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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732105/shining-a-light-on-the-arabidopsis-circadian-clock
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Rachael J Oakenfull, Seth J Davis
The circadian clock provides essential timing information to ensure optimal growth to prevailing external environmental conditions. A major time-setting mechanism (zeitgeber) in clock synchronisation is light. Differing light wavelengths, intensities and photoperiodic duration are processed for the clock-setting mechanism. Many studies on light-input pathways to the clock have focused on Arabidopsis thaliana. Photoreceptors are specific chromic proteins that detect light signals and transmit this information to the central circadian oscillator through a number of different signalling mechanisms...
July 21, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729870/plastid-nucleus-distance-alters-the-behavior-of-stromules
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Jessica L Erickson, Matthias Kantek, Martin H Schattat
Plastids send "retrograde" signals to the nucleus to deliver information regarding their physiological status. One open question concerning this signal transfer is how the signal bridges the cytoplasm. Based on individual reports of plastid derived tubular membrane extensions connecting to nuclei, these so-called stromules have been suggested to function as communication routes between plastids and nuclei in response to biotic stress. However, based on the data currently available it is unclear whether interactions between stromules and nuclei are truly intentional or observed as a result of an inflated stromule frequency throughout the cell, and are thus a random event...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727145/transcriptional-control-of-photosynthetic-capacity-conservation-and-divergence-from-arabidopsis-to-rice
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Peng Wang, Ross-William Hendron, Steven Kelly
1 I. 1 II. 2 III. 5 IV. 10 12 References 12 SUMMARY: Photosynthesis is one of the most important biological processes on Earth. It provides the consumable energy upon which almost all organisms are dependent, and modulates the composition of the planet's atmosphere. To carry out photosynthesis, plants require a large cohort of genes. These genes encode proteins that capture light energy, store energy in sugars and build the subcellular structures required to facilitate this energy capture. Although the function of many of these genes is known, little is understood about the transcriptional networks that coordinate their expression...
July 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726644/arabidopsis-calmodulin-like-protein-cml36-is-a-calcium-ca-2-sensor-that-interacts-with-the-plasma-membrane-ca-2-atpase-isoform-aca8-and-stimulates-its-activity
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Alessandra Astegno, Maria Cristina Bonza, Rosario Vallone, Valentina La Verde, Mariapina D'Onofrio, Laura Luoni, Barbara Molesini, Paola Dominici
Calmodulin-like (CML) proteins are major EF hand-containing, calcium (Ca(2+))-binding proteins with crucial roles in plant development and in coordinating plant stress tolerance. Given their abundance in plants, the properties of Ca(2+) sensors and identification of novel target proteins of CMLs deserve special attention. To this end, we recombinantly produced and biochemically characterized CML36 from Arabidopsis thaliana We analyzed Ca(2+) and Mg(2+) binding to the individual EF hands, observed metal-induced conformational changes, and identified a physiologically relevant target...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726305/myb30-transcription-factor-regulates-oxidative-and-heat-stress-responses-through-annexin-mediated-cytosolic-calcium-signaling-in-arabidopsis
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Chancan Liao, Yuan Zheng, Yan Guo
Cytosolic calcium signaling is critical for regulating downstream responses in plants encountering unfavorable environmental conditions. In a genetic screen for Arabidopsis thaliana mutants defective in stress-induced cytosolic free Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+) ]cyt ) elevations, we identified the R2R3-MYB transcription factor MYB30 as a regulator of [Ca(2+) ]cyt in response to H2 O2 and heat stresses. Plants lacking MYB30 protein exhibited greater elevation of [Ca(2+) ]cyt in response to oxidative and heat stimuli. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results indicated that the expression of a number of ANNEXIN (ANN) genes, which encode Ca(2+) -regulated membrane-binding proteins modulating cytosolic calcium signatures, were upregulated in myb30 mutants...
