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Type: Journal article
Title: The VvBAP1 gene is identified as a potential inhibitor of cell death in grape berries
Author: Cao, S.
Xiao, Z.
Jiranek, V.
Tyerman, S.D.
Citation: Functional Plant Biology, 2019; 46(5):428-442
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 1445-4408
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Shifeng Cao, Zeyu Xiao, Vladimir Jiranek and Stephen D. Tyerman
Abstract: Cell death (CD) in Vitis vinifera L grape berries, exemplified in Shiraz, occurs late in ripening influencing yield, berry and wine quality. Here we isolated and functionally characterised a BON1-associated gene, VvBAP1 from Shiraz berries, encoding a small protein with a C2 domain. VvBAP1 transcript increased during fruit development from veraison to harvest, and was significantly inhibited by drought stress 92 days after flowering when CD normally begins. This was correlated with high CD in Shiraz berries. The agrobacterium-mediated transient expression of VvBAP1 in tobacco leaves led to a decrease in electrolyte leakage and downregulated a marker gene (Hsr203J) for cell death. Expressing VvBAP1 in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) also alleviated cell death induced by hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂). Overexpression of VvBAP1 in Arabidopsis increased resistance to H₂O₂ and reduced CD due to higher expression of genes involved in anti-oxidative responses. Arabidopsis overexpressing VvBAP1 displayed higher tolerance to drought accompanied by upregulation of antioxidant-related gene expression. VvBAP1 complemented an Arabidopsis bap1 knockout by abolishing its CD phenotypes. These results indicate that VvBAP1 may play a role in alleviating CD in grape berries and its downregulation under drought stress may be responsible for the generally observed increase in CD within the berry.
Keywords: BAP1; drought stress; grape berry; H₂O₂; reactive oxygen species; ROS; Syrah
Rights: Journal compilation © CSIRO 2019
RMID: 0030109751
DOI: 10.1071/FP18272
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