Journal Article

Expression of Sucrose Synthase Genes Involved in Enhanced Elongation of Pondweed (<i>Potamogeton distinctus</i>) Turions under Anoxia


in Annals of Botany

Published on behalf of The Annals of Botany Company

Volume 96, issue 4, pages 683-692
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 0305-7364
Published online July 2005 | e-ISSN: 1095-8290 | DOI:
Expression of Sucrose Synthase Genes Involved in Enhanced Elongation of Pondweed (Potamogeton distinctus) Turions under Anoxia

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• Background and Aims Overwintering buds (turions) of the monocot aquatic pondweed species (Potamogeton distinctus) are highly tolerant to anoxic stress. Sucrose metabolism accompanied by enhanced activity of sucrose synthase (SuSy) operates actively during anaerobic elongation of pondweed turions. The aim of this study is to isolate SuSy genes from the turions and to investigate their transcriptional changes in response to anoxia and other stimuli.

Methods SuSy genes were isolated from pondweed turions by PCR methods and transcript levels of SuSy genes were examined in response to anoxia, sugars and plant hormones. In addition, the effects of anoxia on SuSy activity were examined both in the soluble fraction and in the microsomal fraction.

Key Results cDNAs of two SuSy genes (PdSUS1 and PdSUS2) were cloned from pondweed turions. The levels of PdSUS1 transcripts increased under anoxia but did not with sugar treatments. Anoxia-stimulated elongation of turions was further enhanced by 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and suppressed by treatments with sorbitol, 2-deoxyglucose (2-dGlc) and abscisic acid (ABA). The levels of PdSUS1 transcripts were increased by 2,4-D and decreased by sorbitol under anoxia. The levels of PdSUS2 transcripts were not significantly affected by anoxia and any other treatments. SuSy activity of turions under anoxia was enhanced in the soluble fraction, but not in the microsomal fraction.

Conclusions Up-regulation of PdSUS1 transcription under anoxia may not be attributed to sugar starvation under anoxia. A positive correlation between stem elongation and the level of PdSUS1 transcripts was observed in turions treated with anoxic conditions, 2,4-D and sorbitol. The increase in SuSy activity in the cytosol may contribute to sugar metabolism and sustain stem elongation under anoxia.

Keywords: Anaerobic elongation; anoxia; gene expression; plant hormone; pondweed; Potamogeton distinctus; sucrose; sucrose synthase

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Subjects: Ecology and Conservation ; Evolutionary Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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