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Xuebin Zhang, Dasuni Jayaweera, Janny L Peters, Judit Szecsi, Mohammed Bendahmane, Jeremy A Roberts, Zinnia H González-Carranza
In Arabidopsis, the F-box HAWAIIAN SKIRT (HWS) protein is important for organ growth. Loss of function of HWS exhibits pleiotropic phenotypes including sepal fusion. To dissect the HWS role, we EMS-mutagenized hws-1 seeds and screened for mutations that suppress hws-1 associated phenotypes. We identified shs-2 and shs-3 (suppressor of hws-2 and 3) mutants in which the sepal fusion phenotype of hws-1 was suppressed. shs-2 and shs-3 (renamed hst-23/hws-1 and hst-24/hws-1) carry transition mutations that result in premature terminations in the plant homolog of Exportin-5 HASTY (HST), known to be important in miRNA biogenesis, function and transport...
2017: PloS One
Xuan Ma, Chunyan Liu, Lianfeng Gu, Beixin Mo, Xiaofeng Cao, Xuemei Chen
Summary: In plants, the targets of deeply conserved microRNAs (miRNAs) were comprehensively studied. Evidence is emerging that targets of less conserved miRNAs, endogenous target mimics (eTM) and non-canonical targets play functional roles. Existing plant miRNA prediction tools lack a cross-species conservation filter and eTM prediction function. We developed a tool named TarHunter that features a strict cross-species conservation filter and capability of predicting eTMs. TarHunter has higher recall or precision rate as compared with other tools, and the conservation filter effectively increases prediction precision...
December 11, 2017: Bioinformatics
Mengya Shi, Xiao Hu, Yu Wei, Xu Hou, Xue Yuan, Jun Liu, Yueping Liu
Auxin has long been known as a critical phytohormone that regulates fruit development in plants. However, due to the lack of an enlarged ovary wall in the model plants Arabidopsis and rice, the molecular regulatory mechanisms of fruit division and enlargement remain unclear. In this study, we performed small RNA sequencing and degradome sequencing analyses to systematically explore post-transcriptional regulation in the mesocarp at the hard core stage following treatment of the peach (Prunus persica L.) fruit with the synthetic auxin α-naphthylacetic acid (NAA)...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Man Wang, Fei Yu, Wei Wu, Yuan Zhang, Wenguang Chang, Murugavel Ponnusamy, Kun Wang, Peifeng Li
Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a novel type of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), are ubiquitously expressed in eukaryotic cells during post-transcriptional processes. Unlike linear RNAs, circRNAs form covalent-closed continuous loops without 5' to 3' polarities and poly (A) tails. With advances in high-throughput sequencing technology, numerous circRNAs have been identified in plants, animals and humans. Notably, circRNAs display cell-type, tissue-type and developmental-stage specific expression patterns in eukaryotic transcriptome, which reveals their significant regulatory functions in gene expression...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Cunyuan Li, Xiaoyue Li, Yang Yao, Qiman Ma, Wei Ni, Xiangyu Zhang, Yang Cao, Wureli Hazi, Dawei Wang, Renzhe Quan, Xiaoxu Hou, Zhijin Liu, Qianqian Zhan, Li Liu, Mengdan Zhang, Shuting Yu, Shengwei Hu
Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a type of non-coding RNA with circular structure, were generated by back splicing and widely expressed in animals and plants. Recent studies have shown that circRNAs extensively participate in cell proliferation, cell differentiation, cell autophagy and other biological processes. However, the role and expression of circRNAs in the development and growth of muscle have not been studied in sheep. In our study, we first used RNA-seq to study the circRNAs in prenatal and postnatal longissimus dorsi muscle of sheep...
November 14, 2017: Oncotarget
Songdou Zhang, Shiheng An, Kelli Hoover, Zhen Li, Xiangrui Li, Xiaoming Liu, Zhongjian Shen, Haibo Fang, Vera I D Ros, Qingwen Zhang, Xiaoxia Liu
Baculoviruses manipulate host climbing behavior to ensure that the hosts die at elevated positions on host plants to facilitate virus proliferation and transmission, which is a process referred to as tree-top disease. However, the detailed molecular mechanism underlying tree-top disease has not been elucidated. Using transcriptome analysis we showed that two hormone signals, juvenile hormone (JH) and 20-hydroxyecdysone (20E), are key components involved in HaSNPV-induced tree-top disease in Helicoverpa armigera larvae...
