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, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 669–680 | Cite as

A Small GTP-Binding Gene ScRan from Sugarcane is Involved in Responses to Various Hormone Stresses and Sporisirium scitamineum Challenge

  • Ning Huang
  • Hui Ling
  • Xu Zhang
  • Huaying Mao
  • Yachun Su
  • Weihua Su
  • Feng Liu
  • Liping Xu
  • Rukai Chen
  • Youxiong QueEmail author
Research Article


The ras-like nuclear GTP-binding protein (Ran) is known as a molecular switch and plays an important role in eukaryotic metabolism. In this study, a differentially expressed EST sequence from our previous suppression subtractive hybridization libraries of sugarcane under Sporisirium scitamineum infection was used as the probe, and an 836-bp-long sugarcane Ran gene (ScRan) was cloned from sugarcane smut-resistant genotype YC05-179. Bioinformatic analysis revealed that the ScRan gene contained a 666-bp-long complete open-reading frame, encoding a stable 25-kDa acidic protein with four core domains GDGGTGKT (I), DTAG (II), NKVD (III), and EISAK (IV), and without the signal peptide. The inducing expression results of ScRan in Escherichia coli showed that the molecular weight of ScRan was about 20–35 kDa. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis indicated that ScRan protein was conservative in evolution. ScRan protein was located in both the nucleus and the cytoplasm and could interact with sugarcane Sc14-3-3 protein (GenBank Acc. No.: AY222859). qRT-PCR analysis demonstrated that the expression of ScRan was higher in root than all the other sugarcane tissues including bud, leaf sheath, stem pith, and epidermis. The upregulation of ScRan in case of abscisic acid (ABA), salicylic acid (SA), and methyl jasmonic acid (MeJA) stimuli indicated its positive involvement in sugarcane responses to phytohormone ABA, SA, and MeJA signaling. ScRan was positively responded to S. scitamineum infection in the early stage but was inhibited in the later stage. These results would facilitate understanding the important role of the ScRan gene in sugarcane defense against various hormone stresses and S. scitamineum stress.


Ras-like nuclear GTP-binding protein Hormone stress Sugarcane Bioinformatics analysis Sporisorium scitamineum 



Ras-like nuclear GTP-binding protein


Saccharum spp. hydrid


Molecular weight

S. scitamineum

Sporisorium scitamineum


Suppression subtractive hybridization


Abscisic acid


Salicylic acid


Methyl jasmonate


Quantitative real-time PCR




Agrobacterium tumefacien-mediated transformation


Green fluorescent protein


Yellow fluorescent protein



The empty vector pEZYHb was created by Yu-Zhu Zhang and provided by Addgene ( The vector pMDC84 used for analyzing subcellular location of gene was created by Mark D. Curtis and provided by the Arabidopsis biological resource center (


This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31671752 and 31101196), the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian province, China (2015J06006), and China Agriculture Research System (CARS-17). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Sugarcane Biology and Genetic Breeding, Ministry of AgricultureFujian Agriculture and Forestry UniversityFuzhou CityChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Genetics, Breeding and Multiple Utilization of Crops, Ministry of EducationFujian Agriculture and Forestry UniversityFuzhou CityChina
  3. 3.Guangxi Collaborative Innovation Center of Sugarcane IndustryGuangxi UniversityNanningChina

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