Adaptive copper tolerance in Elsholtzia haichowensis involves production of Cu-induced thiol peptides

Meng Qian, Xiangdong Li, Zhenguo Shen

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

32 Citations (Scopus)


Copper (Cu) accumulation and tolerance mechanisms in Elsholtzia haichowensis, an indicator plant of Cu mines, were investigated under hydroponics supplied with different concentrations (0.32, 50.0, 100.0 and 200.0 μM) of Cu for 8 days. Cu at 100 and 200 μM significantly decreased the root dry weight, but had no significant effect on shoot dry weight. The plants grown in the presence of 200 μM Cu accumulated 288 and 7626 μg g-1DW total Cu in the shoots and roots, respectively. A greater proportion of accumulated Cu was water-soluble accounting for 42-93% of the total Cu content in the shoots. The concentrations of reduced glutathione (GSH) and protein thiols were significantly enhanced under excess Cu supply. However, the concentrations of these compounds, particularly protein thiols, were much higher in the leaves than that in the roots. Three UV-absorbing peaks could be eluted out through gel filtration chromatography on Sephadex G-50. A large amount of Cu was detected in the UV-absorbing peaks in 40-50 and 70-90 ml elution fractions of the root extract, and in 40-50 and 120-140 ml elution fractions of the leaf extract. The results suggested that the adaptive Cu tolerance mechanism in E. haichowensis might involve the active participation of protein thiols which had a more important role in the leaves than in the roots.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalPlant Growth Regulation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2005


  • Copper
  • Copper tolerance
  • Elsholtzia haichowensis
  • Glutathione
  • Proteins
  • Thiol peptides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Plant Science


Dive into the research topics of 'Adaptive copper tolerance in Elsholtzia haichowensis involves production of Cu-induced thiol peptides'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this