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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796926/the-genetic-architecture-of-amylose-biosynthesis-in-maize-kernel
#1
Changsheng Li, Yongcai Huang, Ruidong Huang, Yongrui Wu, Wenqin Wang
Starch is the most abundant storage carbohydrate in maize kernel. The content of amylose and amylopectin confers unique properties in food processing and industrial application. Thus, the resurgent interest has been switched to the study of individual amylose or amylopectin rather than total starch, whereas the enzymatic machinery for amylose synthesis remains elusive. We took advantage of the phenotype of amylose content and the genotype of 9,007,194 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 454 inbred maize lines...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796917/single-base-methylome-analysis-reveals-dynamic-epigenomic-differences-associated-with-water-deficit-in-apple
#2
Jidi Xu, Shasha Zhou, Xiaoqing Gong, Yi Song, Steve van Nocker, Fengwang Ma, Qingmei Guan
Cytosine methylation is an essential feature of epigenetic regulation and is involved in various biological processes. Although cytosine methylation has been analyzed at the genomic scale for several plant species, there is a general lack of understanding of the dynamics of global and genic DNA methylation in plants growing in environments challenged with biotic and abiotic stresses. In this study, we mapped cytosine methylation at single-base resolution in the genome of commercial apple (Malus x domestica), and analyzed changes in methylation patterns associated with water deficit in representative drought-sensitive and drought-tolerant cultivars...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796912/nanobody-mediated-resistance-to-grapevine-fanleaf-virus-in-plants
#3
Caroline Hemmer, Samia Djennane, Léa Ackerer, Kamal Hleibieh, Aurélie Marmonier, Sophie Gersch, Shahinez Garcia, Emmanuelle Vigne, Véronique Komar, Mireille Perrin, Claude Gertz, Lorène Belval, François Berthold, Baptiste Monsion, Corinne Schmitt-Keichinger, Olivier Lemaire, Bernard Lorber, Carlos Gutiérrez, Serge Muyldermans, Gérard Demangeat, Christophe Ritzenthaler
Since their discovery, single-domain antigen-binding fragments of camelid-derived heavy chain-only antibodies, also known as Nanobodies (Nbs), have proven to be of outstanding interest as therapeutics against human diseases and pathogens including viruses, but their use against phytopathogens remains limited. Many plant viruses including Grapevine fanleaf virus (GFLV), a nematode-transmitted icosahedral virus and causal agent of fanleaf degenerative disease, have worldwide distribution and huge burden on crop yields representing billions of US dollars of losses annually, yet solutions to combat these viruses are often limited or inefficient...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796437/a-selective-insecticidal-protein-from-pseudomonas-mosselii-for-corn-rootworm-control
#4
Jun-Zhi Wei, Jessica O'Rear, Ute Schellenberger, Barbara A Rosen, Young-Jun Park, Mark J McDonald, Genhai Zhu, Weiping Xie, Adane Kassa, Lisa Procyk, Mark Nelson, Claudia Perez Ortega, Jian-Zhou Zhao, Nasser Yalpani, Virginia C Crane, Scott H Diehn, Gary A Sandahl, Albert L Lu, Gusui Wu, Lu Liu
The coleopteran insect western corn rootworm (WCR, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera) is an economically important pest in North America and Europe. Transgenic corn plants producing Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) insecticidal proteins have been useful against this devastating pest, but evolution of resistance has reduced their efficacy. Here we report the discovery of a novel insecticidal protein, PIP-47Aa, from an isolate of Pseudomonas mosselii. PIP-47Aa sequence shows no shared motifs, domains or signatures with other known proteins...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796421/novel-technologies-in-doubled-haploid-line-development
#5
REVIEW
Jiaojiao Ren, Penghao Wu, Benjamin Trampe, Xiaolong Tian, Shaojiang Chen, Thomas Lübberstedt
Doubled haploid (DH) technology can not only shorten the breeding process but also increase genetic gain. Haploid induction and subsequent genome doubling are the two main steps required for DH technology. Haploids have been generated through the culture of immature male and female gametophytes, and through inter- and intra- specific via chromosome elimination. Here, we focus on haploidization via chromosome elimination, especially the recent advances in centromere-mediated haploidization. Once haploids have been induced, genome doubling is needed to produce DH lines...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796297/transfer-of-tomato-immune-receptor-ve1-confers-ave1-dependent-verticillium-resistance-in-tobacco-and-cotton
#6
Yin Song, Linlin Liu, Yidong Wang, Dirk-Jan Valkenburg, Xianlong Zhang, Longfu Zhu, Bart P H J Thomma
Verticillium wilts caused by soil-borne fungal species of the Verticillium genus are economically important plant diseases that affect a wide range of host plants, and are notoriously difficult to combat. Perception of pathogen(-induced) ligands by plant immune receptors is a key component of plant innate immunity. In tomato, race-specific resistance to Verticillium wilt is governed by the cell surface-localized immune receptor Ve1 through recognition of the effector protein Ave1 that is secreted by race 1 strains of Verticillium spp...
