SOG1 (Suppressor of gamma response 1) is the master-regulator of plant DNA damage response (DDR), a highly coordinated network of DNA damage sensors, transducers, mediators, and effectors, with highly coordinated activities. SOG1 transcription factor belongs to the NAC/NAM protein family, containing the well-conserved NAC domain and five serine-glutamine (SQ) motifs, preferential targets for phosphorylation by ATM and ATR. So far, the information gathered for the SOG1 function comes from studies on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. To expand the knowledge on plant-specific DDR, it is opportune to gather information on other SOG1 orthologues. The current study identified plants where multiple SOG1 homologues are present and evaluated their functions by leveraging the information contained in publicly available transcriptomics databases. This analysis revealed the presence of multiple SOG1 sequences in thirteen plant species, and four (Medicago truncatula, Glycine max, Kalankoe fedtschenkoi, Populus trichocarpa) were selected for gene expression data mining based on database availability. Additionally, M. truncatula seeds and seedlings exposed to treatments known to activate DDR pathways were used to evaluate the expression profiles of MtSOG1a and MtSOG1b. The experimental workflow confirmed the data retrieved from transcriptomics datasets, suggesting that the SOG1 homologues have redundant functions in different plant species.
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