Diverse transcription factors control monoterpene synthase expression in lavender (Lavandula)
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We cloned eight transcription factors that activate lavender monoterpene synthase promoters.
In this study, we employed the Yeast One-Hybrid (Y1H) assay system to identify transcription factors that control promoters for two Lavandula × intermedia monoterpene synthase genes, linalool synthase (LiLINS) and 1,8-cineole synthase (LiCINS). The bait sequences used in the assay were either a 768-bp LiLINS, or a 1087-bp LiCINS promoter. The prey included proteins expressed in L. × intermedia floral tissue. The assay identified 96 sequences encoding proteins that interacted with one or both promoters. To explore the nature of this interaction, the LiLINS and LiCINS promoter fragments were each fused to the E. coli gusA (GUS) reporter gene. The constructs were separately transformed into tobacco (Nicotiana benthamiana) leaves co-expressing individually a subset of ten representative transcription factors (TFs) predicted to control these promoters. Six TFs induced expression from both promoters, two activated LiCINS promoter alone, and two did not induce expression from either promoter. The TFs identified in this study belong to various groups including those containing conserved domains typical of MYB, bZIP, NAC, GeBP and SBP-related proteins.
This work was supported through grants and/or in-kind contributions to SSM by UBC, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
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The authors declare no conflict of interest.
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