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Antje Reddemann, Renate Horn
Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) systems represent ideal mutants to study the role of mitochondria in pollen development. In sunflower, CMS PET2 also has the potential to become an alternative CMS source for commercial sunflower hybrid breeding. CMS PET2 originates from an interspecific cross of H. petiolaris and H. annuus as CMS PET1, but results in a different CMS mechanism. Southern analyses revealed differences for atp6 , atp9 and cob between CMS PET2, CMS PET1 and the male-fertile line HA89. A second identical copy of atp6 was present on an additional CMS PET2-specific fragment...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Antoine Lecocq, Amelia A Green, Érika Cristina Pinheiro De Castro, Carl Erik Olsen, Annette B Jensen, Mika Zagrobelny
Honeybees ( Apis mellifera ) pollinate flowers and collect nectar from many important crops. White clover ( Trifolium repens ) is widely grown as a temperate forage crop, and requires honeybee pollination for seed set. In this study, using a quantitative LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) assay, we show that the cyanogenic glucosides linamarin and lotaustralin are present in the leaves, sepals, petals, anthers, and nectar of T. repens . Cyanogenic glucosides are generally thought to be defense compounds, releasing toxic hydrogen cyanide upon degradation...
March 13, 2018: Insects
Fan Wang, Xinghua Zhong, Haibin Wang, Aiping Song, Fadi Chen, Weimin Fang, Jiafu Jiang, Nianjun Teng
Most chrysanthemum cultivars are self-incompatible, so it is very difficult to create pure lines that are important in chrysanthemum breeding and theoretical studies. In our previous study, we obtained a self-compatible chrysanthemum cultivar and its self-pollinated seed set was 56.50%. It was interesting that the seed set of its ten progenies ranged from 0% to 37.23%. Examination of the factors causing the differences in the seed set will lead to an improved understanding of chrysanthemum self-incompatibility, and provide valuable information for creating pure lines...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ling-Yun Wu, Fang-Fang Chang, Shu-Juan Liu, W Scott Armbruster, Shuang-Quan Huang
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Heterostyly, the reciprocal positioning of stigmas and anthers in different floral morphs, has long been thought to promote intermorph pollination. However, extensive intramorph pollination occurs commonly in heterostylous species, leading to recurrent questions about the functional and evolutionary significance of heterostyly. METHODS: To identify the sources of stigmatic pollen (autogamous [intraflower], geitonogamous [intraplant], vs. interplant), we emasculated either one flower or entire plants in experimental populations of the two closely related buckwheat species, distylous Fagopyrum esculentum and homostylous F...
January 2018: American Journal of Botany
Stephan Jung, Nicole Estrella, Michael W Pfaffl, Stephan Hartmann, Ellinor Handelshauser, Annette Menzel
Grass pollen is the main cause of hay fever and allergic asthma in warm temperate climates during summer. The aim of this study was to determine the content of group 5 major allergens in pollen grains of agriculturally important grass species/cultivars. For each cultivar flowering dates and pollen production of cut anthers were observed in the field and in a climate chamber, respectively. An ELISA was used to quantify the group 5 allergens (Phl p5) in pollen extracts which were gained from the grass species Kentucky bluegrass, perennial rye grass, timothy, cocksfoot, annual / Italian rye grass, hybrid rye grass and festulolium...
2018: PloS One
Miaomiao Xing, Chao Sun, Hailong Li, Shilin Hu, Lei Lei, Jungen Kang
Cabbage (Brassica oleracea L. var. capitata), an important vegetable crop in the Brassicaceae family, is economically important worldwide. In the process of hybrid seed production, Ogura cytoplasmic male sterility (OguCMS), controlled by the mitochondrial gene orf138, has been extensively used for cabbage hybrid production with complete and stable male sterility. To identify the critical genes and pathways involved in the sterility and to better understand the underlying molecular mechanisms, the anther of OguCMS line R2P2CMS and the fertile line R2P2 were used for RNA-seq and iTRAQ (Isobaric Tags for Relative and Absolute Quantitation) proteome analysis...
