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Journal of Integrative Plant Biology

Ahmed M AbdEl-Haliem, Matthieu H A J Joosten
Understanding plant resistance to pathogenic microbes requires detailed information on the molecular mechanismscontrolling the execution of plant innate immune-responses.A growing body of evidence places phosphoinositide-specific phospholipase C (PI-PLC) enzymes immediately downstream of activated immune receptors,well upstream of the initiation of early defense responses. An increase of the cytoplasmic levels of free Ca(2+) , lowering of the intercellular pH andthe oxidative burst are a few examples ofsuch responses and these are regulated by PI-PLCs...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Frances C Sussmilch, Timothy J Brodribb, Scott A M McAdam
The evolution of active stomatal closure in response to leaf water deficit, mediated by the hormone abscisic acid (ABA), has been the subject of recent debate. Two different models for the timing of the evolution of this response recur in the literature. A single-step model for stomatal control suggests that stomata evolved active, ABA-mediated control of stomatal aperture, when these structures first appeared, prior to the divergence of bryophyte and vascular plant lineages. In contrast, a gradualistic model for stomatal control proposes that the most basal vascular plant stomata responded passively to changes in leaf water status...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Baiquan Ma, Liao Liao, Qian Peng, Ting Fang, Hui Zhou, Schuyler S Korban, Yuepeng Han
Identifying DNA sequence variations is a fundamental step towards deciphering the genetic basis of traits of interest. Here, a total of 20 cultivated and 10 wild apples were genotyped using specific-locus amplified fragment sequencing, and 39,635 single nucleotide polymorphism with no missing genotypes and evenly distributed along the genome were selected to investigate patterns of genome-wide genetic variations between cultivated and wild apples. Overall, wild apples displayed higher levels of genetic diversity than cultivated apples...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Dongying Tang, Yuchong Peng, Jianzhong Lin, Changqing Du, Yuanzhu Yang, Dan Wang, Cong Liu, Lu Yan, Xiaoying Zhao, Xia Li, Liangbi Chen, Xuanming Liu
NADP(H)-dependent glutamate dehydrogenases (GDH) in lower organisms have stronger ammonium affinity than those ones from higher plants. Here we report that transgenic rice overexpressing the EcGDH from Eurotium cheralieri exhibited significantly enhanced aminating activities. Hydroponic and field tests showed that nitrogen assimilation efficiency and grain yields were markedly increased in these transgenic plants, especially at the low nitrogen condition. These results suggest that EcGDH may have potential to be used to improve nitrogen assimilation and grain yield in rice...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Xiangjin Wei, Xianwei Song, Liya Wei, Shaoqing Tang, Jing Sun, Peisong Hu, Xiaofeng Cao
Epigenetic gene variants, termed epialleles, can broaden genetic and phenotypic diversity in eukaryotes. Here, we identify a natural epiallele of OsAK1, which encodes a rice adenylate kinase. The Epi-ak1 plants show albino in young leaf and panicle with abnormal chloroplast structures. We found that no nucleotide sequence variation but hypermethylation at promoter region caused silencing of OsAK1 (Os08g01770) in Epi-ak1 plants. OsAK1 localizes to chloroplast and many genes associated with photosynthesis processes were down-regulated inEpi-ak1...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Yihao Shi, Jiaying Huang, Tianshu Sun, Xuefei Wang, Chenqi Zhu, Hongya Gu
The transcription factors CBF1/2/3 are reported to play a dominant role in the cold responsive network of Arabidopsis by directly regulating the expression levels of cold responsive (COR) genes. In this study, we obtained CRISPR/Cas9-mediated loss-of-function mutants of cbf1∼3. Over 3000 COR genes identified by RNA-seq analysis showed a slight but significant change in their expression levels in the mutants compared to the wild-type plants after treated at 4°C for 12 h. The C-repeat (CRT) motif (5'-CCGAC-3') was enriched in promoters of genes that were up-regulated by CBF2 and CBF3 but not in promoters of genes up-regulated by CBF1...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Variluska Fragoso, Youngjoo Oh, Sang-Gyu Kim, Klaus Gase, Ian Thomas Baldwin
Phytochromes mainly function in photoautotrophic organisms to adjust growth in response to fluctuating light signals. The different isoforms of plant phytochromes often display both conserved and divergent roles, presumably to fine-tune plant responses to environmental signals and optimize fitness. Here we describe the distinct, yet partially redundant, roles of phytochromes NaPHYA, NaPHYB1 and NaPHYB2 in a wild tobacco species, Nicotiana attenuata using RNAi-silenced phytochrome lines. Consistent with results reported from other species, silencing the expression of NaPHYA or NaPHYB2 in N...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Song Zhang, Kunyang Zhuang, Shiju Wang, Jinlian Lv, Na'na Ma, Qingwei Meng
