J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2007, Vol. 49 ›› Issue (3): -.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2007.00431.x

• Development & Photosynthesis •    

Isolation and Characterization of a Putative Class E Gene from Taihangia rupestris

Yong-Qiang Wang, Hui-Yu Tian, Xiao-Qiu Du, Shan-Hua Lü, Wen-Liang Lu, Kang Chong and Zheng Meng   

Abstract: Studies in model plants showed that SEPALLATA (SEP) genes are required for the identification of floral organs and the determination of floral meristems in Arabidopsis. In this paper a SEP homolog, TrSEP3, was isolated from a China-specific species, Taihangia rupestrisi Yü et Li. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the gene belongs to the SEP3-clade of SEP (previous AGL2) subfamily. In situ hybridization was used to reveal the potential functional specification, and the results showed that TrSEP3 expression was first observed in floral meristems and then confined to the floral primordia of the three inner whorls. In the matured flower, TrSEP3 was strongly expressed in the tips of pistils and weak in stamens and petals. The evolution force analysis shows that TrSEP3 might undergo a relaxed negative selection. These results suggested that TrSEP3 may not only function in determining the identity of floral meristems and the primordia of three inner whorls, but also function in matured reproductive organs.

Key words: class E gene, MADS-box, selection pressure, Taihangia rupestris.

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