2018: PloS One
Richard G Browne, Sylvana Iacuone, Song F Li, Rudy Dolferus, Roger W Parish
Anther development progresses through 15 distinct developmental stages in wheat, and accurate determination of anther developmental stages is essential in anther and pollen studies. A detailed outline of the development of the wheat anther through its entire developmental program, including the 15 distinct morphological stages, is presented. In bread wheat ( Triticum aestivum ), anther developmental stages were correlated with five measurements, namely auricle distance, spike length, spikelet length, anther length and anther width...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Carlos Eduardo Pereira Nunes, Pietro Kiyoshi Maruyama, Marianne Azevedo-Silva, Marlies Sazima
Nursery pollination involves pollinators that lay eggs on the flowers they pollinate and have their brood fed on flower parts or developing ovules [1-4]. Active pollination, a ritualistic behavioral sequence shown by nursery pollinators when transferring pollen from anthers to stigmas, is known in only four plant lineages [5-8], including the classical examples of fig trees-fig wasps and yuccas-yucca moths [5, 6]. We report in detail a system in which weevils actively pollinate orchids prior to having their larvae fed on the developing fruits...
March 1, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Nadia Napoli, Roberta Ghelli, Patrizia Brunetti, Angelo De Paolis, Valentina Cecchetti, Tomohiko Tsuge, Giovanna Serino, Minami Matsui, Giovanni Mele, Gianmarco Rinaldi, Gianna Aurora Palumbo, Fabrizio Barozzi, Paolo Costantino, Maura Cardarelli
In addition to the full-length transcript ARF8.1, a splice variant (ARF8.2) of the Auxin Response Factor gene ARF8 has been reported. Here, we identified an intron-retaining variant of ARF8.2, ARF8.4, whose translated product is imported into the nucleus and has tissue-specific localization in Arabidopsis thaliana. By inducibly expressing each variant in arf8-7 flowers, we show that ARF8.4 fully complements the short-stamen phenotype of the mutant and restores the expression of AUX/IAA19, encoding a key regulator of stamen elongation...
March 7, 2018: Plant Cell
O V Nakonechnaya, A V Kalachev
Pollen ultrastructure has been studied in two relict and rare species of the genus Aristolochia, A. contorta Bunge and A. manshuriensis Kom. (Aristolochiaceae). Both species have inaperturate, spheroidal, sometimes distally monocolpate or distally bicolpate pollen grains. The equatorial and polar axes of pollen grain in A. manshuriensis are 48.5 and 44.0 μm, respectively. The percentage of defective pollen grains in A. manshuriensis is 3.4%. The fossulate, perforated exine is up to 2.3 μm in thickness; the sexine and the nexine are almost equal in thickness...
March 6, 2018: Protoplasma
Wenguo Cai, Dabing Zhang
RLKs in anther development. The cell-to-cell communication is essential for specifying different cell types during plant growth, development and adaption to the ever-changing environment. Plant male reproduction, in particular, requires the exquisitely synchronized development of different cell layers within the male tissue, the anther. Receptor-like kinases (RLKs) belong to a large group of kinases localized on the cell surfaces, perceiving extracellular signals and thereafter regulating intracellular processes...
March 2018: Plant Reproduction
Benjamín Valencia-Nieto, Victoria Sosa, Judith Márquez-Guzmán
Background: Epidendreae is one of the most diverse tribes among the orchids with remarkable variation in life form, floral morphology and pollination syndromes. Its circumscription was recently revised and subtribes Agrostophyllinae and Calypsoinae were transferred into this tribe. One of the principal floral characters utilized in classification of orchids is the incumbency or bending of the column. This study records and compares late stages of anther, column and lip development, and discusses anther characters in fifteen representative taxa of five of the six subtribes in Epidendreae with respect to classification and pollination biology...
2018: PeerJ
Leandro H Estornell, Katarina Landberg, Izabela Cierlik, Eva Sundberg
In flowering plants, mature sperm cells are enclosed in pollen grains formed in structures called anthers. Several cell layers surrounding the central sporogenous cells of the anther are essential for directing the developmental processes that lead to meiosis, pollen formation, and the subsequent pollen release. The specification and function of these tissues are regulated by a large number of genetic factors. Additionally, the plant hormone auxin has previously been shown to play important roles in the later phases of anther development...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Lijun Ren, Ding Tang, Tingting Zhao, Fanfan Zhang, Changzhen Liu, Zhihui Xue, Wenqing Shi, Guijie Du, Yi Shen, Yafei Li, Zhukuan Cheng
In angiosperms, the key step in sexual reproduction is successful acquisition of meiotic fate. However, the molecular mechanism determining meiotic fate remains largely unknown. Here, we report that OsSPOROCYTELESS (OsSPL) is critical for meiotic entry in rice (Oryza sativa). We performed a large-scale genetic screen of rice sterile mutants aimed to identify genes regulating meiotic entry and identified OsSPL using map-based cloning. We showed that meiosis-specific callose deposition, chromatin organization, and centromere-specific histone H3 loading were altered in the cells corresponding to pollen mother cells in Osspl anthers...
