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Plant Cell

American Society of Plant Biologists


ISSN: 1040-4651 (1532-298X)
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Cell Biology - Plant Sciences - Plant Science - Cell Biology
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Authors: Caseys C.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/30/4/739?rss=1
Citation: Vol 30 No. 4 (2018) pp 739 740
Publication Date: 2018-05-21T12:30:07-07:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Salome P. A.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/30/4/741?rss=1
Citation: Vol 30 No. 4 (2018) pp 741 742
Publication Date: 2018-05-21T12:30:07-07:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Mach J.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/30/4/743?rss=1
Citation: Vol 30 No. 4 (2018) pp 743 744
Publication Date: 2018-05-21T12:30:07-07:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Chloroplast translation is essential for cellular viability and plant development. Its positioning at the intersection of organellar RNA and protein metabolism makes it a unique point for the regulation of gene expression in response to internal and external cues. Recently obtained high-resolution structures of plastid ribosomes, the development of approaches allowing genome-wide analyses of chloroplast translation (i.e., ribosome profiling), and the discovery of RNA binding proteins involved in the control of translational activity have greatly increased our understanding of the chloroplast translation process and its regulation. In this review, we provide an overview of the current knowledge of the chloroplast translation machinery, its structure, organization, and function. In addition, we summarize the techniques that are currently available to study chloroplast translation and describe how translational activity is controlled and which cis-elements and trans-factors are involved. Finally, we discuss how translational control contributes to the regulation of chloroplast gene expression in response to developmental, environmental, and physiological cues. We also illustrate the commonalities and the differences between the chloroplast and bacterial translation machineries and the mechanisms of protein biosynthesis in these two prokaryotic systems.
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Two obscure studies on chromosomal behavior by Barbara McClintock are revisited in light of subsequent studies and evolutionary genomics of chromosome number reduction. The phenomenon of deficiency recovery in which adjacent genetic markers lost in the zygote reappear in later developmental sectors is discussed in light of de novo centromere formation on chromosomal fragments. Second, McClintock described a small chromosome, which she postulated carried an "X component," that fostered specific types of chromosomal rearrangements mainly involving centromere changes and attachments to the termini of chromosomes. These findings are cast in the context of subsequent studies on centromere misdivision, the tendency of broken fragments to join chromosome ends, and the realization from genomic sequences that nested chromosomal insertion and end-to-end chromosomal fusions are common features of karyotype evolution. Together, these results suggest a synthesis that centromere breaks, inactivation, and de novo formation together with telomeres—acting under some circumstances as double-strand DNA breaks that join with others—is the underlying basis of these chromosomal phenomena.
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Dioecy, the presence of male and female flowers on distinct individuals, has evolved independently in multiple plant lineages, and the genes involved in this differential development are just starting to be uncovered in a few species. Here, we used genomic approaches to investigate this pathway in kiwifruits (genus Actinidia). Genome-wide cataloging of male-specific subsequences, combined with transcriptome analysis, led to the identification of a type-C cytokinin response regulator as a potential sex determinant gene in this genus. Functional transgenic analyses in two model systems, Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana tabacum, indicated that this gene acts as a dominant suppressor of carpel development, prompting us to name it Shy Girl (SyGI). Evolutionary analyses in a panel of Actinidia species revealed that SyGI is located in the Y-specific region of the genome and probably arose from a lineage-specific gene duplication. Comparisons with the duplicated autosomal counterpart, and with orthologs from other angiosperms, suggest that the SyGI-specific duplication and subsequent evolution of cis-elements may have played a key role in the acquisition of separate sexes in this species.
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Seed germination is important for grain yield and quality and rapid, near-simultaneous germination helps in cultivation; however, cultivars that germinate too readily can undergo preharvest sprouting (PHS), which causes substantial losses in areas that tend to get rain around harvest time. Moreover, our knowledge of mechanisms regulating seed germination in wheat (Triticum aestivum) remains limited. In this study, we analyzed function of a wheat-specific microRNA 9678 (miR9678), which is specifically expressed in the scutellum of developing and germinating seeds. Overexpression of miR9678 delayed germination and improved resistance to PHS in wheat through reducing bioactive gibberellin (GA) levels; miR9678 silencing enhanced germination rates. We provide evidence that miR9678 targets a long noncoding RNA (WSGAR) and triggers the generation of phased small interfering RNAs that play a role in the delay of seed germination. Finally, we found that abscisic acid (ABA) signaling proteins bind the promoter of miR9678 precursor and activate its expression, indicating that miR9678 affects germination by modulating the GA/ABA signaling.
