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Plant Cell

American Society of Plant Biologists


ISSN: 1040-4651 (1532-298X)
Plant Sciences - Cell Biology - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology - Plant Science - Cell Biology
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Authors: Eckardt, N. A ; Meyers ; B. C ; Merchant ; S. S.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2545?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2545 2545
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: OMaoileidigh D. S.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2546?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2546 2547
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Salome P. A.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2548?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2548 2549
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Mach J.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2550?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2550 2551
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Mach J.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2552?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2552 2553
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Celine C.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2554?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2554 2555
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Carella P.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2556?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2556 2557
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Authors: Augustine R. C.
Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2558?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2558 2558
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell
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Phytohormones regulate many aspects of plant life by activating transcription factors (TFs) that bind sequence-specific response elements (REs) in regulatory regions of target genes. Despite their short length, REs are degenerate, with a core of just 3 to 4 bp. This degeneracy is paradoxical, as it reduces specificity and REs are extremely common in the genome. To study whether RE degeneracy might serve a biological function, we developed an algorithm for the detection of regulatory sequence conservation and applied it to phytohormone REs in 45 angiosperms. Surprisingly, we found that specific RE variants are highly conserved in core hormone response genes. Experimental evidence showed that specific variants act to regulate the magnitude and spatial profile of hormonal response in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) and tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). Our results suggest that hormone-regulated TFs bind a spectrum of REs, each coding for a distinct transcriptional response profile. Our approach has implications for precise genome editing and for rational promoter design.
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Gene regulation is a dynamic process involving changes ranging from the remodeling of chromatin to preferential translation. To understand integrated nuclear and cytoplasmic gene regulatory dynamics, we performed a survey spanning the epigenome to translatome of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seedlings in response to hypoxia and reoxygenation. This included chromatin assays (examining histones, accessibility, RNA polymerase II [RNAPII], and transcription factor binding) and three RNA assays (nuclear, polyadenylated, and ribosome-associated). Dynamic patterns of nuclear regulation distinguished stress-induced and growth-associated mRNAs. The rapid upregulation of hypoxia-responsive gene transcripts and their preferential translation were generally accompanied by increased chromatin accessibility, RNAPII engagement, and reduced Histone 2A.Z association. Hypoxia promoted a progressive upregulation of heat stress transcripts, as evidenced by RNAPII binding and increased nuclear RNA, with polyadenylated RNA levels only elevated after prolonged stress or reoxygenation. Promoters of rapidly versus progressively upregulated genes were enriched for cis-elements of ethylene-responsive and heat shock factor transcription factors, respectively. Genes associated with growth, including many encoding cytosolic ribosomal proteins, underwent distinct histone modifications, yet retained RNAPII engagement and accumulated nuclear transcripts during the stress. Upon reaeration, progressively upregulated and growth-associated gene transcripts were rapidly mobilized to ribosomes. Thus, multilevel nuclear regulation of nucleosomes, transcript synthesis, accumulation, and translation tailor transient stress responses.
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Complexes of diploid and polyploid species have formed frequently during the evolution of land plants. In false flax (Camelina sativa), an important hexaploid oilseed crop closely related to Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), the putative parental species as well as the origin of other Camelina species remained unknown. By using bacterial artificial chromosome–based chromosome painting, genomic in situ hybridization, and multi-gene phylogenetics, we aimed to elucidate the origin and evolution of the polyploid complex. Genomes of diploid camelinas (Camelina hispida, n = 7; Camelina laxa, n = 6; and Camelina neglecta, n = 6) originated from an ancestral n = 7 genome. The allotetraploid genome of Camelina rumelica (n = 13, N6H) arose from hybridization between diploids related to C. neglecta (n = 6, N6) and C. hispida (n = 7, H), and the N subgenome has undergone a substantial post-polyploid fractionation. The allohexaploid genomes of C. sativa and Camelina microcarpa (n = 20, N6N7H) originated through hybridization between an auto-allotetraploid C. neglecta–like genome (n = 13, N6N7) and C. hispida (n = 7, H), and the three subgenomes have remained stable overall since the genome merger. Remarkably, the ancestral and diploid Camelina genomes were shaped by complex chromosomal rearrangements, resembling those associated with human disorders and resulting in the origin of genome-specific shattered chromosomes.
