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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546825/efficient-isolation-of-magnolia-protoplasts-and-the-application-to-subcellular-localization-of-mdehsf1
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Yamei Shen, Dong Meng, Kim McGrouther, Junhong Zhang, Lailiang Cheng
BACKGROUND: Magnolia is a woody ornamental plant, which is widely used in urban landscaping. However, its lengthy juvenile period and recalcitrance to regeneration impedes functional characterization of its genes. RESULTS: We developed an efficient protoplast isolation and transient expression system for Magnolia denudata × Magnolia acuminata 'Yellow River'. The highest yield of protoplasts was obtained from young leaves digested in 3% Cellulase R10, 0.8% Macerozyme R10, 0...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546824/high-spatio-temporal-resolution-detection-of-chlorophyll-fluorescence-dynamics-from-a-single-chloroplast-with-confocal-imaging-fluorometer
#2
Yi-Chin Tseng, Shi-Wei Chu
BACKGROUND: Chlorophyll fluorescence (CF) is a key indicator to study plant physiology or photosynthesis efficiency. Conventionally, CF is characterized by fluorometers, which only allows ensemble measurement through wide-field detection. For imaging fluorometers, the typical spatial and temporal resolutions are on the order of millimeter and second, far from enough to study cellular/sub-cellular CF dynamics. In addition, due to the lack of optical sectioning capability, conventional imaging fluorometers cannot identify CF from a single cell or even a single chloroplast...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539971/a-fast-efficient-chromatin-immunoprecipitation-method-for-studying-protein-dna-binding-in-arabidopsis-mesophyll-protoplasts
#3
Jeong Hwan Lee, Suhyun Jin, Sun Young Kim, Wanhui Kim, Ji Hoon Ahn
BACKGROUND: Binding of transcription factors to their target sequences is a primary step in the regulation of gene expression and largely determines gene regulatory networks. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) is an indispensable tool used to investigate the binding of DNA-binding proteins (e.g., transcription factors) to their target sequences in vivo. ChIP assays require specific antibodies that recognize endogenous target transcription factors; however, in most cases, such specific antibodies are unavailable...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539970/developing-transgenic-wheat-to-encounter-rusts-and-powdery-mildew-by-overexpressing-barley-chi26-gene-for-fungal-resistance
#4
Hala F Eissa, Sameh E Hassanien, Ahmed M Ramadan, Moustafa M El-Shamy, Osama M Saleh, Ahmed M Shokry, Mohamed Abdelsattar, Yasser B Morsy, Maher A El-Maghraby, Hussien F Alameldin, Sabah M Hassan, Gamal H Osman, Hesham T Mahfouz, Gharib A Gad El-Karim, Magdy A Madkour, Ahmed Bahieldin
BACKGROUND: The main aim of this study was to improve fungal resistance in bread wheat via transgenesis. Transgenic wheat plants harboring barley chitinase (chi26) gene, driven by maize ubi promoter, were obtained using biolistic bombardment, whereas the herbicide resistance gene, bar, driven by the CaMV 35S promoter was used as a selectable marker. RESULTS: Molecular analysis confirmed the integration, copy number, and the level of expression of the chi26 gene in four independent transgenic events...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533812/visualization-of-zinc-dynamics-in-intact-plants-using-positron-imaging-of-commercially-available-65-zn
#5
Nobuo Suzui, Yong-Gen Yin, Satomi Ishii, Hitoshi Sekimoto, Naoki Kawachi
BACKGROUND: Positron imaging can be used to non-destructively visualize the dynamics of a positron-emitting radionuclide in vivo, and is therefore a tool for understanding the mechanisms of nutrient transport in intact plants. The transport of zinc, which is one of the most important nutrient elements for plants, has so far been visualized by positron imaging using (62)Zn (half-life: 9.2 h), which is manufactured in the limited number of facilities that have a cyclotron. In contrast, the positron-emitting radionuclide (65)Zn (half-life: 244 days) is commercially available worldwide...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529536/mid-infrared-spectroscopy-combined-with-chemometrics-to-detect-sclerotinia-stem-rot-on-oilseed-rape-brassica-napus-l-leaves
#6
Chu Zhang, Xuping Feng, Jian Wang, Fei Liu, Yong He, Weijun Zhou
BACKGROUND: Detection of plant diseases in a fast and simple way is crucial for timely disease control. Conventionally, plant diseases are accurately identified by DNA, RNA or serology based methods which are time consuming, complex and expensive. Mid-infrared spectroscopy is a promising technique that simplifies the detection procedure for the disease. Mid-infrared spectroscopy was used to identify the spectral differences between healthy and infected oilseed rape leaves. Two different sample sets from two experiments were used to explore and validate the feasibility of using mid-infrared spectroscopy in detecting Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR) on oilseed rape leaves...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529535/a-method-to-estimate-plant-density-and-plant-spacing-heterogeneity-application-to-wheat-crops
#7
Shouyang Liu, Fred Baret, Denis Allard, Xiuliang Jin, Bruno Andrieu, Philippe Burger, Matthieu Hemmerlé, Alexis Comar
