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Yuan Wu, Yun Wang, Xue-Fei Mi, Jun-Xiang Shan, Xin-Min Li, Jian-Long Xu, Hong-Xuan Lin
Cytokinins and gibberellins (GAs) play antagonistic roles in regulating reproductive meristem activity. Cytokinins have positive effects on meristem activity and maintenance. During inflorescence meristem development, cytokinin biosynthesis is activated via a KNOX-mediated pathway. Increased cytokinin activity leads to higher grain number, whereas GAs negatively affect meristem activity. The GA biosynthesis genes GA20oxs are negatively regulated by KNOX proteins. KNOX proteins function as modulators, balancing cytokinin and GA activity in the meristem...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Yang Ding, Jinhong Zhao, Ying Nie, Bei Fan, Shujuan Wu, Yu Zhang, Jiping Sheng, Lin Shen, Ruirui Zhao, Xuanming Tang
Effects of salicylic acid (SA) on gibberellin (GA) homeostasis, cold-responsive transcription factor (CBF) pathway, and antioxidant enzyme systems linked to chilling- and oxidative-stress tolerance in tomato fruit was investigated. Mature green tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum L. cv. Moneymaker) were treated with 0, 0.5, and 1 mM SA solution for 15 min before storage at 4°C for 28 days. Compared with 0 or 0.5 mM SA, 1 mM SA significantly decreased the chilling injury (CI) index in tomato fruit. In the SA-treated fruit, the upregulation of GA biosynthetic gene (GA3ox1) expression was followed by gibberellic acid (GA3) surge and DELLA protein degradation...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Wei Li, Lorenzo Katin-Grazzini, Sanalkumar Krishnan, Chandra Thammina, Rania El-Tanbouly, Huseyin Yer, Emily Merewitz, Karl Guillard, John Inguagiato, Richard J McAvoy, Zongrang Liu, Yi Li
When subjected to shade, plants undergo rapid shoot elongation, which often makes them more prone to disease and mechanical damage. Shade-tolerant plants can be difficult to breed; however, they offer a substantial benefit over other varieties in low-light areas. Although perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is a popular species of turf grasses because of their good appearance and fast establishment, the plant normally does not perform well under shade conditions. It has been reported that, in turfgrass, induced dwarfism can enhance shade tolerance...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Jingxue Wang, Sanjay K Singh, Chunfang Du, Chen Li, Jianchun Fan, Sitakanta Pattanaik, Ling Yuan
Rapeseed (Brassica napus) is an important oil seed crop, providing more than 13% of the world's supply of edible oils. An in-depth knowledge of the gene network involved in biosynthesis and accumulation of seed oil is critical for the improvement of B. napus. Using available genomic and transcriptomic resources, we identified 1,750 acyl-lipid metabolism (ALM) genes that are distributed over 19 chromosomes in the B. napus genome. B. rapa and B. oleracea, two diploid progenitors of B. napus, contributed almost equally to the ALM genes...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Hongju Jian, Kun Lu, Bo Yang, Tengyue Wang, Li Zhang, Aoxiang Zhang, Jia Wang, Liezhao Liu, Cunmin Qu, Jiana Li
Sucrose is the principal transported product of photosynthesis from source leaves to sink organs. SUTs/SUCs (sucrose transporters or sucrose carriers) and SWEETs (Sugars Will Eventually be Exported Transporters) play significant central roles in phloem loading and unloading. SUTs/SUCs and SWEETs are key players in sucrose translocation and are associated with crop yields. The SUT/SUC and SWEET genes have been characterized in several plant species, but a comprehensive analysis of these two gene families in oilseed rape has not yet been reported...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Sang-Mo Kang, Sajjad Asaf, Sang-Jun Kim, Byung-Wook Yun, In-Jung Lee
Leifsonia xyli SE134 is a potential plant growth-promoting bacterium isolated from a soil in Daegu, Republic of Korea, which produces large amounts of gibberellin (GA) and indole acetic acid (IAA). In this study, we sequenced the complete genome of L. xyli SE134 by the Pacific Biosciences RSII (PacBio) Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT) sequencing technology. The genome of L. xyli SE134 contains a single chromosome that is 3,596,761bp in length, with 70.2% G+C content. The genome contains 3466 protein-coding genes (CDSs) and 51 rRNA- and 46 tRNA-coding genes...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, In-Jung Lee
The nutritional quality of green leafy vegetables can be enhanced by application of plant beneficial micro-organisms. The present study was aimed to increase the food values of lettuce leaves by bacterial treatment. We isolated bacterial strain KE2 from Kimchi food and identified as Bacillus methylotrophicus by phylogenetic analysis. The beneficial effect of B. methylotrophicus KE2 on plants was confirmed by increasing the percentage of seed germination of Lactuca sativa L., Cucumis melo L., Glycine max L...
