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      Transcriptome Characterization and Sequencing-Based Identification of Salt-Responsive Genes in Millettia pinnata, a Semi-Mangrove Plant

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          Semi-mangroves form a group of transitional species between glycophytes and halophytes, and hold unique potential for learning molecular mechanisms underlying plant salt tolerance. Millettia pinnata is a semi-mangrove plant that can survive a wide range of saline conditions in the absence of specialized morphological and physiological traits. By employing the Illumina sequencing platform, we generated ∼192 million short reads from four cDNA libraries of M. pinnata and processed them into 108 598 unisequences with a high depth of coverage. The mean length and total length of these unisequences were 606 bp and 65.8 Mb, respectively. A total of 54 596 (50.3%) unisequences were assigned Nr annotations. Functional classification revealed the involvement of unisequences in various biological processes related to metabolism and environmental adaptation. We identified 23 815 candidate salt-responsive genes with significantly differential expression under seawater and freshwater treatments. Based on the reverse transcription–polymerase chain reaction (RT–PCR) and real-time PCR analyses, we verified the changes in expression levels for a number of candidate genes. The functional enrichment analyses for the candidate genes showed tissue-specific patterns of transcriptome remodelling upon salt stress in the roots and the leaves. The transcriptome of M. pinnata will provide valuable gene resources for future application in crop improvement. In addition, this study sets a good example for large-scale identification of salt-responsive genes in non-model organisms using the sequencing-based approach.

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                DNA Res
                DNA Res
                DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
                Oxford University Press
                April 2012
                19 February 2012
                19 February 2012
                : 19
                : 2
                : 195-207
                [1 ]College of Life Science, simpleShenzhen University , Shenzhen 518060, China
                [2 ]Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, simpleChinese Academy of Sciences , Beijing 100101, China
                [3 ]Biotechnology Research Institute, simpleChinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences , Beijing 100081, China
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                [* ]To whom correspondence should be addressed. Tel. +86 10-64886859 (W.Z.); +86 10-82106143 (R.H.); +86 755-26558941 (Y.Z.). Fax. +86 755-26534274 (Y.Z.). Email: wkzhang@ (W.Z.); rfhuang@ (R.H.); yzzheng@ (Y.Z.)

                These authors contributed equally to this work.

                Edited by Satoshi Tabata

                © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Kazusa DNA Research Institute

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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