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Protein ubiquitination is one of the most important posttranslational modifications in eukaryotic cells, and it is involved in a variety of biological processes, including abiotic stress response. The ubiquitination modification is highly specific, which depends on the accurate recognition of substrate proteins by ubiquitin ligase. Plant U-box (PUB) proteins are a class of ubiquitin ligases, multiple members of which have shown to participate in water-deficit stress in Arabidopsis and rice. U-box gene family and large-scale profiling of the ubiquitome in potato has not been reported to date, although it is one of the most important food crops. The identified 66 U-box genes from the potato genome database were unevenly distributed on 10 chromosomes. These StPUBs have a large number of tandem repeat sequences. Analysis of gene expression characteristics revealed that many StPUBs responded to abiotic stress. Three hundred and fourteen lys modification sites were identified under PEG-induced drought stress, which were distributed on 200 proteins, with 25 differential ubiquitination modification sites, most of which were up-regulated. The ubiquitination modification in potato protein was enhanced under PEG-induced drought stress, and U-box ubiquitin ligase was involved. This study provides an overall strategy and rich data set to clarify the effects of ubiquitination on potatoes under PEG-induced drought stress and the ubiquitination modification involved in potato U-box genes in response to PEG-induced drought stress. © 2021 Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society.


Xun Tang, Shantwana Ghimire, Weigang Liu, Xue Fu, Huanhuan Zhang, Fujun Sun, Ning Zhang, Huaijun Si. Genome-wide identification of U-box genes and protein ubiquitination under PEG-induced drought stress in potato. Physiologia plantarum. 2022 Jan;174(1):e13475

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