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During maize (Zea mays) seed development, the endosperm functions as the major organ for storage of photoassimilate, serving to nourish the embryo. α-Zeins and globulins (GLBs) predominantly accumulate in the maize endosperm and embryo, respectively. Here, we show that suppression of α-zeins by RNA interference (αRNAi) in the endosperm results in more GLB1 being synthesized in the embryo, thereby markedly increasing the size and number of protein storage vacuoles. Glb genes are strongly expressed in the middle-to-upper section of the scutellum, cells of which are significantly enlarged by αRNAi induction. Elimination of GLBs caused an apparent reduction in embryo protein level, regardless of whether α-zeins were expressed or suppressed in the endosperm, indicating that GLBs represent the dominant capacity for storage of amino acids allocated from the endosperm. It appears that protein reallocation is mostly regulated at the transcriptional level. Genes differentially expressed between wild-type and αRNAi kernels are mainly involved in sulfur assimilation and nutrient metabolism, and many are transactivated by VIVIPAROUS1 (VP1). In vp1 embryos, misshapen scutellum cells contain notably less cellular content and are unable to respond to αRNAi induction. Our results demonstrate that VP1 is essential for scutellum development and protein reallocation from the endosperm to embryo.
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In response to diverse environmental conditions, rice (Oryza sativa) roots have developed one Casparian strip (CS) at the exodermis and one CS at the endodermis. Here, we functionally characterized OsCASP1 (Casparian strip domain protein 1) in rice. OsCASP1 was mainly expressed in the root elongation zone, and the protein encoded was first localized to all sides of the plasma membrane of endodermal cells without CS, followed by the middle of the anticlinal side of endodermal cells with CS. Knockout of OsCASP1 resulted in a defect of CS formation at the endodermis and decreased growth under both soil and hydroponic conditions. Mineral analysis showed that the oscasp1 mutants accumulated more Ca, but less Mn, Zn, Fe, Cd, and As in the shoots compared with the wild type. The growth inhibition of the mutants was further aggravated by high Ca in growth medium. The polar localization of the Si transporter Low Si 1 at the distal side of the endodermis was not altered in the mutant, but the protein abundance was decreased, resulting in a substantial reduction in silicon uptake. These results indicated that OsCASP1 is required for CS formation at the endodermis and that the CS in rice plays an important role in root selective uptake of mineral elements, especially Ca and Si.
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Plants have evolved two major ways to deal with nearby vegetation or shade: avoidance and tolerance. Moreover, some plants respond to shade in different ways; for example, Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) undergoes an avoidance response to shade produced by vegetation, but its close relative Cardamine hirsuta tolerates shade. How plants adopt opposite strategies to respond to the same environmental challenge is unknown. Here, using a genetic strategy, we identified the C. hirsuta slender in shade1 mutants, which produce strongly elongated hypocotyls in response to shade. These mutants lack the phytochrome A (phyA) photoreceptor. Our findings suggest that C. hirsuta has evolved a highly efficient phyA-dependent pathway that suppresses hypocotyl elongation when challenged by shade from nearby vegetation. This suppression relies, at least in part, on stronger phyA activity in C. hirsuta; this is achieved by increased ChPHYA expression and protein accumulation combined with a stronger specific intrinsic repressor activity. We suggest that modulation of photoreceptor activity is a powerful mechanism in nature to achieve physiological variation (shade tolerance versus avoidance) for species to colonize different habitats.
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The Pseudomonas syringae effector protein AvrRpm1 activates the Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) intracellular innate immune receptor protein RESISTANCE TO PSEUDOMONAS MACULICOLA1 (RPM1) via modification of a second Arabidopsis protein, RPM1-INTERACTING PROTEIN4 (AtRIN4). Prior work has shown that AvrRpm1 induces phosphorylation of AtRIN4, but homology modeling indicated that AvrRpm1 may be an ADP-ribosyl transferase. Here, we show that AvrRpm1 induces ADP-ribosylation of RIN4 proteins from both Arabidopsis and soybean (Glycine max) within two highly conserved nitrate-induced (NOI) domains. It also ADP ribosylates at least 10 additional Arabidopsis NOI domain-containing proteins. The ADP-ribosylation activity of AvrRpm1 is required for subsequent phosphorylation on Thr-166 of AtRIN4, an event that is necessary and sufficient for RPM1 activation. We also show that the C-terminal NOI domain of AtRIN4 interacts with the exocyst subunits EXO70B1, EXO70E1, EXO70E2, and EXO70F1. Mutation of either EXO70B1 or EXO70E2 inhibited secretion of callose induced by the bacterial flagellin-derived peptide flg22. Substitution of RIN4 Thr-166 with Asp enhanced the association of AtRIN4 with EXO70E2, which we posit inhibits its callose deposition function. Collectively, these data indicate that AvrRpm1 ADP-ribosyl transferase activity contributes to virulence by promoting phosphorylation of RIN4 Thr-166, which inhibits the secretion of defense compounds by promoting the inhibitory association of RIN4 with EXO70 proteins.
