Overexpression of CaTLP1, a putative transcription factor in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), promotes stress tolerance

Wardhan, V. and Jahan, K. and Gupta, S. and et al, . (2012) Overexpression of CaTLP1, a putative transcription factor in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.), promotes stress tolerance. Plant Molecular Biology. 15 pp..

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Dehydration is the most crucial environmental constraint on plant growth and development, and agricultural productivity. To understand the underlying mechanism of stress tolerance, and to identify proteins for improving such important trait, we screened the dehydration- responsive proteome of chickpea and identified a tubby-like protein, referred to as CaTLP1. The CaTLP1 was found to predominantly bind to double-stranded DNA but incapable of transcriptional activation. We investigated the gene structure and organization and demonstrated, for the first time, that CaTLP1 may be involved in osmotic stress response in plants. The transcripts are strongly expressed in vegetative tissues but weakly in reproductive tissues. CaTLP1 is upregulated by dehydration and high salinity, and by treatment with abscisic acid (ABA), suggesting that its stress-responsive function might be associated with ABA-dependent network. Overexpression of CaTLP1 in transgenic tobacco plants conferred dehydration, salinity and oxidative stress tolerance along with improved shoot and root architecture. Molecular genetic analysis showed differential expression of CaTLP1 under normal and stress condition, and its preferential expression in the nucleus might be associated with enhanced stress tolerance. Our work suggests important roles of CaTLP1 in stress response as well as in the regulation of plant development.

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Additional Information: This research was supported by grants from the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. The authors thank Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India for providing pre-doctoral fellowship to VW, KJ and SG. The authors also thank Dr. Suchismita Dass for critical reading of the manuscript, and Mr. Jasbeer Singh for illustration and graphical representation in the manuscript
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dehydration, Tubby-like proteins, Multiorganellar localization, Transcriptional activation, Protein translocation, Stress tolerance
Author Affiliation: National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067, India
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Chickpea
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2012 04:57
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2012 04:57
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11103-012-9925-y
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/6102

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