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. , San Diego, CA) according to the manufacturer's protocol. Equal quantities of libraries (approximately 5 ng per sample) with different indices were mixed and stored in −80°C freezer before sequencing.

Sequencing was performed in a v3 flowcell on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer, using the TruSeq Paired-End Cluster Kit v3 (Illumina PE-401-3001) and the TruSeq SBS HS Kit v3 200 cycles (Illumina FC-401-3001), generating 2 × 101 bp and 1 × 60 bp reads. Image analysis and base calling was done using the HiSeq Control Software version 1. 4 and the Off-Line Base Caller v1. ~ 120 million high quality RNA-Seq reads (with quality score > 20 for each base) were pooled from Illumina sequencing of each of the 9 samples (three biological replicates of 3 stages) and were then assembled into contigs using Trinity (Release2012-04-27) 40. All sequencing data were deposited in NCBI Short Read Archive under BioProject ID PRJNA257896 (accession number SRP045386).

We quantified transcript levels in reads per kilobase of exon mode per million mapped reads (RPKM) 25. Sequencing and annotation of the evergrowing locus in peach [ Prunus persica (L.

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Japonica were derived as describes before 30. Phylogenetic trees were made by MEGA5 using NJ method according to the manual 46. (a), the scatterplot of enriched GO terms between stage 1 and stage 2; (b), the scatterplot of enriched GO terms between stage 1 and stage 3; (c), the scatterplot of enriched GO terms between stage 2 and stage 3.

Azalea is the only summer-flowering species in Camellia genus. Here we reported a comprehensive transcriptome study to characterize the gene expression profiles during bud development. The genomics resources are pivotal for comparative genomics analysis between economic Camellia species for the improvement of breeding programme, and also for understanding the bud development in perennial woody species.

Through analysis of genome-wide expression patterns in three key developmental stages of flower, we identified differentially expressed genes and characterized the functional characteristics of DEG sets between different developmental transitions. The analyses captured the molecular signatures during floral bud development in C. Azalea, which could be further exploited to help understand bud development in response to seasonal cues in trees.

Different from annuals, flowering control in woody species generally involves floral bud initiation, dormancy, and bud development 2. Recent advances in plant genome analysis have greatly facilitated our understanding on flowering time regulation in various species, and particularly about the seasonal control of bud dormancy in trees 10. For instance, the recent whole-genome duplication in poplar has resulted two paralogs of FT, FT1 and FT2, and functional analyses revealed that FT1 expression was induced by cold temperature (during winter) to initiate reproductive buds, while FT2 was induced by warm temperature and long days (spring/summer) and then promoted vegetative growth 11.

In peach, characterization of the evergrowing ( evg) mutant has revealed multiple MADS-box genes [ Dormancy-associated MADS-box ( DAM)] which were required for growth cessation 12. These DAM genes were found to be members of SVP/AGL24 sub-clade of MADS-box gene family which has been shown to be involved in flowering time control in A.

SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE ( SVP) and AGAMOUS-LIKE24 ( AGL24) were closely related MADS-box genes, but had different roles in regulating flowering time in A. Further studies in peach have shown that photoperiod and chilling temperatures were related to the regulation of expression patterns of DAM genes 16.

Overall, substantial progress has been made in understanding the regulation of floral bud development in several model systems such as Arabidopsis and poplar 1 , 3 , 17. However, our knowledge regarding the mechanisms of environmental control of bud development in trees is less clear. In recent years, the advent of new sequencing technique and de novo assembly has presented an unprecedented opportunity for genome-wide studies in non-model species.

Indeed, transcriptomics analyses in several tree species have presented a top-down view of gene expression profiles during floral bud development 18 , 19 , 20. And identification of Differential Expression Genes (DEGs) between various environmental or developmental conditions has emerged as a powerful approach to comprehend the complexity of gene regulatory networks in non-model species. Other systems biology investigations, such as gene co-expression network, Gene Ontology (GO) analysis and gene family analysis, have greatly improved our knowledge of gene functions by interrogating high-throughput transcriptome data.

The MADS-box transcription factors have been involved in many aspects of floral development and flowering timing 29. To gather information of MADS-box gene family in C. Azalea, we retrieved all members from A.

Thaliana and searched against database of C. In total we found 19 members of MADS-box gene family in C. A phylogenetic tree containing MADS-box genes in A. Azalea and two AP1/FUL members from Camellia japonica 30 was made ( Fig. 8a), in which two orthologs of SVP and AGL24 were identified forming a clade as DAM genes ( Fig. The expression level of SVP- like gene decreased along bud development, while AGL24-like gene increased, indicating distinct roles of regulating floral development. The expression patterns of 19 MADS-box genes were clustered ( Fig.

