Introgression and functional expression of either the PcINO1 (L: -myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase or MIPS coding gene from the wild halophytic rice, Porteresia coarctata) or McIMTI (inositol methyl transferase, IMTI coding gene from common ice plant Mesembryanthemum crystallinum) has earlier been shown to confer salt tolerance to transgenic tobacco plants (Sheveleva et al., Plant Physiol 115:1211-1219, 1997; Majee et al., J Biol Chem 279:28539-28552, 2004). In this communication, we show that transgenic tobacco plants co-expressing PcINO1 and McIMT1 gene either in cytosol or in chloroplasts accumulate higher amount of total inositol (free and methyl inositol) compared to non-transgenic plants. These transgenic plants were more competent in terms of growth potential and photosynthetic activity and were less prone to oxidative stress under salt stress. A positive correlation between the elevated level of total inositol and methylated inositol and the capability of the double transgenic plants to withstand a higher degree of salt stress compared to the plants expressing either PcINO1 or McIMT1 alone is inferred.
- Myo-Inositol-1-Phosphate Synthase/metabolism
- Plant Proteins/metabolism
- Plants, Genetically Modified/physiology
- Salt Tolerance/physiology
- Stress, Physiological