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2002

Alice Cheung

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Plant Rac-Like Gtpases Are Activated By Auxin And Mediate Auxin-Responsive Gene Expression, L. Z. Tao, Alice Cheung, H. M. Wu Oct 2002

Plant Rac-Like Gtpases Are Activated By Auxin And Mediate Auxin-Responsive Gene Expression, L. Z. Tao, Alice Cheung, H. M. Wu

Alice Cheung

The auxin indole-3-acetic acid is a key plant hormone essential for a broad range of growth and developmental processes. Here, we show that auxin activates Rac-like GTPases (referred to as Rac/Rop GTPases), and they in turn stimulate auxin-responsive gene expression. In particular, we show that overexpressing a wild-type tobacco Rac/Rop GTPase, NtRac1, and its constitutively active mutant form activates auxin-responsive gene expression. On the other hand, overexpressing dominant-negative NtRac1 and Rac-negative regulators, or reducing the endogenous NtRac1 level, suppresses auxin-induced gene expression. Furthermore, overexpression of NtRac1 activity or suppression of its expression in transgenic seedlings induces phenotypes that ...


The Regulation Of Actin Organization By Actin-Depolymerizing Factor In Elongating Pollen Tubes, C. Y. Chen, E. I. Wong, L. Vidali, A. Estavillo, P. K. Hepler, H. M. Wu, Alice Cheung Aug 2002

The Regulation Of Actin Organization By Actin-Depolymerizing Factor In Elongating Pollen Tubes, C. Y. Chen, E. I. Wong, L. Vidali, A. Estavillo, P. K. Hepler, H. M. Wu, Alice Cheung

Alice Cheung

Pollen tube elongation is a polarized cell growth process that transports the male gametes from the stigma to the ovary for fertilization inside the ovules. Actomyosin-driven intracellular trafficking and active actin remodeling in the apical and subapical regions of pollen tubes are both important aspects of this rapid tip growth process. Actin-depolymerizing factor (ADF) and cofilin are actin binding proteins that enhance the depolymerization of microfilaments at their minus, or slow-growing, ends. A pollen-specific ADF from tobacco, NtADF1, was used to dissect the role of ADF in pollen tube growth. Overexpression of NtADF1 resulted in the reduction of fine, axially ...