July 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725267/heterologous-co-expression-of-a-yeast-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-scdga1-and-a-plant-oleosin-atoleo3-as-an-efficient-tool-for-enhancing-triacylglycerol-accumulation-in-the-marine-diatom-phaeodactylum-tricornutum
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Nodumo Nokulunga Zulu, Jennifer Popko, Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Pablo Tarazona, Cornelia Herrfurth, Ivo Feussner
BACKGROUND: Microalgae are promising alternate and renewable sources for producing valuable products such as biofuel and essential fatty acids. Although this is the case, there are still challenges impeding on the effective commercial production of microalgal products. For instance, their product yield is still too low. Therefore, this study was oriented towards enhancing triacylglycerol (TAG) accumulation in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum (strain Pt4). To achieve this, a type 2 acyl-CoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase from yeast (ScDGA1) and the lipid droplet (LD) stabilizing oleosin protein 3 from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtOLEO3) were expressed in Pt4...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724621/mildew-resistance-locus-function-in-pollen-ovary-reception-is-linked-to-its-oligomerization-and-subcellular
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Daniel S Jones, Jing Yuan, Benjamin Smith, Andrew Willoughby, Emily L Kumimoto, Sharon A Kessler
Sexual reproduction in flowering plants requires communication between synergid cells and a tip-elongating pollen tube (PT) for the successful delivery of sperm cells to the embryo sac. The reception of the PT relies on signaling within the synergid cell that ultimately leads to the degeneration of the receptive synergid and PT rupture, releasing the sperm cells for double fertilization. In Arabidopsis thaliana, NORTIA (NTA), a member of the Mildew resistance locus O (MLO) family of proteins, plays a critical role in the communication processes regulating PT reception...
July 19, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724081/genome-wide-screening-for-lectin-motifs-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Lore Eggermont, Bruno Verstraeten, Els J M Van Damme
For more than three decades, served as a model for plant biology research. At present only a few protein families have been studied in detail in . This study focused on all sequences with lectin motifs in the genome of . Based on amino acid sequence similarity (BLASTp searches), 217 putative lectin genes were retrieved belonging to 9 out of 12 different lectin families. The domain organization and genomic distribution for each lectin family were analyzed. Domain architecture analysis revealed that most of these lectin gene sequences are linked to other domains, often belonging to protein families with catalytic activity...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723926/ghsos1-a-plasma-membrane-na-h-antiporter-gene-from-upland-cotton-enhances-salt-tolerance-in-transgenic-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Xiugui Chen, Xuke Lu, Na Shu, Delong Wang, Shuai Wang, Junjuan Wang, Lixue Guo, Xiaoning Guo, Weili Fan, Zhongxu Lin, Wuwei Ye
Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.), an important source of natural fiber, can tolerate relatively high salinity and drought stresses. In the present study, a plasma membrane Na+/H+ antiporter gene, GhSOS1, was cloned from a salt-tolerant genotype of G. hirsutum, Zhong 9807. The expression level of GhSOS1 in cotton roots was significantly upregulated in the presence of high concentrations of NaCl (200 mM), while its transcript abundance was increased when exposed to low temperature and drought stresses. Localization analysis using onion epidermal cells showed that the GhSOS1 protein was localized to the plasma membrane...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722654/a-lectin-receptor-kinase-as-a-potential-sensor-for-extracellular-nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Chenggang Wang, Mingqi Zhou, Xudong Zhang, Jin Yao, Yanping Zhang, Zhonglin Mou
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) participates in intracellular and extracellular signaling events unrelated to metabolism. In animals, purinergic receptors are required for extracellular NAD(+) (eNAD(+)) to evoke biological responses, indicating that eNAD(+) may be sensed by cell-surface receptors. However, the identity of eNAD(+)-binding receptors still remains elusive. Here, we identify a lectin receptor kinase (LecRK), LecRK-I.8, as a potential eNAD(+) receptor in Arabidopsis. The extracellular lectin domain of LecRK-I...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720840/positioning-of-the-scrambled-receptor-requires-udp-glc-sterol-glucosyltransferase-80b1-in-arabidopsis-roots
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Victoria G Pook, Meera Nair, KookHui Ryu, James C Arpin, John Schiefelbein, Kathrin Schrick, Seth DeBolt
