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Comparative Transcriptome Analyses Reveal Genes Related to Spine Development in Cucumber (Cucumis sativus)

Yue Chen1,2,#, Huan Wang1,#, Taibai Xu1, Peng Zhou1, Junsong Pan2, Weiwei She1,*, Weiwei Zhang1,*

1 Department of Plant Science and Technology, Shanghai Vocational College of Agriculture and Forestry, Shanghai, 201699, China
2 School of Agriculture and Biology, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, 200240, China

* Corresponding Authors: Weiwei She. Email: email; Weiwei Zhang. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Identification of Genetic/Epigenetic Components Responding to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses in Crops)

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2023, 92(4), 1059-1070.


Fruit spine is an important quality trait of cucumber. To better understand the molecular basis of cucumber spine development and function, RNA-Seq was performed to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in fruit spines of different development stages, namely, 8 days before anthesis (SpBA8), anthesis (SpA) and 8 days after anthesis (SpAA8). Stage-wise comparisons obtained 2,259 (SpBA8 vs. SpA), 4,551 (SpA vs. SpAA8), and 5,290 (SpBA8 vs. SpAA8) DEGs. All the DEGs were classified into eight expression clusters by trend analysis. Among these DEGs, in addition to the Mict, Tril, CsTTG1, CsMYB6, NS, and Tu genes that have been reported to regulate fruit spine formation, we found that the CsHDG11, CsSCL8, CsSPL8, CsZFP6 and CsZFP8 may also be involved in spine development in cucumber. Our study provides a theoretical basis for further research on molecular mechanisms of spine development in cucumber.


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Chen, Y., Wang, H., Xu, T., Zhou, P., Pan, J. et al. (2023). Comparative Transcriptome Analyses Reveal Genes Related to Spine Development in Cucumber (Cucumis sativus). Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 92(4), 1059–1070.

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