DNA methylation is essential for normal development and plays important roles in regulating gene expression in plants. Analysis of the key enzymes catalyzing DNA methylation is important to understand epigenetic phenomena. In this study, three putative methyltransferase genes, BrMET1a, BrMET1b, and BrCMT, were isolated from a genome library of Brassica rapa. Structural conservation of the amino acid sequence between BrMET1a/BrMET1b and AtMET1 and that between BrCMT and AtCMT3 suggests that they may function as DNA methyltransferase. BrMET1a was expressed in vegetative and reproductive organs, while BrMET1b was expressed only in pistils, indicating that these two genes have different functions. BrCMT was expressed especially in stamens at the stage of 2-4 days before anthesis. We isolated three DNA methyltransferase genes in Brassica rapa and indicated differences of expression patterns of these DNA methyltransferase genes and expression levels in different tissues and developmental stages, suggesting that these genes might play important roles in epigenetic gene regulation in B. rapa.
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