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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212378/sequencing-the-extrachromosomal-circular-mobilome-reveals-retrotransposon-activity-in-plants
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Sophie Lanciano, Marie-Christine Carpentier, Christel Llauro, Edouard Jobet, Dagmara Robakowska-Hyzorek, Eric Lasserre, Alain Ghesquière, Olivier Panaud, Marie Mirouze
Retrotransposons are mobile genetic elements abundant in plant and animal genomes. While efficiently silenced by the epigenetic machinery, they can be reactivated upon stress or during development. Their level of transcription not reflecting their transposition ability, it is thus difficult to evaluate their contribution to the active mobilome. Here we applied a simple methodology based on the high throughput sequencing of extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) forms of active retrotransposons to characterize the repertoire of mobile retrotransposons in plants...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204843/bread-wheat-milling-behavior-effects-of-genetic-and-environmental-factors-and-modeling-using-grain-mechanical-resistance-traits
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François-Xavier Oury, P Lasme, C Michelet, A Dubat, O Gardet, E Heumez, B Rolland, M Rousset, J Abecassis, C Bar L'Helgouac'h, V Lullien-Pellerin
Genetic (Pinb-D1 alleles) and environment (through vitreousness) have important effects on bread wheat milling behavior. SKCS optimal values corresponding to soft vitreous or hard mealy grains were defined to obtain the highest total flour yield. Near-isogenic lines of bread wheat that differ in hardness, due to distinct puroindoline-b alleles (the wild type, Pinb-D1a, or the mutated forms, Pinb-D1b or Pinb-D1d), were grown in different environments and under two nitrogen fertilization levels, to study genetic and environmental effects on milling behavior...
February 15, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203244/pistil-transcriptome-analysis-to-disclose-genes-and-gene-products-related-to-aposporous-apomixis-in-hypericum-perforatum-l
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Giulio Galla, Sara Zenoni, Linda Avesani, Lothar Altschmied, Paride Rizzo, Timothy F Sharbel, Gianni Barcaccia
Unlike sexual reproduction, apomixis encompasses a number of reproductive strategies, which permit maternal genome inheritance without genetic recombination and syngamy. The key biological features of apomixis are the circumvention of meiosis (i.e., apomeiosis), the differentiation of unreduced embryo sacs and egg cells, and their autonomous development in functional embryos through parthenogenesis, and the formation of viable endosperm either via fertilization-independent means or following fertilization with a sperm cell...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179911/characterization-and-ectopic-expression-of-cowri1-an-ap2-erebp-domain-containing-transcription-factor-from-coconut-cocos-nucifera-l-endosperm-changes-the-seeds-oil-content-in-transgenic-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#4
RuHao Sun, Rongjian Ye, Lingchao Gao, Lin Zhang, Rui Wang, Ting Mao, Yusheng Zheng, Dongdong Li, Yongjun Lin
Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is a key tropical crop and a member of the monocotyledonous family Arecaceae (Palmaceae). Few genes and related metabolic processes involved in coconut endosperm development have been investigated. In this study, a new member of the WRI1 gene family was isolated from coconut endosperm and was named CoWRI1. Its transcriptional activities and interactions with the acetyl-CoA carboxylase (BCCP2) promoter of CoWRI1 were confirmed by the yeast two-hybrid and yeast one-hybrid approaches, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174576/comparative-analysis-of-agpase-genes-and-encoded-proteins-in-eight-monocots-and-three-dicots-with-emphasis-on-wheat
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Ritu Batra, Gautam Saripalli, Amita Mohan, Saurabh Gupta, Kulvinder S Gill, Pritish K Varadwaj, Harindra S Balyan, Pushpendra K Gupta
ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase (AGPase) is a heterotetrameric enzyme with two large subunits (LS) and two small subunits (SS). It plays a critical role in starch biosynthesis. We are reporting here detailed structure, function and evolution of the genes encoding the LS and the SS among monocots and dicots. "True" orthologs of maize Sh2 (AGPase LS) and Bt2 (AGPase SS) were identified in seven other monocots and three dicots; structure of the enzyme at protein level was also studied. Novel findings of the current study include the following: (i) at the DNA level, the genes controlling the SS are more conserved than those controlling the LS; the variation in both is mainly due to intron number, intron length and intron phase distribution; (ii) at protein level, the SS genes are more conserved relative to those for LS; (iii) "QTCL" motif present in SS showed evolutionary differences in AGPase belonging to wheat 7BS, T...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166731/metabolomic-analysis-of-pathways-related-to-rice-grain-chalkiness-by-a-notched-belly-mutant-with-high-occurrence-of-white-belly-grains
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Zhaomiao Lin, Xincheng Zhang, Zunxin Wang, Yutong Jiang, Zhenghui Liu, Danny Alexander, Ganghua Li, Shaohua Wang, Yanfeng Ding
BACKGROUND: Grain chalkiness is a highly undesirable trait deleterious to rice appearance and milling quality. The physiological and molecular foundation of chalkiness formation is still partially understood, because of the complex interactions between multiple genes and growing environments. RESULTS: We report the untargeted metabolomic analysis of grains from a notched-belly mutant (DY1102) with high percentage of white-belly, which predominantly occurs in the bottom part proximal to the embryo...
