Research Article

Functional characterization and analysis of the Arabidopsis UGT71C5 promoter region

Published: December 29, 2015
Genet. Mol. Res. 14 (4) : 19173-19183 DOI: 10.4238/2015.December.29.27

Abstract

In the present study, we isolated an Arabidopsis promoter, UGT71C5, and analyzed its role in the regulation of the light response mechanism. We constructed a fusion vector pBI121-pU-GUS by integrating the UGT71C5 promoter upstream of the GUS reporter gene in pBI121, and then transferred this vector into Arabidopsis plants. The GUS activity of the transgenic plants was detected using a spectrophotometer under normal growth conditions as well as under light, drought, and ABA stress-treatments. The obtained results indicated that the GUS activity of transgenic plants ranged in between the activities observed in wild-type and 35S transgenic plants, which were used as positive control. Light stress for 8 and 12 h increased the GUS activity in transgenic plants by 3 and 4 times, respectively, compared to the activity in these plants under normal conditions. No such change in the GUS activity was observed under drought and ABA-treated conditions. This suggests that the UGT71C5 promoter is light inducible. Our study provides helpful insights into the elucidation of inducible promoters in Arabidopsis and the molecular mechanisms of light response.

In the present study, we isolated an Arabidopsis promoter, UGT71C5, and analyzed its role in the regulation of the light response mechanism. We constructed a fusion vector pBI121-pU-GUS by integrating the UGT71C5 promoter upstream of the GUS reporter gene in pBI121, and then transferred this vector into Arabidopsis plants. The GUS activity of the transgenic plants was detected using a spectrophotometer under normal growth conditions as well as under light, drought, and ABA stress-treatments. The obtained results indicated that the GUS activity of transgenic plants ranged in between the activities observed in wild-type and 35S transgenic plants, which were used as positive control. Light stress for 8 and 12 h increased the GUS activity in transgenic plants by 3 and 4 times, respectively, compared to the activity in these plants under normal conditions. No such change in the GUS activity was observed under drought and ABA-treated conditions. This suggests that the UGT71C5 promoter is light inducible. Our study provides helpful insights into the elucidation of inducible promoters in Arabidopsis and the molecular mechanisms of light response.