, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 998–1009 | Cite as

Transcriptome profiling of genes involved in photosynthesis in Elaeagnus angustifolia L. under salt stress

  • J. Lin
  • J. P. Li
  • F. Yuan
  • Z. Yang
  • B. S. Wang
  • M. Chen
Original paper


High salt concentration is a major abiotic stress limiting plant growth and productivity in many areas of the world. Elaeagnus angustifolia L. adapts to adverse environments and is widely planted in the western region of China as a windbreaker and for landscape and soil stabilization. High salt concentrations inhibited photosynthesis of E. angustifolia, but the mechanism is not known. In this paper, RNA-sequencing was used to investigate effects of salt stress on the photosynthetic characteristics of the species. In total, 584 genes were identified and involved in photosynthetic pathways. The downregulation of genes that encode key enzymes involved in photosynthesis and genes correlated to important structures in photosystem and light-harvesting complexes might be the main reason, particularly, the downregulation of the gene that encodes magnesium chelatase. This would decrease the activity of enzymes involved in chlorophyll synthesis and the downregulation of the key gene that encodes Rubisco, and thereby decreases enzyme activity and the protein content of Rubisco.

Additional key words

biomass greening ion concentrations photosynthetic parameters plant height 



predicted conding sequence


intercellular CO2 concentration


clusters of orthologous groups


differentially expressed gene


dry mass


transpiration rate


false discovery rate


fresh mass


fragments per kilobase of exon model


maximum photochemical efficiency of PSII


stomatal conductance


phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase


net photosynthetic rate


pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase




reads per KB per million


simple nucleotide polymorphism


simple sequence repeat


actual PSII efficiency


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant Stress Research, College of Life ScienceShandong Normal UniversityShandongChina

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