SUMOylation is an important post-translational modification process that regulates different cellular functions in eukaryotes. SIZ/PIAS-type SAP and Miz1 (SIZ1) proteins exhibit SUMO E3 ligase activity, which modulates SUMOylation. However, SIZ1 in tomato has been rarely investigated. In this study, a tomato SIZ1 gene (SlSIZ1) was isolated and its molecular characteristics and role in tolerance to drought stress were described. SlSIZ1 was up-regulated by cold, sodium chloride (NaCl), polyethylene glycol (PEG), hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) and abscisic acid (ABA), and the corresponding proteins were localized in the nucleus...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Jingjing Jiang, Shenghui Ma, Nenghui Ye, Ming Jiang, Jiashu Cao, Jianhua Zhang
WRKY gene family is among the largest families of transcription factors (TFs) in higher plants. By regulating the plant hormone signal transduction pathway, these TFs play critical roles in some plant processes in response to biotic and abiotic stress. Various research have demonstrated the important biological functions of WRKY TFs in plant response to different kinds of biotic and abiotic stresses and working mechanisms. However, very little summarization has been done to review their research progress. Not just important TFs function in plant response to biotic and abiotic stresses, WRKY are also participated in carbohydrate synthesis, senescence, development, and secondary metabolites synthesis...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Peng Wang, Xuan Cui, Chunsheng Zhao, Liyan Shi, Guowei Zhang, Fenglong Sun, Xiaofeng Cao, Li Yuan, Qiguang Xie, Xiaodong Xu
It was noted that circadian components function in plant adaptation to diurnal temperature cycles and freezing tolerance. Our genome-wide transcriptome analysis revealed that evening-phased COR27 and COR28 mainly repress the transcription of clock-associated evening genes PRR5, ELF4 and cold-responsive genes. Chromatin immunoprecipitation indicate that CCA1 is recruited to the site containing EE elements of COR27 and COR28 promoters in a temperature-dependent way. Further genetic analysis shows COR28 is essential for the circadian function of PRR9 and PRR7...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Felipe Yon, Danny Kessler, Youngsung Joo, Lucas Cortés Llorca, Sang-Gyu Kim, Ian T Baldwin
Ecological interactions between flowers and pollinators are all about timing. Flower opening/closing and scent emissions are largely synchronized with pollinator activity, and a circadian clock regulates these rhythms. However, whether the circadian clock increases a plant's reproductive success by regulating these floral rhythms remains untested. Flowers of Nicotiana attenuata, a wild tobacco, diurnally and rhythmically open, emit scent and move vertically through a 140° arc to interact with nocturnal hawkmoths...
December 13, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Xiangjin Wei, Guiai Jiao, Haiyan Lin, Zhonghua Sheng, Gaoneng Shao, Lihong Xie, Shaoqing Tang, Qingguo Xu, Peisong Hu
Rice grain filling determines grain weight, final yield and grain quality. Here, a rice defective grain filling mutant, gif2, was identified. Grains of gif2 showed a slower filling rate and a significant lower final grain weight and yield compared to wild-type. The starch content in gif2 was noticeably decreased and its physicochemical properties were also altered. Moreover, gif2 endosperm cells showed obvious defects in compound granule formation. Positional cloning identified GIF2 to encode an ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase (AGP) large subunit, AGPL2; consequently, AGP enzyme activity in gif2 endosperms was remarkably decreased...
December 13, 2016: 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
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
Sujittra Promchuea, Yujuan Zhu, Zhizhong Chen, Jing Zhang, Zhizhong Gong
Multiple hormones, including abscisic acid (ABA) and auxin, regulate cell division and differentiation of Arabidopsis root meristems. AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR 2 (ARF2) functions as a negative regulator of ABA responses, as seed germination and primary root growth of arf2 mutants are hypersensitive to ABA. In this study, we found that ABA treatment reduced the expression levels of the PIN-FORMEDs (PIN) auxin efflux carriers, PIN1, PIN3, PIN4, and PIN7, to a greater extent in the root meristems of arf2-101 mutant than in the wild type...
January 2017: 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...
January 2017: 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
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