Transcription factor genes involved in plant response to abiotic stress factors

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Hypothermia, drought, salinity and heavy metals are the most widespread stress factors negatively affecting plant growth and development. Plants respond to these stress factors on molecular, cellular, and physiological levels through the complicated mechanisms of signal perception and transduction, subsequently inducing various defense mechanisms. Transcription factors controlling the expression of numerous defense proteins are the most significant abiotic stress reaction regulators. Mainly, the negative environmental influence activates the AP2/ERF, WRKY, MYB, NAC, bZIP transcription factors. The numerous transcription factors genes can be used in genetic engineering of agricultural crops resistant to abiotic stress. These genes are also of great interest in marker assisted selection of cultivated plants. This review is dedicated to description of transcription factors and their genes, involved in plant response to hypothermia, drought, salinity and heavy metals.

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Evgeniya A. Zaikina

Ufa Federal Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1070-0804
SPIN-code: 4224-0089
Scopus Author ID: 1019764

Russian Federation, 450054, prosp. Oktyabrya, 71, Ufa, Bashkortostan

Ph.D, Researcher Lab of Plant Genomics

Sergey D. Rumyantsev

Ufa Federal Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics


Russian Federation, 450054, prosp. Oktyabrya, 71, Ufa, Bashkortostan

Junior Researcher Lab of Plant Genomics

Elena R. Sarvarova

Ufa Federal Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics


Russian Federation, 450054, prosp. Oktyabrya, 71, Ufa, Bashkortostan

Junior Researcher Lab of Plant Genomics

Bulat R. Kuluev

Ufa Federal Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Biochemistry and Genetics

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1564-164X
Scopus Author ID: 23094029400

Russian Federation, 450054, prosp. Oktyabrya, 71, Ufa, Bashkortostan

Doctor of Biology, Head of the Lab of Plant Genomics


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