Genome-wide identification of the TGA gene family in kiwifruit (Actinidia chinensis spp.) and revealing its roles in response to Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) infection
Wei Liu, Chao Zhao, Lu Liu, Dong Huang, Chao Ma, Rui Li and Lili Huang
International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Kiwifruit bacterial canker, caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa), is a destructive disease of kiwifruit worldwide. Functional genes in response to Psa infection are needed, as they could be utilized to control disease. TGACG-binding transcription factor (TGA), as an essential regulator, involved in the process of plant against pathogens. However, the function of TGA regulators has not been reported in kiwifruit. It is unclear that whether TGA genes play a role in response to Psa infection. Here, we performed genome-wide screening and identified 13 TGA genes in kiwifruit. Phylogenetic analysis showed that 13 members of the AcTGA gene family could be divided into five groups. AcTGA proteins were mainly located in the nucleus, and significant differences were identified in their 3D structures. Segmental duplications promoted the expansion of the AcTGA family. Additionally, RNA-Seq and qRT-PCR revealed that four genes (AcTGA01/06/07/09) were tissue-specific and responsive to hormones at different levels. Subcellular localization showed that four proteins located in the nucleus, and among them, three (AcTGA01/06/07) had transcriptional activation activity. Lastly, transient overexpression proved that these three genes (AcTGA01/06/07) potentially played a role in the resistance to kiwifruit canker. These results provided a theoretical basis for revealing TGA involved in kiwifruit regulation against Psa.