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    We found that expression levels of genes related to red/far-red light signaling pathways (phyA, phyB) were decreasing during floral bud development suggesting light signaling was critical for initiation of floral bud at early stage ( Fig. Genes such as floral integrators and floral organ development ( CO, AP1, SEP4, DEF) regulators displayed expected patterns that peaked in the late stage of bud development (stage 3) ( Fig.

    7), while with exceptions as FD, SOC1 and MAF/ FLC ( Fig. The blast search identified one transcripts (c75081.

    Graph_c0) corresponding to both FT and TFL1 which displayed decreasing pattern during floral bud development ( Fig. This indicated that this gene might function as a floral suppressor and thus is more similar to the Arabidopsis TFL1.

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    First, we examined the developmental process of floral buds by morphological analysis. The progression of bud development was captured by changes of apical meristem with relevance to bud size ( Fig.

    We collected bud samples from April to mid-June and examined the morphologies through histological sectioning analysis. We showed the development of floral buds and floral organs was associated with bud size ( Fig. 1), and we identified three representative stages of floral bud development, including floral bud initiation, floral organ differentiation, and floral bud outgrowth stages ( Fig. The apical meristems at first stage (floral bud initiation) were undistinguishable to vegetative meristems ( Fig. 1a, b) with bud size less than 4 mm; the second stage (floral organ differentiation) was recognized by fasciation of apical meristems and initiation of floral organs ( Fig.

    1c, d) with bud size of 5–7 mm; the third stage (floral bud outgrowth) was characterized by the enlargement of floral organ primodia ( Fig. 1e, f) with bud size of 8–11 mm. Common mechanisms regulate flowering and dormancy.

    Plant Sci 177, 523–531 (2009). [ Google Scholar] Comparisons of gene expression between developmental stages have revealed 755, 4673 and 6087 of DEGs between S1–S2, S2–S3, and S1–S3 respectively ( Fig.

    It indicated that between stage 1 and stage 2 there were much less DEGs than comparing to stage 3. This result was in agreement with markedly morphological alterations at stage 3 ( Fig.

    The outgrowth of floral bud involved various processes such as sugar and starch biosynthesis, cell wall expansion, cell cycle regulation and stress adaptation etc. , to coordinate collectively for organogenesis 2 , 34. The GO enrichment analyses of DEGs of S1–S3 and S2–S3 supported this notion that functional categories including light and stress signaling, DNA metabolism, cell cycle, floral organ development, and plant hormone pathways were significantly enriched ( Fig. However, between stage 1 and stage 2, most of these aforementioned GO categories were not identified, which was potentially related to subtle morphological changes ( Fig.

    Interestingly, functional category of 'regulation of timing of transition from vegetative to reproductive phase' was enriched only between stage 1 and stage 2 ( Fig. 5a), suggesting conserved functions of flowering timing genes were required for the transition. Therefore, we demonstrated that we were able to detect molecular signatures by global analysis of gene expression and provide insights on the regulatory pathways in the control of floral bud development. The decision of when to flower in higher plants is one of the most critical developmental events controlled by multiple genetic factors 1. The synchronization of environmental conditions and flowering time is critical for the survival of plants, and of great importance in agriculture.

    The seasonal changes in day length and temperature cause alterations in gene expression that impacts plant growth and development 1 , 2. K-Means clustering of gene expression profiles.

    Swissprot 13293 To further investigate the gene expression profiles, we performed K-Means clustering of gene expression levels. We identified 9 gene clusters with distinctive expression patterns ( Fig.

    Cluster 3 and 7 containing 5763 and 11365 transcripts respectively were showing opposite patterns ( Fig. While cluster 3 showed gradual increase from stage 1 to stage 3, cluster 7 showed gradual decrease, indicating different roles regarding the floral bud development.

    To compare the relationships between clusters, the centroid values which specify the expression patterns of each cluster were clustered, and three major groups were identified ( Fig. And these three groups were characterized by peak expression at three developmental stages ( Fig.

    4b), indicating that the developmental stages were associated with specific gene clusters.

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    [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] Due to the significance of plant reproduction, perennial plants have evolved a sophisticated system to detect environmental conditions and to regulate developmental programs 31. Seasonal changes in day length and temperature are thought to be critical determinants of flowering in tree species 2 , 31.

