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BMC Genomics ; 22(1): 639, 2021 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34479486

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BACKGROUND: Resistance of pest insect species to insecticides, including B. thuringiensis (Bt) pesticidal proteins expressed by transgenic plants, is a threat to global food security. Despite the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera, being a major pest of maize and having populations showing increasing levels of resistance to hybrids expressing Bt pesticidal proteins, the cell mechanisms leading to mortality are not fully understood. RESULTS: Twenty unique RNA-seq libraries from the Bt susceptible D. v. virgifera inbred line Ped12, representing all growth stages and a range of different adult and larval exposures, were assembled into a reference transcriptome. Ten-day exposures of Ped12 larvae to transgenic Bt Cry3Bb1 and Gpp34/Tpp35Ab1 maize roots showed significant differential expression of 1055 and 1374 transcripts, respectively, compared to cohorts on non-Bt maize. Among these, 696 were differentially expressed in both Cry3Bb1 and Gpp34/Tpp35Ab1 maize exposures. Differentially-expressed transcripts encoded protein domains putatively involved in detoxification, metabolism, binding, and transport, were, in part, shared among transcripts that changed significantly following exposures to the entomopathogens Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Metarhizium anisopliae. Differentially expressed transcripts in common between Bt and entomopathogen treatments encode proteins in general stress response pathways, including putative Bt binding receptors from the ATP binding cassette transporter superfamily. Putative caspases, pro- and anti-apoptotic factors, as well as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-response factors were identified among transcripts uniquely up-regulated following exposure to either Bt protein. CONCLUSIONS: Our study suggests that the up-regulation of genes involved in ER stress management and apoptotic progression may be important in determining cell fate following exposure of susceptible D. v. virgifera larvae to Bt maize roots. This study provides novel insights into insect response to Bt intoxication, and a possible framework for future investigations of resistance mechanisms.


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Bacillus thuringiensis , Besouros , Praguicidas , Animais , Bacillus thuringiensis/genética , Sobrevivência Celular , Besouros/genética , Endotoxinas/toxicidade , Resistência a Inseticidas , Larva/genética , Controle Biológico de Vetores , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Regulação para Cima , Zea mays/genética
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Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao ; 37(8): 2845-2855, 2021 Aug 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34472302

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Production of biofuels such as ethanol from non-grain crops may contribute to alleviating the global energy crisis and reducing the potential threat to food security. Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is a commercial crop with high biomass yield. Breeding of starch-rich tobacco plants may provide alternative raw materials for the production of fuel ethanol. We cloned the small subunit gene NtSSU of ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase (NtAGPase), which controls starch biosynthesis in tobacco, and constructed a plant expression vector pCAMBIA1303-NtSSU. The NtSSU gene was overexpressed in tobacco upon Agrobacterium-mediated leaf disc transformation. Phenotypic analysis showed that overexpression of NtSSU gene promoted the accumulation of starch in tobacco leaves, and the content of starch in tobacco leaves increased from 17.5% to 41.7%. The growth rate and biomass yield of the transgenic tobacco with NtSSU gene were also significantly increased. The results revealed that overexpression of NtSSU gene could effectively redirect more photosynthesis carbon flux into starch biosynthesis pathway, which led to an increased biomass yield but did not generate negative effects on other agronomic traits. Therefore, NtSSU gene can be used as an excellent target gene in plant breeding to enrich starch accumulation in vegetative organs to develop new germplasm dedicated to fuel ethanol production.