BACKGROUND: Plant density and its non-uniformity drive the competition among plants as well as with weeds. They need thus to be estimated with small uncertainties accuracy. An optimal sampling method is proposed to estimate the plant density in wheat crops from plant counting and reach a given precision. RESULTS: Three experiments were conducted in 2014 resulting in 14 plots across varied sowing density, cultivars and environmental conditions. The coordinates of the plants along the row were measured over RGB high resolution images taken from the ground level...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523073/improved-axenic-hydroponic-whole-plant-propagation-for-rapid-production-of-roots-as-transformation-target-tissue
#8
Kyle Benzle, Katrina Cornish
BACKGROUND: Plant roots are used as an efficient target tissue for plant transformation assays. In root propagable species transformed roots are able to regenerate into whole plants without the addition of exogenous hormones, thus avoiding somaclonal variation associated with many plant transformation protocols. Plants grown in soil or soilless solid medium have roots that tend to be extremely delicate and are difficult to sterilize in advance of plant transformation experiments. Axenic tissue culture plants grown on semi-solid media are slow to produce large amounts of biomass compared to plants grown in solution-based media...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515773/building-a-multipurpose-insertional-mutant-library-for-forward-and-reverse-genetics-in-chlamydomonas
#9
Xi Cheng, Gai Liu, Wenting Ke, Lijuan Zhao, Bo Lv, Xiaocui Ma, Nannan Xu, Xiaoling Xia, Xuan Deng, Chunlei Zheng, Kaiyao Huang
BACKGROUND: The unicellular green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, is a classic model for studying flagella and biofuel. However, precise gene editing, such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated protein (Cas9) system, is not widely used in this organism. Screening of random insertional mutant libraries by polymerase chain reaction provides an alternate strategy to obtain null mutants of individual gene. But building, screening, and maintaining such a library was time-consuming and expensive...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491122/in-situ-measurement-of-scots-pine-needle-pri
#10
Matti Mõttus, Rocío Hernández-Clemente, Viljami Perheentupa, Vincent Markiet
BACKGROUND: The Photochemical Reflectance Index (PRI) calculated from narrow-band spectral reflectance data is a vegetation index which is increasingly used as an indicator of photosynthetic activity. The leaf-level link between the status of photosynthetic apparatus and PRI has been robustly established under controlled light conditions. However, when a whole canopy is measured instantaneously, the PRI signal is heavily modified by vegetation structure and local variations in incident light conditions...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491121/development-of-a-new-heat-tolerance-assay-system-for-rice-spikelet-sterility
#11
Makoto Hakata, Hiroshi Wada, Chisato Masumoto-Kubo, Ryo Tanaka, Hiroyuki Sato, Satoshi Morita
BACKGROUND: Reduction in rice yield caused by high temperature-induced spikelet sterility has been a serious concern in rice production. To date, several screening methods have been used, although their reproducibility is sometimes poor due to artifacts mainly caused by varietal differences in heading dates and panicle heights (i.e., the distance from the lamps). METHODS: We have developed a novel assay system for heat-induced spikelet sterility by using artificial rice paddies in phytotrons to conduct a highly reproducible assay throughout a year...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491120/microscopy-of-physcomitrella-patens-sperm-cells
#12
Nelly A Horst, Ralf Reski
BACKGROUND: Archegoniates (bryophytes, ferns and gymnosperms), such as the moss Physcomitrella patens, possess freely motile sperm cells (spermatozoids) which reach the egg cell via surface water. Although these motile flagellated sperm cells are a traditional botanical subject, they have not been thoroughly analysed in the flagship non-seed plant model species P. patens. Protocols are required to determine the behaviour of wild type sperms as a prerequisite for future research such as the characterization of mutants or factors that influence sperm number, morphology, viability and motility...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465712/a-novel-hairpin-library-based-approach-to-identify-nbs-lrr-genes-required-for-effector-triggered-hypersensitive-response-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
#13
Cyril Brendolise, Mirco Montefiori, Romain Dinis, Nemo Peeters, Roy D Storey, Erik H Rikkerink
BACKGROUND: PTI and ETI are the two major defence mechanisms in plants. ETI is triggered by the detection of pathogen effectors, or their activity, in the plant cell and most of the time involves internal receptors known as resistance (R) genes. An increasing number of R genes responsible for recognition of specific effectors have been characterised over the years; however, methods to identify R genes are often challenging and cannot always be translated to crop plants. RESULTS: We present a novel method to identify R genes responsible for the recognition of specific effectors that trigger a hypersensitive response (HR) in Nicotiana benthamiana...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450883/use-of-ultrasonication-to-increase-germination-rates-of-arabidopsis-seeds
#14
Ignacio López-Ribera, Carlos M Vicient
BACKGROUND: Arabidopsis thaliana is widely used as model organism in plant biology. Although not of agronomic significance, it offers important advantages for basic research in genetics and molecular biology including the availability of a large number of mutants and genetically modified lines. However, Arabidopsis seed longevity is limited and seeds stored for more than 10 years usually show a very low capacity for germination. RESULTS: The influence of ultrasonic stimulation was investigated on the germination of A...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428810/recent-achievements-obtained-by-chloroplast-transformation
