J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 1999, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (8): -.

• Research Articles •    

Inducible Expression of Translation Elongation Factor 1A Gene in Rice Seedlings in Response to Environmental Stresses

LI Zi-Yin and CHEN Shou-Yi   

Abstract: Differences of gene expression between salinity-stressed and control rice ( Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica) cultivar "Zhaiyeqing 8" were compared using differential display PCR (DD-PCR) technique. Sequence analysis of one salt-inducible cDNA clone revealed that this clone represented a new member of rice translation elongation factor lA (eEF1A) gene family and was tentatively named REF1A. Northern blot hybridization using REF1A fragment as a probe was performed to investigate the expression of rice translation elongation factor lA gene in response to various environmental factors. It was observed that expression of the eEF1A gene in rice shoots was dramatically induced by salinity stress or exogenous application of abscisic acid (ABA). The induction of this gene by ABA stress occurred more quickly than that by salinity stress. In addition, expression of rice translation elongation factor lA gene was also induced by drought (15% PEG6000), cold (4 ℃ ) or heat-shock (37 ℃ ) stresses. The results suggested that the induction of translation elongation factor lA gene expression by environmental stresses might reflect the general adaptive response of rice plants to the adverse circumstances.

Key words: Rice, Differential display PCR, Translation elongation factor lA, Environmental factors, Differential expression

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