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Current Opinion in Plant Biology

Christopher Hepworth, Robert S Caine, Emily L Harrison, Jennifer Sloan, Julie E Gray
The development and patterning of stomata in the plant epidermis has emerged as an ideal system for studying fundamental plant developmental processes. Over the past twenty years most studies of stomata have used the model dicotyledonous plant Arabidopsis thaliana. However, cultivated monocotyledonous grass (or Gramineae) varieties provide the majority of human nutrition, and future research into grass stomata could be of critical importance for improving food security. Recent studies using Brachypodium distachyon, Hordeum vulgare (barley) and Oryza sativa (rice) have led to the identification of the core transcriptional regulators essential for stomatal initiation and progression in grasses, and begun to unravel the role of secretory signaling peptides in controlling stomatal developmental...
August 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Alaeddine Safi, Anna Medici, Wojciech Szponarski, Sandrine Ruffel, Benoît Lacombe, Gabriel Krouk
Plant specific GARP transcription factor family (made of ARR-B and G2-like) contains genes with very diverse in planta functions: nutrient sensing, root and shoot development, floral transition, chloroplast development, circadian clock oscillation maintenance, hormonal transport and signaling. In this work we review: first, their structural but distant relationships with MYB transcription factors, second, their role in planta, third, the diversity of their Cis-regulatory elements, fourth, their potential protein partners...
August 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Simon Kelly, Simona Radutoiu, Jens Stougaard
Legume-rhizobia symbiosis is coordinated through the production and perception of signal molecules by both partners with legume LysM receptor kinases performing a central role in this process. Receptor complex formation and signalling outputs derived from these are regulated through ligand binding and further modulated by a diverse variety of interactors. The challenge now is to understand the molecular mechanisms of these reported interactors. Recently attributed roles of LysM receptors in the perception of rhizobial exopolysaccharide, distinguishing between pathogens and symbionts, and assembly of root and rhizosphere communities expand on the importance of these receptors...
August 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Pengwei Wang, Tim J Hawkins, Patrick J Hussey
In plants, the actin cytoskeleton plays a major role in organelle movement, cargo transport, maintaining cell polarity and controlling the morphogenesis of endomembrane systems. All of these events require a direct connection between membrane structures and the cytoskeleton. Our knowledge in this field has been greatly advanced by a few recent discoveries including the identification of the plant specific NETWORKED family of proteins, which can mediate such linkages. Other proteins that are known to regulate actin nucleation and polymerization are also likely to be involved, but many key questions still remain unanswered...
August 2, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Dionne Turnbull, Piers A Hemsley
The post-translational lipid modifications N-myristoylation, prenylation and S-acylation are traditionally associated with increasing protein membrane affinity and localisation. However this is an over-simplification, with evidence now implicating these modifications in a variety of roles such as membrane microdomain partitioning, protein trafficking, protein complex assembly and polarity maintenance. Evidence for a regulatory role is also emerging, with changes or manipulation of lipid modifications offering a means of directly controlling various aspects of protein function...
July 31, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Akiko Maruyama-Nakashita
Plants assimilate inorganic sulfate into various organic sulfur (S) compounds, which contributes to the global sulfur cycle in the environment as well as the nutritional supply of this essential element to animals. Plants, to sustain their lives, adapt the flow of their S metabolism to respond to external S status by activating S assimilation and catabolism of stored S compounds, and by repressing the synthesis of secondary S metabolites like glucosinolates. The molecular mechanism of this response has been gradually revealed, including the discovery of several regulatory proteins and enzymes involved in S deficiency responses...
July 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Guillaume Dubeaux, Grégory Vert
Endocytosis in plants plays an essential role, not only for basic cellular functions but also for growth, development, and environmental responses. Over the past few years, ubiquitin emerged as a major signal triggering the removal of plasma membrane proteins from the cell surface and promoting their vacuolar targeting. Detailed genetic, biochemical and imaging studies have provided initial insights into the precise mechanisms and roles of ubiquitin-mediated endocytosis in plants. Here, we summarize the present state of knowledge about the machinery involved in plant ubiquitin-mediated endocytosis and how this is coordinated in time and space to control the internalization and the endosomal sorting of endocytosed proteins...
July 27, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Erika Isono, Kamila Kalinowska
To control the abundance of plasma membrane receptors and transporters is crucial for proper perception and response to extracellular signals from surrounding cells and the environment. Posttranslational modification of plasma membrane proteins, especially ubiquitin conjugation or ubiquitylation, is key for the determination of stability for many transmembrane proteins localized on the cell surface. The targeted degradation is ensured by a complex network of proteins among which the endosomal sorting complex required for transport (ESCRT) plays a central role...
July 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Verónica G Doblas, Niko Geldner, Marie Barberon
Plant roots acquire nutrients from the soil and transport them upwards to the aerial parts. To reach the central vasculature of the root, water and nutrients radially cross all external cell layers. The endodermis surrounds the vascular tissues and forms diffusion barriers. It thereby compartmentalizes the root and allows control of nutrient transport from the soil to the vasculature, as well as preventing backflow of nutrients from the stele. To achieve this role, endodermal cells undergo two specialized differentiations states consisting of deposition of two impermeable polymers in the cell wall: lignin, forming the Casparian strips, and suberin lamellae...
