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Water deficit is a serious environmental factor limiting the growth and productivity of plants worldwide. Improvement of drought tolerance and efficient water use are significant strategies to overcome this dilemma. In this study, a drought-responsive transcription factor, nuclear factor Y subunit B 7 (PdNF-YB7), induced by osmotic stress (PEG6000) and(More)
The plant-specific GRAS/SCL transcription factors play diverse roles in plant development and stress responses. In this study, a poplar SCL gene, PeSCL7, was functionally characterized in Arabidopsis thaliana, especially with regard to its role in abiotic stress resistance. Expression analysis in poplar revealed that PeSCL7 was induced by drought and high(More)
The Populus euphratica stress responsive zinc-finger protein gene PSTZ, which encodes a protein including typical Cys(2)/His(2) zinc finger structure, was isolated by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction from P. euphratica. Northern hybridization revealed that its expression was induced under drought and salt stress conditions. To examine its(More)
The vacuolar NHX-type Na(+)/H(+) exchangers play a key role in salt tolerance in plants. However, little is known about the Na(+)/H(+) exchangers in the salt-resistant tree, Populus euphratica. In this study, we identified six putative vacuolar Na(+)/H(+) exchanger genes from P. euphratica, designated as PeNHX1-6. Real-time polymerase chain reaction(More)
Zinc finger proteins belong to a family of nuclear transcription factors which function is to regulate gene expression in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. A pair of primers was designed after analyzing the conservation of salt-tolerant zinc protein Alfin-1 in such diverse plants as alfalfa and Arabidopsis. The zinc finger protein gene is isolated from(More)
BACKGROUND Xanthoceras sorbifolia Bunge is a valuable oilseed tree that has linoleic acid-rich seed oil. Microsomal oleate desaturase (FAD2; EC 1.3.1.35) is responsible for the conversion of oleic acid to linoleic acid during fatty acid synthesis. In this study, XsFAD2 was cloned from developing embryos of X. sorbifolia. RESULTS XsFAD2 contained three(More)
DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification and multiple factors interact to regulate the establishment and maintenance of DNA methylation in plant genome. Different methylation sites require different cytosine methyltransferases, which contribute to the modification of chromatin structure and mediate epigenetics with chromatin remodeling(More)
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