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Identification of quantitative trait loci for increased α-tocopherol biosynthesis in wild soybean using a high-density genetic map

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Title: Identification of quantitative trait loci for increased α-tocopherol biosynthesis in wild soybean using a high-density genetic map
Authors: Park, Cheolwoo Browse this author
Dwiyanti, Maria Stefanie Browse this author
Nagano, Atsushi J. Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Liu, Baohui Browse this author
Yamada, Tetsuya Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Abe, Jun Browse this author →KAKEN DB
Keywords: Functional food
Glycine max
Quantitative trait loci
Vitamin E
Wild germplasm
Issue Date: 21-Nov-2019
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal Title: BMC plant biology
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Start Page: 510
Publisher DOI: 10.1186/s12870-019-2117-z
PMID: 31752696
Abstract: Background Soybean is one of the most important crop sources of tocopherols (Toc). However, the content of α-Toc, an isoform with the highest vitamin E activity in humans, is low in most cultivars. With the aim of broadening genetic variability, we performed quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis for a high seed α-Toc trait detected in a wild soybean and characterized the sequence polymorphisms and expression profiles of γ-tocopherol methyltransferase (γ-TMT) genes as potential candidates. Results A recombinant inbred line population was developed from a cross between the low α-Toc breeding line TK780 and the high α-Toc wild accession B04009. The α-Toc content in seeds correlated strongly with the ratio of α-Toc to γ-Toc contents. QTL analysis using a high-density map constructed with 7710 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) generated by restriction site-associated DNA sequencing detected six QTLs involved in α-Toc biosynthesis. Of these, three in chromosomes (Chr) 9, 11, and 12 produced consistent effects during a 2-year trial. B04009 allele at QTLs in Chr9 and Chr12 and TK780 allele at the QTL in Chr11 each promoted the conversion of γ-Toc to α-Toc, which elevated the seed α-Toc content. SNPs and indels were detected between the parents in three γ-TMT genes (γ-TMT1, γ-TMT2, and γ-TMT3) co-located in the QTLs in Chr9 and Chr12, of which some existed in the cis-regulatory elements associated with seed development and functions. In immature cotyledons, γ-TMT3 was expressed at higher levels in B04009 than TK780, irrespective of two thermal conditions tested, whereas the expression of γ-TMT2 was markedly upregulated under higher temperatures, particularly in B04009. Conclusions We identified QTLs consistently controlling α-Toc biosynthesis in wild soybean seeds in 2-year trials. The QTL on Chr9 had been previously identified in soybean, whereas the QTLs on Chr11 and Chr12 were novel. Further molecular dissections and characterization of the QTLs may facilitate the use of high α-Toc alleles from wild soybean in soybean breeding and an understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying α-Toc biosynthesis in soybean seeds.
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