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Article|17 May 2022|OPEN
DgbZIP3 interacts with DgbZIP2 to increase the expression of DgPOD for cold stress tolerance in chrysanthemum
Huiru Bai1 , Xiaoqin Liao1 , Xin Li1 , Bei Wang1 , Yunchen Luo1 , Xiaohan Yang1 , Yuchen Tian1 , Lei Zhang1 , Fan Zhang1 , Yuanzhi Pan1 , Beibei Jiang1 , Yin Jia1 and Qinglin Liu,1 ,
1Department of Ornamental Horticulture, Sichuan Agricultural University, 211 Huimin Road, Wenjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan 611130, China
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Horticulture Research 9,
Article number: uhac105 (2022)
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Received: 08 Oct 2021
Accepted: 23 Apr 2022
Published online: 17 May 2022


The bZIP transcription factor plays a very important role in abiotic stresses, e.g. drought, salt, and low-temperature stress, but the mechanism of action at low temperature is still unclear. In this study, overexpression of DgbZIP3 led to increased tolerance of chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat.) to cold stress, whereas antisense suppression of DgbZIP3 resulted in decreased tolerance. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA), chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), luciferase complementary imaging analysis (LCI), and dual-luciferase reporter gene detection (DLA) experiments indicated that DgbZIP3 directly bound to the promoter of DgPOD and activated its expression. DgbZIP2 was identified as a DgbZIP3-interacting protein using yeast two-hybrid, co-immunoprecipitation, LCI, and bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays. Overexpression of DgbZIP2 led to increased tolerance of chrysanthemum to cold stress, whereas antisense suppression of DgbZIP2 resulted in decreased tolerance. A ChIP–qPCR experiment showed that DgbZIP2 was highly enriched in the promoter of DgPOD, while DLA, EMSA, and LCI experiments further showed that DgbZIP2 could not directly regulate the expression of DgPOD. The above results show that DgbZIP3 interacts with DgbZIP2 to regulate the expression of DgPOD to promote an increase in peroxidase activity, thereby regulating the balance of reactive oxygen species and improving the tolerance of chrysanthemum to low-temperature stress.