Acta Physiologiae Plantarum

, 39:200 | Cite as

Proteomic changes in response to low-light stress during cotton fiber elongation

  • Wei Hu
  • Mi Zheng
  • Shanshan Wang
  • Yali Meng
  • Youhua Wang
  • Binglin Chen
  • John L. Snider
  • Zhiguo ZhouEmail author
Original Article


Numerous studies have illustrated that low light is one of the major abiotic stresses limiting cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) fiber length, but studies addressing molecular mechanisms contributing to reduced fiber growth under low light are lacking. To investigate the molecular mechanisms of cotton fiber elongation in response to low light, an experiment of low light caused by shading was conducted with cotton cultivar NuCOTN 33B. The results showed that low light resulted in shorter fiber length. Proteomic analysis of four developmental stages (5, 10, 15 and 20 days post-anthesis) showed that 49 proteins were significantly responsive to low light. 39 differentially expressed proteins that included some known as well as some novel low-light stress-responsive proteins were identified. These differentially expressed proteins were involved in signal transduction, carbohydrate/energy metabolism, cell wall component synthesis, protein metabolism, cytoskeleton, nitrogen metabolism and stress responses. The results also showed that the decrease in fiber length might be because the levels of signal-related protein (phospholipase D), cytoskeletal proteins (two annexins isoforms), cell wall component-related proteins (sucrose synthase, UDP-d-glucuronic acid 4-epimerase and rhamnose synthase), carbohydrate metabolism-proteins (phosphofructokinase, dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase, vacuolar H+-ATPase catalytic subunit, malate dehydrogenase and isocitrate dehydrogenase), and stress-related proteins (peroxisomal catalase, short chain alcohol dehydrogenase) were decreased under low light.


Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Low light Fiber length Proteomics 



Crop relative light rate


Fruiting branch


Days post-anthesis


Photosynthetic active radiation


Two-dimensional electrophoresis


Mean daily temperature


Mean daily maximum temperature


Mean daily minimum temperature


Low-light-responsive protein


Calcineurin B-like protein


Phospholipase D


Cyclase binding protein



We are grateful for financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31571606), the Special Fund for Agro-scientific Research in the Public Interest (201303002), Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center for Modern Crop Production (JCIC-MCP) and China Agriculture Research System (CARS-18-20).

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© Franciszek Górski Institute of Plant Physiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Hu
    • 1
  • Mi Zheng
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shanshan Wang
    • 1
  • Yali Meng
    • 1
  • Youhua Wang
    • 1
  • Binglin Chen
    • 1
  • John L. Snider
    • 3
  • Zhiguo Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.College of AgricultureNanjing Agricultural UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.State Key Laboratory of Tree Genetics and BreedingNortheast Forestry UniversityHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Crop and Soil SciencesUniversity of GeorgiaTiftonUSA

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