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Journal of Integrative Plant Biology

Xiangxiong Kong, Xi Luo, Gao-Ping Qu, Peng Liu, Jing Bo Jin
The initiation of flowering is tightly regulated by the endogenous and environment signals, which is crucial for the reproductive success of flowering plants. It is well known that autonomous and vernalization pathways repress transcription of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC), a focal floral repressor, but how its protein stability is regulated remains largely unknown. Here, we found that mutations in a novel Arabidopsis SUMO protease 1 (ASP1) resulted in a strong late-flowering phenotype under long-days, but to a lesser extent under short-days...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Nora Adam, Theresa Erler, Mario Kallenbach, Martin Kaltenpoth, Grit Kunert, Ian T Baldwin, Meredith C Schuman
Herbivore species sharing a host plant often compete. In this study, we show that host plant-mediated interaction between two insect herbivores - a generalist and a specialist - results in a sex ratio shift of the specialist's offspring. We studied demographic parameters of the specialist Tupiocoris notatus (Hemiptera: Miridae) when co-infesting the host plant Nicotiana attenuata (Solanaceae) with the generalist leafhopper Empoasca sp. (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). We show that the usually female-biased sex ratio of T...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Zhongfeng Li, Lingxue Jiang, Yansong Ma, Zhongyan Wei, Huilong Hong, Zhangxiong Liu, Jinhui Lei, Ying Liu, Rongxia Guan, Yong Guo, Longguo Jin, Lijuan Zhang, Yinghui Li, Yulong Ren, Wei He, Ming Liu, Nang Myint Phyu Sin Htwe, Lin Liu, Bingfu Guo, Jian Song, Bing Tan, Guifeng Liu, Maiquan Li, Xianli Zhang, Bo Liu, Xuehui Shi, Sining Han, Sunan Hua, Fulai Zhou, Lili Yu, Yanfei Li, Shuang Wang, Jun Wang, Ruzhen Chang, Lijuan Qiu
Mutagenized populations have provided important materials for introducing variation and identifying gene function in plants. In this study, an ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) -induced soybean (Glycine max) population, consisting of 21,600 independent M2 lines, was developed. Over one thousand M4 (5) families, with diverse abnormal phenotypes for seed composition, seed shape, plant morphology, and maturity that are stably expressed across different environments and generations were identified. Phenotypic analysis of the population led to the identification of a yellow pigmentation mutant, gyl, that displayed significantly decreased chlorophyll (Chl) content and abnormal chloroplast development...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Bin Cai, Xiangxiong Kong, Chao Zhong, Suli Sun, Xiao Feng Zhou, Yin Hua Jin, Youning Wang, Xia Li, Zhendong Zhu, Jing Bo Jin
SIZ1 is a small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) E3 ligase that mediates post-translational SUMO modification of target proteins and thereby regulates developmental processes and hormonal and environmental stress responses in Arabidopsis. However, the role of SUMO E3 ligases in crop plants is largely unknown. Here, we identified and characterized two Glycine max (soybean) SUMO E3 ligases, GmSIZ1a and GmSIZ1b. Expression of GmSIZ1a and GmSIZ1b was induced in response to salicylic acid (SA), heat, and dehydration treatment, but not in response to cold, ABA, and NaCl treatment...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Lan Shen, Chun Wang, Yaping Fu, Junjie Wang, Qing Liu, Xiaoming Zhang, Changjie Yan, Qian Qian, Kejian Wang
Grain yield is one of the most important and complex trait for genetic improvement in crops; it is known to be controlled by a number of genes known as quantitative trait loci (QTLs). In the past decade, many yield-contributing QTLs have been identified in crops. However, it remains unclear whether those QTLs confer the same yield performance in different genetic backgrounds. Here, we performed CRISPR/Cas9-mediated QTL editing in five widely-cultivated rice varieties and revealed that the same QTL can have diverse, even opposing, effects on grain yield in different genetic backgrounds...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Shuangshuang Zhao, Lei Zhao, Fengxia Liu, Yongzhen Wu, Zuofeng Zhu, Chuanqing Sun, Lubin Tan
Grain yield in rice (Oryza sativa L.) is closely related to leaf and flower development. Coordinative regulation of leaf, pollen, and seed development in rice as a critical biological and agricultural question should be addressed. Here we identified two allelic rice mutants with narrow and semi-rolled leaves, named narrow and rolled leaf 2-1 (nrl2-1) and nrl2-2. Map-based molecular cloning revealed that NRL2 encodes a novel protein with unknown biochemical function. The mutation of NRL2 caused pleiotropic effects, including a reduction in the number of longitudinal veins, defective abaxial sclerenchymatous cell differentiation, abnormal tapetum degeneration and microspore development, and the formation of more slender seeds compared with the wild type (WT)...
