Chinese Bulletin of Botany ›› 2015, Vol. 50 ›› Issue (5): 665-672.DOI: 10.11983/CBB14179

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Recent Progress in DNA Molecular Markers and Gene Functions of Rehmannia glutinosa

Yanqing Zhou*, Wanshen Wang, Xiangnan Wang, Hongying Duan   

  1. Engineering Laboratory of Biotechnologies for Green Medicinal Plants, Henan Province, College of Life Sciences, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007, China
  • Received:2014-10-13 Accepted:2015-05-30 Online:2015-09-01 Published:2015-10-09
  • Contact: Zhou Yanqing
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    ? These authors contributed equally to this paper


Rehmannia glutinosa is an important medicinal plant; its tuberous root or processed material is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. It has many functions such as nourishing yin and invigorating the kidney, adjusting the immune system, reducing inflammation, detoxification, ameliorating hypoglycemia, enriching the blood, resisting cancer, promoting muscle growth, and anti-aging. Many studies have investigated R. glutinosa germplasm resources, breeding and cultivation, chemical ingredients and functions, active ingredient isolation and analysis, tissue culture and virus-free propagation. Relatively few studies have investigated its nucleic acid molecular biology. This paper reviews studies of the DNA molecular markers, transcriptome, gene functions, and genetic engineering of R. glutinosa and trends in research.