African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12236

Full Length Research Paper

Cloning of low-temperature induced gene from Morus mongolica C.K. Schn and its transformation into Petunia hybrida Vilm

Xiaoping Lu1,2, Bingyao Sun3, Feiying Shen1, Gang Pan1, Jianke Wang4 and Chengfu Lou1*
1College of Animal Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029, China. 2School of Urbanology, Soochow University, Suzhou  215123, China. 3School of Life Sciences, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, China. 4Sericultural Research Institute of Heilongjiang, Harbin 150086, China.
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  •  Accepted: 22 January 2008
  •  Published: 04 March 2008


Mongol mulberry is one of the wild species of genus Morus, and mainly grows in cold regions. In this study, stem cuttings of Mongol mulberry were acclimated at 0°C for 48 h after germination. RNA was extracted form the stem and was reverse-transcribed into cDNA. Mulberry low-temperature induced gene WAP25 was then cloned by means of RT-PCR technique. The cloned gene has been submitted to GenBank (Accession N0. DQ104333). Analysis indicated that the WAP25 is 681 bp in length, encoding 226 amino acids. It is also confirmed that the product encoded by WAP25 is a member of late embryogenesis abundant protein (LEA) family. DNA fragment of WAP25 was cloned into plasmid pIG121-Hm to generate plant expression vector pIG121/Wap25. pIG121/Wap25 was then transformed into leaf discs of Petunia hybrida Vilm mediated by Agrobacterium to obtain 34 transformants, 11.48% of which are positive by the detection of PCR-Southern assay. The results provide theoretical basis for research of genetic improvement in cold resistance of mulberry and low temperature response mechanism of woody plants.


Key words: Mulberry, low-temperature-inducible gene, Petunia hybrida Vilm, transformation.