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Cold acclimation is a crucial strategy for plant survival at freezing temperatures. C-REPEAT BINDING FACTOR (CBF) genes are rapidly and transiently induced by low temperature and play important roles in cold acclimation. However, the mechanism underlying the attenuation of CBF expression during the later stages of the cold stress response is obscure. Here, we show that the protein kinase BRASSINOSTEROID-INSENSITIVE2 (BIN2) interacts with and phosphorylates INDUCER OF CBF EXPRESSION1 (ICE1) in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) under prolonged cold stress, facilitating the interaction between ICE1 and the E3 ubiquitin ligase HIGH EXPRESSION OF OSMOTICALLY RESPONSIVE GENE1 and thereby promoting ICE1 degradation. The kinase activity of BIN2 is inhibited during the early stages of the cold stress response and is subsequently restored, suggesting that BIN2 mainly downregulates ICE1 abundance when CBF expression is attenuated. A loss-of-function mutation of ICE1 partially suppresses the cold-induced expression of CBFs and compromises the enhanced freezing tolerance of bin2-3 bil1 bil2. These findings reveal an important role for BIN2 in fine-tuning CBF expression, and thus in balancing plant growth and the cold stress response.
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Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) efficiently synthesizes the antifungal phytoalexin camalexin without the apparent release of bioactive intermediates, such as indole-3-acetaldoxime, suggesting that the biosynthetic pathway of this compound is channeled by the formation of an enzyme complex. To identify such protein interactions, we used two independent untargeted coimmunoprecipitation (co-IP) approaches with the biosynthetic enzymes CYP71B15 and CYP71A13 as baits and determined that the camalexin biosynthetic P450 enzymes copurified with these enzymes. These interactions were confirmed by targeted co-IP and Förster resonance energy transfer measurements based on fluorescence lifetime microscopy (FRET-FLIM). Furthermore, the interaction of CYP71A13 and Arabidopsis P450 Reductase1 was observed. We detected increased substrate affinity of CYP79B2 in the presence of CYP71A13, indicating an allosteric interaction. Camalexin biosynthesis involves glutathionylation of the intermediary indole-3-cyanohydrin, which is synthesized by CYP71A12 and especially CYP71A13. FRET-FLIM and co-IP demonstrated that the glutathione transferase GSTU4, which is coexpressed with Trp- and camalexin-specific enzymes, is physically recruited to the complex. Surprisingly, camalexin concentrations were elevated in knockout and reduced in GSTU4-overexpressing plants. This shows that GSTU4 is not directly involved in camalexin biosynthesis but rather plays a role in a competing mechanism.
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Plant surface waxes form an outer barrier that protects the plant from many forms of environmental stress. The deposition of cuticular waxes on the plant surface is regulated by external environmental changes, including light and dark cycles. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms controlling light regulation of wax production are still poorly understood, especially at the posttranscriptional level. In this paper, we report the regulation of cuticular wax production by the miR156-SPL9 (SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE 9) module in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). When compared with wild-type plants, miR156 and SPL9 mutants showed significantly altered cuticular wax amounts in both stems and leaves. Furthermore, it was found that SPL9 positively regulates gene expression of the alkane-forming enzyme ECERIFERUM1 (CER1), as well as the primary (1-) alcohol-forming enzyme ECERIFERUM4 (CER4), to enhance alkane and 1-alcohol synthesis, respectively. Our results indicate that complex formation of SPL9 with a negative regulator of wax synthesis, DEWAX, will hamper SPL9 DNA binding ability, possibly by interfering with SPL9 homodimerization. Combined with their diurnal gene and protein expressions, this dynamic repression–activation transcriptional module defines a dynamic mechanism that may allow plants to optimize wax synthesis during daily cycles. These findings provide a regulatory framework for environmental signal integration in the regulation of wax synthesis.
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Key proteins of the photosynthetic complexes are encoded in the chloroplast genome and cotranslationally inserted into the thylakoid membrane. However, the molecular details of this process are largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate by ribosome profiling that the conserved chloroplast signal recognition particle subunit (cpSRP54) is required for efficient cotranslational targeting of several central photosynthetic proteins, such as the PSII PsbA (D1) subunit, in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). High-resolution analysis of membrane-associated and soluble ribosome footprints revealed that the SRP-dependent membrane targeting of PsbA is already initiated at an early translation step before exposure of the nascent chain from the ribosome. In contrast to cytosolic SRP, which contacts the ribosome close to the peptide tunnel exit site, analysis of the cpSRP54/ribosome binding interface revealed a direct interaction of cpSRP54 and the ribosomal subunit uL4, which is not located at the tunnel exit site but forms a part of the internal peptide tunnel wall by a loop domain. The plastid-specific C-terminal tail region of cpSRP54 plays a crucial role in uL4 binding. Our data indicate a novel mechanism of SRP-dependent membrane protein transport with the cpSRP54/uL4 interaction as a central element in early initiation of cotranslational membrane targeting.
