Genetic screen for factors mediating PIN polarization in gravistimulated Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyls

H. Rakusová, H. Han, P. Valošek, J. Friml, The Plant Journal (2019).

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Gravitropism is an adaptive response that orients plant growth parallel to the gravity vector. Asymmetric distribution of the phytohormone auxin is a necessary prerequisite to the tropic bending both in roots and shoots. During hypocotyl gravitropic response, the PIN3 auxin transporter polarizes within gravity-sensing cells to redirect intercellular auxin fluxes. First gravity-induced PIN3 polarization to the bottom cell mem- branes leads to the auxin accumulation at the lower side of the organ, initiating bending and, later, auxin feedback-mediated repolarization restores symmetric auxin distribution to terminate bending. Here, we per- formed a forward genetic screen to identify regulators of both PIN3 polarization events during gravitropic response. We searched for mutants with defective PIN3 polarizations based on easy-to-score morphological outputs of decreased or increased gravity-induced hypocotyl bending. We identified the number of hypocotyl reduced bending (hrb) and hypocotyl hyperbending (hhb) mutants, revealing that reduced bending corre- lated typically with defective gravity-induced PIN3 relocation whereas all analyzed hhb mutants showed defects in the second, auxin-mediated PIN3 relocation. Next-generation sequencing-aided mutation map- ping identified several candidate genes, including SCARECROW and ACTIN2, revealing roles of endodermis specification and actin cytoskeleton in the respective gravity- and auxin-induced PIN polarization events. The hypocotyl gravitropism screen thus promises to provide novel insights into mechanisms underlying cell polarity and plant adaptive development.
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2019-02-28
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The Plant Journal
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Rakusová H, Han H, Valošek P, Friml J. Genetic screen for factors mediating PIN polarization in gravistimulated Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyls. The Plant Journal. 2019. doi:10.1111/tpj.14301
Rakusová, H., Han, H., Valošek, P., & Friml, J. (2019). Genetic screen for factors mediating PIN polarization in gravistimulated Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyls. The Plant Journal. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14301
Rakusová, Hana, Huibin Han, Petr Valošek, and Jiří Friml. “Genetic Screen for Factors Mediating PIN Polarization in Gravistimulated Arabidopsis Thaliana Hypocotyls.” The Plant Journal, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14301.
H. Rakusová, H. Han, P. Valošek, and J. Friml, “Genetic screen for factors mediating PIN polarization in gravistimulated Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyls,” The Plant Journal, 2019.
Rakusová H, Han H, Valošek P, Friml J. 2019. Genetic screen for factors mediating PIN polarization in gravistimulated Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyls. The Plant Journal.
Rakusová, Hana, et al. “Genetic Screen for Factors Mediating PIN Polarization in Gravistimulated Arabidopsis Thaliana Hypocotyls.” The Plant Journal, Wiley, 2019, doi:10.1111/tpj.14301.
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