    Azalea, the floral buds can be found since spring till the end of year 32. We examined the floral bud morphologies ( Fig. 1), and found that the growth pattern of bud enlargement was related to floral developmental stages. Japonica in which mature floral buds could be arrested for several months before flowering, C. Azalea had a short period from bud formation to flowering (around 30 days), and recurrent bud formation and flowering could last over 9 months 32.

    Based on histological analysis, we proposed that the three sampling stages were corresponding to floral bud initiation, floral organ differentiation, and bud outgrowth ( Fig. The expression patterns of floral integrators and organ development genes (e. CO, AP1, SEP4, DEF) peaking in the bud out growth stage supported the developmental process ( Fig.

    However, other orthologs such as FD, SOC1 and MAF/FLC displayed differential patterns ( Fig. 6) comparing to the expressions in A. Thaliana 4 , 14, suggesting potential functional diversifications between annuals and perennials


    FLC was a major flowering suppressor in A. Thaliana, and we identified one homolog (c50643_graph_c0) belonging to MAF/FLC clade displaying increased expression levels during bud development ( Fig.

    A study in perennial species Arabis alpina indicated that to achieve cyclical habitats, the repeated suppression and activation of PERPETUAL FLOWERING 1 ( PEP1), an ortholog of FLC, were required 33. Whether MAF/ FLC homologs in C. Azalea are responsible for the unique flowering time and how it is related to environmental regulations of flowering require further investigations.

    (a–b), apical buds at stage 1 (less than 4 mm) with no detectable changes to vegetative bud; (c–d), apical buds at stage 2 (5–7 mm) in which reproductive development was initiated. Arrows indicated fasciation of apical meristem suggesting the differentiation of floral organs. (e–f), apical bud at stage 3 in which floral buds began organ differentiation and outgrowth.

    White bar 50 μm; Black bar 200 μm. PEP1 regulates perennial flowering in Arabis alpina. [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] (a), A phylogenetic tree containing 19 MADS-box genes from C. Azalea and 58 MADS-box genes from Arabidopsis as well as two MADS-box genes from C. Cyan triangles indicate genes from C.

    The red clade indicates the dormancy associated MADS-box genes. Red circles and color squares are corresponding to floral regulators in Arabidopsis: AT5G10140- FLC/MAF, AT2G45660- SOC1, AT4G22950- AGL19, AT4G24540- AGL24, AT2G22540- SVP. (b), Expression patterns of MADS-box genes from C. 9719 2194 COG Zhengqi Fan To identify gene ontology (GO) terms describing biological processes, molecular functions, and cellular components, the Swiss-Prot BLAST results were imported into Blast2GO 42.

    These GO terms were assigned to query sequences, and produced a broad overview of groups of genes catalogued in the transcriptome for each of the three ontology vocabularies, namely, biological processes, molecular functions, and cellular components. The unigene sequences were also aligned to the Clusters of Orthologous Group (COG) database to predict and classify functions 43.

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    J Exp Bot 63, 4585–4596 (2012). Azalea has been mistakenly recognized as a species of azalea ( Rhododendron) for many years due to its unique flowering period 22.

    The adaptation of flowering pathway in C. In this work we presented a detailed transcriptomics study to capture the dynamics of gene expression profiles during floral bud development.

    It would help us to better understand the regulation of flowering timing. However, to unlock the mechanism underpinning the switch of flowering habitat requires detailed comparative analyses from different closely related Camellia species, such as C.

    Future studies of comparisons of gene expression profiles at different bud development states across several Camellia species may shed some lights into the mechanism of flowering timing regulation. The morphologies of leaves and flowers of C. Azalea were also slightly different from other Camellia species (i. Japonica), which suggested other pathways of plant development might be involved as well

    . Azalea and other Camellia species have demonstrated an excellent system to investigate mechanism of plant adaptations to seasonal cues. 32826 Differential expression of proteins associated with seasonal bud dormancy at four critical stages in Japanese apricot. Plant Biology 15, 233–242 (2013).

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    Expression levels were compared between stages to identify significant DEGs by applying cutoff of p-value < 0. A venn diagram of distribution of DEGs was shown ( Fig.

    5a), and we found that there were 755, 4637 and 6087 DEGs in S1–S2, S2–S3 and S1–S3 respectively ( Fig. The numbers of DEGs in S2–S3 and S1–S3 were remarkably greater than S1–S2 indicating the involvement of complex developmental events at stage 3.

    A large proportion of DEGs between S1–S3 and S2–S3 were overlapped containing 3415 unigenes ( Fig. 5a) suggesting it was specifically involved in the developmental processes at stage 3. To characterize this portion in detail, we further clustered this group of genes.

