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Wenwen Zhou, Dayong Wei, Wei Jiang, Zhimin Wang, Hebing Wang, Qinglin Tang
DNA J HOMOLOG 3 (J3) is a special transcriptional regulator in flowering time control, but the molecular mechanism of J3 in regulating flowering time has not been thoroughly revealed in B. juncea which is one important oilseed and vegetable crop. In this study, J3 gene was cloned from B. juncea (BjuJ3). Phylogenetic relationship analysis showed that the BjuJ3 had high amino acid sequence similarity (>93%) with other Brassica plants. The BjuJ3-transgenic tobacco plants exhibited early flowering, suggesting that BjuJ3 was an activator of flowering time...
January 31, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jiaping Zhang, Danqing Li, Xiaohua Shi, Dong Zhang, Shuai Qiu, Jianfen Wei, Jiao Zhang, Jianghua Zhou, Kaiyuan Zhu, Yiping Xia
BACKGROUND: The artificial enlargement of the planting area and ecological amplitude of ornamentals for horticultural and landscape applications are significant. Herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) is a world-famous ornamental with attractive and fragrant flowers and is mainly planted in temperate and cool areas. Comparatively higher winter temperatures in the subtropical and tropical Northern Hemisphere result in a deficit of chilling accumulation for bud dormancy release, which severely hinders "The southward plantation of herbaceous peony"...
December 22, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
Suraj Jamge, Maike Stam, Gerco C Angenent, Richard G H Immink
Background: The chromosome conformation capture (3C) technique is a method to study chromatin interactions at specific genomic loci. Initially established for yeast the 3C technique has been adapted to plants in recent years in order to study chromatin interactions and their role in transcriptional gene regulation. As the plant scientific community continues to implement this technology, a discussion on critical controls, validations steps and interpretation of 3C data is essential to fully benefit from 3C in plants...
2017: Plant Methods
Gui-Zhi Zhang, Shang-Hui Jin, Pan Li, Xiao-Yi Jiang, Yan-Jie Li, Bing-Kai Hou
Ectopic expression of auxin glycosyltransferase UGT84A2 in Arabidopsis can delay flowering through increased indole-3-butyric acid and suppressed transcription of ARF6, ARF8 and flowering-related genes FT, SOC1, AP1 and LFY. Auxins are critical regulators for plant growth and developmental processes. Auxin homeostasis is thus an important issue for plant biology. Here, we identified an indole-3-butyric acid (IBA)-specific glycosyltransferase, UGT84A2, and characterized its role in Arabidopsis flowering development...
December 2017: Plant Cell Reports
Hui Huang, En-Hua Xia, Hai-Bin Zhang, Qiu-Yang Yao, Li-Zhi Gao
Camellia sasanqua is one of the most famous horticultural plants in Camellia (Theaceae) due to its aesthetic appeal as landscape plant. Knowledge regarding the genetic basis of flowering time, floral aroma and color in C. sasanqua is limited, but is essential to breed new varieties with desired floral traits. Here, we described the de novo transcriptome of young leaves, flower buds and flowers of C. sasanqua. A total of 60,127 unigenes were functionally annotated based on the sequence similarity. After analysis, we found that two floral integrator genes, SOC1 and AP1, in flowering time pathway showed evidence of gene family expansion...
November 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Zhigang Zheng, Xiaoming Yang, Yaping Fu, Longfei Zhu, Hantian Wei, Xinchun Lin
Because of the long and unpredictable flowering period in bamboo, the molecular mechanism of bamboo flowering is unclear. Recent study showed that Arabidopsis PIN1-type parvulin 1 (Pin1At) is an important floral activator and regulates floral transition by facilitating the cis/trans isomerization of the phosphorylated Ser/Thr residues preceding proline motifs in suppressor of overexpression of CO 1 (SOC1) and agamous-like 24 (AGL24). Whether bamboo has a Pin1 homolog and whether it works in bamboo flowering are still unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Daniel C Wilson, Christine J Kempthorne, Philip Carella, David K Liscombe, Robin K Cameron
Arabidopsis thaliana exhibits a developmentally regulated disease-resistance response known as age-related resistance (ARR), a process that requires intercellular accumulation of salicylic acid (SA), which is thought to act as an antimicrobial agent. ARR is characterized by enhanced resistance to some pathogens at the late adult-vegetative and reproductive stages. While the transition to flowering does not cause the onset of ARR, both processes involve the MADS-domain transcription factor SHORT VEGETATIVE PHASE (SVP)...
