Wan-Xiang Lu

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WRKY proteins are a large family of regulators involved in various developmental and physiological processes, especially in coping with diverse biotic and abiotic stresses. In this study, 100 putative PtrWRKY genes encoded the proteins contained in the complete WRKY domain in Populus. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that the members of this superfamily among(More)
Because of the importance of wood in many industrial applications, tremendous studies have been performed on wood formation, especially in lignin biosynthesis. MYB transcription factors (TFs), which consist of a large family of plant TFs, have been reported to directly regulate lignin biosynthetic genes in a number of plants. In this study, we describe the(More)
Gamma-linolenic acid (gamma-linolenic acid, GLA; C18:3 Delta(6, 9, 12)) belongs to the omega-6 family and exists primarily in several plant oils, such as evening primrose oil, blackcurrant oil, and borage oil. Delta(6)-desaturase is a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of GLA. There have been no previous reports on the genes encoding Delta(6)-desaturase(More)
Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is an effective tool for studying the functions of plant genes, but only a few VIGS vectors available for woody plants were reported so far. Here we present an effective heterologous VIGS system in woody plants based on tobacco rattle virus (TRV) vectors. We first tested whether the TRV-vector can be directly applied to(More)
Here, we isolated a NAC transcription factor PtoVNS11 from Populus tomentosa Carr. Molecular characterization showed that PtoVNS11 was involved in the regulation of secondary cell wall formation in poplar. NAC domain transcription factors are important regulators that activate the secondary wall biosynthesis in wood formation. In this study, we isolated a(More)
Wood is the most abundant biomass in perennial woody plants. Extensive studies have shown that R2R3-MYB transcription factors are involved in regulation of lignin biosynthesis during secondary cell wall formation in many plant species, such as Arabidopsis, rice, maize and poplar. In this study, a MYB transcription factor, named PtrMYB152, was isolated from(More)
Proanthocyanidins (PAs) contribute to poplar defense mechanisms against biotic and abiotic stresses. Transcripts of PA biosynthetic genes accumulated rapidly in response to infection by the fungus Marssonina brunnea f.sp. multigermtubi, treatments of salicylic acid (SA) and wounding, resulting in PA accumulation in poplar leaves. Anthocyanidin reductase(More)
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