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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213560/identification-of-putative-substrates-of-sec2-a-chloroplast-inner-envelope-translocase
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Yubing Li, Jonathan R Martin, Giovanni A Aldama, Donna E Fernandez, Kenneth Cline
Most chloroplast proteins are synthesized in the cytosol and imported into chloroplasts. Many imported proteins are further targeted to the thylakoid membrane and lumen by the SEC1, TAT or SRP/ALB3 translocases. Others are targeted to the inner chloroplast envelope membrane by un-described translocase(s). Recently, a second SEC system (SEC2) consisting of SCY2, SECE2, and SECA2 was found in the chloroplast envelope. Null mutants of SCY2 in Arabidopsis exhibit a severe embryo lethal phenotype. To investigate the function of SEC2 system in plants, we used inducible RNAi to knockdown SCY2 in Arabidopsis...
February 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211478/ecology-and-genetics-affect-relative-invasion-success-of-two-echium-species-in-southern-australia
#2
Xiaocheng Zhu, Paul A Weston, Dominik Skoneczny, David Gopurenko, Lucie Meyer, Brendan J Lepschi, Ragan M Callaway, Geoff M Gurr, Leslie A Weston
Echium plantagineum and E. vulgare are congeneric exotics first introduced to Australia in the early 1800 s. There, E. plantagineum is now highly invasive, whereas E. vulgare has a limited distribution. Studies were conducted to evaluate distribution, ecology, genetics and secondary chemistry to shed light on factors associated with their respective invasive success. When sampled across geographically diverse locales, E. plantagineum was widespread and exhibited a small genome size (1 C = 0.34 pg), an annual life cycle, and greater genetic diversity as assessed by DNA sequence analysis...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210266/a-phylogenetic-analysis-of-chloroplast-genomes-elucidates-the-relationships-of-the-six-economically-important-brassica-species-comprising-the-triangle-of-u
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Peirong Li, Shujiang Zhang, Fei Li, Shifan Zhang, Hui Zhang, Xiaowu Wang, Rifei Sun, Guusje Bonnema, Theo J A Borm
The Brassica genus comprises many economically important worldwide cultivated crops. The well-established model of the Brassica genus, U's triangle, consists of three basic diploid plant species (Brassica rapa, Brassica oleracea, and Brassica nigra) and three amphidiploid species (Brassica napus, Brassica juncea, and Brassica carinata) that arose through interspecific hybridizations. Despite being extensively studied because of its commercial relevance, several aspects of the origin of the Brassica species and the relationships within and among these six species still remain open questions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209812/sequencing-and-de-novo-assembly-of-the-complete-chloroplast-genome-of-the-peruvian-carrot-arracacia-xanthorrhiza-bancroft
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Javier Santiago Alvarado, Diane Hinojosa López, Isaury Maldonado Torres, María Margarita Meléndez, Rosalinda Aybar Batista, Vivek K Raxwal, Juan A Negrón Berríos, Alok Arun
Arracacia xanthorrhiza is an important secondary food crop in South America and Puerto Rico. The lack of crop protection and improvement strategies leads to infections damaging the storage roots. Here, we report the annotated complete chloroplast genome sequence of A. xanthorrhiza as a step toward developing genomic resources for this crop.
February 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209137/transcriptional-analysis-of-defense-mechanisms-in-upland-tetraploid-switchgrass-to-greenbugs
#5
Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Travis J Prochaska, Kyle G Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath
BACKGROUND: Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS: The global transcriptomic response of switchgrass cv Summer to GB was monitored by RNA-Seq in infested and control (uninfested) plants harvested at 5, 10, and 15 days after infestation (DAI)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208298/surface-accessibility-and-dynamics-of-macromolecular-assemblies-probed-by-covalent-labeling-mass-spectrometry-and-integrative-modeling
#6
Carla Schmidt, Jamie A Macpherson, Andy M Lau, Ken Wei Tan, Franca Fraternali, Argyris Politis
Mass spectrometry (MS) has become an indispensable tool for investigating the architectures and dynamics of macromolecular assemblies. Here we show that covalent labeling of solvent accessible residues followed by their MS-based identification yields modeling restraints that allow mapping the location and orientation of subunits within protein assemblies. Together with complementary restraints derived from cross-linking and native MS, we built native-like models of four heterocomplexes with known subunit structures and compared them with available X-ray crystal structures...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205240/the-influence-of-climatic-niche-preferences-on-the-population-genetic-structure-of-a-mistletoe-species-complex
#7
Santiago Ramírez-Barahona, Clementina González, Antonio González-Rodríguez, Juan Francisco Ornelas
The prevalent view on genetic structuring in parasitic plants is that host-race formation is caused by varying degrees of host specificity. However, the relative importance of ecological niche divergence and host specificity to population differentiation remains poorly understood. We evaluated the factors associated with population differentiation in mistletoes of the Psittacanthus schiedeanus complex (Loranthaceae) in Mexico. We used genetic data from chloroplast sequences and nuclear microsatellites to study population genetic structure and tested its association with host preferences and climatic niche variables...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202596/the-3-hydroxyacyl-acp-dehydratase-component-of-the-plant-mitochondrial-fatty-acid-synthase-system
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Xin Guan, Yozo Okazaki, Andrew Lithio, Ling Li, Xuefeng Zhao, Huanan Jin, Dan Nettleton, Kazuki Saito, Basil J Nikolau
We report the characterization of the Arabidopsis 3-hydroxyacyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) dehydratase (mtHD) component of the mitochondrial fatty acid synthase (mtFAS) system, encoded by AT5G60335. The mitochondrial localization and catalytic capability of mtHD were demonstrated with a green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgenesis experiment, and by in vivo complementation and in vitro enzymatic assays. RNAi knockdown lines with reduced mtHD expression exhibit traits typically associated with mtFAS mutants, namely a miniaturized morphological appearance, reduced lipoylation of lipoylated proteins, and altered metabolomes consistent with the reduced catalytic activity of lipoylated enzymes...
