Conserved hierarchical gene regulatory networks for drought and cold stress response in Myrica rubra

Front Plant Sci. 2023 Apr 14;14:1155504. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2023.1155504. eCollection 2023.


Stress response in plant is regulated by a large number of genes co-operating in diverse networks that serve multiple adaptive process. To understand how gene regulatory networks (GRNs) modulating abiotic stress responses, we compare the GRNs underlying drought and cold stresses using samples collected at 4 or 6 h intervals within 48 h in Chinese bayberry (Myrica rubra). We detected 7,583 and 8,840 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) under drought and cold stress respectively, which might be responsive to environmental stresses. Drought- and cold-responsive GRNs, which have been built according to the timing of transcription under both abiotic stresses, have a conserved trans-regulator and a common regulatory network. In both GRNs, basic helix-loop-helix family transcription factor (bHLH) serve as central nodes. MrbHLHp10 transcripts exhibited continuous increase in the two abiotic stresses and acts upstream regulator of ASCORBATE PEROXIDASE (APX) gene. To examine the potential biological functions of MrbHLH10, we generated a transgenic Arabidopsis plant that constitutively overexpresses the MrbHLH10 gene. Compared to wild-type (WT) plants, overexpressing transgenic Arabidopsis plants maintained higher APX activity and biomass accumulation under drought and cold stress. Consistently, RNAi plants had elevated susceptibility to both stresses. Taken together, these results suggested that MrbHLH10 mitigates abiotic stresses through the modulation of ROS scavenging.

PMID:37123838 | PMC:PMC10140524 | DOI:10.3389/fpls.2023.1155504


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