November 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
Julieta P Fina, Fiorella Masotti, Sebastián P Rius, Franco Crevacuore, Paula Casati
Arabidopsis has 12 histone acetyltransferases grouped in four families: the GNAT/HAG, the MYST/HAM, the p300/CBP/HAC and the TAFII250/HAF families. We previously showed that ham1 and ham2 mutants accumulated higher damaged DNA after UV-B exposure than WT plants. In contrast, hag3 RNA interference transgenic plants showed less DNA damage and lower inhibition of plant growth by UV-B, and increased levels of UV-B-absorbing compounds. These results demonstrated that HAM1, HAM2, and HAG3 participate in UV-B-induced DNA damage repair and signaling...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Xuelian Guo, Chao Yu, Le Luo, Huihua Wan, Yushu Li, Jia Wang, Tangren Cheng, Huitang Pan, Qixiang Zhang
The floral transition is a crucial developmental event, but little is known about the underlying regulatory networks in seasonally and continuously flowering roses. In this study, we compared the genetic basis of flowering in two rose species, Rosa chinensis 'Old Blush', which flowers continuously, and R. odorata var. gigantea, which blooms in early spring. Gene ontology (GO) terms related to methylation, light reaction, and starch metabolism were enriched in R. odorata var. gigantea and terms associated with sugar metabolism were enriched in R...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hung-Chi Chen, Vicki Hsieh-Feng, Pei-Chun Liao, Wan-Hsing Cheng, Li-Yu Liu, Yun-Wei Yang, Ming-Hsin Lai, Men-Chi Chang
The homologous genes OsbHLH068 and AtbHLH112 have partially redundant functions in the regulation of the salt stress response but opposite functions to control flowering in Arabidopsis. The transcription factor (TF) basic/Helix-Loop-Helix (bHLH) is important for plant growth, development, and stress responses. OsbHLH068, which is a homologous gene of AtbHLH112 that is up-regulated under drought and salt stresses, as indicated by previous microarray data analysis. However, the intrinsic function of OsbHLH068 remains unknown...
July 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
Fei Chen, Xingtan Zhang, Xing Liu, Liangsheng Zhang
MIKC(c)-type MADS-box genes encode transcription factors that control floral organ morphogenesis and flowering time in flowering plants. Here, in order to determine when the subfamilies of MIKC(c) originated and their early evolutionary trajectory, we sampled and analyzed the genomes and large-scale transcriptomes representing all the orders of gymnosperms and basal angiosperms. Through phylogenetic inference, the MIKC(c)-type MADS-box genes were subdivided into 14 monophyletic clades. Among them, the gymnosperm orthologs of AGL6, SEP, AP1, GMADS, SOC1, AGL32, AP3/PI, SVP, AGL15, ANR1, and AG were identified...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Bin Dong, Ye Deng, Haibin Wang, Ri Gao, Githeng'u K Stephen, Sumei Chen, Jiafu Jiang, Fadi Chen
Flower bud formation and flowering in chrysanthemums occur under short day conditions (SD), but the molecular basis for the switch to reproductive growth is less well understood than in model plants. Here, a spontaneous mutant able to flower under long days is described. In an attempt to reveal the pathway(s) involved in the formation of flower buds under contrasting daylengths, transcriptome sequencing was carried out in plants grown both under SD and long day conditions (LD). A number of differentially transcribed genes involved in the various known flowering pathways were identified...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Hengjiu Lei, Shuchai Su, Luyi Ma, Yue Wen, Xiangnan Wang
FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) is an important integrator of flowering genetic pathways and plays crucial roles in flowering transition. The tea-oil tree (Camellia oleifera Abel.) is a valuable woody oil crop, but the molecular mechanisms controlling flowering are still unclear. In this study, a FT-like gene, CoFT1, was isolated and characterized from C. oleifera. The CoFT1 protein was localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm of Arabidopsis protoplasts, and exhibited no transactivation activity in yeast cells. CoFT1 was highly expressed in mature leaves and reproductive organs, such as flower buds, flowers, flower organs, and young fruits...
