Melatonin regulates antioxidant strategy in response to continuous salt stress in rice seedlings.

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Melatonin mediates multiple physiological processes in plants and is involved in many reactions related to the protection of plants from abiotic stress. In this paper, the effect of melatonin on the antioxidant capacity of rice under salt stress was studied. Melatonin alleviated the inhibition of salt stress on the growth of rice seedlings, mainly by increasing the dry weight and fresh weight of shoots and roots. Melatonin alleviated the membrane damage caused by salt stress, which was mainly manifested by the decrease of TBARS content and the decrease of leaf and root damage. During the whole salt stress period, rice after melatonin pretreatment showed lower ROS (H2O2, O2•-,OH-) accumulation. In the early stage (1-3 d) of stress, the rice after melatonin pretreatment showed a strong increase in antioxidant enzyme activity, while in the later stage (5,7 d), it showed a strong increase in antioxidant content. During the whole period of salt stress, melatonin had a weak regulatory effect on AsA-GSH cycle. Through the above regulation process, the decreasing effect of melatonin on ROS content of rice under salt stress did not decrease with prolonged stress time in a short time (1-7 d). In conclusion, melatonin improved the antioxidant capacity of rice under continuous salt stress, and rice showed variable antioxidant strategies after melatonin pretreatment.

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Cited Authors

  • Yan, F; Wei, H; Ding, Y; Li, W; Liu, Z; Chen, L; Tang, S; Ding, C; Jiang, Y; Li, G

Published Date

  • August 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 165 /

Start / End Page

  • 239 - 250

PubMed ID

  • 34082330

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-2690

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.plaphy.2021.05.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • France