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Changes in Gene Expression in Canola Roots Induced by ACC-Deaminase-Containing Plant-Growth-Promoting Bacteria

August 2004 , Volume 17 , Number  8
Pages  865 - 871

Nikos Hontzeas , Saleema S. Saleh , and Bernard R. Glick

Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada

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Accepted 23 March 2003.

The technique of RNA arbitrarily primed-polymerase chain reaction (RAP-PCR) was used to study changes in gene expression over time in canola roots treated with the 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase-containing plant-growth-promoting bacterium Enterobacter cloacae UW4 and to compare the changes with those in a mutant of E. cloacae UW4 in which the ACC deaminase structural gene acdS was replaced by homologous recombination with acdS with an intentional knockout containing a tetracycline resistance gene. Genes that were either up- or down-regulated over a three-day period in canola plants treated with wild-type or mutant bacteria were isolated, cloned, and sequenced; all appeared to have high homology with Arabidopsis thaliana genes. The upregulated genes included a cell division cycle protein 48 homolog and a eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 subunit 7 gene homolog. The downregulated genes included one encoding a glycine-rich RNA binding protein with a function in RNA processing or binding during ethylene-induced stress, which is expressed only in roots, and another gene thought to be involved in a defense signaling pathway. All RAP-PCR results were verified using Northern blotting. These data, indicate that roots isolated from canola seeds treated with the ACC deaminase-producing E. cloacae UW4 up-regulate genes involved in cell division and proliferation but down-regulate stress genes. This data is in agreement with a model in which ACC deaminase-containing plant-growth-promoting bacteria reduce plant stress and induce root elongation and proliferation in plants, largely by lowering ethylene levels.

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