December 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
Wuqiang Ma, Chengjie Chen, Yuanlong Liu, Ming Zeng, Blake C Meyers, Jianguo Li, Rui Xia
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and phased small interfering RNAs (phasiRNAs) play vital regulatory roles in plant growth and development. Little is known about these small RNAs in litchi (Litchi chinensis), an economically important fruit crop widely cultivated in Southeast Asia. We profiled the litchi small RNA population with various deep-sequencing techniques and in-depth bioinformatic analyses. The genome-wide identification of miRNAs, their target genes, and phasiRNA-generating (PHAS) genes/loci showed that the function of miR482/2118 has expanded, relative to its canonical function...
December 8, 2017: New Phytologist
Wei-Yi Lin, Yen-Yu Lin, Su-Fen Chiang, Cueihuan Syu, Li-Ching Hsieh, Tzyy-Jen Chiou
Unlike most ancient microRNAs, which conservatively target homologous genes across species, microRNA827 (miR827) targets two different types of SPX (SYG1/PHO81/XPR1)-domain-containing genes, NITROGEN LIMITATION ADAPTATION (NLA) and PHOSPHATE TRANSPORTER 5 (PHT5), in Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa to regulate phosphate (Pi) transport and storage, respectively. However, how miR827 shifted its target preference and its evolutionary history are unknown. Based on target prediction analysis, we found that in most angiosperms, miR827 conservatively targets PHT5 homologs, but in Brassicaceae and Cleomaceae it preferentially targets NLA homologs, and we provide evidence for the transition of target preference during Brassicales evolution...
December 5, 2017: New Phytologist
Chaoyun Wang, Ying Yang, Miao Li, Xin Liu, Qiaoyun Wang, Wenyu Xin, Hongliu Sun, Qingyin Zheng
Hypoxia-induced generation of vasoconstrictors reduces cerebral blood flow (CBF) while nitric oxide (NO) synthase (NOS) and microRNAs (miRNA) in endothelial cells (ECs) suppress vasoconstriction. Safflor yellow B (SYB), a natural plant compound, previously attenuated angiotensin II-mediated injury of ECs and maintained endothelial function. This study investigated the putative involvement of NOS and miRNAs in SYB-mediated resistance to hypoxia-induced vasoconstriction. In vivo, chronic hypoxia was induced in rats, and SYB was administered intravenously...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
Indra Singh, Shuchi Smita, Dwijesh C Mishra, Sanjeev Kumar, Binay K Singh, Anil Rai
Abiotic stress is one of the major factors responsible for huge yield loss in crop plants. MicroRNAs play a key role in adaptive responses of plants under abiotic stress conditions through post-transcriptional gene regulations. In present study, 95 potential miRNAs were predicted in Brassica juncea using comparative genomics approach. It was noted that these miRNAs, target several transcription factors (TFs), transporter family proteins, signaling related genes, and protease encoding genes. Nineteen distinct miRNA-target regulatory networks were observed with significant involvement in regulation of transcription, response to stimulus, hormone and auxin mediated signaling pathway related gene ontology (GO) term...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Zujun Yin, Xiulan Han, Yan Li, Junjuan Wang, Delong Wang, Shuai Wang, Xiaoqiong Fu, Wuwei Ye
Small RNAs play an important role in regulating plant responses to abiotic stress. Depending on the method of salt application, whether sudden or gradual, plants may experience either salt shock or salt stress, respectively. In this study, small RNA expression in response to salt shock and long-term salt stress in parallel experiments was described. Cotton small RNA libraries were constructed and sequenced under normal conditions, as well as sudden and gradual salt application. A total of 225 cotton microRNAs (miRNAs) were identified and of these 24 were novel miRNAs...
December 5, 2017: Genes
Naholi D Alejandri-Ramírez, Elva C Chávez-Hernández, Jose L Contreras-Guerra, Jose L Reyes, Tzvetanka D Dinkova
Somatic embryogenesis represents an alternative developmental process used to achieve genetic transformation and to approach key questions in maize development. It is known that embryogenic callus induction and plant regeneration are accompanied by microRNA expression changes. However, small RNA (sRNA) populations have not been explored during the proliferative callus subculture establishment and their impact on maintaining the dedifferentiated status and embryogenic potential is far from being completely understood...
November 30, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Shaoxuan Li, Zhanru Shao, Xiling Fu, Wei Xiao, Ling Li, Ming Chen, Mingyue Sun, Dongmei Li, Dongsheng Gao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression of target mRNAs involved in plant growth, development, and abiotic stress. As one of the most important model plants, peach (Prunus persica) has high agricultural significance and nutritional values. It is well adapted to be cultivated in greenhouse in which some auxiliary conditions like temperature, humidity, and UVB etc. are needed to ensure the fruit quality. However, little is known about the genomic information of P...
