J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2004, Vol. 46 ›› Issue (9): 1091-1099.

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Molecular Cloning and Expression Analysis of a Zinc Finger Protein Gene in Apple

CAO Qiu-Fen, Masato WADA, MENG Yu-Ping, SUN Yi, CUI Gui-Mei   


A cDNA library was created from stem apex tissue from Jonathan apples (Malus domestica Borkh.), harvested in June to August, during which the plant transitions from vegetative growth to reproductive growth. From this library, we isolated an expressed sequence tag (EST) sequence containing a zinc finger motif; using this sequence, a 779 bp cDNA fragment was obtained by using 5'' RACE, and a final full-length cDNA encoding an apple zinc finger protein (named MdZF1; GenBank accession number AB116545) was obtained by further PCR. This zinc finger motif of MdZF1 has high homology with INDETERMINATE 1(ID1) gene from maize which seemed to be involved in the transition to flowering. Northern blot and RT-PCR analyses showed that the MdZF1 expressed in the root, stem, leaves, shoot apex and floral organs of the apple, with expression levels higher in root, stem, leaves and floral shoot apex than that in floral organs (sepals, petals, stamens and pistils). Genomic Southern analysis showed that there was a single copy gene in apple genome.

Key words: Malus domestica zinc finger protein (MdZF1), cloning, expression

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