December 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Mei Chen, Jin Zhang, Lei Zhao, Jiale Xing, Lianwei Peng, Tingyun Kuang, Jean-David Rochaix, Fang Huang
We have identified hpm91, a Chlamydomonas mutant lacking Proton Gradient Regulation5 (PGR5) capable of producing hydrogen (H2 ) for 25 days with more than 30-fold yield increase compared to wild type. Thus, hpm91 displays a higher capacity of H2 production than a previously characterized pgr5 mutant. Physiological and biochemical characterization of hpm91 reveal that the prolonged H2 production is due to enhanced stability of PSII, which correlates with increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenging capacity during sulfur deprivation...
December 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Yanhui Lin, Lubin Tan, Lei Zhao, Xianyou Sun, Chuanqing Sun
Leaf senescence plays an important role in crop developmental processes that dramatically affect crop yield and grain quality. The genetic regulation of leaf senescence is complex, involving many metabolic and signaling pathways. Here, we identified a rapid leaf senescence 3 (rls3) mutant that displayed accelerated leaf senescence, shorter plant height and panicle length, and lower seed set rate than the wild type. Map-based cloning revealed that RLS3 encodes a protein with AAA+ domain, localizing it to chloroplasts...
December 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Zhongfei Li, Bin Li, Jian Liu, Zhihao Guo, Yuhao Liu, Yan Li, Wen-Hui Shen, Ying Huang, Hai Huang, Yijing Zhang, Aiwu Dong
Polycomb group proteins are important repressors of numerous genes in higher eukaryotes. However, the mechanism by which Polycomb group proteins are recruited to specific genes is poorly understood. In Arabidopsis, LIKE HETEROCHROMATIN PROTEIN 1 (LHP1), also known as TERMINAL FLOWER 2, was originally proposed as a subunit of polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1) that could bind the tri-methylated lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27me3) established by the PRC2. In this work, we show that LHP1 mainly functions with PRC2 to establish H3K27me3, but not with PRC1 to catalyze monoubiquitination at lysine 119 of histone H2A...
December 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Arunkumar Srinivasan, José M Jiménez-Gómez, Fabio Fornara, Wim J J Soppe, Vittoria Brambilla
Before being dispersed in the environment, mature seeds need to be dehydrated. The survival of seeds after dispersal depends on their low hydration in combination with high desiccation tolerance. These characteristics are established during seed maturation. Some key seed maturation genes have been reported to be regulated by alternative splicing (AS). However, so far AS was described only for single genes and a comprehensive analysis of AS during seed maturation has been lacking. We investigated gene expression and AS during Arabidopsis thaliana seed development at a global level, before and after desiccation...
December 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Xiaoba Wu, Jinxin Liu, Dongqi Li, Chun-Ming Liu
The rice endosperm plays crucial roles in nourishing the embryo during embryogenesis and seed germination. Although previous studies have provided the general information about rice endosperm, a systematic investigation throughout the entire endosperm developmental process is still lacking. In this study, we examined in detail rice endosperm development on a daily basis throughout the 30-day period of post-fertilization development. We observed that coenocytic nuclear division occurred in the first 2 days after pollination (DAP), cellularization occurred between 3 and 5 DAP, differentiation of the aleurone and starchy endosperm occurred between 6 and 9 DAP, and accumulation of storage products occurred concurrently with the aleurone/starchy endosperm differentiation from 6 DAP onwards and was accomplished by 21 DAP...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Xin Wang, Dongli Gao, Jinjing Sun, Min Liu, YaoYao Lun, Jianshu Zheng, Shenhao Wang, Qingzhi Cui, Xiaofeng Wang, Sanwen Huang
We isolated a mutant showing perturbations in the development of male and female floral organs and fruits. Analysis of the single nucleotide polymorphisms from bulked F2 pools identified the causative variant occurring in Csa4G126690. Csa4G126690 shows high homology to Arabidopsis SEPALLATA2 (SEP2) thus being designated CsSEP2. The causative variant was located on the splicing site of CsSEP2, resulting in the skipping of exon 6 and abolishment of the transcriptional activity. Our data suggest that CsSEP2 is involved in the floral organ and fruits development by conferring transcriptional activity...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Linda Brochhausen, Jan Maisch, Peter Nick
Nuclear migration and positioning are crucial for the morphogenesis of plant cells. We addressed the potential role of nuclear positioning for polarity induction using an experimental system based on regenerating protoplasts, where the induction of a cell axis de novo can be followed by quantification of specific regeneration stages. Using overexpression of fluorescently tagged extranuclear (perinuclear actin basket, kinesins with a calponin homology domain (KCH)) as well as intranuclear (histone H2B) factors of nuclear positioning and time-lapse series of the early stages of regeneration, we found that nuclear position is no prerequisite for polarity formation...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Gaojie Ji, Jie Zhang, Haiying Zhang, Honghe Sun, Guoyi Gong, Jianting Shi, Shouwei Tian, Shaogui Guo, Yi Ren, Huolin Shen, Junping Gao, Yong Xu
Although it has been reported previously that ethylene plays a critical role in sex determination in cucurbit species, how the andromonoecy that carries both the male and hermaphroditic flowers is determined in watermelon is still unknown. Here we showed that the watermelon gene 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate synthase 4 (CitACS4), expressed specifically in carpel primordia, determines the andromonoecy in watermelon. Among four single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs) and one InDel identified in the coding region of CitACS4, the C364W mutation located in the conserved box 6 was co-segregated with andromonoecy...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Xiaoba Wu, Jinxin Liu, Dongqi Li, Chun-Ming Liu
Rice caryopsis as one of the most important food sources for humans has a complex structure that is composed of maternal tissues including the pericarp and testa and filial tissues including the endosperm and embryo. Although rice caryopsis studies have been conducted previously, a systematic characterization throughout the entire developmental process is still lacking. In this study, detailed morphological examinations of caryopses were made during the entire 30-day developmental process. We observed some rapid changes in cell differentiation events and cataloged how cellular degeneration processes occurred in maternal tissues...
