Chin Bull Bot ›› 2019, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (2): 217-226.doi: 10.11983/CBB18222


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Effect of SmGGPPS2 Expression on Tanshinones Biosynthesis in Salvia miltiorrhiza

Hua Wenping1,2,Chen Chen3,4,Zhi Yuan2,Liu Li1,Wang Zhezhi2,Li Cuiqin2,*()   

  1. 1 Department of Life Sciences and Food Technology, Shaanxi Xueqian Normal University, Xi’an 710061, China
    2 Key Laboratory of Medicinal Resources and Natural Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Ministry of Education, National Engineering Laboratory for Resource Developing of Endangered Chinese Crude Drugs in Northwest of China, College of Life Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062, China
    3 Xi’an Botanical Garden, Xi’an 710068, China
    4 Shaanxi Engineering Research Centre for Conservation and Utilization of Botanical Resources, Xi’an 710068, China
  • Received:2018-10-22 Accepted:2019-02-19 Online:2019-09-01 Published:2019-03-01
  • Contact: Li Cuiqin


Geranylgerany pyrophosphate synthase (GGPPS) is an important regulator in the plant diterpenoid biosynthesis pathway. The GGPPS gene family plays a critical role in the development of the medicinal model plant Salvia miltiorrhiza. However, the biological function of SmGGPPS2, especially in the biosynthesis of tanshinone or other active ingredients, is still unclear. For functional investigation, SmGGPPS2 expression was up- or down-regulated in S. miltiorrhiza plants via overexpression or RNA interference, respectively. Then we detected the content of tanshinones, the expression of genes related to tanshinone biosynthesis, and the physiological indexes of transgenic S. miltiorrhiza plants. The content of fat-soluble components, such as tanshinone IIA and ferruginol, was increased significantly in SmGG- PPS2-overexpressed lines compared with the wild type, and the content of fat soluble-components was lower in SmGGPPS2-RNAi lines than those in the wild type lines. With the regulation of SmGGPPS2, the expression of key enzyme genes related to tanshinone biosynthesis in S. miltiorrhiza, such as SmHMGR1 and SmCPS1, was changed. In addition, the regulation of SmGGPPS2 expression also affected the resistance of S. miltiorrhiza. Our results indicate that SmGGPPS2 plays an important regulatory role in tanshinone biosynthesis.

Key words: Salvia miltiorrhiza, GGPPS, tanshinone, gene expression

Table 1

Primers used for vector construction and detection in this study"

Primer name Sequence (5′→3′)

Table 2

Primers used for qPCR in this study"

Primer name Sequence (5′→3′) Primer name Sequence (5′→3′)

Figure 1

Phenotypes and PCR-screening of the transgenic lines of Salvia miltiorrhiza (A) SmGGPPS2-overexpression transgenic line (OG2-3), SmGGPPS2-RNAi transgenic line (IG2-6), and wild type (Bar= 2 cm); (B) SmGGPPS2-overexpression transgenic lines (1-13); (B) SmGGPPS2-RNAi transgenic lines (1-20). M: DNA marker DL2000; WT: Wild type; c: Negative control; p: Positive control"

Figure 2

Expression of SmGGPPS2 in overexpression (A) and RNAi (B) Salvia miltiorrhiza transgenic linesWT: Wild type. * Significant differences (P?0.05); ** Significant differences (P?0.01); *** Significant differences (P? 0.001). The data are normalized."

Figure 3

GC-MS chromatogram of Salvia miltiorrhiza transgenic linesA: Phthalic acid diisobutyl ester; B: 7,9-Di-tert-butyl-1-oxaspiro(4,5)deca-6,9-diene-2,8-dione; C: Ferruginol; D: b-monopalmitin; E: Diisooctyl phthalate; F: 7β-hydroxytotarol; G: Tanshinone IIA; H: Cryptotanshinone; I: Campesterol; J: Stigmasterol; K: β- sitosterol"

Figure 4

Contents of different ingredients from fat-soluble extract in transgenic lines (A) and contents oftanshinone IIA in different transgenic lines (B) of Salvia miltiorrhizaA–K see Figure 3. WT: Wild type. *** Significant differences (P<0.001)"

Figure 5

Relative expression levels of genes involved in tanshinones biosynthesis of Salvia miltiorrhiza transgenic lines WT: Wild type. * Significant differences (P<0.05); ** Significant differences (P<0.01); *** Significant differences (P<0.001)"

Figure 6

The resistance physiological indexes of different Salvia miltiorrhiza transgenic linesSOD: Superoxide dismutase; MDA: Malondialdehyde; POD: Peroxidase; WT: Wild type. * Significant differences (P<0.05); ** Significant differences (P<0.01)"

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