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Amido , Tabaco , Biomassa , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Melhoramento Vegetal , Folhas de Planta/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Tabaco/genética , Tabaco/metabolismo
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Braz J Biol ; 83: e245379, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34495147

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Population growth is increasing rapidly around the world, in these consequences we need to produce more foods to full fill the demand of increased population. The world is facing global warming due to urbanizations and industrialization and in this concerns plants exposed continuously to abiotic stresses which is a major cause of crop hammering every year. Abiotic stresses consist of Drought, Salt, Heat, Cold, Oxidative and Metal toxicity which damage the crop yield continuously. Drought and salinity stress severally affected in similar manner to plant and the leading cause of reduction in crop yield. Plants respond to various stimuli under abiotic or biotic stress condition and express certain genes either structural or regulatory genes which maintain the plant integrity. The regulatory genes primarily the transcription factors that exert their activity by binding to certain cis DNA elements and consequently either up regulated or down regulate to target expression. These transcription factors are known as masters regulators because its single transcript regulate more than one gene, in this context the regulon word is fascinating more in compass of transcription factors. Progress has been made to better understand about effect of regulons (AREB/ABF, DREB, MYB, and NAC) under abiotic stresses and a number of regulons reported for stress responsive and used as a better transgenic tool of Arabidopsis and Rice.


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Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Regulon , Secas , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Regulon/genética , Estresse Fisiológico/genética
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Braz J Biol ; 83: e246436, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34495159

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Application of different fertilizers to check the efficiency of expression of Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) gene in one of the leading commercialized crops (cotton) against Lepidopteran species is of great concern. The expression of Cry protein level can be controlled by the improvement of nutrients levels. Therefore, the myth of response of Cry toxin to different combinations of NP fertilizers was explored in three Bt cotton cultivars. Combinations include three levels of nitrogen and three levels of phosphorus fertilizers. Immunostrips and Cry gene(s) specific primer based PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) analysis were used for the presence of Bt gene that unveiled the presence of Cry1Ac gene only. Further, the ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) kit was used to quantify the expression of Cry1Ac protein. Under various NP fertilizers rates, the level of toxin protein exhibited highly significant differences. The highest toxin level mean was found to be 2.3740 and 2.1732 µg/g under the treatment of N150P75 kg ha-1 combination while the lowest toxin level mean was found to be 0.9158 and 0.7641 µg/g at the N50P25 kg ha-1 level at 80 and 120 DAS (Days After Sowing), respectively. It was concluded from the research that the usage of NP fertilizers has a positive relation with the expression of Cry1Ac toxin in Bt cotton. We recommend using the N150P50 kg ha-1 level as the most economical and practicable fertilizer instead of the standard dose N100P50 kg ha-1 to get the desired level of Cry1Ac level for long lasting plant resistance (<1.5). The revised dose of fertilizer may help farmers to avoid the cross-resistance development in contradiction of insect pests.


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Proteínas Hemolisinas , Mariposas , Animais , Toxinas de Bacillus thuringiensis , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Endotoxinas/genética , Fertilizantes , Proteínas Hemolisinas/genética , Resistência a Inseticidas , Larva , Nitrogênio , Fósforo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética
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Planta ; 254(4): 68, 2021 Sep 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34498163

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MAIN CONCLUSION: In this review, we have focused on the CRISPR/Cas9 technology for improving the agronomic traits in plants through point mutations, knockout, and single base editing, and we highlighted the recent progress in plant metabolic engineering. CRISPR/Cas9 technology has immense power to reproduce plants with desired characters and revolutionizing the field of genome engineering by erasing the barriers in targeted genome editing. Agriculture fields are using this advance genome editing tool to get the desired traits in the crops plants such as increase yield, improve product quality attributes, and enhance resistance against biotic and abiotic stresses by identifying and editing genes of interest. This review focuses on CRISPR/Cas-based gene knockout for trait improvement and single base editing to boost yield, quality, stress tolerance, and disease resistance traits in crops. Use of CRISPR/Cas9 system to facilitate crop domestication and hybrid breeding are also touched. We summarize recent developments and up-gradation of delivery mechanism (nanotechnology and virus particle-based delivery system) and progress in multiplex gene editing. We also shed lights in advances and challenges of engineering the important metabolic pathways that contain a variety of dietary metabolites and phytochemicals. In addition, we endorsed substantial technical hurdles and possible ways to overcome the unpredictability of CRISPR/Cas technology for broader application across various crop species. We speculated that by making a strong interconnection among all genomic fields will give a gigantic bunt of knowledge to develop crop expressing desired traits.


