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Title: Isolation of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan L.) legumin gene promoter and identification of conserved regulatory elements using tools of bioinformatics
Authors: Jaiswal, Rajani
Nain, Vikrant
Abdin, M Z
Kumar, P A
Keywords: β-glucuronidase (GUS)
legumin gene
nucleosome positioning
phylogenetic footprinting
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.8 C12N15/09, 15/29
Abstract: A seed specific legumin gene promoter from pigeon pea was isolated by PCR amplification. Database assisted sequence analysis of this promoter revealed several putative cis-acting regulatory elements. Comparative analysis of 15 seed-specific legumin gene promoters from six species, viz. Cajanus cajan, Cicer arietinum, Pisum sativum, Glycine max, Vicia faba and Arachis hypogaea, revealed several conserved motifs in promoter sequences; maximum conservation was observed upstream to transcription start site. Most of the conserved motifs have known transcription factor binding sites. One unknown conserved motif of seven base pair (AG/TGTGTA) was found 19 bp upstream to legumin box, putatively named as L-19. Study of nucleosome formation potential showed that putative linker DNA is more prone to mutations as compared to DNA involved in nucleosome formation. A chimeric construct was made with pigeonpea legumin promoter and β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene. Analysis of GUS expression at different developmental stages of transgenic tobacco plant’s parts revealed that the reporter gene was expressed at a high level only in mature seeds, specifically in embryo, endosperm and in cotyledonary leaves of developing seedling. These data showed that GUS gene transcription was regulated in a tissue specific and temporally regulated manner.
Page(s): 495-503
ISSN: 0975-0967 (Online); 0972-5849 (Print)
Source:IJBT Vol.06(4) [October 2007]

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