August 30, 2017: Gene
Zhongying Ren, Daoqian Yu, Zhaoen Yang, Changfeng Li, Ghulam Qanmber, Yi Li, Jie Li, Zhao Liu, Lili Lu, Lingling Wang, Hua Zhang, Quanjia Chen, Fuguang Li, Zuoren Yang
Cotton is one of the major world oil crops. Cottonseed oil meets the increasing demand of fried food, ruminant feed, and renewable bio-fuels. MADS intervening keratin-like and C-terminal (MIKC)-type MADS-box genes encode transcription factors that have crucial roles in various plant developmental processes. Nevertheless, this gene family has not been characterized, nor its functions investigated, in cotton. Here, we performed a comprehensive analysis of MIKC-type MADS genes in the tetraploid Gossypium hirsutum L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
H X Song, A M Ping, M X Sun, X H Qi, M Y Gao, X Y Xu, Z J Zhu, M L Li, L P Hou
Pak choi is a highly nutritious vegetable that is widely grown in China, Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world. Because it reproduces by seed, it is very important to understand the mechanism of floral organ development. Therefore, using the Chinese cabbage genome as a reference, this study analyzed the expression profiles of shoot apex genes at flower bud differentiation stages 1 and 5, in order to identify genes related to floral organ development. The results showed that the proportion of mapped genes was high, with 84...
March 30, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Zhenzhen Wen, Wenzhong Guo, Jinchi Li, Haisheng Lin, Chunmei He, Yunquan Liu, Qunyu Zhang, Wei Liu
Vernalization is required for floral initiation in Dendrobium. Interestingly, those beneficial effects can also be achieved by exogenous cytokinin application in greenhouses. Thus, an as yet unknown crosstalk/interaction may exist between vernalization and cytokinin signaling pathways. In this study, we showed, by de novo transcriptome assembly using RNA-seq data from both vegetative and reproductive tissue samples, that some floral transition-related genes-DnVRN1, FT, SOC1, LFY and AP1-were differentially expressed in low-temperature-challenged (LT) or thidiazuron (TDZ)-treated plants, compared to those mock-treated (CK)...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
Zeeshan Nasim, Muhammad Fahim, Ji Hoon Ahn
Eukaryotic cells use nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) to clear aberrant mRNAs from the cell, thus preventing the accumulation of truncated proteins. In Arabidopsis, two UP-Frameshift (UPF) proteins, UPF1 and UPF3, play a critical role in NMD. Although deficiency of UPF1 and UPF3 leads to various developmental defects, little is known about the mechanism underlying the regulation of flowering time by NMD. Here, we showed that the upf1-5 and upf3-1 mutants had a late-flowering phenotype under long-day conditions and the upf1-5 upf3-1 double mutants had an additive effect in delaying flowering time...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Junyi Chen, Xiaoyu Zhu, Jun Ren, Kai Qiu, Zhongpeng Li, Zuokun Xie, Jiong Gao, Xin Zhou, Benke Kuai
Although the biochemical pathway of chlorophyll (Chl) degradation has been largely elucidated, how Chl is rapidly yet coordinately degraded during leaf senescence remains elusive. Pheophytinase (PPH) is the enzyme for catalyzing the removal of the phytol group from pheophytin a, and PPH expression is significantly induced during leaf senescence. To elucidate the transcriptional regulation of PPH, we used a yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) one-hybrid system to screen for its trans-regulators. SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CO 1 (SOC1), a key flowering pathway integrator, was initially identified as one of the putative trans-regulators of PPH After dark treatment, leaves of an SOC1 knockdown mutant (soc1-6) showed an accelerated yellowing phenotype, whereas those of SOC1-overexpressing lines exhibited a partial stay-green phenotype...
March 2017: Plant Physiology
Hui Li, Keyi Ye, Yiting Shi, Jinkui Cheng, Xiaoyan Zhang, Shuhua Yang
Cold stress is a major environmental factor that adversely affects plant growth and development. The C-repeat binding factor/DRE binding factor 1 (CBF/DREB1) transcriptional regulatory cascade has been shown to play important roles in plant response to cold. Here we demonstrate that two key components of brassinosteroid (BR) signaling modulate freezing tolerance of Arabidopsis plants. The loss-of-function mutant of the GSK3-like kinases involved in BR signaling, bin2-3 bil1 bil2, showed increased freezing tolerance, whereas overexpression of BIN2 resulted in hypersensitivity to freezing stress under both non-acclimated and acclimated conditions...
April 3, 2017: Molecular Plant
Micael Wendell, Linda Ripel, YeonKyeong Lee, Odd Arne Rognli, Sissel Torre, Jorunn E Olsen
Thermoperiodism is defined as the ability to discriminate between day temperature (DT) and night temperature (NT). Our aim was to shed light on the mechanistic basis of thermoperiodic floral induction with acceleration under lower DT than NT compared with other DT-NT combinations at the same average daily temperature (ADT), a response exploited in temperate area greenhouses. Arabidopsis thaliana floral pathway mutants and a lhy circadian clock mutant as well as the expression of floral integrators and LHY (LATE ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL) were studied under different DT-NT combinations, all at the same ADT...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
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