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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650091/localized-micronutrient-patches-induce-lateral-root-foraging-and-chemotropism-in-nicotiana-attenuate
#1
Abigail P Ferrieri, Ricardo A R Machado, Carla C M Arce, Danny Kessler, Ian T Baldwin, Matthias Erb
Nutrients are distributed unevenly in the soil. Phenotypic plasticity in root growth and proliferation may enable plants to cope with this variation and effectively forage for essential nutrients. However, how micronutrients shape root architecture of plants in their natural environments is poorly understood. We employed a combination of field and laboratory-based assays to determine the capacity of Nicotiana attenuata to direct root growth towards localized nutrient patches in its native environment. Plants growing in nature displayed a particular root phenotype consisting of a single primary root and a few long, shallow lateral roots...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646554/theseus1-positively-modulates-plant-defense-responses-against-botrytis-cinerea-through-guanine-exchange-factor4-signaling
#2
LETTER
Shaofeng Qu, Xi Zhang, Yutong Song, Jinxing Lin, Xiaoyi Shan
The plant cell wall is an important interface for sensing pathogen attack and activating signaling pathways that promote plant immune responses. THESEUS1 (THE1) acts as a sensor of cell wall integrity that controls cell elongation during plant growth. However, no specific role for THE1 in plant defense responses has been reported. Here, we found that THE1 interacts with GUANINE EXCHANGE FACTOR4 (GEF4) and that both proteins play regulatory roles in plant resistance to the necrotrophic fungus Botrytis cinerea (B...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636095/suppression-or-knockout-of-saf-sam-overcomes-the-sa-mediated-hybrid-male-sterility-in-rice
#3
Yongyao Xie, Baixiao Niu, Yunming Long, Gousi Li, Jintao Tang, Yaling Zhang, Ding Ren, Yao-Guang Liu, Letian Chen
Hybrids between the indica and japonica subspecies of rice (Oryza sativa) are usually sterile, which hinders utilization of heterosis in the inter-subspecific hybrid breeding. The complex locus Sa comprises two adjacently located genes, SaF and SaM, which interact to cause abortion of pollen grains carrying the japonica allele in japonica-indica hybrids. Here we showed that silencing of SaF or SaM by RNA interference restored male fertility in indica-japonica hybrids with heterozygous Sa. We further used CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing to knockout the SaF and SaM alleles respectively of an indica rice line to create hybrid-compatible lines...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636077/arabidopsis-shaker-pollen-inward-k-channel-spik-functions-in-snrk1-complex-regulated-pollen-hydration-on-the-stigma
#4
Dan-Dan Li, Huan Guan, Fei Li, Chang-Zhen Liu, Yu-Xiu Dong, Xian-Sheng Zhang, Xin-Qi Gao
Pollen hydration is a critical step that determines pollen germination on stigma. KINβγ is a plant-specific subunit of the SNF1-related protein kinase 1 complex (SnRK1 complex). In pollen of the Arabidopsis kinβγ mutant, the levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) were decreased which lead to compromised hydration of the mutant pollen on stigma. In this study, we analyzed gene expression in kinβγ mutant pollen by RNA-seq and found the expression of inward shaker K(+) channel SPIK was down-regulated in the kinβγ pollen...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631407/zygote-arrest-3-that-encodes-the-trna-ligase-is-essential-for-zygote-division-in-arabidopsis
#5
Ke-Jin Yang, Lei Guo, Xiu-Li Hou, Hua-Qin Gong, Chun-Ming Liu
In sexual organisms, division of the zygote initiates a new life cycle. Although several genes involved in zygote division are known in plants, how the zygote is activated to start embryogenesis remains elusive. Here, we showed that a mutation in ZYGOTE-ARREST 3 (ZYG3) in Arabidopsis led to a tight zygote-lethal phenotype. Map-based cloning revealed that ZYG3 encodes the tRNA ligase AtRNL, which is a single-copy gene in the Arabidopsis genome. Expression analyses showed that AtRNL is expressed throughout zygotic embryogenesis, and in meristematic tissues...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623850/arabidopsis-tor-signaling-is-essential-for-sugar-regulated-callus-formation
#6
LETTER
Kyounghee Lee, Pil Joon Seo
Dedifferentiation is a remarkable process that produces pluripotent stem cells from differentiated somatic cells to ensure developmental plasticity. Plants have evolved the ability of cellular dedifferentiation, and signaling cascades related to auxin and cytokinin-dependent callus formation have been extensively investigated. However, the molecular mechanism underlying sugar-dependent callus formation remains unknown. Here, we found that sugar-dependent callus formation is mainly regulated by the TOR-E2Fa module in Arabidopsis...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600834/engineering-crop-nutrient-efficiency-for-sustainable-agriculture
#7
REVIEW
Liyu Chen, Hong Liao
Increasing crop yields can provide food, animal feed, bioenergy feedstocks, and biomaterials to meet increasing global demand; however, the methods used to increase yield can negatively affect sustainability. For example, application of excess fertilizer can generate and maintain high yields but also increases input costs and contributes to environmental damage through eutrophication, soil acidification, and air pollution. Improving crop nutrient efficiency can improve agricultural sustainability by increasing yield while decreasing input costs and harmful environmental effects...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598543/mutation-in-a-novel-gene-small-and-cordate-leaf-1-affects-leaf-morhology-in-cucumber