#15
REVIEW
Muhamed Adem, Dereje Beyene, Tileye Feyissa
Chloroplasts play a great role for sustained wellbeing of life on the planet. They have the power and raw materials that can be used as sophisticated biological factories. They are rich in energy as they have lots of pigment-protein complexes capable of collecting sunlight, in sugar produced by photosynthesis and in minerals imported from the plant cell. Chloroplast genome transformation offers multiple advantages over nuclear genome which among others, include: integration of the transgene via homologus recombination that enables to eliminate gene silencing and position effect, higher level of transgene expression resulting into higher accumulations of foreign proteins, and significant reduction in environmental dispersion of the transgene due to maternal inheritance which helps to minimize the major critic of plant genetic engineering...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428809/leucine-rich-repeat-containing-variable-lymphocyte-receptors-as-modules-to-target-plant-expressed-proteins
#16
André C Velásquez, Kinya Nomura, Max D Cooper, Brantley R Herrin, Sheng Yang He
BACKGROUND: The ability to target and manipulate protein-based cellular processes would accelerate plant research; yet, the technology to specifically and selectively target plant-expressed proteins is still in its infancy. Leucine-rich repeats (LRRs) are ubiquitously present protein domains involved in mediating protein-protein interactions. LRRs confer the binding specificity to the highly diverse variable lymphocyte receptor (VLR) antibodies (including VLRA, VLRB and VLRC types) that jawless vertebrates make as the functional equivalents of jawed vertebrate immunoglobulin-based antibodies...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428808/reference-genes-for-normalization-of-qpcr-assays-in-sugarcane-plants-under-water-deficit
#17
Larissa Mara de Andrade, Michael Dos Santos Brito, Rafael Fávero Peixoto Junior, Paulo Eduardo Ribeiro Marchiori, Paula Macedo Nóbile, Alexandre Palma Boer Martins, Rafael Vasconcelos Ribeiro, Silvana Creste
BACKGROUND: Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is the main raw material for sugar and ethanol production. Among the abiotic stress, drought is the main one that negatively impact sugarcane yield. Although gene expression analysis through quantitative PCR (qPCR) has increased our knowledge about biological processes related to drought, gene network that mediates sugarcane responses to water deficit remains elusive. In such scenario, validation of reference gene is a major requirement for successful analyzes involving qPCR...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416964/a-nondestructive-method-to-estimate-the-chlorophyll-content-of-arabidopsis-seedlings
#18
Ying Liang, Daisuke Urano, Kang-Ling Liao, Tyson L Hedrick, Yajun Gao, Alan M Jones
BACKGROUND: Chlorophyll content decreases in plants under stress conditions, therefore it is used commonly as an indicator of plant health. Arabidopsis thaliana offers a convenient and fast way to test physiological phenotypes of mutations and treatments. However, chlorophyll measurements with conventional solvent extraction are not applicable to Arabidopsis leaves due to their small size, especially when grown on culture dishes. RESULTS: We provide a nondestructive method for chlorophyll measurement whereby the red, green and blue (RGB) values of a color leaf image is used to estimate the chlorophyll content from Arabidopsis leaves...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413433/protoplast-isolation-prior-to-flow-cytometry-reveals-clear-patterns-of-endoreduplication-in-potato-tubers-related-species-and-some-starchy-root-crops
#19
F Parker E Laimbeer, Sarah H Holt, Melissa Makris, Michael Alan Hardigan, C Robin Buell, Richard E Veilleux
BACKGROUND: Endoreduplication, the process of DNA replication in the absence of cell division, is associated with specialized cellular function and increased cell size. Genes controlling endoreduplication in tomato fruit have been shown to affect mature fruit size. An efficient method of estimating endoreduplication is required to study its role in plant organ development. Flow cytometry is often utilized to evaluate endoreduplication, yet some tissues and species, among them the tubers of Solanum tuberosum, remain intractable to routine tissue preparation for flow cytometry...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405214/a-real-time-phenotyping-framework-using-machine-learning-for-plant-stress-severity-rating-in-soybean
#20
Hsiang Sing Naik, Jiaoping Zhang, Alec Lofquist, Teshale Assefa, Soumik Sarkar, David Ackerman, Arti Singh, Asheesh K Singh, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian
BACKGROUND: Phenotyping is a critical component of plant research. Accurate and precise trait collection, when integrated with genetic tools, can greatly accelerate the rate of genetic gain in crop improvement. However, efficient and automatic phenotyping of traits across large populations is a challenge; which is further exacerbated by the necessity of sampling multiple environments and growing replicated trials. A promising approach is to leverage current advances in imaging technology, data analytics and machine learning to enable automated and fast phenotyping and subsequent decision support...
2017: Plant Methods
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