Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 19–26 | Cite as

Proline accumulation and real time PCR expression analysis of genes encoding enzymes of proline metabolism in relation to drought tolerance in Andean potato

  • Roland Schafleitner
  • Amélie Gaudin
  • Raymundo Oscar Gutierrez Rosales
  • Carlos Alberto Alvarado Aliaga
  • Merideth Bonierbale
Original Paper


Six potato varieties belonging to four different sub-species were submitted to drought stress during tuberization under controlled field conditions, resulting in contrasting responses of the genotypes to water stress with yield losses varying between 27 and 75%. In all clones free proline accumulated under drought, however, proline levels increased earlier in drought-susceptible varieties than in more tolerant ones. The expression of two key genes in proline metabolism, Δ1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthase and proline dehydrogenase, was monitored in the leaves of the experimental plants by real time PCR 23 and 42 days after drought onset. Expression of both enzymes did not correlate with the proline levels found in leaf tissue indicating that mechanisms other than transcription participate in the regulation of proline accumulation in potato leaves.


Potato Drought Proline Gene expression 

List of abbreviations


Δ1-Pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthase


Proline dehydrogenase


The Institute for Genomic Research


Centro Internacional de la Papa


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland Schafleitner
    • 1
  • Amélie Gaudin
    • 1
  • Raymundo Oscar Gutierrez Rosales
    • 1
  • Carlos Alberto Alvarado Aliaga
    • 1
  • Merideth Bonierbale
    • 1
  1. 1.International Potato CenterLa MolinaPeru

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