Molecular Biology

, 42:381 | Cite as

Molecular cloning and expression profile of a jasmonate biosynthetic pathway gene for allene oxide cyclase from Hyoscyamus niger

  • Keji Jiang
  • Zhihua Liao
  • Yan Pi
  • Zhuoshi Huang
  • Rong Hou
  • Ying Cao
  • Qing Wang
  • Xiaofen Sun
  • Kexuan Tang
Genomics. Transcriptomics. Proteomics


Hyoscyamus niger L. is a medicinal plant which produces a class of jasmonate-responsive pharmaceutical secondary metabolites named tropane alkaloids. As a family of signaling phytohormones, jasmonates play significant roles in the biosynthesis of many plant secondary metabolites. In the jasmonate biosynthetic pathway of plants, allene oxide cyclase (AOC, EC catalyzes the most important step. Here we cloned a cDNA from H. niger, named HnAOC (GenBank accession no.: AY708383), which was 1044 bp long, with a 747-bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a polypeptide of 248 amino acid residues. Southern blot analysis indicated that it was a multicopy gene. RT-PCR analysis revealed that the expression of HnAOC was regulated by various stresses and elicitors, with methyl-jasmonate showing the most prominent inducement. The characterization of HnAOC would be helpful for improving the production of valuable secondary metabolites by regulating the biosynthesis of jasmonates.

Key words

allene oxide cyclase Hyoscyamus niger jasmonate RT-PCR secondary metabolite 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keji Jiang
    • 1
  • Zhihua Liao
    • 2
  • Yan Pi
    • 1
  • Zhuoshi Huang
    • 1
  • Rong Hou
    • 1
  • Ying Cao
    • 1
  • Qing Wang
    • 1
  • Xiaofen Sun
    • 1
  • Kexuan Tang
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Genetic Engineering, School of Life Sciences, Fudan-SJTU-Nottingham Plant Biotechnology R & D Center, Morgan-Tan International Center for Life SciencesFudan UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Laboratory of Natural Products and Metabolic Engineering, Chongqing Sweet Potato Research Center, Key Laboratory of Eco-environments in Three Gorges Reservoir Region, School of Life SciencesSouthwest UniversityChongqingPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Plant Biotechnology Research Center, School of Agriculture and Biology, Fudan-SJTU-Nottingham Plant Biotechnology R & D CenterShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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