Role of abscisic acid in water stress-induced antioxidant defense in leaves of maize seedlings

Mingyi Jiang, Jianhua ZHANG*

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Abstract

Roles of abscisic acid (ABA) in water stress-induced oxidative stress were investigated in leaves of maize (Zea mays L.) seedlings exposed to water stress induced by polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000). Treatment with PEG at -0.7 MPa for 12 and 24h led to a reduction in leaf relative water content (RWC) by 7.8 and 14.1%, respectively. Duration of the osmotic treatments is considered as mild and moderate water stress. The mild water stress caused significant increases in the generation of superoxide radical (O2-) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), ascorbate peroxidase (APX) and glutathione reductase (GR) and the contents of ascorbate (ASC), reduced glutathione (GSH). The moderate water stress failed to further enhance the capacity of antioxidant defense systems, as compared to the mild water stress. The contents of catalytic Fe, which is critical for H2O2-dependent hydroxyl radical (•OH) production, and the oxidized forms of ascorbate and glutathione pools, dehydroascorbate (DHA) and oxidized glutathione (GSSG), markedly increased, a significant oxidative damage to lipids and proteins took place under the moderate water stress. Pretreatment with ABA caused an obvious reduction in the content of catalytic Fe and significant increases in the activities of antioxidant enzymes and the contents of non-enzymatic antioxidants, and then significantly reduced the contents of DHA and GSSG and the degrees of oxidative damage in leaves exposed to the moderate water stress. Pretreatment with an ABA biosynthesis inhibitor, tungstate, significantly suppressed the accumulation of ABA induced by water stress, reduced the enhancement in the capacity of antioxidant defense systems, and resulted in an increase in catalytic Fe, DHA and GSSG, and oxidative damage in the water-stressed leaves. These effects were completely prevented by addition of ABA, which raised the internal ABA content. Our data indicate that ABA plays an important role in water stress-induced antioxiclant defense against oxidative stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1015
Number of pages15
JournalFree Radical Research
Volume36
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biochemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • Abscisic acid
  • Antioxidant defense system
  • Oxidative damage
  • Reactive oxygen species
  • Water stress
  • Zea mays

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