Regulations of granule-bound starch synthase I gene expression in rice leaves by temperature and drought stress

Research paper by S. J. Wang, L. F. Liu, C. K. Chen, L. W. Chen

Indexed on: 01 Dec '06Published on: 01 Dec '06Published in: Biologia Plantarum


Effects of temperature (15/10, 25/20, 30/25, and 35/30 °C) and drought stresses on the expression of granule-bound starch synthase I (GBSSI) gene were examined in rice (Oryza sativa L.) seedlings. The GBSSI expression was higher at the low temperature (15/10 °C), and the transcript level decreased at temperatures higher than 30 °C. Protein phosphorylation was involved in the low temperature-stimulated signal transduction of GBSSI regulation. The expression of GBSSI in rice seedling was reduced under a drought stress. Even though exogenous ABA played a role to reduce the GBSSI transcript accumulation under non-stress condition, the reducing of GBSSI expression by drought stress appeared to be mediated by an ABA-independent pathway.