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BioMed Research International
Volume 2018, Article ID 6023457, 19 pages
Research Article

Genome-Wide Identification, Classification, and Expression Divergence of Glutathione-Transferase Family in Brassica rapa under Multiple Hormone Treatments

1State Key Laboratory of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, Ministry of Science and Technology/College of Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China
2New Rural Research Institute in Lianyungang, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Chun-mei Hu; nc.ude.uajn@mchjjj

Received 19 December 2017; Revised 3 April 2018; Accepted 16 April 2018; Published 24 May 2018

Academic Editor: Stefano Pascarella

Copyright © 2018 Nadeem Khan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The GSTs is one of the most important multifunctional protein families which has been playing a crucial role in the different aspects of plant growth. This extensive study about GSTs may establish a solid foundation for the brief functional analysis of BraGSTs in future. In this study, a total of 75 genes were identified in B. rapa. Phylogenetic analysis characterized them into eight different subclasses, while Tau and Phi subclasses were the most numerous. The exon-intron structure and the motif composition of BraGSTs were exhibited accordingly to their subclasses. Notably, we also investigated 15 tandem paralogous pairs of genes, which highlighted that all the pairs were purifying in nature as their synonymous values were lower than 1.00. Duplication analysis indicated that about 45.33% of genes mainly occurred through tandem duplication in B. rapa. Predominately, the tandem cluster of genes in subclass Tau was greater than the other subclasses. Furthermore, among eight multiple hormonal treatments (ABA, GA, BR, ETH, IAA, IBA, NPA, and JA), most number of BraGSTs was activated by NPA, BR, and ABA treatments. This analysis has provided comprehensive information about GSTs family which may assist in elucidating their exact functions in B. rapa.