    And we found there are two major clusters of expression patterns-first one with apparent highest expression at stage 3, and second with lowest expression levels at stage 3 ( Fig. The second cluster was also divided into two sub-groups with different expression between stage 1 and stage 2 ( Fig. These results coincided well with markedly morphological changes during stage 3 and indicated various pathways of genes were involved in floral organ formation and bud outgrowth. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article's Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if the material is not included under the Creative Commons license, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder in order to reproduce the material. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons. Statistics of de novo assembly of transcriptome. Phylogenetic and expression analyses of MADS-box genes. Coming into bloom: the specification of floral meristems.

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    (a), A dengrogram graph showing global relationships of samples. (b), A bar plot describing number of expressed transcripts after filtering. Samples from 1 to 9 stands for S1-rep1, S1-rep2, S1-rep3, S2-rep1, S2-rep2, S2-rep3, S3-rep1, S3-rep2, S3-rep3.

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    FLOWERING LOCUS T duplication coordinates reproductive and vegetative growth in perennial poplar. P Natl Acad Sci USA 108, 10756–10761 (2011). [ PMC free article] [ PubMed] [ Google Scholar] The mixed samples with all stages of buds were sequenced for generating sequencing reads of de novo assembly, and more than 39 M high-quality pair-end reads were retrieved after trimming.

    The de novo assembly was performed by using Trinity software according to standard parameters. The assembly resulted in a total of 213316 transcripts (no less than 200 bp) with a N50 of 1960 bp ( Fig

    . 2a–c), and the unigene dataset included 79363 sequences with a N50 of 1196 bp ( Fig. The scatter plot of size distribution of transcripts and unigenes were shown ( Fig.

    The unigenes were used to preform annotation analysis. The six public databases including COG, GO, KEGG, Swissprot and NR were searched for identifying homologous sequences. In total, 32999 unigenes were found in at least one of these databases ( Table 1), and detailed annotation information was listed ( Supplementary table S1).

    To characterize the functional classifications of annotated unigenes, GO and KEGG analyses were performed to access the distributions of functional categories in KEGG and GO databases (Fig. Dormancy-associated MADS genes from the EVG locus of peach [ Prunus persica (L.

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    The assembled sequences were compared against the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) non-redundant protein (Nr) database, NCBI non-redundant nucleotide sequence (Nt) database, and Swiss-Prot database using BlASTn (version 2. 14) with an E-value cutoff at 10 −5.

    Searches were limited to the first 10 significant hits for each query to increase computational speed

    . Open reading frames (ORFs) were predicted using the “getorf” program of EMBOSS software package 41, with the longest ORF extracted for each unigene.

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    Numbers on the top are the number of genes for each cluster; and red numbers are cluster labels. (b), a heat map plot of nine clusters display the relative expression levels of centroids. Numbers on the right are corresponding to cluster labels in (a). Identification of DEGs at different developmental stages Camellia materials used in this study were grown in the greenhouse of Research Institute of Subtropical Forestry located in Fuyang (119°57′N, 30°04′ E; Fuyang city, Zhejiang, China) under natural light condition.

    For collecting samples of RNA, healthy floral buds or organs at different developmental stages were collected and frozen immediately in liquid nitrogen and stored in -80°C freezers before use. Three biological replicates were collected from three individuals, and each biological replicate contained 5–10 floral buds. For collecting floral buds at different developmental stages, the seasonal flowering habit of C.

    Azalea was characterized as described 32. The floral buds at different sizes were measured and histologically analyzed, and three stages of floral bud development: floral bud initiation, floral organ differentiation, and bud outgrowth, were identified for sampling. The exact time of collecting samples of the three stages was April 8 th, April 22 nd, June 13 th in the year of 2013.

    Total RNA was extracted from floral buds by using the Column Plant RNAout2. 0 kit and treated with Column DNA Erasol (Beijing Tiandz Gene Technology Company, Beijing, China) to avoid the DNA contamination. RNA quality and quantity was determined using Nanodrop 1000 spectrophotometer (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Wilmington, DE) and Bioanalyzer RNA nano chip (Agilent Technologies, Singapore).

    Only the RNA samples with 260/280 ratio between 1. 5 and RIN (RNA integrity number) more than 8.

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    7% [v/v] formaldehyde, 5% [v/v] acetic acid), dehydrated in an ethanol series, and embedded in paraplast (Sigma). Sections of 7-μm thickness were stained with safranin. All microscopy examinations were done with an Olympus BX-51 microscope (Olympus Corporation, Japan).

