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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783022/phylogeny-of-the-gymnosperm-genus-cycas-l-cycadaceae-as-inferred-from-plastid-and-nuclear-loci-based-on-a-large-scale-sampling-evolutionary-relationships-and-taxonomical-implications
#1
Jian Liu, Shouzhou Zhang, Nathalie S Nagalingum, Yu-Chung Chiang, Anders J Lindstrom, Xun Gong
The gymnosperm genus Cycas is the sole member of Cycadaceae, and is the largest genus of extant cycads. There are about 115 accepted Cycas species mainly distributed in the paleotropics. Based on morphology, the genus has been divided into six sections and eight subsections, but this taxonomy has not yet been tested in a molecular phylogenetic framework. Although the monophyly of Cycas is broadly accepted, the intrageneric relationships inferred from previous molecular phylogenetic analyses are unclear due to insufficient sampling or uninformative DNA sequence data...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778495/protection-of-photosynthesis-in-desiccation-tolerant-resurrection-plants
#2
Dinakar Challabathula, Qingwei Zhang, Dorothea Bartels
Inhibition of photosynthesis is a central, primary response that is observed in both desiccation-tolerant and desiccation-sensitive plants affected by drought stress. Decreased photosynthesis during drought stress can either be due to the limitation of carbon dioxide entry through the stomata and the mesophyll cells, due to increased oxidative stress or due to decreased activity of photosynthetic enzymes. Although the photosynthetic rates decrease in both desiccation-tolerant and sensitive plants during drought, the remarkable difference lies in the complete recovery of photosynthesis after rehydration in desiccation-tolerant plants...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777775/genome-analysis-of-the-ancient-tracheophyte-selaginella-tamariscina-reveals-evolutionary-features-relevant-to-the-acquisition-of-desiccation-tolerance
#3
Zhichao Xu, Tianyi Xin, Dorothea Bartels, Ying Li, Wei Gu, Hui Yao, Sai Liu, Haoying Yu, Xiangdong Pu, Jianguo Zhou, Jiang Xu, Caicai Xi, Hetian Lei, Jingyuan Song, Shilin Chen
Resurrection plants, which are the "gifts" of natural evolution, are ideal models for studying genetic basis of plant desiccation tolerance. Here, we report a high-quality genome assembly of 301 Mb for the diploid spike moss Selaginella tamariscina, a primitive vascular resurrection plant. We predicated 27,761 protein-coding genes from the assembled S. tamariscina genome, 11.38% (2363) of which showed significant expression changes in response to desiccation. Approximately 60.58% of the S. tamariscina genome was annotated as repetitive DNA, which is almost 2-fold increase of that in the genome of desiccation-sensitive S...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777430/the-artificial-humic-substance-hs1500-does-not-inhibit-photosynthesis-of-the-green-alga-desmodesmus-armatus-in-vivo-but-interacts-with-the-photosynthetic-apparatus-of-isolated-spinach-thylakoids-in-vitro
#4
Matthias Gilbert, Hanno Bährs, Christian E W Steinberg, Christian Wilhelm
Humic substances (HSs) can influence the growth and composition of freshwater phytoplankton assemblage. Since HSs contain many phenolic and quinonic moieties and cause growth reductions in eco-physiological field experiments, HSs are considered photosystem II herbicides. To test this specific mode of action in vivo and in vitro, respectively, we used intact cells of the green alga Desmodesmus armatus, as well as thylakoids isolated from spinach (Spinacia oleracea) as a model system for the green algal chloroplast...
May 18, 2018: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777363/high-level-production-of-single-chain-monellin-mutants-with-enhanced-sweetness-and-stability-in-tobacco-chloroplasts
#5
Daniela Castiglia, Serena Leone, Rachele Tamburino, Lorenza Sannino, Jole Fonderico, Chiara Melchiorre, Andrea Carpentieri, Stefania Grillo, Delia Picone, Nunzia Scotti
Plastid-based MNEI protein mutants retain the structure, stability and sweetness of their bacterial counterparts, confirming the attractiveness of the plastid transformation technology for high-yield production of recombinant proteins. The prevalence of obesity and diabetes has dramatically increased the industrial demand for the development and use of alternatives to sugar and traditional sweeteners. Sweet proteins, such as MNEI, a single chain derivative of monellin, are the most promising candidates for industrial applications...
