Biologia Plantarum

, 55:353 | Cite as

Expression of a CYP76AB1 correlates with the sequential white-blue-white colour transition of Vanda coerulea petals

  • K. Ratanasut
  • B. Wongkhamprai
  • S. Maknoi
Brief Communication


The blue colour of Vanda coerulea petals is slowly produced during flower development but quickly disappears when the flowers are pollinated. To investigate the molecular basis of the phenomenon, we isolated a novel cytochrome P450 gene, CYP76AB1, from this plant by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based on the conserved regions of flavonoid 3′,5′-hydroxylase amino acid sequences. CYP76AB1 transcripts were detectable at low level in the late phase of flower development when the petals were light blue, but became abundant in the subsequent opening flower stage, as the petals turned blue. When the flowers were pollinated they turned white, and the CYP76AB1 transcripts returned to low level. This indicates that the expression of CYP76AB1 may regulate petal colour of V. coerulea, and be a target for developing permanently blue flowers.

Additional key words

cytochome P450 flower colour orchid RT-PCR vanda 



complementary deoxyribonucleic acid


cytochrome P450, family 75, subfamily A


cytochrome P450, family 76, subfamily AB, isoform 1


cytochrome P450, family 93, subfamily B


deoxynucleotide triphosphate


flavonoid 3′-hydroxylase


flavonoid 3′,5′-hydroxylase


flavone synthase II


genomic deoxyribonucleic acid


cytochromes P450


open reading frame


rapid amplification of cDNA end


reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction



This work was supported by Coordinating Center for Thai Government Science and Technology Scholarship Students, National Science and Technology Development Agency, Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand (F-31-312-79-01).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Science, Faculty of Agriculture Natural Resources and EnvironmentNaresuan UniversityMuang, PhitsanulokThailand

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