    Genus Camellia belonging to Theaceae family contains about 250 species including several important economic plants such as Camellia japonica (ornamental), Camellia sinensis (beverage), and Camellia oleifera (edible oil) 21 , 22. Camellia azalea (also known as C. Changii) was a newly discovered species of Camellia genus which was very unique in flowering time 22 , 23.

    Unlike to other species in Camellia genus, C. Azalea blooms during mid-summer while most of the Camellia species flower in winter or spring 24. Due to the stunning habit of C.

    Azalea in summer-flowering, it was wildly distributed and introduced into the breeding systems of Camellia for generating new and more summer-flowering varieties. Although many attempts of artificial crossing between commercial camellias have been successful in generating hybrids, the desired cultivar with good floral morphology and summer-flowering trait has not yet been produced. Currently, little is known about the molecular mechanism of flowering time regulation in C


    Azalea and how it is different from other relatives in response to environmental factors. In this study, we generated a comprehensive floral transcriptome in C. Azalea by adopting the second-generation sequencing approach (Illumina Hiseq platform) and de novo transcriptome assembly.

    In total we have generated over 120 million (120 M) high-quality reads and assembled more than 79 thousands unigenes. We characterized the gene expression profiles during three stages of floral bud development by gene co-expression clustering analysis. Furthermore by systematic integrating DEGs and GO enrichment analyses, we found that transition from stage 1 to stage 2 was critical and enriched in flowering timing control; transition from stage 2 to stage 3 involved convergence of multiple signaling pathways (i. Cold signaling, light signaling, hormone signaling). Finally detailed analysis of MADS-box gene family in C.

    Azalea revealed that SVP- and Agl24- like genes were differentially expressed during floral bud development. Our work has presented a comprehensive genomics resource for understanding flowering control in C. Azalea and provided insights for genetic engineering approach to passing the bottleneck of tradition breeding in ornamental camellias. Clustering analysis KEGG The genetic basis of flowering responses to seasonal cues. Nat Rev Genet 13, 627–639 (2012).

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    Phylogenetic analysis In perennial woody species, it is critical to determine the specific timing of flowering according to seasonal changes

    . For instance, in Populus, a period of low temperatures and long days was required to break bud dormancy and initiate flowering 35.

    Azalea is the rare species discovered in genus Camellia that flowers during late spring to summer 23. In this study, we showed that orthologs to SVP and AGL24 displayed distinctive expression patterns during floral bud development ( Fig. 6, ​ ,7) 7) supporting their opposite roles in flowering.

    In peach, genes related to SVP/ AGL24 clade were characterized as DAM genes which were shown to be required for dormancy maintenance 12. The DAM genes in perennials were thought to be regulated by seasonal cues 16, so detailed expression analyses (i.

    Seasonal expression) of DAM genes may provide more insights about the transcriptional regulation. It is not clear whether SVP- and AGL24 like genes are involved in dormancy regulation. Characterizations of DEGs at stage 3 also identified phytohormones (auxin, jasmonic acid, gibberellin and brassinosteroid) pathways were involved in floral bud development ( Fig. All these phytohormones have been implicated in bud dormancy release in woody species by physiological and genetic analyses 36 , 37. Hence, to understand the flowering timing in woody perennials the genetic framework from annuals need to be integrated with studies of bud dormancy.

    Systems biology approaches have greatly facilitated researches in non-model perennial species which gave important information of regulatory genes and pathways 38 , 39. In this study we identified nine different clusters of co-expression genes ( Fig. 5a), which can be further studied for comparative studies in other Camellia species to help improve breeding system. Japonica is a popular ornamental flower species which has a long domestication history 30, so the knowledge from C. Azalea may lead to new cultivars with distinctive flowering periods


    13303 To characterize the developmental events of gene expression profiles, the three stages of floral buds containing three biological replicates for each stage, were sequenced, and generated more than 84 M high-quality reads for quantification of unigenes ( Supplementary table S2). The reads were mapped to unigenes and quantified to give the expression abundance of gene expression by Reads Per Kilobase per Million (RPKM) 25. The RPKM expression data were tested by correlation analysis to evaluate sampling between biological replicates, and all correlation coefficiencies between biological pairs were over 0. A dendrogram graph was also plotted to examine the relationships between samples, and all biological replicates were clustered together ( Fig. Overall, we found expressions between all biological replicates were highly correlated, and samples of stage 1 and stage 2 were also correlated well (Fig.

    These data suggested we could estimate quantitatively expression alterations by statistical analysis of this dataset. To depict the global abundance of gene expression, we filtered 6847 transcripts with low expression (sum RPKM value of 9 samples was less than three), and the RPKM values of remainder 72516 transcripts were accessed by box plotting ( Fig.

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