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Journal of Tea Science ›› 2007, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (2): 127-132.doi: 10.13305/j.cnki.jts.2007.02.006

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Molecular Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Chalcone Isomerase Gene of Tea Plant (Camellia sinensis)

MA Chun-lei1,2, ZHAO Li-ping1, ZHANG Ya-li1,2, CHEN Liang1,*   

  1. 1. Lab for Tea Germplasm, Genetic Improvement and Molecular Biology, Tea Research Institute Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Hangzhou 310008, China;
    2. Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
  • Online:2007-06-25 Published:2019-09-11

Abstract: Tea is one of the most popular non-alcoholic healthy beverages in the world, which possesses great value as a source of secondary metabolic products, such as catechins. Isolation and cloning of important functional genes of tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is of crucial significance for using biotechnology method to regulate the metabolism of tea plant. In this paper, the chalcone isomerase gene, which was an important functional gene of catechins biosynthesis pathway, was cloned from tea plant by using EST sequencing and RACE (rapid amplification of cDNA ends) approaches. The full-length cDNA of chalcone isomerase gene is 1 163 bp (GenBank Accession No. DQ904329), containing a 723bp open reading frame (ORF) encoding a 240 amino acid protein, and its 3′ untranslated region has an obvious polyadenylation signal. The deduced protein molecular weight was 26.4 kD and its theoretical isoelectric point was 5.19. Sequence analysis result showed that it is closely related with that of Lycopersicon esculentum.

Key words: tea plant (Camellia sinensis), chalcone isomerase, gene cloning, sequence analysis

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