Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 453–463 | Cite as

Two novel eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A genes from Populus simonii × P. nigra confer tolerance to abiotic stresses in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Original Paper


The role of plant eIF5A proteins in multiple biological processes, such as protein synthesis regulation, translation elongation, mRNA turnover, programmed cell death and stress tolerance is well known. Toward using these powerful proteins to increase stress tolerance in agricultural plants, in the present study, we cloned and characterized PsneIF5A2 and PsneIF5A4 from young poplar (P. simonii × P. nigra) leaves. The deduced amino acid sequences of PsneIF5A2 and PsneIF5A4 were 98 % similar to each other, and they are orthologs of eIF5A1 in Arabidopsis. In a subcellular localization analysis, PsneIF5A2 and PsneIF5A4 proteins were localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm. qRT-PCR analysis showed that PsneIF5A2 and PsneIF5A4 were transcribed in poplar flowers, stem, leaves, and roots. In addition, they were also induced by abiotic stresses. Transgenic yeast expressing PsneIF5A2 and PsneIF5A4 had increased salt, heavy metal, osmotic, oxidative tolerance. Our results suggest that PsneIF5A2 and PsneIF5A4 are excellent candidates for genetic engineering to improve salt and heavy metal tolerance in agricultural plants.


Abiotic tolerance eIF5A Populus simonii × P. nigra Subcellular localization Yeast 



Abscisic acid


Eukaryotic translation initiation factor 5A


Empty vector






Nuclear localization signal


Open reading frame


Quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction


Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and BreedingNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinChina

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