July 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Sakiko Okumoto, Wayne Versaw
Nitrogen and phosphorus are macronutrients indispensable for plant growth. The acquisition and reallocation of both elements require a multitude of dedicated transporters that specifically recognize inorganic and organic forms of nitrogen and phosphorous. Although many transporters have been discovered through elegant screening processes and sequence homology, many remain uncharacterized for their functions in planta. Genetically encoded sensors for nitrogen and phosphorous molecules offer a unique opportunity for studying transport mechanisms that were previously inaccessible...
July 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Debarati Basu, Elizabeth S Haswell
Mechanosensitive ion channels, transmembrane proteins that directly couple mechanical stimuli to ion flux, serve to sense and respond to changes in membrane tension in all branches of life. In plants, mechanosensitive channels have been implicated in the perception of important mechanical stimuli such as osmotic pressure, touch, gravity, and pathogenic invasion. Indeed, three established families of plant mechanosensitive ion channels play roles in cell and organelle osmoregulation and root mechanosensing - and it is likely that many other channels and functions await discovery...
July 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Nadia Shakoor, Scott Lee, Todd C Mockler
Effective implementation of technology that facilitates accurate and high-throughput screening of thousands of field-grown lines is critical for accelerating crop improvement and breeding strategies for higher yield and disease tolerance. Progress in the development of field-based high throughput phenotyping methods has advanced considerably in the last 10 years through technological progress in sensor development and high-performance computing. Here, we review recent advances in high throughput field phenotyping technologies designed to inform the genetics of quantitative traits, including crop yield and disease tolerance...
July 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Hye Sup Yun, Chian Kwon
To defend against extracellular pathogens, plants primarily depend on cell-autonomous innate immunity due to the lack of the circulatory immune system including mobile immune cells. To extracellularly restrict or kill the pathogens, plant cells dump out antimicrobials. However, since antimicrobials are also toxic to plant cells themselves, they have to be safely delivered to the target sites in a separate vesicular compartment. In addition, because immune responses often requires energy otherwise used for the other metabolic processes, it is very important to properly control the duration and strength of immune responses depending on pathogen types...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Lise C Noack, Yvon Jaillais
Each phosphoinositide (PI, also known as phosphatidylinositol phosphate, polyphosphoinositide, PtdInsP or PIP) species is partitioned in the endomembrane system and thereby contributes to the identity of membrane compartments. However, membranes are in constant flux within this system, which raises the questions of how the spatiotemporal pattern of phosphoinositides is established and maintained within the cell. Here, we review the general mechanisms by which phosphoinositides and membrane trafficking feedbacks on each other to regulate cellular patterning...
July 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Rebecca C Burkart, Yvonne Stahl
Plant receptor complexes at the cell surface perceive many different external and internal signalling molecules and relay these signals into the cell to regulate development, growth and immunity. Recent progress in the analyses of receptor complexes using different live cell imaging approaches have shown that receptor complex formation and composition are dynamic and take place at specific microdomains at the plasma membrane. In this review we focus on three prominent examples of Arabidopsis thaliana receptor complexes and how their dynamic spatio-temporal distribution at the PM has been studied recently...
July 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Yi Wang, Wei-Hua Wu
As an essential macronutrient, potassium (K(+)) plays crucial roles in diverse physiological processes during plant growth and development. The K(+) concentration in soils is relatively low and fluctuating. Plants are able to perceive external K(+) changes and generate chemical and physical signals in plant cells. The signals can be transducted across the plasma membrane and into the cytosol, and eventually regulates the downstream targets, particularly K(+) channels and transporters. As a result, K(+) homeostasis in plant cells is modulated, which facilitates plant adaptation to K(+) deficient conditions...
July 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Ren-Jie Tang, Sheng Luan
Calcium (Ca(2+)) and magnesium (Mg(2+)) are the most abundant divalent cations in plants. As a nutrient and a signaling ion, Ca(2+) levels in the cell are tightly controlled by an array of channels and carriers that provide mechanistic basis for Ca(2+) homeostasis and the generation of Ca(2+) signals. Although a family of CorA-type Mg(2+) transporters plays a key role in controlling Mg(2+) homeostasis in plants, more components are yet to be identified. Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) appear to have antagonistic interactions in plant cells, and therefore plants depend on a homeostatic balance between Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) for optimal growth and development...
July 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Peiguo Yuan, Edgard Jauregui, Liqun Du, Kiwamu Tanaka, B W Poovaiah
Calcium (Ca(2+)) acts as an essential second messenger connecting the perception of microbe signals to the establishment of appropriate immune and symbiotic responses in plants. Accumulating evidence suggests that plants distinguish different microorganisms through plasma membrane-localized pattern recognition receptors. The particular recognition events are encoded into Ca(2+) signatures, which are sensed by diverse intracellular Ca(2+) binding proteins. The Ca(2+) signatures are eventually decoded to distinct downstream responses through transcriptional reprogramming of the defense or symbiosis-related genes...
July 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Shai Saroussi, Emanuel Sanz-Luque, Rick G Kim, Arthur R Grossman
Photosynthetic organisms have evolved to modulate their metabolism to accommodate the highly dynamic light and nutrient conditions in nature. In this review we discuss ways in which the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii acclimates to nitrogen and sulfur deprivation, conditions that would limit the anabolic use of excitation energy because of a markedly reduced capacity for cell growth and division. Major aspects of this acclimation process are stringently regulated and involve scavenging the limited nutrient from internal and external sources, and the redirection of fixed carbon toward energy storage (e...
July 7, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Sarah Lebeis, Silke Robatzek
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