Identification of candidate flavonoid pathway genes using transcriptome correlation network analysis in ripe strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) fruits

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TitleIdentification of candidate flavonoid pathway genes using transcriptome correlation network analysis in ripe strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) fruits
AuthorsPillet J, Yu HW, Chambers AH, Whitaker VM, Folta KM
TypeJournal Article
Journal NameJournal of experimental botany
Year2015
CitationPillet J, Yu HW, Chambers AH, Whitaker VM, Folta KM. Identification of candidate flavonoid pathway genes using transcriptome correlation network analysis in ripe strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa) fruits. Journal of experimental botany. 2015 May 15.

Abstract

New modulators of the strawberry flavonoid pathway were identified through correlation network analysis. The transcriptomes of red, ripe fruit from two parental lines and 14 of their progeny were compared, and uncharacterized transcripts matching the expression patterns of known flavonoid-pathway genes were identified. Fifteen transcripts corresponded with putative transcription factors, and several of these were examined experimentally using transient expression in developing fruits. The results suggest that two of the newly-identified regulators likely contribute to discrete nodes of the flavonoid pathway. One increases only LEUCOANTHOCYANIDIN REDUCTASE (LAR) and FLAVONOL 3'-HYDROXYLASE (F3'H) transcript accumulation upon overexpression. Another affects LAR and FLAVONOL SYNTHASE (FLS) after overexpression. The third putative transcription factor appears to be a universal regulator of flavonoid-pathway genes, as many pathway transcripts decrease in abundance when this gene is silenced. This report demonstrates that such systems-level approaches may be especially powerful when connected to an effective transient expression system, helping to provide rapid and strong evidence of gene function in key fruit-ripening processes.

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Publication ModelPrint-Electronic
ISSN1460-2431
eISSN1460-2431
Publication Date2015 May 15
Journal AbbreviationJ. Exp. Bot.
Elocationerv205
Copyright© The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Experimental Biology.
LanguageEnglish
Language AbbrENG
Publication TypeJournal Article
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