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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441955/self-in-compatibility-in-apricot-germplasm-is-controlled-by-two-major-loci-s-and-m
#1
Juan Vicente Muñoz-Sanz, Elena Zuriaga, Inmaculada López, María L Badenes, Carlos Romero
BACKGROUND: Apricot (Prunus armeniaca L.) exhibits a gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) system and it is mostly considered as a self-incompatible species though numerous self-compatible exceptions occur. These are mainly linked to the mutated S C-haplotype carrying an insertion in the S-locus F-box gene that leads to a truncated protein. However, two S-locus unlinked pollen-part mutations (PPMs) termed m and m' have also been reported to confer self-compatibility (SC) in the apricot cultivars 'Canino' and 'Katy', respectively...
April 26, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441933/identification-and-biochemical-characterization-of-the-fructokinase-gene-family-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#2
John W Riggs, Philip C Cavales, Sonia M Chapiro, Judy Callis
BACKGROUND: Fructose is an abundant sugar in plants as it is a breakdown product of both major sucrose-cleaving enzymes. To enter metabolism, fructose is phosphorylated by a fructokinase (FRK). Known FRKs are members of a diverse family of carbohydrate/purine kinases known as the phosphofructokinase B (pfkB) family. The complete complement of active fructokinases has not been reported for any plant species. RESULTS: Protein sequence analysis of the 22 Arabidopsis thaliana pfkB members identified eight highly related predicted proteins, including one with previously demonstrated FRK activity...
April 26, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438120/transcriptomic-analysis-links-gene-expression-to-unilateral-pollen-pistil-reproductive-barriers
#3
Amanda K Broz, Rafael F Guerrero, April M Randle, You Soon Baek, Matthew W Hahn, Patricia A Bedinger
BACKGROUND: Unilateral incompatibility (UI) is an asymmetric reproductive barrier that unidirectionally prevents gene flow between species and/or populations. UI is characterized by a compatible interaction between partners in one direction, but in the reciprocal cross fertilization fails, generally due to pollen tube rejection by the pistil. Although UI has long been observed in crosses between different species, the underlying molecular mechanisms are only beginning to be characterized...
April 24, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431570/a-relative-quantitative-methylation-sensitive-amplified-polymorphism-msap-method-for-the-analysis-of-abiotic-stress
#4
Piotr T Bednarek, Renata Orłowska, Agnieszka Niedziela
BACKGROUND: We present a new methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) approach for the evaluation of relative quantitative characteristics such as demethylation, de novo methylation, and preservation of methylation status of CCGG sequences, which are recognized by the isoschizomers HpaII and MspI. We applied the technique to analyze aluminum (Al)-tolerant and non-tolerant control and Al-stressed inbred triticale lines. The approach is based on detailed analysis of events affecting HpaII and MspI restriction sites in control and stressed samples, and takes advantage of molecular marker profiles generated by EcoRI/HpaII and EcoRI/MspI MSAP platforms...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431567/transcriptome-profiling-of-elymus-sibiricus-an-important-forage-grass-in-qinghai-tibet-plateau-reveals-novel-insights-into-candidate-genes-that-potentially-connected-to-seed-shattering
#5
Wengang Xie, Junchao Zhang, Xuhong Zhao, Zongyu Zhang, Yanrong Wang
BACKGROUND: Elymus sibiricus is an important forage grass in semi-arid regions, but it is difficult to grow for commercial seed production due to high seed shattering. To better understand the underlying mechanism and explore the putative genes related to seed shattering, we conducted a combination of morphological, histological, physiochemical and transcriptome analysis on two E. sibiricus genotypes (XH09 and ZhN03) that have contrasting seed shattering. RESULTS: The results show that seed shattering is generally caused by a degradation of the abscission layer...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431513/functional-characterization-of-cucumber-cucumis-sativus-l-clade-v-mlo-genes
#6
Jeroen A Berg, Michela Appiano, Gerard Bijsterbosch, Richard G F Visser, Henk J Schouten, Yuling Bai