August 10, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776914/phosphite-a-novel-p-fertilizer-for-weed-management-and-pathogen-control
#7
REVIEW
V Mohan M Achary, Babu Ram, Mrinalini Manna, Dipanwita Datta, Arun Bhatt, Malireddy K Reddy, Pawan K Agrawal
The availability of orthophosphate (Pi) is a key determinant of crop productivity because its accessibility to plants is poor due to its conversion to unavailable forms. Weed's competition for this essential macronutrient further reduces its bio-availability. To compensate for the low Pi use efficiency and address the weed hazard, excess Pi fertilizers and herbicides are routinely applied, resulting in increased production costs, soil degradation and eutrophication. These outcomes necessitate the identification of a suitable alternate technology that can address the problems associated with the overuse of Pi-based fertilizers and herbicides in agriculture...
August 4, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733985/lalf32-51-e7-a-hpv-16-therapeutic-vaccine-candidate-forms-protein-body-like-structures-when-expressed-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-leaves
#8
Romana J R Yanez, Renate Lamprecht, Milaid Granadillo, Isis Torrens, Elsa Arcalís, Eva Stöger, Edward P Rybicki, Inga I Hitzeroth
High-risk Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) cause cervical cancer, and while there are good prophylactic vaccines on the market, these are ineffective against established infections, creating a clear need for therapeutic vaccines. The HPV E7 protein is one of the essential oncoproteins for the onset and maintenance of malignancy, and is therefore an ideal therapeutic vaccine target. We fused the HPV-16 E7 protein to the Limulus polyphemus anti-lipopolysaccharide factor (LALF32-51 ), a small hydrophobic peptide that can penetrate cell membranes and that has immunomodulatory properties...
July 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730636/the-reduction-in-maize-leaf-growth-under-mild-drought-affects-the-transition-between-cell-division-and-cell-expansion-and-cannot-be-restored-by-elevated-gibberellic-acid-levels
#9
Hilde Nelissen, Xiao-Huan Sun, Bart Rymen, Yusuke Jikumaru, Mikko Kojima, Yumiko Takebayashi, Rafael Abbeloos, Kirin Demuynck, Veronique Storme, Marnik Vuylsteke, Jolien De Block, Dorota Herman, Frederik Coppens, Steven Maere, Yuji Kamiya, Hitoshi Sakakibara, Gerrit T S Beemster, Dirk Inzé
Growth is characterized by the interplay between cell division and cell expansion, two processes that occur separated along the growth zone at the maize leaf. To gain further insight into the transition between cell division and cell expansion, conditions were investigated in which the position of this transition zone was positively or negatively affected. High levels of gibberellic acid (GA) in plants overexpressing the GA biosynthesis gene GA20-OXIDASE (GA20OX-1(OE) ) shifted the transition zone more distally, whereas mild drought, which is associated with lowered GA biosynthesis, resulted in a more basal positioning...
July 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718511/genomewide-identification-of-genes-involved-in-the-potato-response-to-drought-indicates-functional-evolutionary-conservation-with-arabidopsis-plants
#10
Marcin Pieczynski, Anna Wyrzykowska, Kaja Milanowska, Dominika Boguszewska-Mankowska, Barbara Zagdanska, Wojciech Karlowski, Artur Jarmolowski, Zofia Szweykowska-Kulinska
Potato is one of the four most important food crop plants worldwide and is strongly affected by drought. The following two pairs of potato cultivars, which are related in ancestry but show different drought tolerances, were chosen for comparative gene expression studies: Gwiazda/Oberon and Tajfun/Owacja. Comparative RNA-seq analyses of gene expression differences in the transcriptomes obtained from drought-tolerant versus drought-sensitive plants during water shortage conditions were performed. The 23 top-ranking genes were selected, 22 of which are described here as novel potato drought-responsive genes...
