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    Due to its sensitivity and specificity, real-time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) is a popular technique for investigating gene expression levels in plants. Based on the Minimum Information for Publication of Real-Time Quantitative PCR Experiments (MIQE) guidelines, it is necessary to select and validate putative appropriate reference genes for qRT-PCR normalization. In the current study, three algorithms, geNorm, NormFinder, and BestKeeper, were applied to assess the expression stability of 10 candidate reference genes across five different tissues and three different abiotic stresses in Isatis indigotica Fort. Additionally, the IiYUC6 gene associated with IAA biosynthesis was applied to validate the candidate reference genes. The analysis results of the geNorm, NormFinder, and BestKeeper algorithms indicated certain differences for the different sample sets and different experiment conditions. Considering all of the algorithms, PP2A-4 and TUB4 were recommended as the most stable reference genes for total and different tissue samples, respectively. Moreover, RPL15 and PP2A-4 were considered to be the most suitable reference genes for abiotic stress treatments. The obtained experimental results might contribute to improved accuracy and credibility for the expression levels of target genes by qRT-PCR normalization in I. indigotica.


    Tao Li, Jing Wang, Miao Lu, Tianyi Zhang, Xinyun Qu, Zhezhi Wang. Selection and Validation of Appropriate Reference Genes for qRT-PCR Analysis in Isatis indigotica Fort. Frontiers in plant science. 2017;8:1139

    PMID: 28702046

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