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Lipoxygenase and Its Relationship with Ethylene During Ripening of Genetically Modified Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

Arturo Alberto Velázquez-López1orcid tiny, Javier De La Cruz-Medina1orcid tiny, Hugo Sergio García1orcid tiny, Gilber Vela-Gutiérrez2orcid tiny, Cristóbal Torres-Palacios1orcid tiny and Elizabeth León-García3*orcid tiny

1Mexican National Technology/Technological Institute of Veracruz, 2779 M.A. de Quevedo, 91897 Veracruz, Mexico

2Faculty of Food and Nutrition Sciences, University of Science and Arts of Chiapas, 1150 Northwest bypass, 29000 Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico

3National Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Livestock Research, La Posta Experimental Field, Km 22.5 Federal Highway Veracruz-Córdoba, Medellín de Bravo, 94277 Veracruz, Mexico

Article history:

Received: 16 January 2019

Accepted: 15 July 2020

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Key words:

lipoxygenase activity, TomloxB, ethylene production, 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase, tomato ripening


Research background. TomloxB is the main isoform of lipoxygenase associated with ripening and senescence of fruits. On the other hand, ethylene, a gaseous hormone, is essential for the regulation of ripening in climacteric fruits like tomatoes. However, the relationship between TomloxB and ethylene production has not been thoroughly studied. Therefore, we aim to assess the effect of exogenous ethylene in transgenic tomatoes that contain a silenced TomloxB gene, and subsequently evaluate lipoxygenase activity, 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase and ethylene production; as well as to quantify the expression of the genes encoding 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase and TomloxB.

Experimental approach. To investigate the effect of lipoxygenase and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase activity, fruits harvested at the stages of break, turning and pink were used. Tomatoes at break stage collected from transgenic and wild type plants were used to determine ethylene production and gene expression. Genetically modified and wild type tomato fruits were exposed to 100 μL/L exogenous ethylene. Lipoxygenase activity was measured spectrophotometrically. Activity of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase and ethylene production were determined by gas chromatography. Oligonucleotides for differentially expressed genes: 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase and TomloxB were used to determine gene expression by real-time PCR.

Results and conclusions. The data showed that silencing of TomloxB caused a reduction in lipoxygenase activity and ethylene production in tomato fruits, and also reduced 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase activity. Hence, the addition of exogenous ethylene increased lipoxygenase activity in all treatments and 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase activity only in transgenic lines at break stage, consequently there was a positive regulation between TomloxB and ethylene, as increasing the amount of ethylene increased the activity of lipoxygenase. The results suggest that lipoxygenase may be a regulator of 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase and production of ethylene at break stage.

Novelty and scientific contribution. These results lead to a better understanding of the metabolic contribution of TomloxB in fruit ripening and how it is linked to the senescence-related process, which can lead to a longer shelf life of fruits. Understanding this relationship between lipoxygenase and ethylene can be useful for better post-harvest handling of tomatoes.

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