July 17, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718508/development-of-ifox-hunting-as-a-functional-genomics-tool-and-demonstration-of-its-use-to-identify-early-senescence-related-genes-in-the-polyploid-brassica-napus
#11
Juan Ling, Renjie Li, Chinedu Charles Nwafor, Junluo Cheng, Maoteng Li, Qing Xu, Jian Wu, Lu Gan, Qingyong Yang, Chao Liu, Ming Chen, Yongming Zhou, Edgar B Cahoon, Chunyu Zhang
Functional genomics studies of many polyploid crops, including rapeseed (Brassica napus) are constrained by limited tool sets. Here we report development of a gain-of-function platform, termed "iFOX (inducible Full-length cDNA OvereXpressor gene)-Hunting", for inducible expression of B. napus seed cDNAs in Arabidopsis. A Gateway-compatible plant gene expression vector containing a methoxyfenozide-inducible constitutive promoter for transgene expression was developed. This vector was used for cloning of random cDNAs from developing B...
July 17, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710840/characterization-of-scientific-studies-usually-cited-as-evidence-of-adverse-effects-of-gm-food-feed
#12
REVIEW
M A Sánchez, W A Parrott
GM crops are the most studied crops in history. Approximately 5% of the safety studies on them show adverse effects that are a cause for concern, and tend to be featured in media reports. Although these reports are based on just a handful of GM events, they are used to cast doubt on all GM crops. Furthermore, they tend to come from just a few laboratories and are published in less important journals. Importantly, a close examination of these reports invariably shows methodological flaws that invalidate any conclusions of adverse effects...
July 15, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710796/plant-produced-zika-virus-envelope-protein-elicits-neutralizing-immune-responses-that-correlate-with-protective-immunity-against-zika-virus-in-mice
#13
Ming Yang, Haiyan Sun, Huafang Lai, Jonathan Hurtado, Qiang Chen
The global Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak and its link to fetal and newborn microcephaly and severe neurological complications in adults call for the urgent development of ZIKV vaccines. In response, we developed a subunit vaccine based on the ZIKV envelope (E) protein and investigated its immunogenicity in mice. Transient expression of ZIKV E (zE) resulted in its rapid accumulation in leaves of Nicotiana benthamiana plants. Biochemical analysis revealed that plant-produced ZIKV E (PzE) exhibited specific binding to a panel of monoclonal antibodies that recognize various zE conformational epitopes...
July 15, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710782/identification-and-functional-analysis-of-two-p450-enzymes-of-gossypium-hirsutum-involved-in-dmnt-and-tmtt-biosynthesis
#14
Danfeng Liu, Xinzheng Huang, Weixia Jing, Xingkui An, Qiang Zhang, Hong Zhang, Jingjiang Zhou, Yongjun Zhang, Yuyuan Guo
The homoterpenes (3E)-4,8-dimethyl-1,3,7-nonatriene (DMNT) and (E,E)-4,8,12-trimethyl-1,3,7,11-tridecatetraene (TMTT) are major herbivore-induced plant volatiles (HIPV) that can attract predatory or parasitic arthropods to protect injured plants from herbivore attack. In the present study, DMNT and TMTT were confirmed to be emitted from cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) plants infested with chewing caterpillars or sucking bugs. Two CYP genes (GhCYP82L1 and GhCYP82L2) involved in homoterpene biosynthesis in G. hirsutum were newly identified and characterized...
July 15, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703466/functional-regulation-of-q-by-microrna172-and-transcriptional-co-repressor-topless-in-controlling-bread-wheat-spikelet-density
#15
Pan Liu, Jie Liu, Huixue Dong, Jiaqiang Sun
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) spike architecture is an important agronomic trait. The Q gene plays a key role in the domestication of bread wheat spike architecture. However, the regulatory mechanisms of Q expression and transcriptional activity remain largely unknown. In this study, we show that overexpression of bread wheat tae-miR172 caused a speltoid-like spike phenotype, reminiscent of that in wheat plants with the q gene. The reduction in Q transcript levels in the tae-miR172 overexpression transgenic bread wheat lines suggests that the Q expression can be suppressed by tae-miR172 in bread wheat...