BACKGROUND: Powdery mildew (PM) causing fungi are well-known pathogens, infecting over 10.000 plant species, including the economically important crop cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Loss-of-function mutations in clade V MLO genes have previously been shown to lead to recessively inherited broad-spectrum resistance to PM in several species. In cucumber, one clade V MLO homolog (CsaMLO8) was previously identified as being a susceptibility factor to PM. Two other closely related homologs (CsaMLO1 and CsaMLO11) were found, but their function was not yet unravelled...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431510/delayed-response-to-cold-stress-is-characterized-by-successive-metabolic-shifts-culminating-in-apple-fruit-peel-necrosis
#7
Nigel E Gapper, Maarten L A T M Hertog, Jinwook Lee, David A Buchanan, Rachel S Leisso, Zhangjun Fei, Guiqin Qu, James J Giovannoni, Jason W Johnston, Robert J Schaffer, Bart M Nicolaï, James P Mattheis, Christopher B Watkins, David R Rudell
BACKGROUND: Superficial scald is a physiological disorder of apple fruit characterized by sunken, necrotic lesions appearing after prolonged cold storage, although initial injury occurs much earlier in the storage period. To determine the degree to which the transition to cell death is an active process and specific metabolism involved, untargeted metabolic and transcriptomic profiling was used to follow metabolism of peel tissue over 180 d of cold storage. RESULTS: The metabolome and transcriptome of peel destined to develop scald began to diverge from peel where scald was controlled using antioxidant (diphenylamine; DPA) or rendered insensitive to ethylene using 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP) beginning between 30 and 60 days of storage...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427341/reactive-oxygen-species-mediate-tapetal-programmed-cell-death-in-tobacco-and-tomato
#8
Shi-Xia Yu, Qiang-Nan Feng, Hong-Tao Xie, Sha Li, Yan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Hybrid vigor is highly valued in the agricultural industry. Male sterility is an important trait for crop breeding. Pollen development is under strict control of both gametophytic and sporophytic factors, and defects in this process can result in male sterility. Both in the dicot Arabidopsis and in the moncot rice, proper timing of programmed cell death (PCD) in the tapetum ensures pollen development. Dynamic ROS levels have been reported to control tapetal PCD, and thus pollen development, in Arabidopsis and rice...
April 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410577/a-candidate-rxlr-effector-from-plasmopara-viticola-can-elicit-immune-responses-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
#9
Jiang Xiang, Xinlong Li, Ling Yin, Yunxiao Liu, Yali Zhang, Junjie Qu, Jiang Lu
BACKGROUND: Diverse plant pathogens deliver effectors into plant cells to alter host processes. Oomycete pathogen encodes a large number of putative RxLR effectors which are likely to play a role in manipulating plant defense responses. The secretome of Plasmopara viticola (downy mildew of grapevine) contains at least 162 candidate RxLR effectors discovered in our recent studies, but their roles in infection and pathogenicity remain to be determined. Here, we characterize in depth one of the putative RxLR effectors, PvRxLR16, which has been reported to induce cell death in Nicotiana benthamiana in our previous study...
April 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403831/the-role-of-tre6p-and-snrk1-in-maize-early-kernel-development-and-events-leading-to-stress-induced-kernel-abortion
#10
Samuel W Bledsoe, Clémence Henry, Cara A Griffiths, Matthew J Paul, Regina Feil, John E Lunn, Mark Stitt, L Mark Lagrimini
BACKGROUND: Drought stress during flowering is a major contributor to yield loss in maize. Genetic and biotechnological improvement in yield sustainability requires an understanding of the mechanisms underpinning yield loss. Sucrose starvation has been proposed as the cause for kernel abortion; however, potential targets for genetic improvement have not been identified. Field and greenhouse drought studies with maize are expensive and it can be difficult to reproduce results; therefore, an in vitro kernel culture method is presented as a proxy for drought stress occurring at the time of flowering in maize (3 days after pollination)...