The biological function of sterol glucosides (SGs), the most abundant sterol derivatives in higher plants, remains uncertain. In an effort to improve our understanding of these membrane lipids we examined phenotypes exhibited by the roots of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) lines carrying insertions in the UDP-Glc:sterol glucosyltransferase genes, UGT80A2 and UGT80B1. We show that although ugt80A2 mutants exhibit significantly lower levels of total SGs they are morphologically indistinguishable from wild-type plants...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720816/functional-divergence-and-origin-of-the-dag-like-gene-family-in-plants
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Meijie Luo, Manjun Cai, Jianhua Zhang, Yurong Li, Ruyang Zhang, Wei Song, Ke Zhang, Hailin Xiao, Bing Yue, Yonglian Zheng, Yanxin Zhao, Jiuran Zhao, Fazhan Qiu
The nuclear-encoded DAG-like (DAL) gene family plays critical roles in organelle C-to-U RNA editing in Arabidopsis thaliana. However, the origin, diversification and functional divergence of DAL genes remain unclear. Here, we analyzed the genomes of diverse plant species and found that: DAL genes are specific to spermatophytes, all DAL genes share a conserved gene structure and protein similarity with the inhibitor I9 domain of subtilisin genes found in ferns and mosses, suggesting that DAL genes likely arose from I9-containing proproteases via exon shuffling...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720786/a-few-enlarged-chloroplasts-are-less-efficient-in-photosynthesis-than-a-large-population-of-small-chloroplasts-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Dongliang Xiong, Jianliang Huang, Shaobing Peng, Yong Li
The photosynthetic, biochemical, and anatomical traits of accumulation and replication of chloroplasts (arc) mutants of Arabidopsis thaliana were investigated to study the effects of chloroplast size and number on photosynthesis. Chloroplasts were found to be significantly larger, and the chloroplast surface area exposed to intercellular air spaces (S c) significantly lower in the mutants than in their wild-types. The decreased S c and increase cytoplasm thickness in the mutants resulted in a lower mesophyll conductance (g m) and a consequently lower chloroplast CO2 concentration (C c)...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718885/virulence-determines-beneficial-trade-offs-in-the-response-of-virus-infected-plants-to-drought-via-induction-of-salicylic-acid
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Emmanuel Aguilar, Carmen Cutrona, Francisco J Del Toro, José G Vallarino, Sonia Osorio, María Luisa Pérez-Bueno, Matilde Barón, Bong-Nam Chung, Tomás Canto, Francisco Tenllado
It has been hypothesized that plants can get beneficial trade-offs from viral infections when grown under drought conditions. However, experimental support for a positive correlation between virus-induced drought tolerance and increased host fitness is scarce. We investigated whether increased virulence exhibited by the synergistic interaction involving Potato virus X (PVX) and Plum pox virus (PPV) improves tolerance to drought and host fitness in Nicotiana benthamiana and Arabidopsis thaliana. Infection by the pair PPV/PVX and by PPV expressing the virulence protein P25 of PVX conferred an enhanced drought-tolerant phenotype compared to single infections with either PPV or PVX...
July 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718794/brs1-function-in-facilitating-lateral-root-emergence-in-arabidopsis
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Qian Deng, Xue Wang, Dongzhi Zhang, Xiaoming Wang, Cuizhu Feng, Shengbao Xu
The BRS1 (BRI1 Suppressor 1) gene encodes a serine carboxypeptidase that plays a critical role in the brassinosteroid signaling pathway. However, its specific biological function remains unclear. In this study, the developmental role of BRS1 was investigated in Arabidopsis thaliana. We found that overexpressing BRS1 resulted in significantly more lateral roots in different Arabidopsis ecotypes (WS2 and Col-0) and in brassinosteroid mutants (bri1-5 and det2-28). Further research showed that BRS1 facilitates the process whereby lateral root primordia break through the endodermis, cortex, and epidermis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718511/genome-wide-identification-of-genes-involved-in-the-potato-response-to-drought-indicates-functional-evolutionary-conservation-with-arabidopsis-plants
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M Pieczynski, A Wyrzykowska, K Milanowska, D Boguszewska-Mankowska, B Zagdanska, W Karlowski, A Jarmolowski, Z Szweykowska-Kulinska
Potato is one of the four most important food crop plants worldwide and is strongly affected by drought. The following two pairs of potato cultivars, which are related in ancestry but show different drought tolerances, were chosen for comparative gene expression studies: Gwiazda/Oberon and Tajfun/Owacja. Comparative RNA-seq analyses of gene expression differences in the transcriptomes obtained from drought-tolerant versus drought-sensitive plants during water shortage conditions were performed. The twenty-three top-ranking genes were selected, 22 of which are described here as novel potato drought-responsive genes...
