Identification and molecular characterization of novel sucrose transporters in the hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

Depika Prasad, Woo Joo Jung, Yong Weon Seo

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Common wheat (Triticum aestivum) is a major cereal crop grown and consumed globally. Recent advances in sequencing technology have facilitated the exploration of large and repetitive genomes. Plant sucrose transporter (SUT) genes are vital components of energy transport systems that play prominent roles in various plant functions, such as signaling and stress regulation. In this study, we identified and analyzed five novel sucrose transporter genes in wheat. The wheat sucrose transporter genes were divided into five clades based on their phylogenetic relationships. Synteny analysis revealed that synteny in the genome is highly conserved between wheat and rye, barley, and Brachypodium. Furthermore, the cis-element analysis indicated that sucrose transporter genes might be regulated by light and some phytohormone-related transcriptional factors. Overall, plant tissue-specific gene expression revealed enhanced expression of the transporter genes in the root and stem, whereas they were differentially expressed under abiotic stress treatments (cold, heat, NaCl, PEG-6000, and sucrose). These results indicate that each TaSUT gene may play a crucial role in stabilizing plants under stress by actively regulating the energy demands of cells. The findings of this study may provide a basis for further research on sucrose transporters and their significant roles in plant energy metabolism as well as in abiotic stress response, signaling, and regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number147245
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Apr 15

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Funding Information:
This work was conducted with the support of the “Basic Science Research Program” through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education (2021R1I1A1A01048945), and a grant from the Korea University, Republic of Korea.

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© 2023 Elsevier B.V.


  • Abiotic stress
  • Sucrose transporters
  • Synteny
  • Wheat

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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