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Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Melhoramento Vegetal , Agricultura , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Genoma de Planta , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Tecnologia
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(16)2021 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34445456

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Flavonoids are representative secondary metabolites with different metabolic functions in plants. Previous study found that ectopic expression of EsMYB90 from Eutremasalsugineum could strongly increase anthocyanin content in transgenic tobacco via regulating the expression of anthocyanin biosynthesis genes. In the present research, metabolome analysis showed that there existed 130 significantly differential metabolites, of which 23 metabolites enhanced more than 1000 times in EsMYB90 transgenic tobacco leaves relative to the control, and the top 10 of the increased metabolites included caffeic acid, cyanidin O-syringic acid, myricetin and naringin. A total of 50 markedly differential flavonoids including flavones (14), flavonols (13), flavone C-glycosides (9), flavanones (7), catechin derivatives (5), anthocyanins (1) and isoflavone (1) were identified, of which 46 metabolites were at a significantly enhanced level. Integrated analysis of metabolome and transcriptome revealed that ectopic expression of EsMYB90 in transgenic tobacco leaves is highly associated with the prominent up-regulation of 16 flavonoid metabolites and the corresponding 42 flavonoid biosynthesis structure genes in phenylpropanoid/flavonoid pathways. Dual luciferase assay documented that EsMYB90 strongly activated the transcription of NtANS and NtDFR genes via improving their promoter activity in transiently expressed tobacco leaves, suggesting that EsMYB90 functions as a key regulator on anthocyanin and flavonoid biosynthesis. Taken together, the crucial regulatory role of EsMYB90 on enhancing many flavonoid metabolite levels is clearly demonstrated via modulating flavonoid biosynthesis gene expression in the leaves of transgenic tobacco, which extends our understanding of the regulating mechanism of MYB transcription factor in the phenylpropanoid/flavonoid pathways and provides a new clue and tool for further investigation and genetic engineering of flavonoid metabolism in plants.


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Antocianinas , Brassicaceae/metabolismo , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Metabolômica , Proteínas de Plantas , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Tabaco , Antocianinas/biossíntese , Antocianinas/genética , Brassicaceae/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/biossíntese , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Tabaco/genética , Tabaco/metabolismo
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(16)2021 Aug 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34445457

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Strigolactones (SLs) regulate plant shoot development by inhibiting axillary bud growth and branching. However, the role of SLs in wintersweet (Chimonanthus praecox) shoot branching remains unknown. Here, we identified and isolated two wintersweet genes, CCD7 and CCD8, involved in the SL biosynthetic pathway. Quantitative real-time PCR revealed that CpCCD7 and CpCCD8 were down-regulated in wintersweet during branching. When new shoots were formed, expression levels of CpCCD7 and CpCCD8 were almost the same as the control (un-decapitation). CpCCD7 was expressed in all tissues, with the highest expression in shoot tips and roots, while CpCCD8 showed the highest expression in roots. Both CpCCD7 and CpCCD8 localized to chloroplasts in Arabidopsis. CpCCD7 and CpCCD8 overexpression restored the phenotypes of branching mutant max3-9 and max4-1, respectively. CpCCD7 overexpression reduced the rosette branch number, whereas CpCCD8 overexpression lines showed no phenotypic differences compared with wild-type plants. Additionally, the expression of AtBRC1 was significantly up-regulated in transgenic lines, indicating that two CpCCD genes functioned similarly to the homologous genes of the Arabidopsis. Overall, our study demonstrates that CpCCD7 and CpCCD8 exhibit conserved functions in the CCD pathway, which controls shoot development in wintersweet. This research provides a molecular and theoretical basis for further understanding branch development in wintersweet.


