Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dhirendra Kumar

Committee Members

Bert C. Lampson, Shivakumar Devaiah


Abscisic acid (ABA) induces RD22, responsive to dehydration stress gene. Salicylic acid (SA) has been the focus of research due to its role against pathogens and abiotic stress. Interaction between ABA and SA signaling pathways is still poorly understood. SA-Binding Protein 2 (SABP2) converts methyl salicylate to SA. An attempt was made to identify proteins that interact with SABP2 using a yeast 2-hybrid screening. Several interactors were identified. One of them, SA-Binding Protein 2 Interacting Protein-355 (SBIP-355), showed high homology to RD22. Bioinformatic approaches showed that SBIP-355 contains a BURP domain. Phylogenetic analysis reveals that SBIP-355 clustered into the clade of RD22-like proteins. Thus, SBIP-355 gene might be a stress-inducible gene and encodes a dehydration-responsive protein, which is important for the stress tolerance of tobacco. The complementary DNA (cDNA) of tobacco SBIP-355 was cloned into pDEST-17 vector and then expressed in E. coli to detect the expression of SBIP-355 protein.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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