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The reversible phosphorylation of proteins by kinases and phosphatases is an antagonistic process that modulates many cellular functions. Protein phosphatases are usually negatively regulated by inhibitor proteins. During abscisic acid (ABA) signaling, these inhibitor proteins comprise PYR1/PYL/RCAR ABA receptors, which inhibit the core negative regulators, the clade A type 2C protein phosphatases (PP2Cs). However, it is not known whether these PP2Cs are positively regulated by other proteins. Here, we identified an Arabidopsis thaliana ear1 (enhancer of aba co-receptor1) mutant that exhibits pleiotropic ABA-hypersensitive phenotypes. EAR1 encodes an uncharacterized protein that is conserved in both monocots and dicots. EAR1 interacts with the N-terminal inhibition domains of all six PP2Cs, ABA INSENSITIVE1 (ABI1), ABI2, HYPERSENSITIVE TO ABA1 (HAB1), HAB2, ABA-HYPERSENSITIVE GERMINATION1 (AHG1), and AHG3, during ABA signaling and enhances the activity of PP2Cs both in vitro and in vivo. ABA treatment caused EAR1 to accumulate in the nucleus. These results indicate that EAR1 is a negative regulator of ABA signaling that enhances the activity of PP2Cs by interacting with and releasing the N-terminal autoinhibition of these proteins.
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Phytochrome A (phyA) is the primary plant photoreceptor responsible for perceiving and mediating various responses to far-red (FR) light and is essential for survival in canopy shade. In this study, we identified two Arabidopsis thaliana mutants that grew longer hypocotyls in FR light. Genetic analyses showed that they were allelic and their FR phenotypes were caused by mutations in the gene named TANDEM ZINC-FINGER/PLUS3 (TZP), previously shown to encode a nuclear protein involved in blue light signaling and phyB-dependent regulation of photoperiodic flowering. We show that the expression of TZP is dramatically induced by light and that TZP proteins are differentially modified in different light conditions. Furthermore, we show that TZP interacts with both phyA and FAR-RED ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL1 (FHY1) and regulates the abundance of phyA, FHY1, and ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL5 proteins in FR light. Moreover, our data indicate that TZP is required for the formation of a phosphorylated form of phyA in the nucleus in FR light. Together, our results identify TZP as a positive regulator of phyA signaling required for phosphorylation of the phyA photoreceptor, thus suggesting an important role of phosphorylated phyA in inducing the FR light response.
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Leaf erectness is one of the key traits of plant architecture; in grains, plants with upright leaves can be planted close together, thus benefiting yield/unit area. Many factors, such as hormones, affect leaf inclination; however, how nutrition status, in particular phosphate (Pi) availability, affects leaf inclination remains largely unexplained. Here, we show that in rice (Oryza sativa), Pi deficiency stress inhibits lamina joint cell elongation, thus restricting lamina joint size and inducing leaf erectness in rice. The Pi starvation-induced proteins SPX1 (for Syg1/Pho81/XPR1) and SPX2 play a negative role in the regulation of leaf inclination. We further identified an SPX1-interacting protein, REGULATOR OF LEAF INCLINATION1 (RLI1), which positively regulates leaf inclination by affecting lamina joint cell elongation in rice. The rli1 mutants showed reduced leaf inclination and the RLI1 overexpressors showed increased leaf inclination. RLI1 directly activates the downstream genes BRASSINOSTEROID UPREGULATED1 (BU1) and BU1-LIKE 1 COMPLEX1 to control elongation of the lamina joint cells, therefore enhancing leaf inclination. We also found that Pi deficiency repressed the expression of RLI1. SPX1 protein interacts directly with RLI1, which could prevent RLI1 binding to the promoters of downstream genes. Therefore, SPX and RLI1 form a module to regulate leaf inclination in response to external Pi availability in rice.
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Grain number and size are interactive agronomic traits that determine grain yield. However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for coordinating the trade-off between these traits remain elusive. Here, we characterized the rice (Oryza sativa) grain size and number1 (gsn1) mutant, which has larger grains but sparser panicles than the wild type due to disordered localized cell differentiation and proliferation. GSN1 encodes the mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase OsMKP1, a dual-specificity phosphatase of unknown function. Reduced expression of GSN1 resulted in larger and fewer grains, whereas increased expression resulted in more grains but reduced grain size. GSN1 directly interacts with and inactivates the mitogen-activated protein kinase OsMPK6 via dephosphorylation. Consistent with this finding, the suppression of mitogen-activated protein kinase genes OsMPK6, OsMKK4, and OsMKKK10 separately resulted in denser panicles and smaller grains, which rescued the mutant gsn1 phenotypes. Therefore, OsMKKK10-OsMKK4-OsMPK6 participates in panicle morphogenesis and acts on a common pathway in rice. We confirmed that GSN1 is a negative regulator of the OsMKKK10-OsMKK4-OsMPK6 cascade that determines panicle architecture. The GSN1-MAPK module coordinates the trade-off between grain number and grain size by integrating localized cell differentiation and proliferation. These findings provide important insights into the developmental plasticity of the panicle and a potential means to improve crop yields.
