The molecular chaperon AKR2A increases the mulberry chilling-tolerant capacity by maintaining SOD activity and unsaturated fatty acids composition

Lin Chen, Yuqi Hou, Wenjun Hu, Xiaoyun Qiu, Hongling Lu, Jia Wei, Shaofang Yu, Ning Jia He, Hong Zhang, Guoxin Shen

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Abstract

Chilling is common in nature and can damage most plant species, particularly young leaves and buds. Mulberry (Morus spp.) is an economically important food source for the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori). However, weather and climatic extremes, such as “late spring coldness”, seriously damage mulberry buds and young leaves. The molecular mechanism involved in the differing mulberry chilling tolerance is unclear. In the present study, we found that mSOD1, mFADII, and mKCS1 interacted with mAKR2A and that the expression of mAKR2A, mSOD, mFAD, and mKCS1 in the chilling-tolerant mulberry variety was higher than that in the chilling-sensitive variety. Unsaturated fatty acids content and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in the chilling-tolerant variety was higher than that in the chilling-sensitive variety. After chilling treatment, mSOD1, mKCS1 and mAKR2A expression in the chilling-tolerant variety was reduced to lower than that in the chilling-sensitive variety, whereas mFADII expression increased in the chilling-tolerant variety compared with that in the chilling-sensitive variety, suggesting that the increased expression of the molecular chaperon mAKR2A helped to maintain or prompted the chilling-related proteins in the chilling-tolerant variety.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12120
JournalScientific reports
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018

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