February 7, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159756/structure-and-origin-of-the-white-cap-locus-and-its-role-in-evolution-of-grain-color-in-maize
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Bao-Cai Tan, Jiahn-Chou Guan, Shou Ding, Shan Wu, Jonathan W Saunders, Karen E Koch, Donald R McCarty
Selection for yellow and white grain types has been central to post-domestication improvement of maize. While genetic control of carotenoid biosynthesis in endosperm is attributed primarily to the Yellow1 (Y1) phytoene synthase gene, less is known about the role of the dominant white endosperm factor White Cap (Wc). We show that the Wc locus contains multiple, tandem copies of a Carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase 1 (Ccd1) gene that encodes a carotenoid-degrading enzyme. A survey of 111 maize inbreds and landraces, together with 22 teosinte accessions, reveals that Wc is exclusive to maize, where it is prevalent in white-grain (y1) varieties...
February 3, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155248/mutants-in-the-imprinted-pickle-related-2-gene-suppress-seed-abortion-of-fertilization-independent-seed-class-mutants-and-paternal-excess-interploidy-crosses-in-arabidopsis
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Fang Huang, Qian-Hao Zhu, Anyu Zhu, Xiaoba Wu, Liqiong Xie, Xianjun Wu, Chris Helliwell, Abed Chaudhury, E Jean Finnegan, Ming Luo
Endosperm cellularization is essential for embryo development and viable seed formation. Loss of function of the FERTILIZATION INDEPENDENT SEED (FIS) class Polycomb genes, which mediate histone H3 lysine27 trimethylation (H3K27me3), as well as imbalanced contributions of parental genomes interrupt this process. What causes the failure of cellularization is poorly understood. In this study, we identified PICKLE RELATED 2 (PKR2), mutations which suppress seed abortion in fis1/mea by restoring endosperm cellularization...
February 3, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155166/a-histochemical-technique-for-the-detection-of-annonaceous-acetogenins
#9
Guillermo Laguna-Hernández, Alicia Enriqueta Brechú-Franco, Iván De la Cruz-Chacón, Alma Rosa González-Esquinca
Annonaceous acetogenins (ACGs) are molecules with carbon numbers C35-C37, usually with tetrahydrofuran and tetrahydropyran rings and one terminal γ-lactone (usually α,β-unsaturated), in a large aliphatic chain that is varyingly hydroxylated, acetoxylated or ketonized. ACGs have ecological functions as insecticides and are pharmacologically promising due to their cytotoxic and antitumoral properties. They are found in the seeds, leaves, roots, flowers and fruits of annonaceous plants and can be detected during isolation via thin-layer chromatography using Kedde's reagent, which reacts with the unsaturated lactone...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146098/comprehensive-analysis-of-rice-laccase-gene-oslac-family-and-ectopic-expression-of-oslac10-enhances-tolerance-to-copper-stress-in-arabidopsis
#10
Qingquan Liu, Le Luo, Xiaoxiao Wang, Zhenguo Shen, Luqing Zheng
Laccases are encoded by a multigene family and widely distributed in plant genomes where they play roles oxidizing monolignols to produce higher-order lignin involved in plant development and stress responses. We identified 30 laccase genes (OsLACs) from rice, which can be divided into five subfamilies, mostly expressed during early development of the endosperm, growing roots, and stems. OsLACs can be induced by hormones, salt, drought, and heavy metals stresses. The expression level of OsLAC10 increased 1200-fold after treatment with 20 μM Cu for 12 h...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142093/ascorbic-acid-deficiency-leads-to-increased-grain-chalkiness-in-transgenic-rice-for-suppressed-of-l-galldh
#11
Le Yu, Yonghai Liu, Lina Lu, Qilei Zhang, Yezheng Chen, Liping Zhou, Hua Chen, Changlian Peng
