Table5_Identification and Expression Analysis of WRKY Gene Family in Response to Abiotic Stress in Dendrobium catenatum.XLS (29.5 kB)
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Table5_Identification and Expression Analysis of WRKY Gene Family in Response to Abiotic Stress in Dendrobium catenatum.XLS

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posted on 03.02.2022, 04:32 authored by Tingting Zhang, Ying Xu, Yadan Ding, Wengang Yu, Jian Wang, Hanggui Lai, Yang Zhou

Dendrobium catenatum has become a rare and endangered medicinal plant due to habitat loss in China. As one of the most important and largest transcription factors, WRKY plays a critical role in response to abiotic stresses in plants. However, little is known regarding the functions of the WRKY family in D. catenatum. In this study, a total of 62 WRKY genes were identified from the D. catenatum genome. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that DcWRKY proteins could be divided into three groups, a division supported by the conserved motif compositions and intron/exon structures. DcWRKY gene expression and specific responses under drought, heat, cold and salt stresses were analyzed through RNA-seq data and RT-qPCR assay. The results showed that these genes had tissue-specificity and displayed different expression patterns in response to abiotic stresses. The expression levels of DcWRKY22, DcWRKY36 and DcWRKY45 were up-regulated by drought stress. Meanwhile, DcWRKY22 was highly induced by heat in roots, and DcWRKY45 was significantly induced by cold stress in leaves. Furthermore, DcWRKY27 in roots and DcWRKY58 in leaves were extremely induced under salt treatment. Finally, we found that all the five genes may function in ABA- and SA-dependent manners. This study identified candidate WRKY genes with possible roles in abiotic stress and these findings not only contribute to our understanding of WRKY family genes, but also provide valuable information for stress resistance development in D. catenatum.

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