Characterization and expression pattern of IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 stress-related genes from sweetpotato

Sang Gyu Seo, Seo Bum Jeon, Ji Seoung Kim, Ji Min Shin, Jong Bo Kim, Seung Won Kang, Gung Pyo Lee, Sun Hyung Kim

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Two putative stress-related genes were isolated from sweetpotato and were designated as IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 (Ipomoea batatas proline-rich proteins 1 and 2). The deduced amino acid aligment of IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 shows that these two genes belong to the AAI-LTSS superfamily. Proteins in this family are known to play primary roles including defending plants from pathogens and insects, lipid transport between intracellular membranes, and nutrient storage. The mRNA expression of IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 were investigated and the results demonstrate that IbPRP2 has tissue-specific expression. Moreover, IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 may be involved in response to various stresses including drought, pathogen, and oxidative stress. In addition, when leaf disc test was performed, the IbPRP1 transgenic tobacco plants showed increase in tolerance to salt (100 mM, 200 mM, and 300 mM). Moreover, IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 may have some roles of transmembrane protein in sweetpotato when checked through GFP fusion cell localization and transmembrane analysis. All of these results indicate that IbPRP1 and IbPRP2 might play an important role in plant stress responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-497
Number of pages11
JournalGenes and Genomics
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2010


  • Cell wall protein
  • Proline-rich Protein (PRP)
  • Sweetpotato


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