Plant Molecular Biology

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Pea lectin receptor-like kinase functions in salinity adaptation without yield penalty, by alleviating osmotic and ionic stresses and upregulating stress-responsive genes

  • Neha Vaid
  • Prashant Pandey
  • Vineet Kumar Srivastava
  • Narendra TutejaEmail author


Lectin receptor-like kinases (LecRLKs) are members of RLK family composed of lectin-like extracellular recognition domain, transmembrane domain and cytoplasmic kinase domain. LecRLKs are plasma membrane proteins believed to be involved in signal transduction. However, most of the members of the protein family even in plants have not been functionally well characterized. Herein, we show that Pisum sativum LecRLK (PsLecRLK) localized in plasma membrane systems and/or other regions of the cell and its transcript upregulated under salinity stress. Overexpression of PsLecRLK in transgenic tobacco plants confers salinity stress tolerance by alleviating both the ionic as well the osmotic component of salinity stress. The transgenic plants show better tissue compartmentalization of Na+ and higher ROS scavenging activity which probably results in lower membrane damage, improved growth and yield maintenance even under salinity stress. Also, expression of several genes involved in cellular homeostasis is perturbed by PsLecRLK overexpression. Alleviation of osmotic and ionic components of salinity stress along with reduced oxidative damage and upregulation of stress-responsive genes in transgenic plants under salinity stress conditions could be possible mechanism facilitating enhanced stress tolerance. This study presents PsLecRLK as a promising candidate for crop improvement and also opens up new avenue to investigate its signalling pathway.


Crop improvement Ion homeostasis Ion compartmentalization Lectin receptor-like kinase Salinity stress tolerance 



Work on signal transduction and plant stress signaling in NT’s laboratory is partially supported by Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India. We thank Miss Irum Rizvi for her help in localization experiment. Neha Vaid duly acknowledges Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for financial assistance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neha Vaid
    • 1
    • 2
  • Prashant Pandey
    • 1
    • 2
  • Vineet Kumar Srivastava
    • 1
  • Narendra Tuteja
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Plant Molecular Biology GroupInternational Centre for Genetic Engineering and BiotechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant PhysiologyPotsdam-GolmGermany

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