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Arabidopsis , Calycanthaceae/genética , Dioxigenases , Genes de Plantas , Proteínas de Plantas , Raízes de Plantas , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Arabidopsis/enzimologia , Arabidopsis/genética , Calycanthaceae/enzimologia , Dioxigenases/biossíntese , Dioxigenases/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/biossíntese , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Raízes de Plantas/enzimologia , Raízes de Plantas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/enzimologia , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(15)2021 Jul 26.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34360726

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Fungal diseases pose a major threat to ornamental plants, with an increasing percentage of pathogen-driven host losses. In ornamental plants, management of the majority of fungal diseases primarily depends upon chemical control methods that are often non-specific. Host basal resistance, which is deficient in many ornamental plants, plays a key role in combating diseases. Despite their economic importance, conventional and molecular breeding approaches in ornamental plants to facilitate disease resistance are lagging, and this is predominantly due to their complex genomes, limited availability of gene pools, and degree of heterozygosity. Although genetic engineering in ornamental plants offers feasible methods to overcome the intrinsic barriers of classical breeding, achievements have mainly been reported only in regard to the modification of floral attributes in ornamentals. The unavailability of transformation protocols and candidate gene resources for several ornamental crops presents an obstacle for tackling the functional studies on disease resistance. Recently, multiomics technologies, in combination with genome editing tools, have provided shortcuts to examine the molecular and genetic regulatory mechanisms underlying fungal disease resistance, ultimately leading to the subsequent advances in the development of novel cultivars with desired fungal disease-resistant traits, in ornamental crops. Although fungal diseases constitute the majority of ornamental plant diseases, a comprehensive overview of this highly important fungal disease resistance seems to be insufficient in the field of ornamental horticulture. Hence, in this review, we highlight the representative mechanisms of the fungal infection-related resistance to pathogens in plants, with a focus on ornamental crops. Recent progress in molecular breeding, genetic engineering strategies, and RNAi technologies, such as HIGS and SIGS for the enhancement of fungal disease resistance in various important ornamental crops, is also described.


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Resistência à Doença/genética , Fungos Mitospóricos/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Melhoramento Vegetal , Doenças das Plantas , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas , Doenças das Plantas/genética , Doenças das Plantas/microbiologia , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/microbiologia
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J Agric Food Chem ; 69(35): 10069-10081, 2021 Sep 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34410120

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Many studies have shown that phenolic compounds such as lignin and flavonoids enhance plant resistance. Tea plants are rich in flavonoid compounds. Whether these compounds are related to tea plant resistance is unclear. In this study, an interesting conclusion was drawn on the basis of experimental results: in response to abiotic stress (except for sucrose treatment), gene expression was increased in the phenylpropanoid and lignin pathways and was reduced in the flavonoid pathway in tea plants. CsHCTs, the genes located at the branch point of the lignin and flavonoid pathways, are most suitable for regulating the ratio of carbon flow in the lignin pathway and flavonoid synthesis. Enzymatic and genetic modification experiments proved that CsHCTs encode hydroxycinnamoyl-coenzyme A:shikimate/quinate hydroxycinnamoyl transferase in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, the genetic modification results showed that the contents of phenolic acids and lignin were increased in tobacco and Arabidopsis plants overexpressing CsHCTs, whereas the content of flavonol glycosides was decreased. Both types of transgenic plants showed resistance to many abiotic stresses and bacterial infections. We speculate that CsHCTs participate in regulation of the metabolic flow of carbon from the flavonoid pathway to the chlorogenic acid, caffeoylshikimic acid, and lignin pathways to increase resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses.


