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The Bradyrhizobium japonicum hsfA gene exhibits a unique developmental expression pattern in cowpea nodules

Title
The Bradyrhizobium japonicum hsfA gene exhibits a unique developmental expression pattern in cowpea nodules
Authors
Oh, HSSon, OChun, JYStacey, GLee, MSMin, KHSong, ESCheon, CI
Ewha Authors
천종윤
Issue Date
2001
Journal Title
MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS
ISSN
0894-0282JCR Link
Citation
vol. 14, no. 11, pp. 1286 - 1292
Publisher
AMER PHYTOPATHOLOGICAL SOC
Indexed
SCI; SCIE; SCOPUS WOS
Abstract
The Bradyrhizobium japonicum host-specific fixation gene hsfA was identified as essential for nitrogen fixation on cowpea, but not required for nitrogen fixation on soybean or siratro. The DNA sequence of the hsfA promoter contains a consensus RpoN, -24/-12 binding site, suggesting the involvement of a regulatory protein that binds to an upstream activating sequence (UAS). To further explore the regulation of this interesting gene, serial deletions of the hsfA promoter were made and fused with the beta -glucuronidase (GUS) gene. The HsfA3 deletion, containing 60 bp 5' of the -24/-12 sequence, showed a similar level of GUS expression to that shown by the longest fusion construct (HsfA1), containing 464 bp of upstream sequence. In contrast, the HsfA4-GUS fusion, containing only 20 bp 5' of the -24/-12 region, showed no GUS activity, delimiting the location of a putative UAS to a 40-bp region. During nodule development, GUS expression first appeared in nodules 12 days postinoculation (dpi) and reached a maximum level of expression in approximately 17-day-old nodules. By 28 dpi, HsfA-GUS expression had returned to a low, basal level. These data were consistent with the detection of hsfA mRNA by in situ hybridization in 17-day-old nodules, but not in 28-day-old nodules. In contrast to the stage-specific expression in cowpea, HsfA-GUS expression increased with nodule development in HsfA3-inoculated soybean. These data indicate that HsfA expression is regulated in cowpea in a unique developmental manner and that the DNA regulatory regions that control this expression are confined to a short, promoter-proximal region.
DOI
10.1094/MPMI.2001.14.11.1286
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