Pistacia chinensis Bunge is a dioecious plant that originated in China, and its sex cannot be identified at the early stage of cultivation by only its appearance. Recent studies show that the seed of P. chinensis is an ideal feedstock for biofuel production. To guide the cultivation of this energy plant scientifically, a new method is urgently needed to identify the sex of P. chinensis seedlings.
Bombyx mori BmHRP28 and BmPSI, which belong to the family of RNA-binding proteins, have been identified binding to the female-specific exon 4 of the sex-determining gene Bmdsx pre-mRNA. However, the relationships between BmHRP28 and BmPSI still remain unclear. In this study, we carried out yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) and co-immunoprecipitation (Co-IP) analyses to address them. Y2H analysis showed that there was little or no direct binding between the BmHRP28 and BmPSI proteins.