Molecular Biotechnology

, Volume 54, Issue 2, pp 292–303 | Cite as

The Xerophyta viscosa Aldose Reductase (ALDRXV4) Confers Enhanced Drought and Salinity Tolerance to Transgenic Tobacco Plants by Scavenging Methylglyoxal and Reducing the Membrane Damage

  • Deepak Kumar
  • Preeti Singh
  • Mohd Aslam Yusuf
  • Chandrama Prakash Upadhyaya
  • Suchandra Deb Roy
  • Thomas Hohn
  • Neera Bhalla Sarin


We report the efficacy of an aldose reductase (ALDRXV4) enzyme from Xerophyta viscosa Baker in enhancing the prospects of plant’s survival under abiotic stress. Transgenic tobacco plants overexpressing ALDRXV4 cDNA showed alleviation of NaCl and mannitol-induced abiotic stress. The transgenic plants survived longer periods of water deficiency and salinity stress and exhibited improved recovery after rehydration as compared to the wild type plants. The increased synthesis of aldose reductase in transgenic plants correlated with reduced methylglyoxal and malondialdehyde accumulation and an elevated level of sorbitol under stress conditions. In addition, the transgenic lines showed better photosynthetic efficiency, less electrolyte damage, greater water retention, higher proline accumulation, and favorable ionic balance under stress conditions. Together, these findings suggest the potential of engineering aldose reductase levels for better performance of crop plants growing under drought and salt stress conditions.


Abiotic stress Aldose reductase Methylglyoxal Transgenics Xerophyta viscosa 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Deepak Kumar
    • 1
  • Preeti Singh
    • 1
  • Mohd Aslam Yusuf
    • 1
  • Chandrama Prakash Upadhyaya
    • 1
    • 3
  • Suchandra Deb Roy
    • 1
  • Thomas Hohn
    • 2
  • Neera Bhalla Sarin
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Life SciencesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Institute of BotanyUniversity of BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of BotanyGuru Ghasidas Central UniversityBilaspurIndia

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