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Novel Potato C2H2-type Zinc Finger Protein Gene, StZFP1, Which Responds to Biotic and Abiotic Stress, Plays a Role in Salt Tolerance

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Novel Potato C2H2-type Zinc Finger Protein Gene, StZFP1, Which Responds to Biotic and Abiotic Stress, Plays a Role in Salt Tolerance

Z-D Tian et al. Plant Biol (Stuttg).

Abstract

Many TFIIIA-type zinc finger proteins (ZFPs) play important roles in stress responses in plants. In the present study, a novel zinc finger protein gene, StZFP1, was cloned from potato. StZFP1 is a typical TFIIIA-type two-finger zinc finger gene with one B-box domain, one L-box domain and a DLN-box/EAR motif. The StZFP1 genes belong to a small gene family with an estimated copy number of four or five, located on chromosome I. StZFP1 is constitutively expressed in leaves, stems, roots, tubers and flowers of adult plants. Expression of StZFP1 can be induced by salt, dehydration and exogenously applied ABA. StZFP1 expression is also responsive to infection by the late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Transient expression analysis of StZFP1:GFP fusion protein revealed that StZFP1 is preferentially localised in the nucleus. Ectopic expression of StZFP1, driven by the Arabidopsis rd29A promoter in transgenic tobacco, increased plant tolerance to salt stress. These results demonstrate that StZFP1 might be involved in potato responses to salt and dehydration stresses through an ABA-dependent pathway.

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