Identification and characterization of histone lysine methylation modifiers in Fragaria vesca.Sci Rep. 2016 Apr 06; 6:23581.SR
The diploid woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca) is an important model for fruit crops because of several unique characteristics including the small genome size, an ethylene-independent fruit ripening process, and fruit flesh derived from receptacle tissues rather than the ovary wall which is more typical of fruiting plants. Histone methylation is an important factor in gene regulation in higher plants but little is known about its roles in fruit development. We have identified 45 SET methyltransferase, 22 JmjC demethylase and 4 LSD demethylase genes in F. vesca. The analysis of these histone modifiers in eight plant species supports the clustering of those genes into major classes consistent with their functions. We also provide evidence that whole genome duplication and dispersed duplications via retrotransposons may have played pivotal roles in the expansion of histone modifier genes in F. vesca. Furthermore, transcriptome data demonstrated that expression of some SET genes increase as the fruit develops and peaks at the turning stage. Meanwhile, we have observed that expression of those SET genes responds to cold and heat stresses. Our results indicate that regulation of histone methylation may play a critical role in fruit development as well as responses to abiotic stresses in strawberry.