Role of sweet potato GST genes in abiotic stress tolerance revealed by genomic and transcriptomic analyses

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Abstract

Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) are proteins synthesized in plants and responsible for their tolerance to environmental stresses. However, little information is available on the GST gene family of sweet potato, a globally important crop. The genetic evolution of GSTs in sweet potato remains unclear. The present study investigated the GST gene family in sweet potato by transcriptomic and comparative genomic analyses. A total of 51 GSTs were identified. Gene expression analysis showed differential expression patterns of the GSTs between two investigated varieties. Some GST expression levels were either up-or downregulated under oxidative, salinity and drought stresses. The results of the investigation provided new insights on the GST gene family in sweet potato, which may further the understanding of the roles of these genes in regulating abiotic stresses.

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Soviguidi, D. R. J., Liu, Y., Pan, R., Abou-Elwafa, S. F., Rao, L. P., Abel, S., … Yang, X. S. (2022). Role of sweet potato GST genes in abiotic stress tolerance revealed by genomic and transcriptomic analyses. Crop Breeding and Applied Biotechnology, 22(1). https://doi.org/10.1590/1984-70332022v22n1a02

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