Abscisic acid-dependent and -independent expression of the carrot late-embryogenesis-abundant-class gene Dc3 in transgenic tobacco seedlings. Academic Article uri icon


  • We studied the expression of three promoter 5' deletion constructs (-218, -599, and -1312) of the LEA (late embryogenesis abundant)-class gene Dc3 fused to beta-glucuronidase (GUS), where each construct value refers to the number of base pairs upstream of the transcription start site at which the deletion occurred. The Dc3 gene is noted for its induction by abscisic acid (ABA), but its response to other plant hormones and various environmental stresses has not been reported previously for vegetative cells. Fourteen-day-old transgenic tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) seedlings were exposed to dehydration, hypoxia, salinity, exogenous ethylene, or exogenous methyl jasmonate (MeJa). GUS activity was quantified fluorimetrically and expression was observed by histochemical staining of the seedlings. An increase in GUS activity was observed in plants with constructs -599 and -1312 in response to dehydration and salinity within 6 h of stress, and at 12 h in response to hypoxia. No increase in endogenous ABA was found in any of the three lines, even after 72 h of hypoxia. An ABA-independent increase in GUS activity was observed when endogenous ABA biosynthesis was blocked by fluridone and plants were exposed to 5 &mgr;L L-1 ethylene in air or 100 &mgr;M MeJa. Virtually no expression was observed in construct -218 in response to dehydration, salinity, or MeJa, but there was a moderate response to ethylene and hypoxia. This suggests that the region between -218 and -599 is necessary for ABA (dehydration and salinity)- and MeJa-dependent expression, whereas ethylene-mediated expression does not require this region of the promoter.

published proceedings

  • Plant Physiol

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Siddiqui, N. U., Chung, H. J., Thomas, T. L., & Drew, M. C.

citation count

  • 29

complete list of authors

  • Siddiqui, NU||Chung, HJ||Thomas, TL||Drew, MC

publication date

  • January 1998