#8
LETTER
Dongli Gao, Chunzhi Zhang, Shu Zhang, Bowen Hu, Shenhao Wang, Zhonghua Zhang, Sanwen Huang
Plant species exhibit substantial variation in leaf morphology. We isolated a recessive mutant gene termed small and cordate leaf 1 (scl1) that causes alteration in both leaf size and shape of cucumber. Compared to wild type leaves, scl1 mutant had less number of epidermal pavement cells. A single nucleotide polymorphism was associated with the leaf phenotype, which occurred in a putative nucleoside bisphosphate phosphatase. RNA-seq analysis of the wild type and scl1 mutant leaves suggested that SCL1 regulation may not involve known hormonal pathways...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574161/osidd2-a-zinc-finger-and-indeterminate-domain-protein-regulates-secondary-cell-wall-formation-fa
#9
Peng Huang, Hideki Yoshida, Kenji Yano, Shunsuke Kinoshita, Kyosuke Kawai, Eriko Koketsu, Masako Hattori, Sayaka Takehara, Ji Huang, Ko Hirano, Reynante Lacsamana Ordonio, Makoto Matsuoka, Miyako Ueguchi-Tanaka
Previously, we found 123 transcription factors (TFs) as candidate regulators of secondary cell wall (SCW) formation in rice by using phylogenetic and co-expression network analyses. Among them, we examined in this work the role of OsIDD2, a zinc finger and indeterminate domain (IDD) family TF. Its overexpressors showed dwarfism, fragile leaves, and decreased lignin content, which are typical phenotypes of plants defective in SCW formation, whereas its knockout plants showed slightly increased lignin content...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544342/arabidopsis-ddaptor-protein-1g-is-critical-for-pollen-development
#10
LETTER
Chong Feng, Jia-Gang Wang, Hai-Hong Liu, Sha Li, Yan Zhang
Pollen development is a pre-requisite for sexual reproduction of angiosperms, during which various cellular activities are involved. Pollen development accompanies dynamic remodeling of vacuoles through fission and fusion, disruption of which often compromises pollen viability. We previously reported that the Y subunit of adaptor protein 1 (AP1G) mediates synergid degeneration during pollen tube reception. Here, we demonstrate that AP1G is essential for pollen development. AP1G loss-of-function resulted in male gametophytic lethality due to defective pollen development...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544763/hp30-2-a-mitochondrial-prat-protein-for-import-of-signal-sequence-less-precursor-proteins-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#11
Claudia Rossig, John Gray, Oscar Valdes, Sachin Rustgi, Diter von Wettstein, Christiane Reinbothe, Steffen Reinbothe
Chloroplasts and mitochondria contain a family of putative preprotein and amino acid transporters designated PRAT. Here, we analyzed the role of two previously characterized PRAT protein family member, encoded by At3g49560 (HP30) and At5g24650 (HP30-2), in planta using a combination of genetic, cell biological and biochemical approaches. Expression studies and GFP tagging identified HP30-2 both in chloroplasts and mitochondria, whereas HP30 was located exclusively in chloroplasts. Biochemical evidence was obtained for an association of mitochondrial HP30-2 with two distinct protein complexes, one containing the inner membrane translocase TIM22 and the other containing an alternative NAD(P)H dehydrogenase subunit (NDC1) implicated in a respiratory complex 1-like electron transport chain...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523652/announcement-changes-in-the-jipb-board
#12
EDITORIAL
Chun-Ming Liu
As a journal run entirely by scientists from plant science community, JIPB has developed from a China-based national journal to an international one over the past decade. Serving as the JIPB Editor-in-Chief, I have witnessed the gradual elevation of the journal in terms of publication quality and international visibility. The SCI impact factor has markedly increased from 0.671 in 2007 to 3.993 in 2016. Meanwhile, the number of yearly downloads have drastically increased from 54,931 to over 175,000 and our ranking among the plant science journals worldwide has increased from 100(th) to 24(th) ! Internationally, the subscriptions of JIPB currently includes 15,200 universities and research institutions...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474461/phenolic-metabolism-and-molecular-mass-distribution-of-polysaccharides-in-cellulose-deficient-maize-cells
#13
María de Castro, Romina Martínez-Rubio, José L Acebes, Antonio Encina, Stephen C Fry, Penélope García-Angulo
As a consequence of the habituation to low levels of dichlobenil (DCB), cultured maize cells presented an altered hemicellulose cell fate with a lower proportion of strongly wall-bound hemicelluloses and an increase in soluble extracellular polymers released into the culture medium. The aim of this study was to investigate the relative molecular mass distributions of polysaccharides as well as phenolic metabolism in cells habituated to low levels of DCB (1.5 μM). Generally, cell wall bound hemicelluloses and sloughed polymers from habituated cells were more homogeneously sized and had a lower weight-average relative molecular mass...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474404/overexpression-of-ghfim2-propels-cotton-fiber-development-by-enhancing-actin-bundle-formation
