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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149407/roles-of-the-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-tctp-in-plant-development
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Léo Betsch, Julie Savarin, Mohammed Bendahmane, Judit Szecsi
The Translationally Controlled Tumor Protein (TCTP) is a conserved protein which expression was associated with several biochemical and cellular functions. Loss-of-function mutants are lethal both in animals and in plants, making the identification of its exact role difficult. Recent data using the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana provided the first viable adult knockout for TCTP and helped addressing the biological role of TCTP during organ development and the functional conservation between plants and animals...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149288/overexpression-of-seipin1-increases-oil-in-hydroxy-fatty-acid-accumulating-seeds
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Daniel Lunn, James G Wallis, John Browse
While plant oils are an important source of food, plants also produce oils containing specialized fatty acids with chemical and physical properties valued in industry. Ricinoleic acid, a hydroxy-fatty acid (HFA) produced in the seed of castor (Ricinus communis), is of particular value with a wide range of applications. Since castor cultivation is currently successful only in tropic climates, and because castor seed contain the toxin ricin, there are ongoing efforts to develop a temperate crop capable of HFA biosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146775/synthetic-tangled1-auxin-induced-in-roots9-mutant-phenotype-used-to-assess-tangled1-function
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Ricardo Mir, Victoria H Morris, Henrik Buschmann, Carolyn Rasmussen
TANGLED1 (TAN1) and AUXIN-INDUCED-IN-ROOTS 9 (AIR9) are microtubule binding proteins with cortical division site localization in plants. Their function in Arabidopsis thaliana remained unclear because neither tan1 nor air9 single mutants have a strong phenotype. We show that tan1 air9 double mutants have a synergistic phenotype consisting of short, twisted roots that are hypersenstive to a microtubule depolymerizing drug. The tan1 air9 double mutants have significant defects in division plane orientation due to failures in placing the new cell wall at the correct division site...
November 16, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146266/endophytism-or-saprophytism-decoding-the-lifestyle-transition-of-the-generalist-fungus-phomopsis-liquidambari
#4
Jun Zhou, Xin Li, Peng-Wei Huang, Chuan-Chao Dai
Filamentous ascomycete Phomopsis sp. are common inhabitants of natural ecosystems and, as saprophytes, are largely responsible for the destructive decay of litterfall, promoting the carbon and nitrogen cycles. Phomopsis liquidambari B3 can establish mutualistic symbiosis with a broad spectrum of crop plants. Colonizing dynamics observations and a growth promotion assay of rice and Arabidopsis thaliana revealed that the B3 colonization strategy is host-adapted and resulted in different growth promotions influenced by N availability...
January 2018: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145635/trex-a-web-portal-for-exploration-of-trna-derived-fragments-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Agnieszka Thompson, Andrzej Zielezinski, Patrycja Plewka, Maciej Szymanski, Przemyslaw Nuc, Zofia Szweykowska-Kulinska, Artur Jarmolowski, Wojciech M Karlowski
tRNA-derived fragments (tRFs) constitute a new class of short regulatory RNAs that are a product of nascent or mature tRNA processing. tRF sequences have been identified in all domains of life; however, most published research pertains to human, yeast and some bacterial organisms. Despite growing interest in plant tRFs and accumulating evidence of their function in plant development and stress responses, no public, web-based repository dedicated to these molecules is currently available. Here, we introduce tRex (http://combio...
November 14, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142535/corrigendum-2-overexpression-of-rice-glutaredoxin-osgrx_c7-and-osgrx_c2-1-reduces-intracellular-arsenic-accumulation-and-increases-tolerance-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Pankaj K Verma, Shikha Verma, Veena Pande, Shekhar Mallick, Rudra Deo Tripathi, Om P Dhankher, Debasis Chakrabarty
[This corrects the article on p. 740 in vol. 7, PMID: 27313586.].
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141655/long-term-balancing-selection-contributes-to-adaptation-in-arabidopsis-and-its-relatives
#7
Qiong Wu, Ting-Shen Han, Xi Chen, Jia-Fu Chen, Yu-Pan Zou, Zi-Wen Li, Yong-Chao Xu, Ya-Long Guo
BACKGROUND: In contrast to positive selection, which reduces genetic variation by fixing beneficial alleles, balancing selection maintains genetic variation within a population or species and plays crucial roles in adaptation in diverse organisms. However, which genes, genome-wide, are under balancing selection and the extent to which these genes are involved in adaptation are largely unknown. RESULTS: We performed a genome-wide scan for genes under balancing selection across two plant species, Arabidopsis thaliana and its relative Capsella rubella, which diverged about 8 million generations ago...
