A family of wound-induced genes in Populus shares common features with genes encoding vegetative storage proteins

John M. Davis, Erin E. Egelkrout, Gary D. Coleman, Tony H.H. Chen, Bruce E. Haissig, Don E. Riemenschneider, Milton P. Gordon

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Abstract

Two wound-inducible cDNAs from poplar leaves show sequence identity to vegetative storage proteins (VSP) that accumulate seasonally in poplar bark tissues. We have compared the genomic organization, cDNA sequences and expression of the genes encoding the wound-inducible cDNAs (win4) with that of a bark VSP (called bark storage protein, or BSP). There appear to be several win4 genes in the poplar genome which segregate as a single locus and are therefore likely to be clustered. The same is true of the BSP genes. The win4 locus is linked (map distance of 5 cM) to the BSP locus, consistent with a common evolutionary origin of the genes. A near full-length win4 cDNA shows 75% sequence identity to BSP cDNAs. Both win4 and BSP are systemically wound-inducible; win4 transcripts accumulate in leaves and stems, whereas BSP transcripts accumulate almost exclusively in stems. A phloem transport-dependent signaling mechanism appears to be involved in systemic win4 expression after wounding. In contrast to BSP gene expression, win4 genes are not expressed in response to short day conditions. The data indicate win4 and BSP genes are differentially regulated, and their products may play important roles in the storage and reallocation of nitrogen in perennial plants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Molecular Biology
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1993

Keywords

  • RFLP
  • bark storage protein
  • gene clustering
  • systemic response

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