May 18, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775968/in-silico-structure-prediction-and-inhibition-mechanism-studies-of-athda14-as-revealed-by-homology-modeling-docking-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#6
Ming-Lang Zhao, Wang Wang, Hu Nie, Sha-Sha Cao, Lin-Fang Du
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play a significant role in the epigenetic mechanism by catalyzing deacetylation of lysine on histone in both animals and plants. HDACs involved in growth, development and response to stresses in plants. Arabidopsis thaliana histone deacetylase 14 (AtHDA14) is found to localize in the mitochondria and chloroplasts, and it involved in photosynthesis and melatonin biosynthesis. However, its mechanism of action was still unknowns so far. Therefore, in this study, we constructed AtHDA14 protein model using homology modeling method, validated using PROCHECK and presented using Ramachandran plots...
May 6, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775863/superoxide-o-2-accumulation-contributes-to-symptomless-type-i-nonhost-resistance-of-plants-to-biotrophic-pathogens
#7
András Künstler, Renáta Bacsó, Réka Albert, Balázs Barna, Zoltán Király, Yaser Mohamed Hafez, József Fodor, Ildikó Schwarczinger, Lóránt Király
Nonhost resistance is the most common form of disease resistance exhibited by plants against most pathogenic microorganisms. Type I nonhost resistance is symptomless (i.e. no macroscopically visible cell/tissue death), implying an early halt of pathogen growth. The timing/speed of defences is much more rapid during type I nonhost resistance than during type II nonhost and host ("gene-for-gene") resistance associated with a hypersensitive response (localized necrosis, HR). However, the mechanism(s) underlying symptomless (type I) nonhost resistance is not entirely understood...
May 7, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774556/physiological-response-of-tomatoes-at-drought-heat-and-their-combination-followed-by-recovery
#8
Rong Zhou, Lingpeng Kong, Zhen Wu, Eva Rosenqvist, Yinlei Wang, Liping Zhao, Tongmin Zhao, Carl-Otto Ottosen
In nature, crops encounter a combination of abiotic stresses that severely limit yield. Our aim was to dynamically expose the changes of tomatoes' physiological parameters to drought, heat and their combination and thereby clarify the relationship between the responses to single and combined stress. We studied the effect of single and combined drought and heat stresses on the shoot and root of two tomato cultivars (Sufen No.14 as CV1; Jinlingmeiyu as CV2). After being exposed to combined stress for six days, the dry weight of shoot and root significantly decreased...
May 17, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774236/endocytosis-mediated-siderophore-uptake-as-a-strategy-for-fe-acquisition-in-diatoms
#9
Elena Kazamia, Robert Sutak, Javier Paz-Yepes, Richard G Dorrell, Fabio Rocha Jimenez Vieira, Jan Mach, Joe Morrissey, Sébastien Leon, France Lam, Eric Pelletier, Jean-Michel Camadro, Chris Bowler, Emmanuel Lesuisse
Phytoplankton growth is limited in vast oceanic regions by the low bioavailability of iron. Iron fertilization often results in diatom blooms, yet the physiological underpinnings for how diatoms survive in chronically iron-limited waters and outcompete other phytoplankton when iron becomes available are unresolved. We show that some diatoms can use siderophore-bound iron, and exhibit a species-specific recognition for siderophore types. In Phaeodactylum tricornutum , hydroxamate siderophores are taken up without previous reduction by a high-affinity mechanism that involves binding to the cell surface followed by endocytosis-mediated uptake and delivery to the chloroplast...
May 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772783/atpap2-a-unique-member-of-the-pap-family-functions-in-the-plasma-membrane
#10
Qingqing Sun, Jinyu Li, Wenzhen Cheng, Huihong Guo, Xiaomin Liu, Hongbo Gao
Purple acid phosphatases (PAPs) play various physiological roles in plants. AtPAP2 was previously shown to localize to both chloroplasts and mitochondria and to modulate carbon metabolism in Arabidopsis . Over-expression of AtPAP2 resulted in faster growth and increased biomass in several plant species, indicating its great potential for crop improvement of phosphate use and yield. Here, we studied the localization of AtPAP2 by transient expression in tobacco leaves. The results showed AtPAP2 was localized to the plasma membrane through the secretory pathway, which is different from previous studies...
