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Characterisation, Expression, and Functional Analysis of a Novel NAC Gene Associated with Resistance to Verticillium Wilt and Abiotic Stress in Cotton.

Characterisation, Expression, and Functional Analysis of a Novel NAC Gene Associated with Resistance to Verticillium Wilt and Abiotic Stress in Cotton.
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Wang W, Yuan Y, Yang C, Geng S, Sun Q, Long L, Cai C, Chu Z, Liu X, Wang G, Du X, Miao C, Zhang X, Cai Y,


Wang W, Yuan Y, Yang C, Geng S, Sun Q, Long L, Cai C, Chu Z, Liu X, Wang G, Du X, Miao C, Zhang X, Cai Y, (click to view)

Wang W, Yuan Y, Yang C, Geng S, Sun Q, Long L, Cai C, Chu Z, Liu X, Wang G, Du X, Miao C, Zhang X, Cai Y,

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G3 (Bethesda, Md.) 2016 Oct 26() pii g3.116.034512
Abstract

Elucidating the mechanism of resistance to biotic and abiotic stress is of great significance in cotton. In this study, a gene containing the NAC domain, designated GbNAC1, was identified from Gossypium barbadense L. Homologous sequence alignment indicated that GbNAC1 belongs to the TERN subgroup. GbNAC1 protein localised to the cell nucleus. GbNAC1 was expressed in roots, stems, and leaves, and was especially highly expressed in vascular bundles. Functional analysis showed that cotton resistance to Verticillium wilt was reduced when the GbNAC1 gene was silenced using the virus-induced gene silencing method. GbNAC1-overexpressing Arabidopsis showed enhanced resistance to Verticillium dahlia compared to wild-type. Thus, GbNAC1 is involved in the positive regulation of resistance to Verticillium wilt. In addition, analysis of GbNAC1-overexpressing Arabidopsis under different stress treatments indicated that it is involved in plant growth, development, and response to various abiotic stresses (ABA, mannitol, and NaCl). This suggests that GbNAC1 plays an important role in resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses in cotton. This study provides a foundation for further study of the function of NAC genes in cotton and other plants.

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