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Hypericin (Hyp), well-known as an antidepressant, is mainly extracted from Hypericum perforatum. Although Hyp accumulation and biomass are greater at lower compared to higher temperature, the regulation mechanism has not been reported. Here, the physiological characteristics and transcriptome of H. perforatum grown at 15 and 22 °C were determined and analyzed by HPLC and de novo sequencing. The results showed that the stomatal density and opening percentages were 1.1- and 1.4-fold more, and the Hyp content was 4.5-fold greater at 15 °C compared to 22 °C. A total of 1584 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were observed at 15 versus 22 °C, with 749 characterized genes, 421 upregulated (UR) and 328 downregulated (DR). Based on biological functions, 150 genes were associated with Hyp biosynthesis, plant growth and the stress response, including photosynthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, fatty acids metabolism, cytochrome P450 (CYPs), morpho-physiological traits, heat shock proteins (HSPs), cold-responsive proteins (CRPs) and transcription factors (TFs). The differential expression levels of the master genes were confirmed by qRT-PCR and almost consistent with their Reads Per kb per Million (RPKM) values. This physiological and transcriptomic analyses provided insight into the regulation mechanisms of low temperature enhancing Hyp biosynthesis in H. perforatum.


Hongyan Su, Jie Li, Sijin Chen, Ping Sun, Hua Xing, Delong Yang, Xiaona Zhang, Mengfei Li, Jianhe Wei. Physiological and Transcriptomic Analysis Provide Insight into Low Temperature Enhancing Hypericin Biosynthesis in Hypericum perforatum. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland). 2021 Apr 15;26(8)

PMID: 33921038

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