May 17, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770326/characterization-and-comparative-analysis-of-the-complete-chloroplast-genome-of-the-critically-endangered-species-streptocarpus-teitensis-gesneriaceae
#11
Cornelius M Kyalo, Andrew W Gichira, Zhi-Zhong Li, Josphat K Saina, Itambo Malombe, Guang-Wan Hu, Qing-Feng Wang
Streptocarpus teitensis (Gesneriaceae) is an endemic species listed as critically endangered in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list of threatened species. However, the sequence and genome information of this species remains to be limited. In this article, we present the complete chloroplast genome structure of Streptocarpus teitensis and its evolution inferred through comparative studies with other related species. S. teitensis displayed a chloroplast genome size of 153,207 bp, sheltering a pair of inverted repeats (IR) of 25,402 bp each split by small and large single-copy (SSC and LSC) regions of 18,300 and 84,103 bp, respectively...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770273/westwards-and-northwards-dispersal-of-triosteum-himalayanum-caprifoliaceae-from-the-hengduan-mountains-region-based-on-chloroplast-dna-phylogeography
#12
Hai-Rui Liu, Qing-Bo Gao, Fa-Qi Zhang, Gulzar Khan, Shi-Long Chen
The varying topography and environment that resulted from paleoorogeny and climate fluctuations of the Himalaya-Hengduan Mountains (HHM) areas had a considerable impact on the evolution of biota during the Quaternary. To understand the phylogeographic pattern and historical dynamics of Triosteum himalayanum (Caprifoliaceae), we sequenced three chloroplast DNA fragments ( rbcL-accD , rps15-ycf1 , and trnH-psbA ) from 238 individuals representing 20 populations. Nineteen haplotypes (H1-H19) were identified based on 23 single-site mutations and eight indels...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769312/the-chloroplast-division-protein-arc6-acts-to-inhibit-disassembly-of-gdp-bound-ftsz2
#13
Min Woo Sung, Rahamthulla Shaik, Allan D TerBush, Katherine W Osteryoung, Stanislav Vitha, Andreas Holzenburg
Chloroplasts host photosynthesis and fulfill other metabolic functions that are essential to plant life. They have to divide by binary fission to maintain their numbers throughout cycles of cell division. Chloroplast division is achieved by a complex ring-shaped division machinery located on both the inner (stromal) and the outer (cytosolic) side of the chloroplast envelope. The inner division ring (termed the Z ring) is formed by the assembly of tubulin-like FtsZ1 and FtsZ2 proteins. ARC6 is a key chloroplast division protein that interacts with the Z ring...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767769/regulation-of-chlorophagy-during-photoinhibition-and-senescence-lessons-from-mitophagy
#14
Sakuya Nakamura, Masanori Izumi
Light energy is essential for photosynthetic energy production and plant growth. Chloroplasts in green tissues convert energy from sunlight into chemical energy via the electron transport chain. When the level of light energy exceeds the capacity of the photosynthetic apparatus, chloroplasts undergo a process known as photoinhibition. Since photoinhibition leads to the overaccumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and the spreading of cell death, plants have developed multiple systems to protect chloroplasts from strong light...