November 15, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141013/indcaps-a-tool-for-designing-screening-primers-for-crispr-cas9-mutagenesis-events
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Charles Hodgens, Zachary L Nimchuk, Joseph J Kieber
Genetic manipulation of organisms using CRISPR/Cas9 technology generally produces small insertions/deletions (indels) that can be difficult to detect. Here, we describe a technique to easily and rapidly identify such indels. Sequence-identified mutations that alter a restriction enzyme recognition site can be readily distinguished from wild-type alleles using a cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) technique. If a restriction site is created or altered by the mutation such that only one allele contains the restriction site, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by a restriction digest can be used to distinguish the two alleles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140702/influence-of-the-carotenoid-composition-on-the-conformational-dynamics-of-photosynthetic-light-harvesting-complexes
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Marijonas Tutkus, Jevgenij Chmeliov, Danielis Rutkauskas, Alexander V Ruban, Leonas Valkunas
Non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) is the major self-regulatory mechanism of green plant, performed on a molecular level to protect them from an over-excitation during the direct sunlight. It is believed that NPQ becomes available due to conformational dynamics of the light-harvesting photosynthetic complexes and involves a direct participation of carotenoids. In this work, we perform a single-molecule microscopy on major light-harvesting complexes (LHCII) from different Arabidopsis thaliana mutants exhibiting various carotenoid composition...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140247/ddm1-and-lsh-remodelers-allow-methylation-of-dna-wrapped-in-nucleosomes
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David B Lyons, Daniel Zilberman
Cytosine methylation regulates essential genome functions across eukaryotes, but the fundamental question of whether nucleosomal or naked DNA is the preferred substrate of plant and animal methyltransferases remains unresolved. Here, we show that genetic inactivation of a single DDM1/Lsh family nucleosome remodeler biases methylation toward inter-nucleosomal linker DNA in Arabidopsis thaliana and mouse. We find that DDM1 enables methylation of DNA bound to the nucleosome, suggesting that nucleosome-free DNA is the preferred substrate of eukaryotic methyltransferases in vivo...
November 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140168/revisiting-the-roles-of-tobamovirus-replicase-complex-proteins-in-viral-replication-and-silencing-suppression
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Nachelli Malpica-López, Rajendran Rajeswaran, Daria Beknazariants, Jonathan Seguin, Victor Golyaev, Laurent Farinelli, Mikhail M Pooggin
Tobamoviral replicase possesses an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RDR) domain and is translated from genomic (g)RNA via a stop codon readthrough mechanism at a one-to-ten ratio relative to a shorter protein lacking the RDR domain. The two proteins share methyltransferase and helicase domains and form a heterodimer implicated in gRNA replication. The shorter protein is also implicated in suppressing RNA silencing-based antiviral defenses. Using a stop codon mutant of Oilseed rape mosaic tobamovirus (ORMV), we demonstrate that the readthrough replicase (p182) is sufficient for gRNA replication and for subgenomic RNA transcription during systemic infection in Nicotiana benthamiana and Arabidopsis thaliana...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139551/members-of-the-deal-subfamily-of-the-duf1218-gene-family-are-required-for-bilateral-symmetry-but-not-for-dorsoventrality-in-arabidopsis-leaves
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David Wilson-Sánchez, Sebastián Martínez-López, Sergio Navarro-Cartagena, Sara Jover-Gil, José Luis Micol
Most plant leaves exhibit bilateral symmetry, which has been hypothesized as an inevitable consequence of the existence of the proximodistal and dorsoventral axes. No gene has been described that affects leaf bilateral symmetry but not dorsoventrality in Arabidopsis thaliana. We screened for viable insertional mutations that affect leaf morphology, and out of more than 700 mutants found only one, desigual1-1 (deal1-1), that exhibited bilateral symmetry breaking but no obvious defects in dorsoventrality. We found that deal1-1 is an allele of VASCULATURE COMPLEXITY AND CONNECTIVITY (VCC)...
November 15, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138971/carbon-source-sink-relationship-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-the-role-of-sucrose-transporters
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Mickaël Durand, Dany Mainson, Benoît Porcheron, Laurence Maurousset, Rémi Lemoine, Nathalie Pourtau
The regulation of source-to-sink sucrose transport is associated with AtSUC and AtSWEET sucrose transporters' gene expression changes in plants grown hydroponically under different physiological conditions. Source-to-sink transport of sucrose is one of the major determinants of plant growth. Whole-plant carbohydrates' partitioning requires the specific activity of membrane sugar transporters. In Arabidopsis thaliana plants, two families of transporters are involved in sucrose transport: AtSUCs and AtSWEETs...
November 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138939/responses-of-he-ne-laser-on-agronomic-traits-and-the-crosstalk-between-uvr8-signaling-and-phytochrome-b-signaling-pathway-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-subjected-to-supplementary-ultraviolet-b-uv-b-stress
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Limei Gao, Yongfeng Li, Zhihua Shen, Rong Han
UV-B acclimation effects and UV-B damage repair induced by a 632.8-nm He-Ne laser were investigated in Arabidopsis thaliana plants in response to supplementary UV-B stress. There was an increasing trend in growth parameters in the combination-treated plants with He-Ne laser and UV-B light compared to those stressed with enhanced UV-B light alone during different developmental stages of plants. The photosynthetic efficiency (Pn) and survival rates of seedlings were significantly higher in the combination treatments than UV-B stress alone...