December 2, 2017: BMC Genomics
Celso Gaspar Litholdo, Andrew Leigh Eamens, Peter Michael Waterhouse
In plants, microRNAs (miRNAs) have evolved in parallel to the protein-coding genes that they target for expression regulation, and miRNA-directed gene expression regulation is central to almost every cellular process. MicroRNA, miR163, is unique to the Arabidopsis genus and is processed into a 24-nucleotide (nt) mature small regulatory RNA (sRNA) from a single precursor transcript transcribed from a single locus, the MIR163 gene. The MIR163 locus is a result of a recent inverted duplication event of one of the five closely related S-ADENOSYL-METHYLTRANSFERASE genes that the mature miR163 sRNA targets for expression regulation...
December 1, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Zhi-Chao Sun, Liang-Sheng Zhang, Zheng-Jia Wang
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miRNA) plays an important role in plant development regulation. Hickory is an economically important plant in which the amount of flowering determines its production. RESULTS: Here, 51 conserved miRNAs, which belong to 16 families and 195 novel miRNAs were identified in hickory genome. For each conserved miRNA family, we used sequences from hickory and other plants to construct a phylogenetic tree, which shows that each family has members in hickory...
November 29, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
Yongyan Tang, Huanhuan Liu, Siyi Guo, Bo Wang, Zhitao Li, Kang Chong, Yunyuan Xu
Genetic improvement of plant architecture is one of the strategies for increasing the yield potential of rice (Oryza sativa). Although great progress has been made in the understanding of plant architecture regulation, the precise mechanism is still an urgent need to be revealed. Here, we report that over-expression of OsMIR396d in rice results in semi-dwarf and increased leaf angle, a typical phenotype of BR enhanced mutant. OsmiR396d is involved in the interaction network of BR and GA signal. In OsMIR396d over-expression plants, BR signaling was enhanced...
November 27, 2017: Plant Physiology
Yafan Zhao, Huili Wen, Sachin Teotia, Yanxiu Du, Jing Zhang, Junzhou Li, Hongzheng Sun, Guiliang Tang, Ting Peng, Quanzhi Zhao
BACKGROUND: microRNAs (miRNAs) are important regulators in plant growth and development. miR159 is a conserved miRNA among different plant species and has various functions in plants. Studies on miR159 are mostly done on model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. In rice, studies on miR159 were either based upon genome-wide expression analyses focused upon responses to different nitrogen forms and abiotic stress or upon phenotypic studies of transgenic plants overexpressing its precursor. STTM (Short Tandem Target Mimic) is an effective tool to block the activity of endogenous mature miRNA activity in plant...
November 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
Rahul Singh Jasrotia, Mir Asif Iquebal, Pramod Kumar Yadav, Neeraj Kumar, Sarika Jaiswal, U B Angadi, Anil Rai, Dinesh Kumar
Vigna mungo (Urdbean) is cultivated in the tropical and sub-tropical continental region of Asia. It is not only important source of dietary protein and nutritional elements, but also of immense value to human health due to medicinal properties. Yellow mosaic disease caused by Mungbean Yellow Mosaic India Virus is known to incur huge loss to crop, adversely affecting crop yield. Contrasting genotypes are ideal source for knowledge discovery of plant defence mechanism and associated candidate genes for varietal improvement...
October 2017: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
G Di Ruocco, G Bertolotti, E Pacifici, L Polverari, M Tsiantis, S Sabatini, P Costantino, R Dello Ioio
A clear example of interspecific variation is the number of root cortical layers in plants. The genetic mechanisms underlying this variability are poorly understood, partly due to the lack of a convenient model. Here, we demonstrate that Cardamine hirsuta, unlike Arabidopsis thaliana, has two cortical layers that are patterned during late embryogenesis. We show that a miR165/6-dependent distribution of the HOMEODOMAIN LEUCINE ZIPPER III (HD-ZIPIII) transcription factor PHABULOSA (PHB) controls this pattern...
November 20, 2017: Development
Yuqiong Guo, Shanshan Zhao, Chen Zhu, Xiaojun Chang, Chuan Yue, Zhong Wang, Yuling Lin, Zhongxiong Lai
BACKGROUND: Drought stress is one of the major natural challenges in the main tea-producing regions of China. The tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is a traditional beverage plant whose growth status directly affects tea quality. Recent studies have revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs) play key functions in plant growth and development. Although some miRNAs have been identified in C. sinensis, little is known about their roles in the drought stress response of tea plants. RESULTS: Physiological characterization of Camellia sinensis 'Tieguanyin' under drought stress showed that the malondialdehyde concentration and electrical conductivity of leaves of drought-stressed plants increased when the chlorophyll concentration decreased under severe drought stress...
November 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
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