September 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Hyeran Kim, Sang-Tae Kim, Jahee Ryu, Min Kyung Choi, Jiyeon Kweon, Beum-Chang Kang, Hyo-Min Ahn, Suji Bae, Jungeun Kim, Jin-Soo Kim, Sang-Gyu Kim
CRISPR-Cas9 system is now widely used to edit a target genome in animals and plants. Cas9 protein derived from Streptococcus pyogenes (SpCas9) cleaves double-stranded DNA targeted by a chimeric single-guide RNA (sgRNA). For plant genome editing, Agrobacterium-mediated T-DNA transformation has been broadly used to express Cas9 proteins and sgRNAs under the control of CaMV 35S and U6/U3 promoter, respectively. We here developed a simple and high-throughput binary vector system to clone a 19-20 bp of sgRNA, which binds to the reverse complement of a target locus, in a large T-DNA binary vector containing an SpCas9 expressing cassette...
August 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Dongdong Xu, Hailong Yang, Cheng Zou, Wen-Xue Li, Yunbi Xu, Chuanxiao Xie
Eukaryotic Argonaute proteins play primary roles in miRNA and siRNA pathways that are essential for numerous developmental and biological processes. However, the functional roles of the four ZmAGO1 genes have not yet been characterized in maize (Zea mays L.). In the present study, ZmAGO1a was identified from four putative ZmAGO1 genes for further characterization. Complementation of the Arabidopsis ago1-27 mutant with ZmAGO1a indicated that constitutive overexpression of ZmAGO1a could restore the smaller rosette, serrated leaves, later flowering and maturation, lower seed set, and darker green leaves at late stages of the mutant to the wild-type phenotype...
August 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Yuan Li, Ying Chang, Chongchong Zhao, Hailian Yang, Dongtao Ren
Leaf senescence is the final leaf developmental process that is regulated by both intracellular factors and environmental conditions. The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling cascades have been shown to play important roles in regulating leaf senescence; however, the component(s) downstream of the MAPK cascades in regulating leaf senescence are not fully understood. Here we showed that the transcriptions of ZmMEK1, ZmSIMK1, and ZmMPK3 were induced during dark-induced maize leaf senescence. Furthermore, in-gel kinase analysis revealed the 42 kDa MAPK was activated...
August 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Yugo Lima-Melo, Fabricio E L Carvalho, Márcio O Martins, Gisele Passaia, Rachel H V Sousa, Milton C Lima Neto, Márcia Margis-Pinheiro, Joaquim A G Silveira
The physiological role of plant mitochondrial glutathione peroxidases is scarcely known. This study attempted to elucidate the role of a rice mitochondrial isoform (GPX1) in photosynthesis under normal growth and salinity conditions. GPX1 knockdown rice lines (GPX1s) were tested in absence and presence of 100 mM NaCl for 6 d. Growth reduction of GPX1s line under non-stressful conditions, compared with non-transformed (NT) plants occurred in parallel to increased H2 O2 and decreased GSH contents. These changes occurred concurrently with photosynthesis impairment, particularly in Calvin cycle's reactions, since photochemical efficiency did not change...
August 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Lichao Zhang, Guoxiang Liu, Jizeng Jia, Guangyao Zhao, Chuan Xia, Lina Zhang, Fu Li, Qiang Zhang, Chunhao Dong, Shuangcheng Gao, Longzhi Han, Xiuping Guo, Xin Zhang, Jinxia Wu, Xu Liu, Xiuying Kong
Through large-scale transformation analyses, TaMYB72 was identified as a flowering time regulator in wheat. TaMYB72 is a MYB family transcription factor localized to the nucleus. Three TaMYB72 homologs, TaMYB72-A, TaMYB72-B and TaMYB72-D, cloned from hexaploid wheat were mapped to the short arm of the group 6 chromosomes. Under the long-day conditions, over-expression of the TaMYB72 in rice shortened the flowering time by approximately 12 d. Expression analyses suggest that TaMYB72 may function through up-regulation of florigen genes Hd3a and RFT1...
August 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
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