Genome-Wide Identification, Evolution, and Comparative Analysis of B-Box Genes in Brassica rapa, B. oleracea, and B. napus and Their Expression Profiling in B. rapa in Response to Multiple Hormones and Abiotic Stresses.

International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sonam SinghSu Ryun Choi


The B-box zinc-finger transcription factors are important for plant growth, development, and various physiological processes such as photomorphogenesis, light signaling, and flowering, as well as for several biotic and abiotic stress responses. However, there is relatively little information available regarding Brassica B-box genes and their expression. In this study, we identified 51, 52, and 101 non-redundant genes encoding B-box proteins in Brassica rapa (BrBBX genes), B. oleracea (BoBBX genes), and B. napus (BnBBX genes), respectively. A whole-genome identification, characterization, and evolutionary analysis (synteny and orthology) of the B-box gene families in the diploid species B. rapa (A genome) and B. oleracea (C genome) and in the allotetraploid species B. napus (AC genome) revealed segmental duplications were the major contributors to the expansion of the BrassicaBBX gene families. The BrassicaBBX genes were classified into five subgroups according to phylogenetic relationships, gene structures, and conserved domains. Light-responsive cis-regulatory elements were detected in many of the BBX gene promoters. Additionally, BrBBX expression profiles in different tissues and in response to various abiotic stresses (heat,...Continue Reading

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