Transcriptomics of Arsenic Tolerance in Plants

  • Kinga Kłodawska
  • Monika Bojko
  • Dariusz Latowski


Transcriptome analysis is a potent method for characterizing the global response to stress conditions of any organism. Main high-throughput techniques of genome-wide transcriptomic investigation are RNA microarray and RNA-seq. Global differential expression of genes upon plant exposure to arsenite As(III) and/or arsenate As(V) studied using different methods is presented in this chapter. Microarray studies of rice (Oryza sativa) response to As revealed that there is a set of genes expressed differently upon As(III) and As(V) challenge. As(V) was found to affect cell wall proteins and primary and secondary metabolism, while As(III) treatment affected hormonal and signaling processes. In Arabidopsis thaliana, As(V) treatment resulted in a repression of transcription of genes involved in the phosphate starvation response and some transcription factors. Of the genes involved in oxidative stress response, some were found to be upregulated, whereas others were downregulated. RNA-seq analysis of rice transcriptome revealed that genes involved in heavy metal transport, transcription, hormone biosynthesis, and lipid metabolism respond to As(III) exposure in rice. Differential regulation of miRNAs was also discovered. Differential gene expression upon As(III) and As(V) challenge with implication on metabolic pathways involved in plant response to As is discussed in this chapter.


Metalloids mRNA Microarray technology Plant molecular biology Secondary metabolism Soil pollution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kinga Kłodawska
    • 1
  • Monika Bojko
    • 1
  • Dariusz Latowski
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Biotechnology, Department of Plant Physiology and BiochemistryJagiellonian University in KrakowKrakowPoland

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