July 17, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717875/mast-like-protein-kinase-ireh1-from-arabidopsis-thaliana-co-localizes-with-the-centrosome-when-expressed-in-animal-cells
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Elena M Chudinova, Pavel A Karpov, Artem I Fokin, Alla I Yemets, Dmytro I Lytvyn, Elena S Nadezhdina, Yaroslav B Blume
The similarity of IREH1 (Incomplete Root Hair Elongation 1) and animal MAST kinases was confirmed; IREH1cDNA was cloned while expressing in cultured animal cells co-localized with the centrosome. In mammals and fruit flies, microtubule-associated serine/threonine-protein kinases (MAST) are strongly involved in the regulation of the microtubule system. Higher plants also possess protein kinases homologous to MASTs, but their function and interaction with the cytoskeleton remain unclear. Here, we confirmed the sequence and structural similarity of MAST-related putative protein kinase IREH1 (At3g17850) and known animal MAST kinases...
July 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717360/ethanol-enhances-high-salinity-stress-tolerance-by-detoxifying-reactive-oxygen-species-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-rice
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Huong Mai Nguyen, Kaori Sako, Akihiro Matsui, Yuya Suzuki, Mohammad Golam Mostofa, Chien Van Ha, Maho Tanaka, Lam-Son Phan Tran, Yoshiki Habu, Motoaki Seki
High-salinity stress considerably affects plant growth and crop yield. Thus, developing techniques to enhance high-salinity stress tolerance in plants is important. In this study, we revealed that ethanol enhances high-salinity stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana and rice. To elucidate the molecular mechanism underlying the ethanol-induced tolerance, we performed microarray analyses using A. thaliana seedlings. Our data indicated that the expression levels of 1,323 and 1,293 genes were upregulated by ethanol in the presence and absence of NaCl, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716421/dual-functioning-of-plant-arginases-provides-a-third-route-for-putrescine-synthesis
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Jigar Patel, Menaka Ariyaratne, Sheaza Ahmed, Lingxiao Ge, Vipaporn Phuntumart, Andrea Kalinoski, Paul F Morris
Two biosynthetic routes are known for putrescine, an essential plant metabolite. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) converts ornithine directly to putrescine, while a second route for putrescine biosynthesis utilizes arginine decarboxylase (ADC) to convert arginine to agmatine, and two additional enzymes, agmatine iminohydrolase (AIH) and N-carbamoyl putrescine aminohydrolase (NLP1) to complete this pathway. Here we show that plants can use ADC and arginase/agmatinase (ARGAH) as a third route for putrescine synthesis...
September 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716416/role-and-interrelationship-of-mek1-mpk6-cascade-hydrogen-peroxide-and-nitric-oxide-in-darkness-induced-stomatal-closure
#20
Teng-Yue Zhang, Feng-Chen Li, Cai-Ming Fan, Xuan Li, Fang-Fang Zhang, Jun-Min He
Pharmacological data have suggested the involvement of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MPK) cascades in dark-induced stomatal closure, but which specific MPK cascade participates in the darkness guard cell signaling and its relationship with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and nitric oxide (NO) remain unclear. In this paper, we observed that darkness induced activation of MPK6 in leaves of wild-type Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) and mutants for nitrate reductase 1 (NIA1), but this effect was inhibited in mutants for MPK Kinase 1 (MEK1) and ATRBOHD/F...
September 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
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