Transcriptome-wide profiling and expression analysis of transcription factor families in a liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha
Niharika Sharma, Prem L Bhalla, Mohan B Singh
BMC Genomics | BMC | Published : 2013
BACKGROUND: Transcription factors (TFs) are vital elements that regulate transcription and the spatio-temporal expression of genes, thereby ensuring the accurate development and functioning of an organism. The identification of TF-encoding genes in a liverwort, Marchantia polymorpha, offers insights into TF organization in the members of the most basal lineages of land plants (embryophytes). Therefore, a comparison of Marchantia TF genes with other land plants (monocots, dicots, bryophytes) and algae (chlorophytes, rhodophytes) provides the most comprehensive view of the rates of expansion or contraction of TF genes in plant evolution. RESULTS: In this study, we report the identification of ..View full abstract
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NS acknowledges the receipt of the University of Melbourne postgraduate scholarship during the course of this study. We also thank Dr. Chol-hee Jung and Dr. Nuno D. Pires for valuable suggestions on the manuscript and Dr. Mohsen B. Mesgaran for helping with statistical analysis. We thank three anonymous reviewers whose comments greatly improved the manuscript. Special thanks go to Prof. Scott D. Russell for suggestions for the improvement of the final manuscript. Financial support from the Australian Research Council in the form of the ARC Discovery grants ARC DP0988972 and ARCDP1097262 is also gratefully acknowledged.