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Molecular cloning and expression analysis of jasmonic acid dependent but salicylic acid independent LeWRKY1

Author(s): M. Lu, L.F. Wang, X.H. Du, Y.K. Yu, J.B. Pan, Z.J. Nan, J. Han, W.X. Wang, Q.Z. Zhang and Q.P. Sun

Various plant genes can be activated or inhibited by phytohormones under conditions of biotic and abiotic stress, especially in response to jasmonic acid (JA) and salicylic acid (SA). Interactions between JA and SA may be synergistic or antagonistic, depending on the stress condition. In this study, we cloned a full-length cDNA (LeWRKY1, GenBank accession No. FJ654265) from Lycopersicon esculentum by rapid amplification of cDNA ends. Sequence analysis showed that this gene is a group II WRKY transcription factor. Analysis of LeWRKY1 mRNA expression in various tissues by qRT-PCR showed that the highest and lowest expression occurred in the leaves and stems, respectively. In addition, LeWRKY1 expression was induced by JA and Botrytis cinerea Pers., but not by SA.