February 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198407/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-horseweed-conyza-canadensis-biotypes-identifies-candidate-proteins-for-glyphosate-resistance
#9
Fidel González-Torralva, Adrian P Brown, Stephen Chivasa
Emergence of glyphosate-resistant horseweed (Conyza canadensis) biotypes is an example of how unrelenting use of a single mode of action herbicide in agricultural weed control drives genetic adaptation in targeted species. While in other weeds glyphosate resistance arose from target site mutation or target gene amplification, the resistance mechanism in horseweed uses neither of these, being instead linked to reduced herbicide uptake and/or translocation. The molecular components underpinning horseweed glyphosate-resistance remain unknown...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197891/simple-generalisation-of-a-mesophyll-resistance-model-for-various-intracellular-arrangements-of-chloroplasts-and-mitochondria-in-c3-leaves
#10
Xinyou Yin, Paul C Struik
The classical definition of mesophyll conductance (g m) represents an apparent parameter (g m,app) as it places (photo)respired CO2 at the same compartment where the carboxylation by Rubisco takes place. Recently, Tholen and co-workers developed a framework, in which g m better describes a physical diffusional parameter (g m,dif). They partitioned mesophyll resistance (r m,dif = 1/g m,dif) into two components, cell wall and plasmalemma resistance (r wp) and chloroplast resistance (r ch), and showed that g m,app is sensitive to the ratio of photorespiratory (F) and respiratory (R d) CO2 release to net CO2 uptake (A): g m,app = g m,dif/[1 + ω(F + R d)/A], where ω is the fraction of r ch in r m,dif...
February 14, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197170/glutathionylation-of-pea-chloroplast-2-cys-prx-and-mitochondrial-prx-iif-affects-their-structure-and-peroxidase-activity-and-sulfiredoxin-deglutathionylates-only-the-2-cys-prx
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Aingeru Calderón, Alfonso Lázaro-Payo, Iván Iglesias-Baena, Daymi Camejo, Juan J Lázaro, Francisca Sevilla, Ana Jiménez
Together with thioredoxins (Trxs), plant peroxiredoxins (Prxs), and sulfiredoxins (Srxs) are involved in antioxidant defense and redox signaling, while their regulation by post-translational modifications (PTMs) is increasingly regarded as a key component for the transduction of the bioactivity of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species. Among these PTMs, S-glutathionylation is considered a protective mechanism against overoxidation, it also modulates protein activity and allows signaling. This study explores the glutathionylation of recombinant chloroplastic 2-Cys Prx and mitochondrial Prx IIF from Pisum sativum...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197159/an-rna-seq-analysis-of-grape-plantlets-grown-in-vitro-reveals-different-responses-to-blue-green-red-led-light-and-white-fluorescent-light
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Chun-Xia Li, Zhi-Gang Xu, Rui-Qi Dong, Sheng-Xin Chang, Lian-Zhen Wang, Muhammad Khalil-Ur-Rehman, Jian-Min Tao
Using an RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) approach, we analyzed the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) and physiological behaviors of "Manicure Finger" grape plantlets grown in vitro under white, blue, green, and red light. A total of 670, 1601, and 746 DEGs were identified in plants exposed to blue, green, and red light, respectively, compared to the control (white light). By comparing the gene expression patterns with the growth and physiological responses of the grape plantlets, we were able to link the responses of the plants to light of different spectral wavelengths and the expression of particular sets of genes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197158/overexpression-and-suppression-of-artemisia-annua-4-hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-enyl-diphosphate-reductase-1-gene-aahdr1-differentially-regulate-artemisinin-and-terpenoid-biosynthesis
#13
Dongming Ma, Gui Li, Yue Zhu, De-Yu Xie
4-Hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-enyl diphosphate reductase (HDR) catalyzes the last step of the 2-C-methyl-D-erythritol 4- phosphate (MEP) pathway to synthesize isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP). To date, little is known regarding effects of an increase or a decrease of a HDR expression on terpenoid and other metabolite profiles in plants. In our study, an Artemisia annua HDR cDNA (namely AaHDR1) was cloned from leaves. Expression profiling showed that it was highly expressed in leaves, roots, stems, and flowers with different levels...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196349/effects-of-low-sink-demand-on-leaf-photosynthesis-under-potassium-deficiency
#14
Yonghui Pan, Zhifeng Lu, Jianwei Lu, Xiaokun Li, Rihuan Cong, Tao Ren
The interaction between low sink demand and potassium (K) deficiency in leaf photosynthesis was not intensively investigated, therefore this interaction was investigated in winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.). Plants subjected to sufficient (+K) or insufficient (-K) K supply treatments were maintained or removed their flowers and pods; these conditions were defined as high sink demand (HS) or low sink demand (LS), respectively. The low sink demand induced a lower photosynthetic rate (Pn), especially in the -K treatment during the first week...
