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Metal plant defense

Guoyong Huang, Muhammad Shahid Rizwan, Chao Ren, Guangguang Guo, Qingling Fu, Jun Zhu, Hongqing Hu
Application of fertilizers to supply appropriate nutrients has become an essential agricultural strategy for enhancing the efficiency of phytoremediation in heavy metal contaminated soils. The present study was conducted to investigate the beneficial effects of three types of phosphate fertilizers (i.e., oxalic acid-activated phosphate rock (APR), Ca(H2PO4)2, and NaH2PO4) in the range of 0-600 mg P kg(-1) soil, on castor bean growth, antioxidants [antioxidative enzymes and glutathione (GSH)], and Cu uptake...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Erminia Conti, Sandro Dattilo, Giovanni Costa, Concetto Puglisi
Carabids are generally considered to be non-specialized predators, and they have been considered useful ecological indicators. They can play a key role in clarifying the route of contaminants in food webs because they are predators of small invertebrates and, in turn, part of the diet of several vertebrates. The Mediterranean species Parallelomorphus laevigatus, which so far has not been studied from an ecotoxicological point of view, is an excellent ecological indicator in sandy coastal environments. We investigated the accumulation of trace elements in Ionian populations of P...
October 11, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Berta Gallego, Soledad Martos, Catalina Cabot, Juan Barceló, Charlotte Poschenrieder
The hypothesis of metal defense as a substitute for a defective biotic stress signaling system in metal hyperaccumulators was tested using the pathosystem Alternaria brassicicola - Noccaea caerulescens under low (2 μM), medium (12 μM), and high (102 μM) Zn supply. Regardless the Zn supply, N. caerulescens responded to fungal attack with the activation of both HMA4 coding for a Zn transporter, and biotic stress signaling pathways. Salicylate, jasmonate, abscisic acid, and indoleacetic acid concentrations, as well as biotic stress marker genes (PDF1...
October 13, 2016: Physiologia Plantarum
Andrea A E Méndez, Liliana B Pena, María P Benavides, Susana M Gallego
In the present study we evaluated the pre-treatment (priming) of Arabidopsis thaliana plants with sodium nitroprusside (SNP), a NO-donor, as an interesting approach for improving plant tolerance to cadmium stress. We focused on the cell redox balance and on the methionine sulfoxide reductases (MSR) family as a key component of such response. MSR catalyse the reversible oxidation of MetSO residues back to Met. Five MSRA genes and nine MSRB genes have been identified in A. thaliana, coding for proteins with different subcellular locations...
October 1, 2016: Biochimie
Recep Vatansever, Ibrahim Ilker Ozyigit, Ertugrul Filiz
The essentiality of 14 mineral elements so far have been reported in plant nutrition. Eight of these elements were known as micronutrients due to their lower concentrations in plants (usually ≤100 mg/kg/dw). However, it is still challenging to mention an exact number of plant micronutrients since some elements have not been strictly proposed yet either as essential or beneficial. Micronutrients participate in very diverse metabolic processes, including from the primary and secondary metabolism to the cell defense, and from the signal transduction to the gene regulation, energy metabolism, and hormone perception...
September 29, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Yachun Su, Zhuqing Wang, Feng Liu, Zhu Li, Qiong Peng, Jinlong Guo, Liping Xu, Youxiong Que
Beta-1,3-glucanases (EC, commonly known as pathogenesis-related (PR) proteins, play an important role not only in plant defense against fungal pathogens but also in plant physiological and developmental processes. However, only a limited number of sugarcane beta-1,3-glucanase genes have been isolated. In the present study, we identified and characterized a new beta-1,3-glucanase gene ScGluD2 (GenBank Acc No. KF664181) from sugarcane. An X8 domain was present at the C terminal region of ScGluD2, suggesting beta-1,3-glucan-binding function...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Hongxiao Zhang, Yan Xia, Chen Chen, Kai Zhuang, Yufeng Song, Zhenguo Shen
Copper (Cu) is an essential micronutrient for plants, but excess Cu can inactivate and disturb the protein function due to unavoidable binding to proteins at the cellular level. As a redox-active metal, Cu toxicity is mediated by the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Cu-binding structural motifs may alleviate Cu-induced damage by decreasing free Cu(2+) activity in cytoplasm or scavenging ROS. The identification of Cu-binding proteins involved in the response of plants to Cu or ROS toxicity may increase our understanding the mechanisms of metal toxicity and tolerance in plants...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Mei Zhang, Hui Mo, Wen Sun, Yan Guo, Jing Li
Heavy metal pollution is a major limiting factor that severely affects plant growth worldwide, and the accumulation of heavy metal in the plant may be hazardous to human health. To identify the processes involved in cadmium detoxification, we constructed a cDNA library of tobacco roots acclimated to cadmium (Cd) stress. According to the results of functional screening cDNA library with a yeast Cd-sensitive mutant, ycf1Δ, we obtained a series of candidate genes that were involved in Cd response. Sequence analysis and yeast functional complementation of 24 positive cDNA clones revealed that, in addition to antioxidant genes, genes implicated in abiotic and biotic stress defenses, cellular metabolism, and signal transduction showed Cd detoxification effects in yeast...
