J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2009, Vol. 51 ›› Issue (10): 942-950.DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7909.2009.00865.x

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Different Responses of Plant Growth and Antioxidant System to the Combination of Cadmium and Heat Stress in Transgenic and Non-transgenic Rice

Feng-Yun Zhao1*, Wen Liu1 and Shi-Yong Zhang1   

  1. 1 College of Life Sciences, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255049, China
    2 Institute of Rice, Jining 272077, China )
  • Received:2009-02-15 Accepted:2009-06-29 Published:2009-09-25
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A comparative study of just cadmium (Cd) or heat and their combination treatments on some physiological parameters and the antioxidant systems in transgenic rice (Oryza sativa L. cv. Zhonghua No.11) carrying glutathione-S-transferase (GST, EC. and catalase1 (CAT1, EC. and non-transgenics was conducted. The results revealed improved resistance in the transgenics to Cd and the combined Cd and heat stress than non-transgenics. Data showed that the activities of CAT, GST, superoxide dismutase (EC. and all components of the ascorbate-glutathione cycle measured in the stressed transgenics shoots are significantly different from those of non-transgenics. Results indicated that co-expression of GST and CAT1 had an important effect on the antioxidant system, in particular, the whole ascorbate-glutathione cycle. The less oxidative damage induced by Cd and the stress combination in the transgenics resulted not only from the GST and CAT1 transgene but also from the coordination of the whole ascorbate-glutathione cycle.
Zhao FY, Liu W, Zhang SY (2009). Different responses of plant growth and antioxidant system to the combination of cadmium and heat stress in transgenic and non-transgenic rice. J. Integr. Plant Biol. 51(10), 942–950.

Key words: ascorbate-glutathione cycle, catalase, combined cadmium and heat stress, glutathione-S-transferase, transgenic rice.

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