September 29, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Bárbara Castro Vieira, Elisa Monteze Bicalho, Sergi Munné-Bosch, Queila Souza Garcia
The relationship between the phytohormones, gibberellin (GA) and abscisic acid (ABA) and light and temperature on seed germination is still not well understood. Here, we investigated the interaction between light, temperature, ABA and GA in seed germination of Vellozia caruncularis, V. intermedia, and V. alutacea. Seeds were incubated in 100 μM solutions of GA (GA3 or GA4 ), ABA and their respective biosynthesis inhibitors (paclobutrazol - PAC, and fluridone - FLU) at two temperatures (25 and 40 °C). Furthermore, endogenous concentrations of active gibberellins (GAs), including GA1 , GA3 and GA4 , and those of ABA were measured in seeds of V...
October 8, 2016: Plant Biology
Chaozhi Pan, Swee Ngin Tan, Jean Wan Hong Yong, Liya Ge
Gibberellins, as a group of phytohormones, exhibit a wide variety of bio-functions within plant growth and development, which have been used to increase crop yields. Many analytical procedures, therefore, have been developed for the determination of the types and levels of endogenous and exogenous gibberellins. As plant tissues contain gibberellins in trace amounts (usually at the level of nanogram per gram fresh weight or even lower), the sample pre-treatment steps (extraction, pre-concentration, and purification) for gibberellins are reviewed in details...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Chao Wu, Kehui Cui, Wencheng Wang, Qian Li, Shah Fahad, Qiuqian Hu, Jianliang Huang, Lixiao Nie, Shaobing Peng
Heat stress causes morphological and physiological changes and reduces crop yield in rice (Oryza sativa). To investigate changes in phytohormones and their relationships with yield and other attributes under heat stress, four rice varieties (Nagina22, Huanghuazhan, Liangyoupeijiu, and Shanyou 63) were grown in pots and subjected to three high temperature treatments plus control in temperature-controlled greenhouses for 15 d during the early reproductive phase. Yield reductions in Nagina22, Huanghuazhan, and Liangyoupeijiu were attributed to reductions in spikelet fertility, spikelets per panicle, and grain weight...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wei Huang, Shiyuan Peng, Zhiqiang Xian, Dongbo Lin, Guojian Hu, Lu Yang, Maozhi Ren, Zhengguo Li
In Arabidopsis, the miR171-GRAS module has been clarified as key player in meristem maintenance. However, the knowledge about its role in fruit crops like tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) remains scarce. We previously identified tomato SlGRAS24 as a target gene of Sly-miR171. To study the role of this probable transcription factor SlGRAS24, we generated transgenic tomato plants under-expressing SlGRAS24, over-expressing SlGRAS24, over-expressing Sly-miR171, and expressing β-glucoronidase (GUS) under the SlGRAS24 promoter (proSlGRAS24-GUS)...
October 6, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
L Shi, X J Wei, Y M N Adedze, Z H Sheng, S Q Tang, P S Hu, J L Wang
The dwarf and narrow-leaf rice (Oryza sativa L.) mutant dnl3 was isolated from the Japonica cultivar Zhonghua 11 (wild-type). dnl3 exhibited pleiotropic developmental defects. The narrow-leaf phenotype resulted from a marked reduction in the number of vascular bundles, while the dwarf stature was caused by the formation of foreshortened internodes and a reduced number of parenchyma cells. The suggestion that cell division is impaired in the mutant was consistent with the transcriptional behavior of various genes associated with cell division...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Päivi L H Rinne, Laju K Paul, Jorma Vahala, Jaakko Kangasjärvi, Christiaan van der Schoot
Axillary buds (AXBs) of hybrid aspen (Populus tremula×P. tremuloides) contain a developing dwarfed shoot that becomes para-dormant at the bud maturation point. Para-dormant AXBs can grow out after stem decapitation, while dormant AXBs pre-require long-term chilling to release them from dormancy. The latter is mediated by gibberellin (GA)-regulated 1,3-β-glucanases, but it is unknown if GA is also important in the development, activation, and outgrowth of para-dormant AXBs. The present data show that para-dormant AXBs up-regulate GA receptor genes during their maturation, but curtail GA biosynthesis by down-regulating the rate-limiting GIBBERELLIN 3-OXIDASE2 (GA3ox2), which is characteristically expressed in the growing apex...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Yuerong Gao, Chun Liu, Xiaodong Li, Haiqian Xu, Yue Liang, Nan Ma, Zhangjun Fei, Junping Gao, Cai-Zhong Jiang, Chao Ma