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Arabidopsis , Camellia sinensis , Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Camellia sinensis/metabolismo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Lignina/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Estresse Fisiológico , Chá
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J Agric Food Chem ; 69(35): 10358-10370, 2021 Sep 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34428040

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The advancement of mass spectrometry provides advantages for transgenic protein characterization in support of safety assessments of genetically modified crops. Here, we describe how matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization in-source decay (ISD) mass spectrometry (MS) in combination with intact mass and bottom-up analyses can be applied to achieve high confidence in the sequences of transgenic proteins expressed in plants and establish the biochemical equivalence of microbially produced protein surrogates. ISD confirmed 40-60 near terminal residues regardless of the protein size, including the improvement of the coverage of cysteine-rich proteins by the reduction/alkylation of disulfide bonds. Negative ISD significantly improved spectral quality and sequence coverage of acidic proteins. Various post-translational modifications, such as terminal truncations and N-terminal methionine excision and acetylation, were identified in plant-produced proteins by top-down MS. Finally, we demonstrated that a combination of top-down and bottom-up analyses provides high confidence in sequence equivalence of plant and microbially produced proteins.


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Produtos Agrícolas , Proteínas , Produtos Agrícolas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Processamento de Proteína Pós-Traducional , Espectrometria de Massas por Ionização e Dessorção a Laser Assistida por Matriz
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(15)2021 Jul 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34360645

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Environmental adversities, particularly drought and nutrient limitation, are among the major causes of crop losses worldwide. Due to the rapid increase of the world's population, there is an urgent need to combine knowledge of plant science with innovative applications in agriculture to protect plant growth and thus enhance crop yield. In recent decades, engineering strategies have been successfully developed with the aim to improve growth and stress tolerance in plants. Most strategies applied so far have relied on transgenic approaches and/or chemical treatments. However, to cope with rapid climate change and the need to secure sustainable agriculture and biomass production, innovative approaches need to be developed to effectively meet these challenges and demands. In this review, we summarize recent and advanced strategies that involve the use of plant-related cyanobacterial proteins, macro- and micronutrient management, nutrient-coated nanoparticles, and phytopathogenic organisms, all of which offer promise as protective resources to shield plants from climate challenges and to boost stress tolerance in crops.


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Adaptação Fisiológica , Mudança Climática , Produtos Agrícolas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Secas , Desenvolvimento Vegetal , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Produtos Agrícolas/genética , Engenharia Genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética
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J Agric Food Chem ; 69(31): 8634-8648, 2021 Aug 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34339211

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The monocot lineage-specific miR528 was previously established as a multistress regulator. However, it remains largely unclear how miR528 participates in response to salinity stress in rice. Here, we show that miR528 positively regulates rice salt tolerance by down-regulating a gene encoding l-ascorbate oxidase (AO), thereby bolstering up the AO-mediated abscisic acid (ABA) synthesis and ROS scavenging. Overexpression of miR528 caused a substantial increase in ascorbic acid (AsA) and ABA contents but a significant reduction in ROS accumulation, resulting in the enhanced salt tolerance of rice plants. Conversely, knockdown of miR528 or overexpression of AO stimulated the expression of the AO gene, hence lowering the level of AsA, a critical antioxidant that promotes the ABA content but reduces the ROS level, and then compromising rice tolerance to salinity. Together, the findings reveal a novel mechanism of the miR528-AO module-mediated salt tolerance by modulating the processes of AsA and ABA metabolism as well as ROS detoxification, which adds a new regulatory role to the miR528-AO stress defense pathway in rice.


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Ácido Abscísico/metabolismo , Ácido Ascórbico/metabolismo , MicroRNAs/genética , Oryza , Tolerância ao Sal , Ascorbato Oxidase , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Oryza/genética , Oryza/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Tolerância ao Sal/genética , Estresse Fisiológico
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Plant Cell Rep ; 40(9): 1735-1749, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34308490

