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Title: Molecular characterization of a date palm vascular highway 1-interacting kinase (Pdvik) under abiotic stresses
Authors: Al-Harrasi, I.
Patankar, H.V.
Al-Yahyai, R.
Sunkar, R.
Krishnamurthy, P. 
Kumar, P.P. 
Yaish, M.W.
Keywords: Abiotic stress
Date palm
Vascular highway 1-interacting kinase
Issue Date: 19-May-2020
Publisher: MDPI AG
Citation: Al-Harrasi, I., Patankar, H.V., Al-Yahyai, R., Sunkar, R., Krishnamurthy, P., Kumar, P.P., Yaish, M.W. (2020-05-19). Molecular characterization of a date palm vascular highway 1-interacting kinase (Pdvik) under abiotic stresses. Genes 11 (5) : 568. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: The date palm (Khalas) is an extremophile plant that can adapt to various abiotic stresses including drought and salinity. Salinity tolerance is a complex trait controlled by numerous genes. Identification and functional characterization of salt-responsive genes from the date palm is fundamental to understand salinity tolerance at the molecular level in this plant species. In this study, a salt-inducible vascular highway 1-interacting kinase (PdVIK) that is a MAP kinase kinase kinase (MAPKKK) gene from the date palm, was functionally characterized using in vitro and in vivo strategies. PdVIK, one of the 597 kinases encoded by the date palm genome possesses an ankyrin repeat domain and a kinase domain. The recombinant PdVIK protein exhibited phosphotyrosine activity against myelin basic protein (MBP) substrate. Overexpression of PdVIK in yeast significantly improved its tolerance to salinity, LiCl, and oxidative stresses. Transgenic Arabidopsis seedlings overexpressing PdVIK displayed improved tolerance to salinity, osmotic, and oxidative stresses as assessed by root growth assay. The transgenic lines grown in the soil also displayed modulated salt response, compared to wild-type controls as evaluated by the overall plant growth and proline levels. Likewise, the transgenic lines exhibited drought tolerance by maintaining better relative water content (RWC) compared to non-transgenic control plants. Collectively, these results implicate the involvement of PdVIK in modulating the abiotic stress response of the date palm. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.
Source Title: Genes
ISSN: 20734425
DOI: 10.3390/genes11050568
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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