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Article|01 Dec 2021|OPEN
Feasible strategies for studying the involvement of DNA methylation and histone acetylation in the stress-induced formation of quality-related metabolites in tea (Camellia sinensis)
Jie Yang1, Dachuan Gu1, Shuhua Wu1,2, Xiaochen Zhou1,2, Jiaming Chen1,2, Yinyin Liao1, Lanting Zeng1 & Ziyin Yang1,2,3,
1Key Laboratory of South China Agricultural Plant Molecular Analysis and Genetic Improvement & Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Botany, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 723 Xingke Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China
2University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 19A Yuquan Road, Beijing 100049, China
3Center of Economic Botany, Core Botanical Gardens, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 723 Xingke Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510650, China

Horticulture Research 8,
Article number: 253 (2021)
doi: 10.1038/hortres.2021.253
Views: 223

Received: 17 Mar 2021
Revised: 19 Jul 2021
Accepted: 17 Aug 2021
Published online: 01 Dec 2021


Tea plants are subjected to multiple stresses during growth, development, and postharvest processing, which affects levels of secondary metabolites in leaves and influences tea functional properties and quality. Most studies on secondary metabolism in tea have focused on gene, protein, and metabolite levels, whereas upstream regulatory mechanisms remain unclear. In this review, we exemplify DNA methylation and histone acetylation, summarize the important regulatory effects that epigenetic modifications have on plant secondary metabolism, and discuss feasible research strategies to elucidate the underlying specific epigenetic mechanisms of secondary metabolism regulation in tea. This information will help researchers investigate the epigenetic regulation of secondary metabolism in tea, providing key epigenetic data that can be used for future tea genetic breeding.