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Effect of biotic and abiotic elicitors on isoflavone biosynthesis during seed development and in suspension cultures of soybean (Glycine max L.)

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The present investigation aimed to look at the effects of biotic and abiotic elicitors during Soybean seed development and cell suspension culture in isoflavones accumulation. The expression levels of four major genes viz., CHS7, CHS8, IFS2, and IFS1 involved on isoflavones biosynthesis during seed developmental stages from R5L–R7 was seen in both MAUS-2 and JS-335 Soybean varieties. The R7 stage showed 1.24-fold upregulation of IFS1transcript level and considered as the control for Soybean seed development. Both varieties during R6−R8 stages responded differently to the foliar application of 10 µM SA, 10 µM MJ and 0.1% Aspergillus niger. The IFS2 transcripts were upregulated by SA at the R7 stage with 5.21- and 4.68-fold in JS-335 and MAUS-2, respectively. IFS1 expression was significantly increased by A. niger treatment at R7 stage with 3.98- and 3.21-fold in MAUS-2 and JS-335, respectively. The expression of CHS7 and CHS8 by 10 μM SA at R7 level revealed maximum up-regulation of 0.51- and 1.01-fold in MAUS-2; 0.37- and 0.82-fold in JS-335, respectively. In the soybean callus suspension culture, biosynthetic genes were used to validate the effects of elicitor on isoflavones. Both biotic and abiotic treatments contribute to the upregulation of IFS1 and IFS2 expression, that in turn, leads to the accumulation of isoflavone in seed development as well as in suspension cultures. These data further suggested that the IFS2 is the key gene responsible for the isoflavone accumulation during elicitor treatment.

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The authors are thankful to CSIR, New Delhi for funding this project (CSIR-CFTRI-MLP-0152). Authors MKAD and GK are grateful to CSIR, New Delhi and ICMR, New Delhi, respectively, for fellowship.

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Devi, M.K.A., Kumar, G. & Giridhar, P. Effect of biotic and abiotic elicitors on isoflavone biosynthesis during seed development and in suspension cultures of soybean (Glycine max L.). 3 Biotech 10, 98 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13205-020-2065-1

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  • Augmentation
  • Callus suspension
  • Elicitation
  • Isoflavones
  • qPCR