Research Article

Selection of optimized candidate reference genes for qRT-PCR normalization in rice (Oryza sativa L.) during Magnaporthe oryzae infection and drought

Published: November 27, 2014
Genet. Mol. Res. 13 (4) : 9795-9805 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4238/2014.November.27.7
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(2014). Selection of optimized candidate reference genes for qRT-PCR normalization in rice (Oryza sativa L.) during Magnaporthe oryzae infection and drought. Genet. Mol. Res. 13(4): gmr4195. https://doi.org/10.4238/2014.November.27.7
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Abstract

Drought and rice blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae are two of the most serious threats to global rice production. To explore the mechanisms underlying gene expression induced in rice by stresses, studies involving transcriptome analyses have been conducted over the past few years. Thus, it is crucial to have a reliable set of reference genes to normalize the expression levels of rice genes affected by different stresses. To identify potential reference genes for studies of the differential expression of target genes in rice under M. oryzae infection and drought conditions, the present study evaluated five housekeeping genes for the normalization of gene expression. The stability of the expression of these genes was assessed using the analytical software packages geNorm and NormFinder. For all samples analyzed, the stability rank was UBQ5 > GAPDH > eIF-4α> β-TUB > 18S rRNA. The data showed that the UBQ5, GAPDH, and eIF-4αgenes are appropriate, high-performing reference genes and will be highly useful in future expression studies of fungal infections and drought in rice.

Drought and rice blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae are two of the most serious threats to global rice production. To explore the mechanisms underlying gene expression induced in rice by stresses, studies involving transcriptome analyses have been conducted over the past few years. Thus, it is crucial to have a reliable set of reference genes to normalize the expression levels of rice genes affected by different stresses. To identify potential reference genes for studies of the differential expression of target genes in rice under M. oryzae infection and drought conditions, the present study evaluated five housekeeping genes for the normalization of gene expression. The stability of the expression of these genes was assessed using the analytical software packages geNorm and NormFinder. For all samples analyzed, the stability rank was UBQ5 > GAPDH > eIF-4α> β-TUB > 18S rRNA. The data showed that the UBQ5, GAPDH, and eIF-4αgenes are appropriate, high-performing reference genes and will be highly useful in future expression studies of fungal infections and drought in rice.