Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Vol.176, No.2, 428-439, 2015
Molecular Cloning, Expression Analysis, and Preliminarily Functional Characterization of the Gene Encoding Protein Disulfide Isomerase from Jatropha curcas
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) in plants, arising from various environmental stresses, impair the thiol-contained proteins that are susceptible to irregular oxidative formation of disulfide bonds, which might be alleviated by a relatively specific modifier called protein disulfide isomerase (PDI). From our previous data of the transcriptome and digital gene expression of cold-hardened Jatropha curcas, a PDI gene was proposed to be cold-relevant. In this study, its full-length cDNA (JcPDI) was cloned, with the size of 1649 bp containing the entire open reading frame (ORF) of 1515 bp. This ORF encodes a polypeptide of 504 amino acids with theoretical molecular weight of 56.6 kDa and pI value of 4.85. One N-terminal signal peptide (-MASKGSIWSCMFLFSLI VAISAGEG-) and the C-terminal anchoring sequence motif (-KDEL-) specific to the endoplasmic reticulum, as well as two thioredoxin domains (-CGHC-), are also found by predictions. Through semi-quantitative RT-PCR, the expression of JcPDI was characterized to be tissue-differential strongly in leaves and roots, but weakly in stems, and of cold-induced alternations. Furthermore, JcPDI overexpression in yeast could notably enhance the cold resistance of host cells. Conclusively, these results explicitly suggested a considerable association of JcPDI to cold response and a putative application potential for its correlated genetic engineering.