Carotenoid accumulation in postharvest "Cara Cara" navel orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck) fruits stored at different temperatures was transcriptionally regulated in a tissue-dependent manner
UNLABELLEDThe main objective of this work was to investigate the effect of storage temperature (4 and 20 °C) on carotenoid accumulation and on the expression levels of seven carotenoid biosynthetic genes (Psy, Pds, Zds, Lcyb, Lcye, Hyb and Zep) in postharvest 'Cara Cara' navel orange (C. sinensis Osbeck) fruits. Storage at 20 °C rapidly increased the carotenoid content in the peel, whereas the content remained unchanged in the pulp before 35 days of storage. By contrast, storage at 4 °C maintained the carotenoid content in the peel before 35 days of storage, after which it slightly increased as time progressed. However, the content in the pulp gradually increased over the entire storage period. In the peel, the gene expressions of Psy and Lcyb were up-regulated at 20 °C but remained unchanged at 4 °C. In addition, the gene expressions of Zds, Hyb, and Zep were repressed at both temperatures before the early storage, followed by a rapid increase only at 20 °C. Then the expressions remained constant level at both temperatures, with the expression level at 20 °C higher than that at 4 °C. Low temperature (4 °C) apparently induced the expression of all the test carotenoid biosynthetic genes in the pulp, in contrast to the nearly stable level at 20 °C. Our present study suggests that the carotenoid biosynthesis in postharvest 'Cara Cara' fruits is transcriptionally regulated, and storage temperature affects the carotenoid accumulation and gene expression in a tissue-dependent manner.
KEY MESSAGETemperature could affect the carotenoid biosynthesis in postharvest 'Cara Cara' fruits in a tissue-dependent manner. The carotenoid biosynthesis in postharvest 'Cara Cara' fruits was transcriptionally regulated by correlated genes.
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