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Genotype-Dependent Gene Expression in Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) Plants Under High Temperature Stress

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The differences in tolerance to high temperatures were investigated on the basis of gene expressions in two strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch) cultivars which were previously determined as high temperature tolerant (Redlands Hope = R. Hope) and sensitive (Festival). Plants were exposed incrementally to 35, 40, 45, and finally 50 °C for 24 h. qRT-PCR analyses were carried out with 19 known sequences from the databases. Protein expression analyses were based on SDS-PAGE results, sequenced and then separated due to their isoelectric points. Expression levels were determined at 35, 40, and 45 °C. According to the results, tolerance of ‘R. Hope’ to high temperature stress can be explained with the coordination of Hsp70, Hsp90, and small heat shock proteins (sHsps) having a vital and supplementary role in stress response. Sensitive cultivar ‘Festival’ can respond to high temperatures only with the low molecular weight protein and transcripts that do not take a central role in high temperature stress response. Moreover, allergen gene expression triggered by high temperature were detected in both cultivars with different expression levels. The greater expression level in allergen genes observed in the sensitive cultivar ‘Festival’ under high temperature indicates that there is possibly a negative correlation between expression level in allergen genes and heat stress tolerance. Future studies addressing allergen gene expression under high temperature stress are required to confirm on these findings and to expand on the potential use as a molecular marker in breeding process for enhanced tolerance to high temperature.

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Kesici, M., Ipek, A., Ersoy, F. et al. Genotype-Dependent Gene Expression in Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa) Plants Under High Temperature Stress . Biochem Genet 58, 848–866 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10528-020-09978-7

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Keywords

  • High temperature stress
  • Fragaria x ananassa
  • HSP
  • qRT-PCR
  • 2D-PAGE
  • Stress tolerance