Transcriptome assembly and abiotic related gene expression analysis of date palm reveal candidate genes involved in response to cadmium stress
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Date palm in Tunisia is of major economic importance but are also factors of social, environmental and economic stability. An annotated assembly of the transcriptome of cultivar Deglet Nour was reported. RNA was isolated from plant Cd-contaminated leaves, and 37,049 unique Illumina RNA-seq reads were used in a transcriptome assembly. The draft transcriptome assembly consists of 6789 contigs and 17.285 singletons with a means length of 858 bp and 1.042 bp, respectively. The final assembly was functionally annotated using Blast2GO software, allowing the identification of putative genes controlling important agronomic traits. The annotated transcriptome data sets were used to query all known Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathways. The most represented molecular functions and biological processes were nucleotide binding and transcription, transport and response to stress and abiotic and biotic stimuli. A prediction of the genes interaction network was proposed by selecting corresponding functionally similar genes from Arabidopsis datasets, downloaded by GeneMANIA version 2.1. Several Cd-responsive genes expression was monitored in in vitro isolated explant of Cd stressed Deglet Nour. Some chelators encoding genes were upregulated confirming in silico findings. Genes encoding HMs transporters in date palm showed expression enhancement more pronounced after 20 days of exposure. P. dactylifera transcriptome provides a valuable resource for future functional analysis of candidate genes involved in metal stress response. - 2019 Elsevier Inc.
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