2016: PloS One
David Renault, Moataza A Dorrah, Amr A Mohamed, Eman A Abdelfattah, Taha T M Bassal
For herbivore insects, digesting can be somewhat challenging, as the defense mechanisms evolved by plants, including the release of phenolics like the non-protein amino acid L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), can cause fitness costs. In addition, industrial and agricultural activities have elevated the amounts of iron that can be found in nature and more particularly FeSO4 that is used as fertilizer. Traces of iron can enhance the auto-oxidation of L-DOPA, in turn, generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) and consequently oxidative stress in insects...
August 18, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Ahmad H Kabir, Mohammad M Hossain, Most A Khatun, Abul Mandal, Syed A Haider
Cadmium (Cd) is one of the most phytotoxic elements causing an agricultural problem and human health hazards. This work investigates whether and how silicon (Si) ameliorates Cd toxicity in Alfalfa. The addition of Si in Cd-stressed plants caused significant improvement in morpho-physiological features as well as total protein and membrane stability, indicating that Si does have critical roles in Cd detoxification in Alfalfa. Furthermore, Si supplementation in Cd-stressed plants showed a significant decrease in Cd and Fe concentrations in both roots and shoots compared with Cd-stressed plants, revealing that Si-mediated tolerance to Cd stress is associated with Cd inhibition in Alfalfa...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dániel Benyó, Edit Horváth, Edit Németh, Tünde Leviczky, Kinga Takács, Nóra Lehotai, Gábor Feigl, Zsuzsanna Kolbert, Attila Ördög, Róbert Gallé, Jolán Csiszár, László Szabados, László Erdei, Ágnes Gallé
Plants have divergent defense mechanisms against the harmful effects of heavy metals present in excess in soils and groundwaters. Poplars (Populus spp.) are widely cultivated because of their rapid growth and high biomass production, and members of the genus are increasingly used as experimental model organisms of trees and for phytoremediation purposes. Our aim was to investigate the copper and zinc stress responses of three outstanding biomass producer bred poplar lines to identify such transcripts of genes involved in the detoxification mechanisms, which can play an important role in the protection against heavy metals...
August 20, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Ying Ma, Rui S Oliveira, Helena Freitas, Chang Zhang
Plants and microbes coexist or compete for survival and their cohesive interactions play a vital role in adapting to metalliferous environments, and can thus be explored to improve microbe-assisted phytoremediation. Plant root exudates are useful nutrient and energy sources for soil microorganisms, with whom they establish intricate communication systems. Some beneficial bacteria and fungi, acting as plant growth promoting microorganisms (PGPMs), may alleviate metal phytotoxicity and stimulate plant growth indirectly via the induction of defense mechanisms against phytopathogens, and/or directly through the solubilization of mineral nutrients (nitrogen, phosphate, potassium, iron, etc...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dalel Belhaj, Nada Elloumi, Bouthaina Jerbi, Mohamed Zouari, Ferjani Ben Abdallah, Habib Ayadi, Monem Kallel
Use of sewage sludge, a biological residue produced from sewage treatment processes in agriculture, is an alternative disposal technique of waste. To study the usefulness of sewage sludge amendment for Helianthus annuus, a pot experiment was conducted by mixing sewage sludge at 2.5, 5, and 7.5 % (w/w) amendment ratios to the agricultural soil. Soil pH decreased whereas electrical conductivity, organic matter, total N, available P, and exchangeable Na, K, and Ca increased in soil amended with sewage sludge in comparison to unamended soil...