July 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703450/comparative-transcriptome-combined-with-morpho-physiological-analyses-revealed-key-factors-for-differential-cadmium-accumulation-in-two-contrasting-sweet-sorghum-genotypes
#16
Juanjuan Feng, Weitao Jia, Sulian Lv, Hexigeduleng Bao, Fangfang Miao, Xuan Zhang, Jinhui Wang, Jihong Li, Dongsheng Li, Cheng Zhu, Shizhong Li, Yinxin Li
Cadmium (Cd) is a widespread soil contaminant threatening human health. As an ideal energy plant, sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) has great potential in phytoremediation of Cd-polluted soils, although the molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. In this study, key factors responsible for differential Cd accumulation between two contrasting sweet sorghum genotypes (high-Cd accumulation one H18, and low-Cd accumulation one L69) were investigated. H18 exhibited a much higher ability of Cd uptake and translocation than L69...
July 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703352/atpds-over-expression-in-tomato-exposing-unique-patterns-of-carotenoid-self-regulation-and-an-alternative-strategy-for-the-enhancement-of-fruit-carotenoid-content
#17
Ryan P McQuinn, Breanna Wong, James J Giovannoni
The regulation of plant carotenogenesis is an active research area for both biological discovery and practical implementation. In tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) we demonstrate additional bottlenecks exist in the poly-cis-transformation of phytoene to lycopene in the context of ripening-induced PSY1 expression and activity, and reveal phytoene desaturase (PDS), as a target for manipulation toward elevated lycopene content in maturing tomato fruit. Over-expression of Arabidopsis PDS, AtPDS, elevated PDS transcript abundance in all aerial tissues resulting in both altered carotenoid accumulation and associated pathway gene expression in a tissue-specific manner...
July 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688132/crispr-s-an-active-interference-element-for-a-rapid-and-inexpensive-selection-of-genome-edited-transgene-free-rice-plants
#18
Hai-Ping Lu, Song-Mei Liu, Shou-Ling Xu, Wu-Yang Chen, Xin Zhou, Yuan-Yuan Tan, Jian-Zhong Huang, Qing-Yao Shu
The CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing tool has been used in diverse applications related to plant research, including for crop improvement (Sun et al., 2016; Liu et al., 2017). Mutant plants may be generated via transient transformations or DNA-free editing (Liang et al., 2017). However, plant genomes are often edited during the production of transgenic plants, in a process that involves the identification of targeted edits in regenerated T0 plants and the subsequent elimination of transgenes in T1 plants (Sun et al...
July 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682500/direct-and-tunable-modulation-of-protein-levels-in-rice-and-wheat-with-a-synthetic-small-molecule
#19
Jingbo Zhang, Kangquan Yin, Juan Sun, Jinlan Gao, Qiuli Du, Huali Li, Jin-Long Qiu
Direct control of protein level enables rapid and efficient analyses of gene functions in crops. Previously, we developed the RDDK-Shield1 (Shld1) system in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana for direct modulation of protein stabilization using a synthetic small molecule. However, it was unclear whether this system is applicable to economically important crops. In this study we show that the RDDK-Shld1 system enables rapid and tunable control of protein levels in rice and wheat. Accumulation of RDDK-fusion proteins can be reversibly and spatio-temporally controlled by the synthetic small-molecule Shld1...
July 6, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678349/construction-of-a-multi-control-sterility-system-for-a-maize-male-sterile-line-and-hybrid-seed-production-based-on-the-zmms7-gene-encoding-a-phd-finger-transcription-factor
#20
Danfeng Zhang, Suowei Wu, Xueli An, Ke Xie, Yan Zhou, Liwen Xu, Wen Fang, Shensi Liu, Shuangshuang Liu, Taotao Zhu, Jinping Li, Liqun Rao, Jiuran Zhao, Xiangyuan Wan
Although hundreds of genetic male sterility (GMS) mutants have been identified in maize, few are commercially used due to a lack of effective methods to produce large quantities of pure male-sterile seeds. Here, we develop a multi-control sterility (MCS) system based on the maize male sterility 7 (ms7) mutant and its wild-type Zea mays Male sterility 7 (ZmMs7) gene via a transgenic strategy, leading to the utilization of GMS in hybrid seed production. ZmMs7 is isolated by a map-based cloning approach, and encodes a PHD-finger transcription factor orthologous to rice PTC1 and Arabidopsis MS1...
July 5, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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