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Molecular cloning of a cotton phosphatase gene and its functional characterization

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Abstract

In this study, we report isolation of a phosphatase gene designated GhHL1 from cotton and its functional characterization. GhHL1 transcripts were detected in all cotton tissues examined. Southern blotting analysis indicated that it exists in multiple-copies. Biochemical analysis showed that GhHL1 was Mg2+-dependent and cation-sensitive. Purified recombinant GhHL1 protein dephosphorylated both 3′,5′-bisphosphate nucleotide and inositol 1,4-bisphosphate, demonstrating dual 3′,5′-bisphosphate nucleotidase and inositol polyphosphate 1-phosphatase activities. Overexpression of GhHL1 complemented yeast hal2 mutant and enhanced yeast growth under elevated NaCl or LiCl, showing a role in salt tolerance associated with ionic stress response. Taken together, these results show that GhHL1 is a functional and good candidate gene, which might be used to improve salt tolerance in plants.

Published in Russian in Biokhimiya, 2010, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. 105–116.