Low night temperatures inhibit galactinol synthase gene expression and phloem loading in melon leaves during fruit development

Low night temperatures inhibit galactinol synthase gene expression and phloem loading in melon... Low night temperatures seriously affect plant growth and fruit quality. To investigate the effect of low night temperatures on the expression of galactinol synthase genes (GOLS) and phloem loading of raffinose family oligosaccharides, particular stachyose and raffinose (RFO represents stachyose and raffinose in this paper) and to gain a better understanding of the relationship between the phloem loading of RFO and fruit development, melon (Cucumis melo L.) plants at the fruit development stage were treated with temperatures of 28/12°C or 28/9°C (day/night) with 28/15°C as the control. Both the CmGOLS1 and CmGOLS2 gene expression and the activity of galactinol synthase were clearly repressed after treatments with 9 and 12°C at night, and the effect of 9°C was more obvious. Furthermore, low night temperatures inhibited photosynthesis and caused the lower amounts of sucrose to supply the RFO synthesis. However, the total soluble sugar, RFO, and sucrose contents were increased in leaves subjected to low night temperatures. It is supposed that low night temperature blocked symplastic phloem loading, which led to the accumulation of RFO in the leaf cells. With increasing content of RFO in the leaves, the expression of GOLS genes was inhibited according to the principle of feedback, and therefore the decreased expression of GOLS limited RFO synthesis and was indirectly harmful to phloem loading, thereby affecting fruit development. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Russian Journal of Plant Physiology Springer Journals

Low night temperatures inhibit galactinol synthase gene expression and phloem loading in melon leaves during fruit development

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Copyright © 2014 by Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Life Sciences; Plant Physiology; Plant Sciences
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