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KEY MESSAGE: Overexpression of the naturally occurring intron-retained (IR) forms of radish RsMYB1 and RsTT8 transcripts in Arabidopsis causes a substantial increase in anthocyanin accumulation. The production of anthocyanins in plants is tightly controlled by the MYB-bHLH-WD40 (MBW) complex. In this study, analysis of four radish (Raphanus sativus L.) inbred lines with different colored taproots revealed that regulatory genes of anthocyanin biosynthesis, RsMYB1 and RsTT8, produce three transcripts, one completely spliced and two intron retention (IR1 and IR2) forms. Transcripts RsMYB1-IR1 and RsMYB1-IR2 retained the 1st (380 nt) and 2nd (149 nt) introns, respectively; RsTT8-IR1 retained the 4th intron (113 nt); RsTT8-IR2 retained both the 3rd (128 nt) and 4th introns. Levels of most IR forms were substantially low in radish samples, but the RsTT8-IR2 level was higher than RsTT8 in red skin/red flesh (RsRf) root. Since all IR forms contained a stop codon within the intron, they were predicted to encode truncated proteins with defective interaction domains, resulting in the inability to form the MBW complex in vivo. However, tobacco leaves transiently co-expressing RsMYB1-IRs and RsTT8-IRs showed substantially higher anthocyanin accumulation than those co-expressing their spliced forms. Consistently, co-expression of constructs encoding truncated proteins with spliced or IR forms of their interaction partner in tobacco leaves did not result in anthocyanin accumulation. Compared with RsMYB1, the overexpression of RsMYB1-IRs in Arabidopsis pap1 mutant increased anthocyanin accumulation by > sevenfold and upregulated the expression of Arabidopsis flavonoid biosynthesis genes including AtTT8. Our results suggest that the stable co-expression of RsMYB1-IRs in fruit trees and vegetable crops could be used to increase their anthocyanin contents.


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Antocianinas/metabolismo , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Raphanus/genética , Processamento Alternativo , Arabidopsis/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Íntrons , Pigmentação/genética , Folhas de Planta/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Raízes de Plantas/genética , Raízes de Plantas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Tabaco/genética
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Curr Opin Biotechnol ; 70: 226-233, 2021 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34217954

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Potato production is negatively affected by root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.). There are no commercially available potato cultivars that are resistant to root-knot nematodes. To reduce the reliance on chemical controls, genetic engineering for nematode resistance in potato shows promise. Genetically modified potatoes that silence a parasitism gene or that express toxic protease inhibitors display reduced nematode infections. Modifying potato immune responses may also offer new opportunities for nematode resistance in potato. Plant defense elicitors, including those secreted by modified bacteria, enhanced resistance against root-knot nematodes in potato. The use of transgenic bacteria as delivery vehicles of defense-related molecules presents several possibilities for sophisticated nematode management and because this does not involve transgenic plants, it may garner greater public acceptance.


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Solanum tuberosum , Tylenchoidea , Animais , Doenças das Plantas/genética , Raízes de Plantas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Solanum tuberosum/genética
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Molecules ; 26(13)2021 Jul 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34279372

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The emergence of drug-resistant pathogens poses a serious critical threat to global public health and requires immediate action. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a class of short peptides ubiquitously found in all living forms, including plants, insects, mammals, microorganisms and play a significant role in host innate immune system. These peptides are considered as promising candidates to treat microbial infections due to its distinct advantages over conventional antibiotics. Given their potent broad spectrum of antimicrobial action, several AMPs are currently being evaluated in preclinical/clinical trials. However, large quantities of highly purified AMPs are vital for basic research and clinical settings which is still a major bottleneck hindering its application. This can be overcome by genetic engineering approaches to produce sufficient amount of diverse peptides in heterologous host systems. Recently plants are considered as potential alternatives to conventional protein production systems such as microbial and mammalian platforms due to their unique advantages such as rapidity, scalability and safety. In addition, AMPs can also be utilized for development of novel approaches for plant protection thereby increasing the crop yield. Hence, in order to provide a spotlight for the expression of AMP in plants for both clinical or agricultural use, the present review presents the importance of AMPs and efforts aimed at producing recombinant AMPs in plants for molecular farming and plant protection so far.