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Panicle size is a critical determinant of grain yield in rice (Oryza sativa) and other grain crops. During rice growth and development, spikelet abortion often occurs at either the top or the basal part of the panicle under unfavorable conditions, causing a reduction in fertile spikelet number and thus grain yield. In this study, we report the isolation and functional characterization of a panicle abortion mutant named panicle apical abortion1-1 (paab1-1). paab1-1 exhibits degeneration of spikelets on the apical portion of panicles during late stage of panicle development. Cellular and physiological analyses revealed that the apical spikelets in the paab1-1 mutant undergo programmed cell death, accompanied by nuclear DNA fragmentation and accumulation of higher levels of H2O2 and malondialdehyde. Molecular cloning revealed that paab1-1 harbors a mutation in OsALMT7, which encodes a putative aluminum-activated malate transporter (OsALMT7) localized to the plasma membrane, and is preferentially expressed in the vascular tissues of developing panicles. Consistent with a function for OsALMT7 as a malate transporter, the panicle of the paab1-1 mutant contained less malate than the wild type, particularly at the apical portions, and injection of malate into the paab1-1 panicle could alleviate the spikelet degeneration phenotype. Together, these results suggest that OsALMT7-mediated transport of malate into the apical portion of panicle is required for normal panicle development, thus highlighting a key role of malate in maintaining the sink size and grain yield in rice and probably other grain crops.
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The rhythms of steady-state mRNA expression pervade nearly all circadian systems. However, the mechanisms behind the rhythmic transcriptional synthesis and its correlation with circadian expression remain fully unexplored, particularly in plants. Here, we discovered a multifunctional protein complex that orchestrates the rhythms of transcriptional activity in Arabidopsis thaliana. The expression of the circadian oscillator genes TIMING OF CAB EXPRESSION1/PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATOR1 and PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATOR5 initially relies on the modular function of the clock-related factor REVEILLE8: its MYB domain provides the DNA binding specificity, while its LCL domain recruits the clock components, NIGHT LIGHT-INDUCIBLE AND CLOCK-REGULATED proteins (LNKs), to target promoters. LNKs, in turn, specifically interact with RNA Polymerase II and the transcript elongation FACT complex to rhythmically co-occupy the target loci. The functional interaction of these components is central for chromatin status, transcript initiation, and elongation as well as for proper rhythms in nascent RNAs. Thus, our findings explain how genome readout of environmental information ultimately results in rhythmic changes of gene expression.
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Nitrogen (N) is often a limiting nutrient whose availability determines plant growth and productivity. Because its availability is often low and/or not uniform over time and space in nature, plants respond to variations in N availability by altering uptake and recycling mechanisms, but the molecular mechanisms underlying how these responses are regulated are poorly understood. Here, we show that a group of GARP G2-like transcription factors, Arabidopsis thaliana NITRATE-INDUCIBLE, GARP-TYPE TRANSCRIPTIONAL REPRESSOR1/HYPERSENSITIVE TO LOW Pi-ELICITED PRIMARY ROOT SHORTENING1 proteins (NIGT1/HRS1s), are factors that bind to the promoter of the N starvation marker NRT2.4 and repress an array of N starvation-responsive genes under conditions of high N availability. Transient assays and expression analysis demonstrated that NIGT1/HRS1s are transcriptional repressors whose expression is regulated by N availability. We identified target genes of the NIGT1/HRS1s by genome-wide transcriptome analyses and found that they are significantly enriched in N starvation response-related genes, including N acquisition, recycling, remobilization, and signaling genes. Loss of NIGT1/HRS1s resulted in deregulation of N acquisition and accumulation. We propose that NIGT1/HRS1s are major regulators of N starvation responses that play an important role in optimizing N acquisition and utilization under fluctuating N conditions.
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Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/30/4/946?rss=1
Citation: Vol 30 No. 4 (2018) pp 946 946
Publication Date: 2018-05-21T12:30:08-07:00
Journal: The Plant Cell

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Journal Citation Reports (2017)

Impact factor: 8.228
Q1 (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (23/292))
Q1 (Cell Biology (26/190))
Q1 (Plant Sciences (6/222))

Scopus Journal Metrics (2017)

SJR: 5.597
SNIP: 2.038
Impact (Scopus CiteScore): 0.733
Quartile: Q1
CiteScore percentile: 99%
CiteScore rank: 4 out of 389
Cited by WUR staff: 2177 times. (2014-2016)

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