A comparison of the Thlaspi caerulescens and Thlaspi arvense shoot transcriptomes


Author for correspondence: Martin R. Broadley Tel: +44 (0) 115 9516382 Fax: +44 (0) 115 9516334 Email: martin.broadley@nottingham.ac.uk


  • • Whole-genome transcriptome profiling is revealing how biological systems are regulated at the transcriptional level. This study reports the development of a robust method to profile and compare the transcriptomes of two nonmodel plant species, Thlaspi caerulescens, a zinc (Zn) hyperaccumulator, and Thlaspi arvense, a nonhyperaccumulator, using Affymetrix Arabidopsis thaliana ATH1-121501 GeneChip® arrays (Affymetrix, Santa Clara, CA, USA).
  • • Transcript abundance was quantified in the shoots of agar- and compost-grown plants of both species. Analyses were optimized using a genomic DNA (gDNA)-based probe-selection strategy based on the hybridization efficiency of Thlaspi gDNA with corresponding A. thaliana probes. In silico alignments of GeneChip® probes with Thlaspi gene sequences, and quantitative real-time PCR, confirmed the validity of this approach.
  • • Approximately 5000 genes were differentially expressed in the shoots of T. caerulescens compared with T. arvense, including genes involved in Zn transport and compartmentalization.
  • • Future functional analyses of genes identified as differentially expressed in the shoots of these closely related species will improve our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of Zn hyperaccumulation.