Journal of Ocean University of China

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 977–984 | Cite as

Characterization and Expression Analysis of Protein Kinase C Gene from Dunaliella salina

  • Yuting Cong
  • Yuexin Ma
  • Yuan Wang
  • Yiqiong Liu
  • Xiaojie ChaiEmail author


Protein kinase C (PKC) has a crucial role in signal transduction for a variety of biologically active substances which activate cellular functions and proliferation. We previously isolated the full-length PKC gene from Dunaliella salina (DsPKC) using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) and RT-PCR methods. And we submitted the mRNA sequence of DsPKC gene to NCBI (Genbank No. JN625213). In the present paper, the DsPKC gene open reading frame obtained by PCR was cloned into pGS-21a vector and transformed into Escherichia coli to generate the fusion protein. Bioinformatics analysis revealed that DsPKC gene was a member of serine/threonine kinase with two conserved domains and highly conserved motifs. The DsPKC was highly expressed upon induction with isopropyl-β-d-thiogalactoside (IPTG) at a final concentration of 0.2mmolL−1 at 37°C. Under salt stress, the fusion protein Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)-DsPKC was transferred from the cytoplasm to the cell membrane. The expression pattern of DsPKC gene was analyzed using real-time quantitative PCR, and indicated that DsPKC gene was up-regulated by 3.0molL−1 NaCl at 12h, which was significantly higher than in control values (P < 0.05). These results suggest that the DsPKC gene plays an important role in response to salt stress in D. salina.

Key words

Dunaliella salina protein kinase C gene prokaryotic expression subcellular localization salt stress 


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This study was supported by the functional analysis of PKC signaling pathway involved in response to salt stress of Dunaliella salina, the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31472260).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuting Cong
    • 1
  • Yuexin Ma
    • 2
  • Yuan Wang
    • 1
  • Yiqiong Liu
    • 1
  • Xiaojie Chai
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Hydrobiology in Liaoning Province’s UniversityDalian Ocean UniversityDalianChina
  2. 2.Key Laboratory of Mariculture & Stock Enhancement in North China’s Sea, Ministry of AgricultureDalian Ocean UniversityDalianChina

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