Science in China Series C: Life Sciences

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 245–253 | Cite as

Isolation of a (+)- δ-cadinene synthase gene CAD1-A and analysis of its expression pattern in seedlings ofGossypium arboreum L.

  • Wanqi Liang
  • Xiaoping Tan
  • Xiaoya Chen
  • Takashi Hashimoto
  • Yasuyuki Yamada
  • Peter Heinstein


The cotton sesquiterpene cyclase, (+)-δ-cadinene synthase, is encoded by a gene family, which can be divided into two subfamilies:CAD1-A and CAD1-C. The geneCAD1-A was isolated fromG. arboreum. In situ hybridization performed on seven-day-old cotton seedlings localized transcripts of both the CAD1 -A and CAD1 -C mainly in lateral root primordium and apical ground meristem, vascular tissues of emerging lateral roots, and also in procambium and some subepidermal cells of the hypocotyl. The CAD1 -A promoter showed a similar tissue-specificity in transgenic tobacco plants. Histochemistry showed occurrence of sesquiterpene aldehydes in outer cells of the lateral root tips, as well as in pigment glands. The CAD1 gene expression in G.arboreum seedlings and the spatial pattern of sesquiterpene biosynthesis constitute a chemical defense machinery in cotton seedlings.


cotton sesquiterpene cyclase gossypol cadinene in situ hybridization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wanqi Liang
    • 1
  • Xiaoping Tan
    • 1
  • Xiaoya Chen
    • 1
  • Takashi Hashimoto
    • 2
  • Yasuyuki Yamada
    • 2
  • Peter Heinstein
    • 3
  1. 1.National Laboratory of Plant Molecular Genetics, Institute of Plant Physiology and Shanghai Research Center of Life Sciences, Shanghai Institute for Biological SciencesChinese Academy of SciencesShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Graduate School of Biological SciencesNara Institute of Science and TechnologyNaraJapan
  3. 3.Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular PharmacologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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