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Structure and Expression Analysis of KNOX Gene Family in Soybean

Fangzheng Li, Suxin Yang*, Chunxia Wu, Haichao Wei, Ruilian Qu, Xianzhong Feng   

  1. Key Laboratory of Systems Biology in Universities of Shandong, College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan 250014, China
  • Received:2012-01-19 Revised:2012-04-01 Online:2012-05-01 Published:2012-07-06
  • Contact: Suxin Yang

Abstract: KNOX family genes, coding homeobox proteins, play an important role in plant development. We investigated soybean KNOX family genes with genome database analysis and bioinformatics. Phylogenetic analysis characterized 2 classes of GmKNOX genes: GmKNOX I with 3 sub-classes and GmKNOX II with 2. In total, 26 GmKNOX genes distribute in 16 chromosomes of soybean, and GmKNOX27 could not be located in any chromosome. Whole-genome expression analysis revealed class I GmKNOX genes mainly expressed in meristematic tissues and class II GmKNOX genes broadly expressed in different tissues.

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