mechanisms of this plant species to abiotic stress, we identified two genes encoding Di19-like Cys2/His2 zinc-finger proteins in(More)
Fasciclin-like arabinogalactan proteins (FLAs), a subclass of arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs), are usually involved in cell development in plants. To investigate the expression profiling as well as the role of FLA genes in fiber development, 19 GhFLA genes (cDNAs) were isolated from cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). Among them, 15 are predicted to be(More)
Plant-specific NAC transcription factors comprise a large family with diverse roles in plant development and stress regulation. In this study, 73 NAC genes from cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) EST database were identified by bioinformatic approach. Analysis of conserved amino acid residues and phylogeny reconstruction using the NAC conserved domain suggested(More)
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is one of the major and evolutionally conserved signaling pathways and plays a pivotal role in the regulation of stress and developmental signals in plants. Here, we identified one gene, GhMPK6, encoding an MAPK protein in cotton. GFP fluorescence assay demonstrated that GhMAPK6 is a cytoplasm localized(More)
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades play pivotal roles in mediating biotic and abiotic stress responses. Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) is the most important textile crop in the world, and often encounters abiotic stress during its growth seasons. In this study, a gene encoding a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) was isolated from cotton,(More)
Secondary cell wall (SCW) is an important industrial raw material for pulping, papermaking, construction, lumbering, textiles and potentially for biofuel production. The process of SCW thickening of cotton fibers lays down the cellulose that will constitute the bulk (up to 96%) of the fiber at maturity. In this study, a gene encoding a MYB-domain protein(More)
WRKY proteins that contain highly conserved WRKYGQK sequence and zinc-finger-like motif belong to a large transcription factor family in plants. In this study, 26 genes encoding putative WRKY proteins were identified in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). On the basis of their conserved WRKY domain sequences, all of the GhWRKY proteins can be assigned to the(More)
In this study, the GhKNL1 (KNOTTED1-LIKE) gene, encoding a classical class II KNOX protein was identified in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). GhKNL1 was preferentially expressed in developing fibres at the stage of secondary cell wall (SCW) biosynthesis. GhKNL1 was localized in the cell nucleus, and could interact with GhOFP4, as well as AtOFP1, AtOFP4, and(More)
In this study, the cDNA coding for a hybrid proline-rich protein (HyPRP) was isolated from cotton cDNA libraries and designated GhHyPRP3. Analysis of the deduced amino acid sequence revealed that it contained an N-terminal signal peptide, a central proline-rich domain, and a C-terminal cysteine-rich domain highly homologous to other hybrid proline-rich(More)