April 12, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399812/comparative-transcriptome-profiling-and-morphology-provide-insights-into-endocarp-cleaving-of-apricot-cultivar-prunus-armeniaca-l
#11
Xiao Zhang, Lijie Zhang, Qiuping Zhang, Jiayu Xu, Weisheng Liu, Wenxuan Dong
BACKGROUND: A complete and hardened endocarp is a typical trait of drupe fruits. However, the 'Liehe' (LE) apricot cultivar has a thin, soft, cleavable endocarp that represents 60.39% and 63.76% of the thickness and lignin content, respectively, of the 'Jinxihong' (JG) apricot (with normal hardened-endocarp). To understand the molecular mechanisms behind the LE apricot phenotype, comparative transcriptomes of Prunus armeniaca L. were sequenced using Illumina HiSeq™ 2500. RESULTS: In this study, we identified 63,170 unigenes including 15,469 genes >1000 bp and 25,356 genes with Gene Function annotation...
April 11, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399805/tno1-a-tgn-localized-snare-interacting-protein-modulates-root-skewing-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#12
Rahul Roy, Diane C Bassham
BACKGROUND: The movement of plant roots within the soil is key to their ability to interact with the environment and maximize anchorage and nutrient acquisition. Directional growth of roots occurs by a combination of sensing external cues, hormonal signaling and cytoskeletal changes in the root cells. Roots growing on slanted, impenetrable growth medium display a characteristic waving and skewing, and mutants with deviations in these phenotypes assist in identifying genes required for root movement...
April 11, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388946/acetolactate-synthase-regulatory-subunits-play-divergent-and-overlapping-roles-in-branched-chain-amino-acid-synthesis-and-arabidopsis-development
#13
Mohammad H Dezfulian, Curtis Foreman, Espanta Jalili, Mrinal Pal, Rajdeep K Dhaliwal, Don Karl A Roberto, Kathleen M Imre, Susanne E Kohalmi, William L Crosby
BACKGROUND: Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are synthesized by plants, fungi, bacteria, and archaea with plants being the major source of these amino acids in animal diets. Acetolactate synthase (ALS) is the first enzyme in the BCAA synthesis pathway. Although the functional contribution of ALS to BCAA biosynthesis has been extensively characterized, a comprehensive understanding of the regulation of this pathway at the molecular level is still lacking. RESULTS: To characterize the regulatory processes governing ALS activity we utilized several complementary approaches...
April 7, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376712/foliar-applied-ethephon-enhances-the-content-of-anthocyanin-of-black-carrot-roots-daucus-carota-ssp-sativus-var-atrorubens-alef
#14
Gregorio Barba-Espín, Stephan Glied, Christoph Crocoll, Tsaneta Dzhanfezova, Bjarne Joernsgaard, Finn Okkels, Henrik Lütken, Renate Müller
BACKGROUND: Black carrots (Daucus carota ssp. sativus var. atrorubens Alef.) constitute a valuable source of anthocyanins, which are used as natural red, blue and purple food colourants. Anthocyanins and phenolic compounds are specialised metabolites, accumulation of which often requires elicitors, which act as molecular signals in plant stress responses. In the present study, ethephon, an ethylene-generating compound was explored as enhancer of anthocyanin and phenolic contents during growth of 'Deep Purple' black carrots...
April 4, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359260/developmental-features-of-cotton-fibre-middle-lamellae-in-relation-to-cell-adhesion-and-cell-detachment-in-cultivars-with-distinct-fibre-qualities
#15
Mercedes C Hernandez-Gomez, Jean-Luc Runavot, Frank Meulewaeter, J Paul Knox
BACKGROUND: Cotton fibre quality traits such as fibre length, strength, and degree of maturation are determined by genotype and environment during the sequential phases of cotton fibre development (cell elongation, transition to secondary cell wall construction and cellulose deposition). The cotton fibre middle lamella (CFML) is crucial for both cell adhesion and detachment processes occurring during fibre development. To explore the relationship between fibre quality and the pace at which cotton fibres develop, a structural and compositional analysis of the CFML was carried out in several cultivars with different fibre properties belonging to four commercial species: Gossypium hirsutum, G...
