Low temperature (LT) causes significant yield losses in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). The sucrose starch metabolism is associated with abiotic-stress tolerance or sensitivity in plants. The changes in sugars and starch contents under LT in chickpea have already been studied, however, no information is available on LT-induced alterations in transcription of carbohydrate metabolic pathway genes inchickpea. To understand the differences in the regulation of sucrose and starch metabolism under LT, the expression of sucrose and starch metabolism genes was studied in leaves of cold-sensitive (GPF2) and cold-tolerant (ICC 16349) chickpea genotypes. The mRNA sequences of chickpea genes were retrieved from the public databases followed by confirmation of identity and characterization. All the genes were functional in chickpea. Between the two paralogues of cell wall invertase, cell wall invertase 3X2 (CWINx2) was the truncated version of cell wall invertase 3X1 (CWINx1) with the loss of 241 bases in the mRNA and 67 amino acids at N terminal of the protein. Comparison ofexpression of the genes between control (22°C day / 16°C night) and LT treated (4°C; 72 h) plants revealed that granule bound starch synthase 2 (GBSS2) and β-amylase 3 (BAM3) were upregulated in ICC 16349 whereas sucrose phosphate synthase 2 (SPS2), CWINx1, CWINx2 and β-amylase 1 (BAM1) were downregulated. In contrast to this, SPS2, CWINx1, CWINx2 and BAM1 were upregulated and GBSS2 downregulated in GPF2 under LT. The gene expression data suggested that UGPase, CWINs, GBSS2 and BAM3 are important components of cold-tolerance machinery of chickpea.
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