Pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins are generally involved in the defense of plants and are important contributors in the disease resistance of plants. Among the 17 PRs that are currently recognized, the PR4 family of proteins is divided into two classes and features a conserved barwin domain. In this study, we isolated two Class II PR4s from the oriental hybrid lily cultivar Sorbonne using the rapid amplification of the cDNA ends (RACE) method, and designated these two PR4s LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b. LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b were 627 and 617 bp in length, respectively, and encoded two corresponding PR4s of 141 and 143 amino acids. These deciphered LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b protein sequences shared a sequence similarity of 90.7%, but their theoretical isoelectric points were distinctively different (7.74 and 4.08, respectively). The three-dimensional structures of LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b predicted by homology modeling showed high similarity to their corresponding papaya barwin-like protein template. Analysis of expression by qPCR revealed that both LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b were responsive to methyl jasmonate and ethephon treatments. The LhSorPR4b expression was also significantly induced by sodium salicylate (SS); however, LhSorPR4a was unresponsive to the SS treatment. Both LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b were expressed in Escherichia coli (E. coli) and successfully purified. The PR4s characterized in this study (LhSorPR4a and LhSorPR4b) are the first two PR4 family genes isolated from the Lilium genus, and they could therefore play an important role in lily disease resistance.
Russian Journal of Plant Physiology – Springer Journals
Published: Aug 20, 2017
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