The grain chalkiness of rice (Oryza sativa L.), which determines the rice quality and price, is a major concern in rice breeding. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays a critical role in regulating rice endosperm chalkiness. Ascorbic acid (Asc) is a major plant antioxidant, which strictly regulates the levels of ROS. l-galactono-1, 4-lactone dehydrogenase (L-GalLDH, EC 1.3.2.3) is an enzyme that catalyzes the last step of Asc biosynthesis in higher plants. Here we show that the L-GalLDH-suppressed transgenic rice, GI-1 and GI-2, which have constitutively low (between 30% and 50%) leaf and grain Asc content compared with the wild-type (WT), exhibit significantly increased grain chalkiness...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130550/control-of-demeter-dna-demethylase-gene-transcription-in-male-and-female-gamete-companion-cells-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#12
Jin-Sup Park, Jennifer M Frost, Kyunghyuk Park, Hyonhwa Ohr, Guen Tae Park, Seohyun Kim, Hyunjoo Eom, Ilha Lee, Janie S Brooks, Robert L Fischer, Yeonhee Choi
The DEMETER (DME) DNA glycosylase initiates active DNA demethylation via the base-excision repair pathway and is vital for reproduction in Arabidopsis thaliana DME-mediated DNA demethylation is preferentially targeted to small, AT-rich, and nucleosome-depleted euchromatic transposable elements, influencing expression of adjacent genes and leading to imprinting in the endosperm. In the female gametophyte, DME expression and subsequent genome-wide DNA demethylation are confined to the companion cell of the egg, the central cell...
January 27, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130222/genetic-analyses-of-the-inheritance-and-expressivity-of-autonomous-endosperm-formation-in-hieracium-with-different-modes-of-embryo-sac-and-seed-formation
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Steven T Henderson, Susan D Johnson, Joel Eichmann, Anna M G Koltunow
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Apomixis, or asexual seed formation, in polyploid Hieracium subgenus Pilosella species results in clonal progeny with a maternal genotype. An aposporous embryo sac forms mitotically from a somatic cell, without prior meiosis, while embryo and endosperm formation is fertilization independent (autonomous). The latter two developmental components are tightly linked in Hieracium Recently, two plants, AutE196 and AutE24, were identified from two different crosses. Both form embryo sacs via the sexual route by undergoing meiosis, and embryo development requires fertilization; however, 18 % of embryo sacs can undergo autonomous endosperm (AutE) formation...
January 27, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127400/t-6b-allocates-more-assimilation-product-for-oil-synthesis-and-less-for-polysaccharide-synthesis-during-the-seed-development-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Yunkai Jin, Jia Hu, Xun Liu, Ying Ruan, Chuanxin Sun, Chunlin Liu
BACKGROUND: As an Agrobacterium tumefaciens T-DNA oncogene, T-6b induces the development of tumors and the enation syndrome in vegetative tissues of transgenic plants. Most of these effects are related to increases in soluble sugar contents. To verify the potential roles of T-6b in the distribution of carbon in developing seeds, not in vegetative tissues, we fused an endosperm-specific promoter to the T-6b gene for expression in transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana plants. RESULTS: The expression of T-6b in reproductive organs did not induce the development of the enation syndrome, and moreover, promoted endosperm expansion, which increased the total seed biomass by more than 10%...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118754/dna-methylation-and-imprinting-in-plants-machinery-and-mechanisms
#15
P R V Satyaki, Mary Gehring
Imprinting is an epigenetic phenomenon in which genes are expressed selectively from either the maternal or paternal alleles. In plants, imprinted gene expression is found in a tissue called the endosperm. Imprinting is often set by a unique epigenomic configuration in which the maternal chromosomes are less DNA methylated than their paternal counterparts. In this review, we synthesize studies that paint a detailed molecular portrait of the distinctive endosperm methylome. We will also discuss the molecular machinery that shapes and modifies this methylome, and the role of DNA methylation in imprinting...