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Biotecnologia/métodos , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Proteínas Citotóxicas Formadoras de Poros/biossíntese , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Proteínas Citotóxicas Formadoras de Poros/genética
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J Plant Physiol ; 264: 153482, 2021 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34330009

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C4 plants are superior to C3 plants in terms of productivity and limited photorespiration. PPDK (pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase) and NADP-ME (NADP-dependent malic enzyme) are two important photosynthetic C4-specific enzymes present in the mesophyll cells of C4 plants. To evaluate the effect of C4 enzymes in rice, we developed transgenic rice lines by separately introducing Setaria italica PPDK [SiPPDK] and S. italica ME [SiME] gene constructs under the control of the green tissue-specific maize PPDK promoter. Rice plant lines for both constructs were screened using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), Southern hybridization, and expression analysis. The best transgenic plant lines for each case were selected for physiological and biochemical characterization. The results from qRT-PCR and enzyme activity analysis revealed higher expression and activity of both PPDK and NADP-ME genes compared with the nontransformed and empty-vector-transformed plants. The average photosynthetic efficiency of transgenic plant lines carrying the PPDK and NADP-ME genes increased by 18% and 12%, respectively, and was positively correlated with the increased accumulation of photosynthetic pigment. The decrease in Fv/Fm, increased electron transport rate (ETR), and increased photochemical quenching (qP) compared with nontransformed control plants suggest that transgenic rice plants transferred more absorbed light energy to photochemical reactions than wild-type plants. SiME-transgenic plants displayed reduced leaf malate content and superior performance under water deficit conditions. Interestingly, the transgenic plants showed yield enhancement by exhibiting increased plant height, panicle length, panicle weight and thousand grain weight. Overall, the exogenous foxtail millet C4 gene PPDK enhanced photosynthesis and yield to a greater extent than NADP-ME.


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Genes de Plantas/genética , Malato Desidrogenase/genética , Oryza/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Piruvato Ortofosfato Diquinase/genética , Setaria (Planta)/genética , Clorofila/metabolismo , Clonagem Molecular , Malato Desidrogenase/metabolismo , Oryza/anatomia & histologia , Oryza/enzimologia , Oryza/metabolismo , Fotossíntese , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/anatomia & histologia , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Piruvato Ortofosfato Diquinase/metabolismo , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase em Tempo Real , Setaria (Planta)/enzimologia , Setaria (Planta)/metabolismo
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Methods Mol Biol ; 2312: 89-107, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34228286

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The quest to engineer increasingly complex synthetic gene networks in mammalian and plant cells requires an ever-growing portfolio of orthogonal gene expression systems. To control gene expression, light is of particular interest due to high spatial and temporal resolution, ease of dosage and simplicity of administration, enabling increasingly sophisticated man-machine interfaces. However, the majority of applied optogenetic switches are crowded in the UVB, blue and red/far-red light parts of the optical spectrum, limiting the number of simultaneously applicable stimuli. This problem is even more pertinent in plant cells, in which UV-A/B, blue, and red light-responsive photoreceptors are already expressed endogenously. To alleviate these challenges, we developed a green light responsive gene switch, based on the light-sensitive bacterial transcription factor CarH from Thermus thermophilus and its cognate DNA operator sequence CarO. The switch is characterized by high reversibility, high transgene expression levels, and low leakiness, leading to up to 350-fold induction ratios in mammalian cells. In this chapter, we describe the essential steps to build functional components of the green light-regulated gene switch, followed by detailed protocols to quantify transgene expression over time in mammalian cells. In addition, we expand this protocol with a description of how the optogenetic switch can be implemented in protoplasts of A. thaliana.


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Arabidopsis/efeitos da radiação , Proteínas de Bactérias/efeitos da radiação , Engenharia Celular , Genes de Troca , Luz , Optogenética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/efeitos da radiação , Thermus thermophilus/genética , Animais , Arabidopsis/genética , Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Proteínas de Bactérias/genética , Proteínas de Bactérias/metabolismo , Técnicas de Cultura de Células , Células Cultivadas , Regulação Bacteriana da Expressão Gênica/efeitos da radiação , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas/efeitos da radiação , Genes Reporter , Humanos , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Thermus thermophilus/metabolismo , Fatores de Tempo , Transfecção
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Methods Mol Biol ; 2328: 203-214, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34251628