May 14, 2018: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767548/disruption-of-chloroplast-function-through-downregulation-of-phytoene-desaturase-enhances-the-systemic-accumulation-of-an-aphid-borne-phloem-restricted-virus
#15
Stacy L DeBlasio, Ana Rita Rebelo, Katherine Parks, Stewart Gray, Michelle Cilia
Chloroplasts play a central role in pathogen defense in plants. However, the majority of studies explaining the relationship between pathogens and chloroplasts have focused on pathogens that infect mesophyll cells. In contrast, the family Luteoviridae comprises RNA viruses that replicate and traffic exclusively in the phloem. Recently, our lab has shown that Potato leafroll virus (PLRV), the type species in the genus Polerovirus, forms an extensive interaction network with chloroplast-localized proteins, which is partially dependent on the PLRV capsid readthrough domain (RTD)...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765387/photosynthetic-characteristics-and-chloroplast-ultrastructure-of-summer-maize-response-to-different-nitrogen-supplies
#16
Zheng Liu, Jia Gao, Fei Gao, Peng Liu, Bin Zhao, Jiwang Zhang
Maize ( Zea mays L.) is the important crop over the world. Nitrogen (N) as necessary element affects photosynthetic characteristics and grain yield of summer maize. In this study, N0 (0 kg N ha-1 ), N1 (129 kg N ha-1 ), N2 (185 kg N ha-1 ), and N3 (300 kg N ha-1 ) was conducted using hybrid 'ZhengDan958' at Dawenkou research field (36°11'N, 117°06'E, 178 m altitude) in the North China Plain to explore the effects of N rate on photosynthetic characteristics and chloroplast ultrastructure. Gas exchange parameters, chlorophyll fluorescence parameters, leaf area index (LAI), chlorophyll SPAD value, chloroplast ultrastructure, dry matter weight and grain yield were measured...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765380/the-complete-plastome-sequences-of-seven-species-in-gentiana-sect-kudoa-gentianaceae-insights-into-plastid-gene-loss-and-molecular-evolution
#17
Shan-Shan Sun, Peng-Cheng Fu, Xiao-Jun Zhou, Yan-Wei Cheng, Fa-Qi Zhang, Shi-Long Chen, Qing-Bo Gao
The chloroplast (cp) genome is useful in the study of phylogenomics, molecular dating, and molecular evolution. Gentiana sect. Kudoa is a predominantly alpine flowering plant that is valued for its contributions to medicine, ecology, and horticulture. Previous evolutionary studies showed that the plastid gene loss pattern and intra-sectional phylogenetics in sect. Kudoa are still unclear. In this study, we compared 11 Gentiana plastomes, including 7 newly sequenced plastomes from sect. Kudoa , to represent its three serious: ser...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762480/time-course-microarray-analysis-reveals-differences-between-transcriptional-changes-in-tomato-leaves-triggered-by-mild-and-severe-variants-of-potato-spindle-tuber-viroid
#18
Aneta Więsyk, Roksana Iwanicka-Nowicka, Anna Fogtman, Włodzimierz Zagórski-Ostoja, Anna Góra-Sochacka
Viroids are small non-capsidated non-coding RNA replicons that utilize host factors for efficient propagation and spread through the entire plant. They can incite specific disease symptoms in susceptible plants. To better understand viroid-plant interactions, we employed microarray analysis to observe the changes of gene expression in "Rutgers" tomato leaves in response to the mild (M) and severe (S23) variants of potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd). The changes were analyzed over a time course of viroid infection development: (i) the pre-symptomatic stage; (ii) early symptoms; (iii) full spectrum of symptoms and (iv) the so-called 'recovery' stage, when stem regrowth was observed in severely affected plants...
May 15, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760775/a-downstream-box-fusion-allows-stable-accumulation-of-a-bacterial-cellulase-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-chloroplasts
#19
Lubna V Richter, Huijun Yang, Mohammad Yazdani, Maureen R Hanson, Beth A Ahner
Background: We investigated strategies to improve foreign protein accumulation in the chloroplasts of the model algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and tested the outcome in both standard culture conditions as well as one pertinent to algal biofuel production. The downstream box (DB) of the TetC or NPTII genes, the first 15 codons following the start codon, was N -terminally fused to the coding region of cel6A , an endoglucanase from Thermobifida fusca . We also employed a chimeric regulatory element, consisting of the 16S rRNA promoter and the atpA 5'UTR, previously reported to enhance protein expression, to regulate the expression of the TetC- cel6A gene...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760199/the-nac-transcription-factor-slnap2-regulates-leaf-senescence-and-fruit-yield-in-tomato
#20
Xuemin Ma, Youjun Zhang, Veronika Turečková, Gang-Ping Xue, Alisdair R Fernie, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Salma Balazadeh
Leaf senescence is an essential physiological process in plants that supports the recycling of nitrogen and other nutrients to support the growth of developing organs, including young leaves, seeds and fruits. Thus, the regulation of senescence is crucial for evolutionary success in wild populations and for increasing yield in crops. Here we describe the influence of a NAC transcription factor, SlNAP2 (Solanum lycopersicum NAC-like, activated by apetala3/pistillata), that controls both leaf senescence and fruit yield in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)...
May 14, 2018: Plant Physiology
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