African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12401

Full Length Research Paper

Molecular cloning and characterization of a novel Cys2/His2-type zinc finger protein gene from chrysanthemum

  Qing-Lin Liu1*, Jiao Wu1, Ke-Dong Xu2, Liang-Jun Zhao3 and Hai-Qing Zhang1  
  1Department of Ornamental Horticulture, Sichuan Agricultural University, 211 Huimin Road, Wenjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan 611130, P. R. China. 2Key Laboratory of Plant Genetics and Molecular Breeding, Department of Life Science, Zhoukou Normal University, East Wenchang Street, Chuanhui District, Zhoukou, Henan 466001, P. R. China. 3Department of Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, China Agricultural University, 2 Yuanmingyuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100193, P. R. China.
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  •  Accepted: 27 January 2012
  •  Published: 12 April 2012



A novel member of the Cys2/His2-type zinc finger protein gene family, designatedDgZFP3, was isolated from chrysanthemum by rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE). The DgZFP3 encodes a protein of 248 amino acids, including two conserved Cys2/His2-type zinc finger motifs with a plant-specific QALGGH motif in each zinc finger domain, a B-box (KXKRSKRXR) domain in the N-terminal region as a putative nuclear localization signal (NLS), a L-box (EXEXXAXCLXXL) and an EAR-box (DLNL) at C-terminus. Subcellular localization showed the presence of DgZFP3 in the nucleus. The transcript of DgZFP3 was enriched in roots and leaves than in stems and flowers of the adult chrysanthemum plants. Expression patterns revealed thatDgZFP3 was strongly induced by NaCl, drought, cold and abscisic acid (ABA) treatment in the seedlings. We argued that DgZFP3 is a new member of the Cys2/His2-type zinc finger protein gene family, and it may be involved in the plant responses to various stresses.


Key words: Chrysanthemum, DgZFP3, gene expression, Cys2/His2-type zinc finger protein.


Abbreviations: ABA, Abscisic acid; CaMV, the cauliflower mosaic virus; NLS,nuclear localization signal; GFP, green fluorescent protein; RACE, rapid amplification of cDNA ends; qRT-PCR, quantitative real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction.