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Article|01 Jul 2018|OPEN
The over-expression of a chrysanthemum gene encoding an RNA polymerase II CTD phosphatase-like 1 enzyme enhances tolerance to heat stress
Yuying Qi1, Yanan Liu1, Zixin Zhang1, Jiaojiao Gao1, Zhiyong Guan1, Weimin Fang1, Sumei Chen1, Fadi Chen1 & Jiafu Jiang1,
1College of Horticulture, Key Laboratory of Landscaping, Ministry of Agriculture, Nanjing Agricultural University, 210095 Nanjing, China

Horticulture Research 5,
Article number: 37 (2018)
doi: 10.1038/hortres.2018.37
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Received: 11 Oct 2017
Revised: 12 Mar 2018
Accepted: 29 Mar 2018
Published online: 01 Jul 2018


The enzyme RNAPII CTD phosphatase-like 1 is known as a transcriptional regulator of the plant response to various abiotic stresses. Here, the isolation of CmCPL1, a chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium) gene encoding this enzyme is described. Its predicted 955 residue gene product includes the FCPH catalytic domain, two double-stranded RNA binding motifs, and a nuclear localization signal. A sub-cellular localization assay confirmed that CmCPL1 was expressed in the nucleus. CmCPL1 transcription was shown to be significantly inducible by heat stress. The over-expression and knockdown of CmCPL1, respectively, increased and diminished the tolerance of chrysanthemum to heat stress, which maybe dependent on the regulation of CmCPL1 and on the expression of downstream heat stress-responsive genes.