Role of the methionine sulfoxide reductase MsrB3 in cold acclimation in Arabidopsis

Sun Jae Kwon, Soon Il Kwon, Min Seok Bae, Eun Ju Cho, Ohkmae K. Park

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Methionine residues of proteins are a major target for oxidation by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are generated in response to a variety of stress conditions. Methionine sulfoxide (MetO) reductases are present in most organisms and play protective roles in the cellular response to oxidative stress, reducing oxidized MetO back to Met. Previously, an Arabidopsis MetO reductase, MsrB3, was identified as a cold-responsive protein. Here we report that MsrB3 functions in the process of cold acclimation, thus contributing to cold tolerance. In contrast to normal, wild-type plants, msrb3 mutant plants lost the ability to become tolerant to freezing temperatures following cold pre-treatment. Furthermore, when exposed to low temperature, msrb3 plants exhibited a larger increase in MetO and H2O2 content and electrolyte leakage compared with wild-type and MsrB3 transgenic plants. It is also shown that MsrB3 is localized at the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We propose that MsrB3 plays an important role in cold tolerance by eliminating MetO and ROS that accumulate at the ER during cold acclimation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1713-1723
Number of pages11
JournalPlant and Cell Physiology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Dr. Jong Bok Seo for technical assistance. MALDI-TOF MS analysis was conducted at Seoul Branch, Korea Basic Science Support Institute. We thank Dr. Inhwan Hwang for providing the BiP–GFP vector. This work was supported by grants from the Plant Signaling Network Research Center and the Crop Functional Genomics Center of the 21st Century Frontier Research Program funded by the Korea Science and Engineering Foundation, and the BioGreen 21 Program funded by the Rural Development Administration.


  • Arabidopsis
  • Cold acclimation
  • Cold stress
  • Met sulfoxide reductase
  • Oxidative stress
  • Reactive oxygen species

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Cell Biology


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