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Carotenoids are a group of natural tetraterpenoid pigments with indispensable roles in the plant life cycle and the human diet. Although the carotenoid biosynthetic pathway has been well characterized, the regulatory mechanisms that control carotenoid metabolism, especially in floral organs, remain poorly understood. In this study, we identified an anthocyanin-related R2R3-MYB protein, WHITE PETAL1 (WP1), that plays a critical role in regulating floral carotenoid pigmentation in Medicago truncatula. Carotenoid analyses showed that the yellow petals of the wild-type M. truncatula contained high concentrations of carotenoids that largely consisted of esterified lutein and that disruption of WP1 function via Tnt1 insertion led to substantially reduced lutein accumulation. WP1 mainly functions as a transcriptional activator and directly regulates the expression of carotenoid biosynthetic genes including MtLYCe and MtLYCb through its C-terminal acidic activation motif. Further molecular and genetic analyses revealed that WP1 physically interacts with MtTT8 and MtWD40-1 proteins and that this interaction facilitates WP1’s function in the transcriptional activation of both carotenoid and anthocyanin biosynthetic genes. Our findings demonstrate the molecular mechanism of WP1-mediated regulation of floral carotenoid pigmentation and suggest that the conserved MYB-basic-helix-loop-helix-WD40 regulatory module functions in carotenoid biosynthesis in M. truncatula, with specificity imposed by the MYB partner.
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The eukaryotic pathway of galactolipid synthesis involves fatty acid synthesis in the chloroplast, followed by assembly of phosphatidylcholine (PC) in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and then turnover of PC to provide a substrate for chloroplast galactolipid synthesis. However, the mechanisms and classes of lipids transported between the chloroplast and the ER are unclear. PC, PC-derived diacylglycerol, phosphatidic acid, and lyso-phosphatidylcholine (LPC) have all been implicated in ER-to-chloroplast lipid transfer. LPC transport requires lysophosphatidylcholine acyltransferase (LPCAT) activity at the chloroplast to form PC before conversion to galactolipids. However, LPCAT has also been implicated in the opposite chloroplast-to-ER trafficking of newly synthesized fatty acids through PC acyl editing. To understand the role of LPC and LPCAT in acyl trafficking we produced and analyzed the Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) act1 lpcat1 lpcat2 triple mutant. LPCAT1 and LPCAT2 encode the major lysophospholipid acyltransferase activity of the chloroplast, and it is predominantly for incorporation of nascent fatty acids exported form the chloroplast into PC by acyl editing. In vivo acyl flux analysis revealed eukaryotic galactolipid synthesis is not impaired in act1 lpcat1 lpcat2 and uses a PC pool distinct from that of PC acyl editing. We present a model for the eukaryotic pathway with metabolically distinct pools of PC, suggesting an underlying spatial organization of PC metabolism as part of the ER–chloroplast metabolic interactions.
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Compartmentation is a key strategy enacted by plants for the storage of specialized metabolites. The saffron spice owes its red color to crocins, a complex mixture of apocarotenoid glycosides that accumulate in intracellular vacuoles and reach up to 10% of the spice dry weight. We developed a general approach, based on coexpression analysis, heterologous expression in yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), and in vitro transportomic assays using yeast microsomes and total plant metabolite extracts, for the identification of putative vacuolar metabolite transporters, and we used it to identify Crocus sativus transporters mediating vacuolar crocin accumulation in stigmas. Three transporters, belonging to both the multidrug and toxic compound extrusion and ATP binding cassette C (ABCC) families, were coexpressed with crocins and/or with the gene encoding the first dedicated enzyme in the crocin biosynthetic pathway, CsCCD2. Two of these, belonging to the ABCC family, were able to mediate transport of several crocins when expressed in yeast microsomes. CsABCC4a was selectively expressed in C. sativus stigmas, was predominantly tonoplast localized, transported crocins in vitro in a stereospecific and cooperative way, and was able to enhance crocin accumulation when expressed in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves.
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Article URL: http://www.plantcell.org/cgi/content/short/31/11/2805?rss=1
Citation: Vol 31 No. 11 (2019) pp 2805 2805
Publication Date: 2019-11-14T17:50:29-08:00
Journal: The Plant Cell

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