February 1, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193863/modular-electron-transport-chains-from-eukaryotic-organelles-function-to-support-nitrogenase-activity
#15
Jianguo Yang, Xiaqing Xie, Mingxuan Yang, Ray Dixon, Yi-Ping Wang
A large number of genes are necessary for the biosynthesis and activity of the enzyme nitrogenase to carry out the process of biological nitrogen fixation (BNF), which requires large amounts of ATP and reducing power. The multiplicity of the genes involved, the oxygen sensitivity of nitrogenase, plus the demand for energy and reducing power, are thought to be major obstacles to engineering BNF into cereal crops. Genes required for nitrogen fixation can be considered as three functional modules encoding electron-transport components (ETCs), proteins required for metal cluster biosynthesis, and the "core" nitrogenase apoenzyme, respectively...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193764/shoot-removal-induces-chloroplast-development-in-roots-via-cytokinin-signaling
#16
Koichi Kobayashi, Ai Ohnishi, Daichi Sasaki, Sho Fujii, Akira Iwase, Keiko Sugimoto, Tatsuru Masuda, Hajime Wada
Development of plant chloroplasts is regulated by various developmental, environmental, and hormonal cues. In Arabidopsis thaliana, chloroplast development is repressed in roots via auxin signaling. However, roots develop chloroplasts when they are detached from the shoot. In contrast to auxin, cytokinin positively affects chloroplast development in roots, but the role and signaling pathway of cytokinin in the root greening response remain unclear. To understand the regulatory pathways of chloroplast development in the plant stress response, we examined the mechanisms underlying the conditional greening of detached roots...
February 13, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191642/complete-mitochondrial-genomes-of-prasinophyte-algae-pyramimonas-parkeae-and-cymbomonas-tetramitiformis
#17
Anchittha Satjarak, John A Burns, Eunsoo Kim, Linda E Graham
Mitochondria are archetypal eukaryotic organelles that were acquired by endosymbiosis of an ancient species of alpha-proteobacteria by the last eukaryotic common ancestor. The genetic information contained within the mitochondrial genome has been an important source of information for resolving relationships among eukaryotic taxa. In this study, we utilized mitochondrial and chloroplast genomes to explore relationships among prasinophytes. Prasinophytes are represented by diverse early-diverging green algae whose physical structures and genomes have the potential to elucidate the traits of the last common ancestor of the Viridiplantae (or Chloroplastida)...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188266/photodamaged-chloroplasts-are-targets-of-cellular-garbage-disposal
#18
Gregory Bertoni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185948/unpacking-boxes-integration-of-molecular-morphological-and-ecological-approaches-reveals-extensive-patterns-of-reticulate-evolution-in-the-box-eucalypts
#19
Flores-Rentería Lluvia, Rymer Paul, Riegler Markus
Reticulate evolution by hybridization is considered a common process shaping the evolution of many plant species, however, reticulation could also be due to incomplete lineage sorting in biodiverse systems. For our study we selected a group of closely related plant taxa with contrasting yet partially overlapping geographic distributions and different population sizes, to distinguish between reticulated patterns due to hybridization and incomplete lineage sorting. We predicted that sympatric or proximal populations of different species are more likely to have gene flow than geographically distant populations of the same widespread species...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185046/complete-amino-acid-sequence-of-a-copper-zinc-superoxide-dismutase-from-ginger-rhizome
#20
Yuki Nishiyama, Tamo Fukamizo, Kazunari Yoneda, Tomohiro Araki
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an antioxidant enzyme protecting cells from oxidative stress. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is known for its antioxidant properties, however, there are no data on SODs from ginger rhizomes. In this study, we purified SOD from the rhizome of Z. officinale (Zo-SOD) and determined its complete amino acid sequence using N terminal sequencing, amino acid analysis, and de novo sequencing by tandem mass spectrometry. Zo-SOD consists of 151 amino acids with two signature Cu/Zn-SOD motifs and has high similarity to other plant Cu/Zn-SODs...
February 9, 2017: Protein Journal
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