Journal of
Medicinal Plants Research

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Plants Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0875
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMPR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 3778

Full Length Research Paper

cDNA cloning, sequence characterization and expression analyses of a novel gene-TPI from pepper cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS)

Ming-hua DENG1,2, Jin-fen WEN3, Jin-long HUO4, Hai-shan ZHU2, Xiong-ze DAI1, Zhu-qing ZHANG1, Hui ZHOU2 and Xue-xiao ZOU1*
1Institute of Vegetable Crops, Hunan Academy of Agricultural Science, Changsha 410125, China. 2College of Horticulture and Landscape, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming 650201, China. 3Faculty of Modern Agricultural Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650224, China. 4Faculty of Animal Science and Technology, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming 650201, China.
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  •  Accepted: 10 February 2012
  •  Published: 16 March 2012


The complete coding sequence (CDS) of the gene triose phosphate isomerase (TPI) was amplified using the reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction based on the conserved sequence information of some Solanaceae plants and known highly homologous pepper ESTs. The results showed the pepper TPI gene encodes a protein of 254 amino acids that has high homology with the proteins of six other species, Solanum tuberosum(95%), Arabidopsis thaliana (87%), Ricinus communisVitis vinifera and Oryza sativa(87%) and Zea mays (85%). The pepper TPI gene was expressed in root, stem, leaf, flower, pericarp, placenta and seed. At the abortion stages, the ATP and NADH pool in male-sterile line were distinctly lower than those in the maintainer; The activities and expression levels of TPI in anthers of sterile line were obviously reduced, while levels in F1hybrid and maintainers kept normal, which indicated that stable transcripts of TPI are beneficial to keep the energy metabolism with a normal level. But when the restorer gene was transferred into CMS line, activities and expression level of TPI could be regulated by the restorer gene and kept stably. The restorer gene likely plays an important role in keeping the balance of the energy metabolism with a normal level during the microspore development.


Key words: Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.), triose phosphate isomerase, cloning, characterization, cytoplasmic male sterility.