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Record number 560031
Title Overexpression of Ricinus communis L. malate synthase enhances seed tolerance to abiotic stress during germination
Author(s) Brito, Valdinei Carvalho; Almeida, Catherine P. de; Barbosa, Rhaíssa R.; Carosio, Maria G.A.; Ferreira, Antônio G.; Fernandez, Luzimar G.; Castro, Renato D. de; Hilhorst, Henk; Ligterink, Wilco; Ribeiro, Paulo Roberto
Source Industrial Crops and Products 145 (2020). - ISSN 0926-6690
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indcrop.2020.112110
Department(s) EPS
Laboratory of Plant Physiology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2020
Keyword(s) Abiotic stress - Castor bean - Functional characterization - Temperature-responsive genes
Abstract

Ricinus communis L. seeds can germinate at high temperatures, but further development of the seedlings is negatively affected. This mainly caused by impairment of energy-generating pathways when seeds are germinated at 35 °C. Ricinus communis malate synthase (RcMLS) is a key responsive gene in lipid mobilization and gluconeogenesis and as such might have a role in sustaining successful seed germination and seedling growth. Herein, we raised the question whether RcMLS might be involved in the biochemical and molecular mechanisms required for R. communis seed germination under unfavourable environmental conditions. For that, we used a robust approach that encompassed bioinformatics analysis, transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh seeds overexpressing RcMLS, along with phenotypical characterization of seed germination under abiotic stress. The phylogenetic tree revealed important evolutionary relationship amongst MLS sequences from R. communis and from other crop species/model plants. Overexpression of RcMLS enhanced A. thaliana seed germination under high temperature and salt stress. For example, wild-type A. thaliana Columbia seeds (Col-0) showed 37 % of maximum germination at 35 °C, whereas A. thaliana seeds overexpressing RcMLS showed up to 71%. When salt stress was applied (75 mM NaCl), maximum germination of Col-0 seeds reached 37%, whereas for A. thaliana seeds overexpressing RcMLS it reached up to 93%. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Gas Chromatography coupled to Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometry (GC-TOF-MS) metabolomics analysis showed a robust metabolic signature of A. thaliana seeds overexpressing RcMLS in response to abiotic stress. They accumulated high levels of Met, Ile, fructose, glucose, and sucrose. Therefore, we suggested that overexpression of RcMLS has modulated the glyoxylate cycle and gluconeogenesis pathway in order to maintain cellular homeostasis under unfavorable environmental conditions. Our results provide important leads into the contribution of RcMLS to the underlying mechanism of R. communis seed germination under adverse environmental conditions. This might be helpful for breeding programs to develop more resistant R. communis cultivars which are more likely to sustain growth and high yield under the severe conditions found in arid and semi-arid areas worldwide.

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