Roses are one of the most important cut flowers among ornamental plants. Rose flower longevity is largely dependent on the timing of petal shedding occurrence. To understand the molecular mechanism underlying petal abscission in rose, we performed transcriptome profiling of the petal abscission zone during petal shedding using Illumina technology. We identified a total of 2592 differentially transcribed genes (DTGs) during rose petal shedding. Gene ontology term enrichment and pathway analysis revealed that major biochemical pathways the DTGs were involved in included ethylene biosynthesis, starch degradation, superpathway of cytosolic glycolysis, pyruvate dehydrogenase and TCA cycle, photorespiration and the lactose degradation III pathway...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Stefan Simm, Klaus-Dieter Scharf, Sridharan Jegadeesan, Maria Luisa Chiusano, Nurit Firon, Enrico Schleiff
Phytohormones control the development and growth of plants, as well as their response to biotic and abiotic stress. The seven most well-studied phytohormone classes defined today are as follows: auxins, ethylene, cytokinin, abscisic acid, jasmonic acid, gibberellins, and brassinosteroids. The basic principle of hormone regulation is conserved in all plants, but recent results suggest adaptations of synthesis, transport, or signaling pathways to the architecture and growth environment of different plant species...
2016: Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
Lihong Liu, Haoran Liu, Shuo Li, Xin Zhang, Min Zhang, Ning Zhu, Craig P Dufresne, Sixue Chen, Qiaomei Wang
Fruit ripening is a complex and genetically programmed process. Brassinosteroids (BRs) play an essential role in plant growth and development, including fruit ripening. As a central component of BR signaling, the transcription factor BZR1 is involved in fruit development in tomato. However, the transcriptional network through which BZR1 regulates fruit ripening is mostly unknown. In this study, we use isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) labeling technology to explore important proteins regulated by BZR1 in two independent tomato transgenic lines over-expressing BZR1-1D at four ripening stages, identifying 411 differentially expressed proteins...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Camille Fonouni-Farde, Anouck Diet, Florian Frugier
DELLA proteins, acting as integrators of gibberellin (GA) action, are emerging as key regulators of root system architecture. Recent studies have revealed how they dictate the dynamics of root growth and are required for the establishment of root endosymbioses with rhizobial bacteria and mycorrhizal fungi. Like conductors, DELLAs can thereby harmonize root development depending on soil environments.
September 22, 2016: Trends in Plant Science
Bulat Kuluev, Azamat Avalbaev, Elena Mikhaylova, Yuriy Nikonorov, Zoya Berezhneva, Alexey Chemeris
Changes in the expression levels of tobacco expansin genes NtEXPA1, NtEXPA4, NtEXPA5, and NtEXPA6 were studied in different organs of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) as well as in response to phytohormone and stress treatments. It was shown that NtEXPA1, NtEXPA4 and NtEXPA5 transcripts were predominantly expressed in the shoot apices and young leaves, but almost absent in mature leaves and roots. The NtEXPA6 mRNA was found at high levels in calluses containing a large number of undifferentiated cells, but hardly detectable in the leaves of different ages and roots...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Jeffrey T Mindrebo, Charisse M Nartey, Yoshiya Seto, Michael D Burkart, Joseph P Noel
The alpha/beta hydrolase (ABH) superfamily is a widespread and functionally malleable protein fold recognized for its diverse biochemical activities across all three domains of life. ABH enzymes possess unexpected catalytic activity in the green plant lineage through selective alterations in active site architecture and chemistry. Furthermore, the ABH fold serves as the core structure for phytohormone and ligand receptors in the gibberellin, strigolactone, and karrikin signaling pathways in plants. Despite recent discoveries, the ABH family is sparsely characterized in plants, a sessile kingdom known to evolve complex and specialized chemical adaptations as survival responses to widely varying biotic and abiotic ecologies...
September 20, 2016: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
Carolin Heck, Hannah Kuhn, Sven Heidt, Stefanie Walter, Nina Rieger, Natalia Requena
In an approaching scenario of soil nutrient depletion, root association with soil microorganisms can be key for plant health and sustainability [1-3]. Symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are major players in helping plants growing under nutrient starvation conditions. They provide plants with minerals like phosphate and, furthermore, act as modulators of plant growth altering the root developmental program [4, 5]. However, the precise mechanisms involved in this latter process are not well understood...
September 7, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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