July 19, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Xia Jia, Yonghua Zhao, Tuo Liu, Shuping Huang
Secondary metabolites play important roles in plant interactions with the environment. The co-occurrence of heavy metal contamination of soils and rising atmospheric CO2 has important effects on plant. It is important to explore the ways in which production of plant secondary metabolites is affected by heavy metals under elevated atmospheric CO2. We examined the effects of elevated CO2 on secondary metabolite contents in Robinia pseudoacacia seedlings grown in Cd- and lead (Pb)-contaminated soils. The increase in secondary metabolites was greater under Cd + Pb exposure than under exposure to individual metals regardless of elevated CO2 with the exception of condensed tannins in leaves and total alkaloids in stems...
October 2016: Chemosphere
Mehreen Zaka, Bilal Haider Abbasi, Latif-Ur Rahman, Afzal Shah, Muhammad Zia
The synthesis, characterisation and application of metal nanoparticles have become an important and attractive branch of nanotechnology. In current study, metallic nanoparticles of silver, copper, and gold were synthesised using environment friendly method (polyols process), and applied on medicinally important plant: Eruca sativa. Effects of application of these nanoparticles were evaluated on seed germination frequency and biochemical parameters of plant tissues. Seeds of E. sativa were germinated on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium incorporated with various combinations of nanoparticles suspension (30 µg/ml)...
June 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
Laxminath Tumburu, Christian P Andersen, Paul T Rygiewicz, Jay R Reichman
Changes in tissue transcriptomes and productivity of Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated during exposure of plants to two widely used engineered metal oxide nanoparticles, titanium dioxide (nano-titanium) and cerium dioxide (nano-cerium). Microarray analyses confirmed that exposure to either nanoparticle altered the transcriptomes of rosette leaves and roots, with comparatively larger numbers of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) found under nano-titania exposure. Nano-titania induced more DEGs in rosette leaves, whereas roots had more DEGs under nano-ceria exposure...
May 22, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Y H Zhao, X Jia, W K Wang, T Liu, S P Huang, M Y Yang
Plant secondary metabolites play a pivotal role in growth regulation, antioxidant activity, pigment development, and other processes. As the global climate changes, increasing atmospheric temperatures and contamination of soil by heavy metals co-occur in natural ecosystems, which alters the pH of rhizosphere soil and influences the bioavailability and mobility of metals. Elevated temperatures in combination with heavy metals are expected to affect plant secondary metabolites, but this issue has not been extensively examined...
September 15, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Meng Wang, Weibiao Liao
Carbon monoxide (CO), a gaseous molecule, has emerged as a signaling molecule in plants, due to its ability to trigger a series of physiological reactions. This article provides a brief update on the synthesis of CO, its physiological functions in plant growth and development, as well as its roles in abiotic stress tolerance such as drought, salt, ultraviolet radiation, and heavy metal stress. CO has positive effects on seed germination, root development, and stomatal closure. Also, CO can enhance plant abiotic stress resistance commonly through the enhancement of antioxidant defense system...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Khabat Vahabi, Sedigheh Karimi Dorcheh, Shamci Monajembashi, Martin Westermann, Michael Reichelt, Daniela Falkenberg, Peter Hemmerich, Irena Sherameti, Ralf Oelmüller
The endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica colonizes Arabidopsis thaliana roots and promotes plant performance, growth and resistance/tolerance against abiotic and biotic stress. Here we demonstrate that the benefits for the plant increase when the two partners are co-cultivated under stress (limited access to nutrient, exposure to heavy metals and salt, light and osmotic stress, pathogen infection). Moreover, physical contact between P. indica and Arabidopsis roots is necessary for optimal growth promotion, and chemical communication cannot replace the physical contact...
May 3, 2016: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Muhammad A Farooq, Rafaqat A Gill, Faisal Islam, Basharat Ali, Hongbo Liu, Jianxiang Xu, Shuiping He, Weijun Zhou
Methyl jasmonate (MJ) is an important plant growth regulator, involved in plant defense against abiotic stresses, however, its possible function in response to metal stress is poorly understood. In the present study, the effect of MJ on physiological and biochemical changes of the plants exposed to arsenic (As) stress were investigated in two Brassica napus L. cultivars (ZS 758 - a black seed type, and Zheda 622 - a yellow seed type). The As treatment at 200 μM was more phytotoxic, however, its combined application with MJ resulted in significant increase in leaf chlorophyll fluorescence, biomass production and reduced malondialdehyde content compared with As stressed plants...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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