March 31, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359256/morintides-cargo-free-chitin-binding-peptides-from-moringa-oleifera
#16
Shruthi G Kini, Ka H Wong, Wei Liang Tan, Tianshu Xiao, James P Tam
BACKGROUND: Hevein-like peptides are a family of cysteine-rich and chitin-binding peptides consisting of 29-45 amino acids. Their chitin-binding property is essential for plant defense against fungi. Based on the number of cysteine residues in their sequences, they are divided into three sub-families: 6C-, 8C- and 10C-hevein-like peptides. All three subfamilies contain a three-domain precursor comprising a signal peptide, a mature hevein-like peptide and a C-terminal domain comprising a hinge region with protein cargo in 8C- and 10C-hevein-like peptides...
March 31, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351347/sporobolus-stapfianus-insights-into-desiccation-tolerance-in-the-resurrection-grasses-from-linking-transcriptomics-to-metabolomics
#17
Abou Yobi, Karen A Schlauch, Richard L Tillett, Won C Yim, Catherine Espinoza, Bernard W M Wone, John C Cushman, Melvin J Oliver
BACKGROUND: Understanding the response of resurrection angiosperms to dehydration and rehydration is critical for deciphering the mechanisms of how plants cope with the rigors of water loss from their vegetative tissues. We have focused our studies on the C4 resurrection grass, Sporobolus stapfianus Gandoger, as a member of a group of important forage grasses. METHODS: We have combined non-targeted metabolomics with transcriptomics, via a NimbleGen array platform, to develop an understanding of how gene expression and metabolite profiles can be linked to generate a more detailed mechanistic appreciation of the cellular response to both desiccation and rehydration...
March 28, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347287/unraveling-the-complexity-of-transcriptomic-metabolomic-and-quality-environmental-response-of-tomato-fruit
#18
Daniela D'Esposito, Francesca Ferriello, Alessandra Dal Molin, Gianfranco Diretto, Adriana Sacco, Andrea Minio, Amalia Barone, Rossella Di Monaco, Silvana Cavella, Luca Tardella, Giovanni Giuliano, Massimo Delledonne, Luigi Frusciante, Maria Raffaella Ercolano
BACKGROUND: The environment has a profound influence on the organoleptic quality of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) fruit, the extent of which depends on a well-regulated and dynamic interplay among genes, metabolites and sensorial attributes. We used a systems biology approach to elucidate the complex interacting mechanisms regulating the plasticity of sensorial traits. To investigate environmentally challenged transcriptomic and metabolomic remodeling and evaluate the organoleptic consequences of such variations we grown three tomato varieties, Heinz 1706, whose genome was sequenced as reference and two "local" ones, San Marzano and Vesuviano in two different locations of Campania region (Italy)...
March 28, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335727/overexpression-of-snapdragon-delila-del-gene-in-tobacco-enhances-anthocyanin-accumulation-and-abiotic-stress-tolerance
#19
Aung Htay Naing, Kyeung Il Park, Trinh Ngoc Ai, Mi Young Chung, Jeung Sul Han, Young-Wha Kang, Ki Byung Lim, Chang Kil Kim
BACKGROUND: Rosea1 (Ros1) and Delila (Del) co-expression controls anthocyanin accumulation in snapdragon flowers, while their overexpression in tomato strongly induces anthocyanin accumulation. However, little data exist on how Del expression alone influences anthocyanin accumulation. RESULTS: In tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum 'Xanthi'), Del expression enhanced leaf and flower anthocyanin production through regulating NtCHS, NtCHI, NtF3H, NtDFR, and NtANS transcript levels...
March 23, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320327/metabolomics-analysis-reveals-the-metabolic-and-functional-roles-of-flavonoids-in-light-sensitive-tea-leaves
#20
Qunfeng Zhang, Meiya Liu, Jianyun Ruan
BACKGROUND: As the predominant secondary metabolic pathway in tea plants, flavonoid biosynthesis increases with increasing temperature and illumination. However, the concentration of most flavonoids decreases greatly in light-sensitive tea leaves when they are exposed to light, which further improves tea quality. To reveal the metabolism and potential functions of flavonoids in tea leaves, a natural light-sensitive tea mutant (Huangjinya) cultivated under different light conditions was subjected to metabolomics analysis...
March 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
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