February 26, 2018: New Phytologist
Xiaofeng Liu, Kang Ning, Gen Che, Shuangshuang Yan, Lijie Han, Ran Gu, Zheng Li, Yiqun Weng, Xiaolan Zhang
Anther and ovule genesis preconditions crop fertilization and fruit production. However, coordinative regulation of anther and ovule development and underlying molecular pathways remain largely elusive. Here, we found that SPOROCYTELESS (SPL)/NOZZLE (NZZ) expression was nearly abolished in a cucumber mutant with severely defective anther and ovule development. CsSPL was expressed specifically in the developing anthers and ovules. Knockdown of CsSPL reduced male and female fertility with malformed pollen and suppressed ovule development...
February 23, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Qian Zhao, Lujian Zhou, Jianchao Liu, Zhenzhen Cao, Xiaoxia Du, Fudeng Huang, Gang Pan, Fangmin Cheng
HT-induced ROS burst in developing anther is closely related to the lowered CAT activity as the result of the markedly suppressed OsCATB transcript, thereby causing severe fertility injury for rice plants exposed to HT at meiosis stage. The reproductive stage of rice plants is highly sensitive to heat stress. In this paper, different rice cultivars were used to investigate the relationship of HT-induced floret sterility with reactive oxygen species (ROS) detoxification in rice anthers under well-controlled climatic conditions...
February 21, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
Bing Liu, Nico De Storme, Danny Geelen
Short periods of cold stress induce male meiotic restitution and diploid pollen formation in Arabidopsis thaliana by specifically interfering with male meiotic cytokinesis. Similar alterations in male meiotic cell division and gametophytic ploidy stability occur when gibberellic acid (GA) signaling is perturbed in developing anthers. In this study, we found that exogenous application of GA primarily induces second division restitution (SDR)-type pollen in Arabidopsis, similar to what cold does. Driven by the close similarity in cellular defects, we tested the hypothesis that cold-induced meiotic restitution is mediated by GA-DELLA signaling...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Sandra A Aguilar-García, Dulce M Figueroa-Castro, Pedro L Valverde, F Vite
1.Intra-individual variation in the production and size of reproductive traits has been documented in columnar cacti, being higher in Equator-facing flowers. Such variation is attributed to the high amount of photosynthetic active radiation intercepted by stems oriented towards the Equator. Most studies focused on this phenomenon have documented the existence of intra-individual variation on traits associated with the female function; however, its impact on traits associated with the male function has been neglected...
February 16, 2018: Plant Biology
Karina Van Der Linde, Ljudmilla Timofejeva, Rachel L Egger, Birger Ilau, Reza Hammond, Chong Teng, Blake C Meyers, Gunther Doehlemann, Virginia Walbot
Small proteins are crucial signals during development, host defense, and physiology. Spatiotemporal restricted functions of signaling proteins remain challenging to study in planta. The several month span required to assess transgene expression, particularly in flowers, combined with the uncertainties from transgene position effects and ubiquitous or overexpression, makes monitoring of spatiotemporally restricted signaling proteins lengthy and difficult. This situation could be rectified with a transient assay in which protein deployment is controlled spatially and temporally in planta to assess protein functions, timing, and cellular targets as well as to facilitate rapid mutagenesis to define functional protein domains...
February 15, 2018: Plant Cell
Seijiro Ono, Hua Liu, Katsutoshi Tsuda, Eigo Fukai, Keisuke Tanaka, Takuji Sasaki, Ken-Ichi Nonomura
The 24-nucleotides (nt) phased secondary small interfering RNA (phasiRNA) is a unique class of plant small RNAs abundantly expressed in monocot anthers at early meiosis. Previously, 44 intergenic regions were identified as the loci for longer precursor RNAs of 24-nt phasiRNAs (24-PHASs) in the rice genome. However, the regulatory mechanism that determines spatiotemporal expression of these RNAs has remained elusive. ETERNAL TAPETUM1 (EAT1) is a basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor indispensable for induction of programmed cell death (PCD) in postmeiotic anther tapetum, the somatic nursery for pollen production...
February 2018: PLoS Genetics
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