, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 340-344
Date: 30 Apr 2011

Effects of salt and osmotic stresses on free polyamine content and expression of polyamine biosynthetic genes in Vitis vinifera

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Grape (Vitis vinifera L.) seedlings grown in vitro were treated with either 200 mM NaCl or 350 mM mannitol for 7 d. Both salinity and osmotic stress caused significant increase in electrolyte leakage. From the three commonly occurring free polyamines (PA), only conspicuous accumulation of putrescine was found in the NaCl-treated seedlings. Four PA biosynthetic genes encoding arginine decarboxylase (pVvADC), S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (pVvSAMDC), spermidine synthase (pVvSPDS) and spermine synthase (pVvSPMS) were successfully isolated. While induction of pVvADC was observed from the 1st day of salt treatment, pVvSAMDC and pVvSPMS were induced only at late stage of stress. As for expression levels of genes in the mannitol-treated seedling, either temporary (pVvADC at day 1) or late (pVvSPMS at days 5 and 7) induction was observed.