Cold-inducible MaC2H2s are associated with cold stress response of banana fruit via regulating MaICE1.


College of Biology and Environmental Engineering, Zhejiang Shuren University, Hangzhou, 310015, People's Republic of China. [Email]


UNASSIGNED : MaC2H2s are involved in cold stress response of banana fruit via repressing the transcription of MaICE1. Although C2H2 zinc finger proteins have been found to be involved in banana fruit ripening through transcriptional controlling of ethylene biosynthetic genes, their involvement in cold stress of banana remains elusive. In this study, another C2H2-ZFP gene from banana fruit was identified, which was named as MaC2H2-3. Gene expression analysis revealed that MaC2H2-1, MaC2H2-2 and MaC2H2-3 were cold inducible in the peel of banana during low temperature storage. MaC2H2-3 functions as a transcriptional repressor and localizes predominantly in nucleus. Particularly, promoters of MaC2H2-2 and MaC2H2-3 were noticeably activated by cold as well, further indicating the potential roles of C2H2 in cold stress of banana. Moreover, MaC2H2-2 and MaC2H2-3 significantly repressed the transcription of MaICE1, a key component in cold signaling pathway. Overall, these findings suggest that MaC2H2s may take part in controlling cold stress of banana through suppressing the transcription of MaICE1, providing new insight of the regulatory basis of C2H2 in cold stress.


Banana,C2H2,Cold stress,MaICE1,Transcriptional regulation,

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