Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.474, No.4, 761-767, 2016
Identification and function analyses of senescence-associated WRKYs in wheat
Leaf senescence is a positive, highly regulated, complex process, and transcription factors play important roles in the regulation of this process. We identified and characterized 116 WRKYs from the wheat genome database. Thirteen TaWRKYs were confirmed as senescence-associated genes. We focused on TaWRKY7, which is up-regulated in the natural leaf senescence process. TaWRKY7 is expressed in different tissues of wheat and is localized in the nucleus. It shows transcriptional activation activity in yeast cells. The ectopic over-expression of TaWRICY7 in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) significantly promoted early leaf senescence under darkness treatment and prevented leaf moisture losses. TaWRKY7 played important roles in the senescence process and was involved in abiotic stress responses. Our transcriptomic and genetic studies on WRKYs suggest that WRKY transcription factors are a type of vital regulator in leaf senescence in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.