#14
LETTER
Min Zhang, Li-Bo Han, Wen-Yan Wang, Shen-Jie Wu, Gai-Li Jiao, Lei Su, Gui-Xian Xia, Hai-Yun Wang
Cell elongation and secondary wall deposition are two consecutive stages during cotton fiber development. The mechanisms controlling the progression of these two developmental phases remains largely unknown. Here, we report the functional characterization of the actin-bundling protein GhFIM2 in cotton fiber. Overexpression of GhFIM2 increased the abundance of actin bundles, which was accompanied with accelerated fiber growth at the fast-elongating stage. Meanwhile, overexpression of GhFIM2 could propel the onset of secondary cell wall biogenesis...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466534/the-plant-vascular-system-ii-from-essential-functions-in-resource-allocation-inter-organ-communication-and-defense-to-evolution-of-the-monocot-cambium
#15
EDITORIAL
William J Lucas, Chun-Ming Liu
In this Special Issue, a focus is also placed on the role of the xylem as an essential conduit for the long-distance delivery of water and mineral nutrients from the soil to the vegetative (above-ground) regions of the plant. Xylem cells destined to form tracheids or vessel members, which will make up the conduit for this water and mineral transport from the roots to the shoots, undergo apoptosis, a process of programmed cell death. In their review, Venturas et al. (2017) provide an in-depth analysis of the processes underlying the passage of water through these mature, and thus, dead, xylem conducting cells...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429400/the-circadian-clock-component-lhy-tells-a-plant-when-to-respond-photosynthetically-to-light-in-nature
#16
Youngsung Joo, Variluska Fragoso, Felipe Yon, Ian T Baldwin, Sang-Gyu Kim
The circadian clock is known to increase plant growth and fitness, and thought to prepare plants for photosynthesis at dawn and dusk; whether this happens in nature was unknown. We transformed the native tobacco, Nicotiana attenuata to silence two core clock components, NaLHY (irLHY) and NaTOC1 (irTOC1). We characterized growth and light-and dark-adapted photosynthetic rates (Ac ) throughout a 24 h day in empty vector-transformed (EV), irLHY, and irTOC1 plants in the field, and in NaPhyA-and NaPhyB1-silenced plants in the glasshouse...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429397/natural-hybridization-and-reproductive-isolation-between-two-primula-speciess
#17
LETTER
Yanping Xie, Xingfu Zhu, Yongpeng Ma, Jianli Zhao, Li Li, Qingjun Li
Natural hybridization frequently occurs in plants and can facilitate gene flow between species, possibly resulting in species refusion. However, various reproductive barriers block the formation of hybrids and maintain species integrity. Here, we conducted a field survey to examine natural hybridization and reproductive isolation (RI) between sympatric populations of Primula secundiflora and P. poissonii using ten nuclear simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci. Although introgressive hybridization occurred, species boundaries between P...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422432/ja-but-not-ja-ile-is-the-cell-nonautonomous-signal-activating-ja-mediated-systemic-defenses-to-herbivory-in-nicotiana-attenuata
#18
Tohir A Bozorov, Son Truong Dinh, Ian T Baldwin
The whole-plant activation of defense responses to wounding and herbivory requires systemic signaling in which jasmonates (JAs) play a pivotal role. To examine the nature of the slower cell-nonautonomous as compared to the rapid cell-autonomous signal in mediating systemic defenses in Nicotiana attenuata, reciprocal stem grafting-experiments were used with plants silenced the JA biosynthetic gene ALLENE OXIDE CYCLASE (irAOC) or plants transformed to create JA sinks by ectopically expressing Arabidopsis JA-O-methyltransferase (ovJMT)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418178/unfolded-protein-response-activation-compensates-er-associated-degradation-deficiency-in-arabidopsis
#19
Qingliang Li, Hai Wei, Lijing Liu, Xiaoyuan Yang, Xiansheng Zhang, Qi Xie
Abiotic stresses often disrupt protein folding and induce endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress. There is a sophisticated ER quality control (ERQC) system to mitigate the effects of malfunctioning proteins and maintain ER homeostasis. The accumulation of misfolded proteins in the ER activates the unfolded protein response (UPR) to enhance ER protein folding and the degradation of misfolded proteins mediate by ER-associated degradation (ERAD). That ERQC reduces abiotic stress damage has been well studied in mammals and yeast...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429873/sucrose-transporters-and-plasmodesmal-regulation-in-passive-phloem-loading
#20
Johannes Liesche
An essential step for the distribution of carbon throughout the whole plant is the loading of sugars into the phloem in source organs. In many plants, accumulation of sugars in the sieve element-companion cell (SE-CC) complex is mediated and regulated by active processes. However, for poplar and many other tree species, a passive symplasmic mechanism of phloem loading has been proposed, characterized by symplasmic continuity along the pre-phloem pathway and the absence of active sugar accumulation in the SE-CC complex...
May 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
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