January 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115687/endosperm-based-hybridization-barriers-explain-the-pattern-of-gene-flow-between-arabidopsis-lyrata-and-arabidopsis-arenosa-in-central-europe
#16
Clément Lafon-Placette, Ida M Johannessen, Karina S Hornslien, Mohammad F Ali, Katrine N Bjerkan, Jonathan Bramsiepe, Barbara M Glöckle, Carolin A Rebernig, Anne K Brysting, Paul E Grini, Claudia Köhler
Based on the biological species concept, two species are considered distinct if reproductive barriers prevent gene flow between them. In Central Europe, the diploid species Arabidopsis lyrata and Arabidopsis arenosa are genetically isolated, thus fitting this concept as "good species." Nonetheless, interspecific gene flow involving their tetraploid forms has been described. The reasons for this ploidy-dependent reproductive isolation remain unknown. Here, we show that hybridization between diploid A. lyrata and A...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100826/biomechanical-properties-of-wheat-grains-the-implications-on-milling
#17
James E Hourston, Michael Ignatz, Martin Reith, Gerhard Leubner-Metzger, Tina Steinbrecher
Millennia of continuous innovation have driven ever increasing efficiency in the milling process. Mechanically characterizing wheat grains and discerning the structure and function of the wheat bran layers can contribute to continuing innovation. We present novel shear force and puncture force testing regimes to characterize different wheat grain cultivars. The forces endured by wheat grains during the milling process can be quantified, enabling us to measure the impact of commonly applied grain pretreatments, such as microwave heating, extended tempering, enzyme and hormone treatments on grains of different 'hardness'...
January 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098283/high-precision-localized-proton-gradients-and-fluxes-generated-by-a-microelectrode-device-induce-differential-growth-behaviors-of-pollen-tubes
#18
Chengzhi Hu, Hannes Vogler, Marianne Aellen, Naveen Shamsudhin, Bumjin Jang, Jan T Burri, Nino Läubli, Ueli Grossniklaus, Salvador Pané, Bradley J Nelson
Pollen tubes are tip-growing plant cells that deliver the sperm cells to the ovules for double fertilization of the egg cell and the endosperm. Various directional cues can trigger the reorientation of pollen tube growth direction on their passage through the female tissues. Among the external stimuli, protons serve an important, regulatory role in the control of pollen tube growth. The generation of local guidance cues has been challenging when investigating the mechanisms of perception and processing of such directional triggers in pollen tubes...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095407/a-novel-imprinted-gene-nuwa-controls-mitochondrial-function-in-early-seed-development-in-arabidopsis
#19
Shan He, Yan Sun, Qian Yang, Xiangyu Zhang, Qingpei Huang, Peng Zhao, Mengxiang Sun, Jingjing Liu, Weiqiang Qian, Genji Qin, Hongya Gu, Li-Jia Qu
Imprinted genes display biased expression of paternal and maternal alleles and are only found in mammals and flowering plants. Compared to several hundred imprinted genes that are functionally characterized in mammals, very few imprinted genes were confirmed in plants and even fewer of them have been functionally investigated. Here, we report a new imprinted gene, NUWA, in plants. NUWA is an essential gene, because loss of its function resulted in reduced transmission through the female gametophyte and defective cell/nuclear proliferation in early Arabidopsis embryo and endosperm...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087660/the-morphophysiological-dormancy-in-amborella-trichopoda-seeds-is-a-pleisiomorphic-trait-in-angiosperms
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Bruno Fogliani, Gildas Gâteblé, Matthieu Villegente, Isabelle Fabre, Nicolas Klein, Nicolas Anger, Carol C Baskin, Charlie P Scutt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent parsimony-based reconstructions suggest that seeds of early angiosperms had either morphophysiological or physiological dormancy, with the former considered as more probable. The aim of this study was to determine the class of seed dormancy present in Amborella trichopoda, the sole living representative of the most basal angiosperm lineage Amborellales, with a view to resolving fully the class of dormancy present at the base of the angiosperm clade. METHODS: Drupes of A...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
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