November 14, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138394/critical-mutation-rate-has-an-exponential-dependence-on-population-size-for-eukaryotic-length-genomes-with-crossover
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Elizabeth Aston, Alastair Channon, Roman V Belavkin, Danna R Gifford, Rok Krašovec, Christopher G Knight
The critical mutation rate (CMR) determines the shift between survival-of-the-fittest and survival of individuals with greater mutational robustness ("flattest"). We identify an inverse relationship between CMR and sequence length in an in silico system with a two-peak fitness landscape; CMR decreases to no more than five orders of magnitude above estimates of eukaryotic per base mutation rate. We confirm the CMR reduces exponentially at low population sizes, irrespective of peak radius and distance, and increases with the number of genetic crossovers...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137987/degree-of-pectin-methyl-esterification-in-endosperm-cell-walls-is-involved-in-embryo-bending-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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José E Cruz-Valderrama, Karina Jiménez-Durán, Esther Zúñiga-Sánchez, Alexis Salazar-Iribe, Judith Márquez-Guzmán, Alicia Gamboa-deBuen
The endosperm is a transitory structure involved in proper embryo elongation. The cell walls of mature seed endosperm are generally composed of a uniform distribution of cellulose, unesterified homogalacturonans, and arabinans. Recent studies suggest that changes in cell wall properties during endosperm development could be related to embryo growth. The degree of methyl esterification of homogalacturonans may be involved in this endosperm tissue remodelling. The relevance of the degree of homogalacturonan methyl esterification during seed development was determined by immunohistochemical analyses using a panel of probes with specificity for homogalaturonans with different degrees of methyl esterification...
November 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137608/the-pennycress-thlaspi-arvense-l-nectary-structural-and-transcriptomic-characterization
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Jason B Thomas, Marshall E Hampton, Kevin M Dorn, M David Marks, Clay J Carter
BACKGROUND: Pennycress [Thlaspi arvense L (Brassicaceae)] is being domesticated as a renewable biodiesel feedstock that also provides crucial ecosystems services, including as a nutritional resource for pollinators. However, its flowers produce significantly less nectar than other crop relatives in the Brassicaceae. This study was undertaken to understand the basic biology of the pennycress nectary as an initial step toward the possibility of enhancing nectar output from its flowers. RESULTS: Pennycress flowers contain four equivalent nectaries located extrastaminally at the base of the insertion sites of short and long stamens...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137184/cell-type-specific-metabolic-flux-analysis-a-challenge-for-metabolic-phenotyping-and-a-potential-solution-in-plants
#18
Merja T Rossi, Monika Kalde, Chaiyakorn Srisakvarakul, Nicholas J Kruger, R George Ratcliffe
Stable isotope labelling experiments are used routinely in metabolic flux analysis (MFA) to determine the metabolic phenotype of cells and tissues. A complication arises in multicellular systems because single cell measurements of transcriptomes, proteomes and metabolomes in multicellular organisms suggest that the metabolic phenotype will differ between cell types. In silico analysis of simulated metabolite isotopomer datasets shows that cellular heterogeneity confounds conventional MFA because labelling data averaged over multiple cell types does not necessarily yield averaged flux values...
November 13, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133465/cortical-microtubule-disordering1-is-required-for-secondary-cell-wall-patterning-in-xylem-vessels
#19
Takema Sasaki, Hiroo Fukuda, Yoshihisa Oda
Proper patterning of the cell wall is essential for plant cell development. Cortical microtubule arrays direct the deposition patterns of cell walls at the plasma membrane. However, the precise mechanism underlying cortical microtubule organization is not well understood. Here, we show that a microtubule-associated protein, CORD1 (CORTICAL MICROTUBULE DISORDERING 1), is required for the pitted secondary cell wall pattern of metaxylem vessels in Arabidopsis thaliana. Loss of CORD1 and its paralog, CORD2, led to the formation of irregular secondary cell walls with small pits in metaxylem vessels, while overexpressing CORD1 led to the formation of abnormally enlarged secondary cell wall pits...
November 13, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133373/arabidopsis-actin-depolymerizing-factor3-is-required-for-controlling-aphid-feeding-from-the-phloem
#20
Hossain A Mondal, Joe Louis, Lani Archer, Monika Patel, Vamsi J Nalam, Sujon Sarowar, Vishala Sivapalan, Douglas D Root, Jyoti Shah
The actin cytoskeleton network has an important role in plant cell growth, division and stress response. Actin-depolymerizing factors (ADFs) are a group of actin-binding proteins that contribute to reorganization of the actin network. Here we show that the Arabidopsis thaliana ADF3 is required in the phloem for controlling infestation by Myzus persicae Sülzer, commonly known as the green peach aphid (GPA), which is an important phloem sap-consuming pest of more than fifty plant families. In agreement with a role for the actin-depolymerizing function of ADF3 in defense against the GPA, we show that resistance in adf3 was restored by overexpression of the related ADF4, and the actin cytoskeleton destabilizers, cytochalasin D and latrunculin B...
November 13, 2017: Plant Physiology
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