E-MEXP-1557 - Transcription profiling of developing pea cotyledons over-expressing VfAAP1
Submitted on 15 April 2008, released on 1 May 2008, last updated on 2 May 2014
Nitrogen application to legume seeds regulates seed metabolism and composition. In order to improve nitrogen flux into the embryo, the Vicia faba amino acid permease VfAAP1 (Miranda et al. Amino acid permeases in developing seeds of Vicia faba L.: expression precedes storage protein synthesis and is regulated by amino acid supply. Plant J 2001 28: 61-72) was expressed in pea under control of the seed-specific LeB4 promotor (Bäumlein et al. Cis-analysis of a seed protein gene promoter: the conservative RY repeat CATGCATG within legumin box is essential for tissue-specific expression of a legumin gene. Plant J 1992 2: 233-239). Several transgenic lines have been generated. Mature seeds of the homozygous marker gene-free line AAP14/10 showed an increase in amino acid supply, seed nitrogen and protein content due to higher globulin fraction. The effect of VfAAP1 was tested under field conditions in two growing periods, 2005 and 2006, and the data could be confirmed. Over-expression of VfAAP1 interferes with storage protein metabolism and alters fluxes of nitrogen during seed growth. The influence of VfAAP1 on altered gene expression in developing cotyledons was analysed using a 6k-Oligo-microarray. Four developmental stages (18, 22, 26 and 30 DAP) from seeds, grown 2006, of the transgenic line AAP14/10 were hybridized against wildtype control.
transcription profiling by array, co-expression, dye swap, genetic modification
Increasing amino acid supply in pea embryos reveals specific interactions of N and C metabolism and highlights the importance of mitochondrial metabolism.