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Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01309

Spermidine increase the sucrose content in inferior grain of wheat and thereby promote its grain filling

 Jian Luo1,  Bin Wei1, Juan Han1, Yuncheng Liao1 and  Yang Liu1*
  • 1Northwest A&F University, China

The improvement of grain filling is the key issue for promoting wheat grain weight and grain yield. Polyamines (PAs) significantly affect grain filling in cereals, but the mechanism by which PAs affect grain filling in wheat is unclear. In the present study, six wheat cultivars whose grain filling differed were used, and their grain-filling characteristics and endogenous PA contents were measured. In addition, exogenous PAs were supplied during the wheat grain-filling period. The grain-filling characteristics, hormone levels, starch contents and gene expression (based on RNA sequencing (RNA-seq)) in the grain were analyzed. The objective of the present study was to investigate the effects of PAs on grain filling in wheat. The results suggested that the direct synthetic pathway from putrescine (Put) to spermidine (Spd) in the grain was a key factor in promoting grain filling and grain weight in wheat. Spd through regulates the grain-filling rate of inferior grain during the early grain-filling period to affecting the grain filling and grain weight of wheat. The promotive effect of Spd on the grain filling of inferior wheat grain was notably related to carbohydrate metabolism in that grain. Spd significantly increased the zeatin (Z) + zeatin riboside (ZR) contents but reduced the ethylene (ETH) evolution rate in the inferior grain. In addition, Spd significantly increased the sucrose synthase (SS) and acid invertase (AI) activities in the inferior grain. These effects of Spd led to increased sucrose content in the inferior grain. These reasons might explain why Spd significantly promoted the filling and weight of inferior wheat grain.

Keywords: Polyamine, grain filling, wheat, carbohydrate transport, hormone

Received: 19 Feb 2019; Accepted: 19 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Luo, Wei, Han, Liao and Liu. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Yang Liu, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, 712100, Shaanxi Province, China,