J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2000, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (6): 649-652.

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Classification and Nomenclature of Plant Metallothionein-like Proteins Based on Their Cysteine Arrangement Patterns (in English)

LIU Jin-Yuan, ZHAO Guang-Rong, LI Ji   


Cotton is the most important economic crop, and its fiber is the major raw material used for textile industry. Cotton fiber with its good properties such as thermal insulation, hygroscopicity, and air-permeability, can not be replaced by other fibers. With rapid development of textile technology and the increasing requirement of consumers for higher quality of textile products, it is urgent to improve cotton fiber quality, especially its strength and color. There is genetically a negative correlation between the yield and the quality of cotton, therefore molecular engineering-breeding could be an access to concordant improvement of both yield and quality of cotton fiber. This paper reviewed the progress of analyzing cotton fiber-related genes and the present status of improving cotton fiber quality by genetic engineering. Some breakthroughs are expected in separating fiber development-related genes with high throughput techniques and in exploring the novel technology to manipulate transgenic cottons.

刘进元*  吕暾  赵南明


关键词: 植物类金属硫蛋白;半胱氨酸排列方式;分类及命名法

Key words: cotton, fiber quality, molecular engineering

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