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Plants use different regulatory modules in response to changes in their surroundings. With the transcriptomic approaches governing all research areas, an integrative, fast, and sensitive approach toward validating genes of interest becomes a critical step prior to functional studies in planta. This chapter describes a detailed method for a quantitative analysis of transcriptional readouts of defense response genes using tobacco leaves as a transient system. The method uses Luciferase reporter assays to monitor activities of defense pathway promoters. Under normal conditions, the JASMONATE ZIM-DOMAIN (JAZ) proteins repress defense genes by preventing their expression. Here, we will provide a detailed protocol on the use of a dual-luciferase system to analyze activities of various defense response promoters simultaneously. We will use two well-characterized modules from the Jasmonic acid (JA) defense pathway; the JAZ3 repressor protein and the promoters of three of JA responsive genes, MYC2, 3 and 4. This assay revealed not only differences in promoter strength but also provided quantitative insights on the JAZ3 repression of MYCs in a quantitative manner.


Assuntos
Ciclopentanos/metabolismo , Oxilipinas/metabolismo , Reguladores de Crescimento de Plantas/metabolismo , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Proteínas Repressoras/metabolismo , Tabaco/metabolismo , Agrobacterium tumefaciens/metabolismo , Primers do DNA , Genes myc/genética , Luciferases/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Regiões Promotoras Genéticas , Domínios Proteicos/genética , Proteínas Repressoras/genética , Tabaco/genética
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(11)2021 Jun 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34200345

RESUMO

Efficient accumulation of flavonoids is important for increased tolerance to biotic stress. Although several plant defense mechanisms are known, the roles of many pathways, proteins, and secondary metabolites in stress tolerance are unknown. We generated a flavanone 3-hydroxylase (F3H) overexpressor rice line and inoculated Xanthomonas Oryzae pv. oryzae and compared the control and wildtype inoculated plants. In addition to promoting plant growth and developmental maintenance, the overexpression of F3H increased the accumulation of flavonoids and increased tolerance to bacterial leaf blight (BLB) stress. Moreover, leaf lesion length was higher in the infected wildtype plants compared with infected transgenics. Kaempferol and quercetin, which scavenge reactive oxygen species, overaccumulated in transgenic lines compared with wildtypes in response to pathogenic infection, detected by scanning electron microscopy and spectrophotometry. The induction of F3H altered the antioxidant system and reduced the levels of glutathione peroxidase activity and malondialdehyde (MDA) contents in the transgenic lines compared with the wildtypes. Downstream gene regulation analysis showed that the expression of F3H increased the regulation of flavonol synthase (FLS), dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR), and slender rice mutant (SLR1) during BLB stress. The analysis of SA and JA signaling revealed an antagonistic interaction between both hormones and that F3H induction significantly promoted SA and inhibited JA accumulation in the transgenic lines. SA-dependent nonexpressor pathogenesis-related (NPR1) and Xa1 showed significant upregulation in the infected transgenic lines compared with the infected control and wildtype lines. Thus, the overexpression of F3H was essential for increasing BLB stress tolerance.


Assuntos
Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Resistência à Doença/imunologia , Flavonoides/metabolismo , Hormônios/metabolismo , Oxigenases de Função Mista/metabolismo , Oryza/imunologia , Doenças das Plantas/imunologia , Resistência à Doença/genética , Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Oxigenases de Função Mista/genética , Oryza/genética , Oryza/metabolismo , Oryza/microbiologia , Doenças das Plantas/genética , Doenças das Plantas/microbiologia , Folhas de Planta/genética , Folhas de Planta/imunologia , Folhas de Planta/metabolismo , Folhas de Planta/microbiologia , Proteínas de Plantas/genética , Proteínas de Plantas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/genética , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/imunologia , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/metabolismo , Plantas Geneticamente Modificadas/microbiologia , Estresse Fisiológico , Xanthomonas/fisiologia
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