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A Functional Unfolded Protein Response Is Required For Normal Vegetative Development, Yan Bao, Diane C. Bassham, Stephen H. Howell Apr 2019

A Functional Unfolded Protein Response Is Required For Normal Vegetative Development, Yan Bao, Diane C. Bassham, Stephen H. Howell

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The unfolded protein response (UPR) is activated in plants in response to endoplasmic reticulum stress and plays an important role in mitigating stress damage. Multiple factors act in the UPR, including the membrane-associated transcription factor, BASIC LEUCINE ZIPPER 17 (bZIP17), and the membrane-associated RNA splicing factor, INOSITOL REQUIRING ENZYME1 (IRE1). We have analyzed an Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) ire1a ire1b bzip17 triple mutant, with defects in stress signaling, and found that the mutant is also impaired in vegetative plant growth under conditions without externally applied stress. This raised the possibility that the UPR functions in plant development in the same manner ...


Using Arabidopsis Mesophyll Protoplasts To Study Unfolded Protein Response Signaling, Yan Bao, Diane C. Bassham Dec 2018

Using Arabidopsis Mesophyll Protoplasts To Study Unfolded Protein Response Signaling, Yan Bao, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Various environmental stresses or artificial reagents can trigger unfolded protein accumulation in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) due to the folding capacity of the ER being exceeded. This is termed ER stress, and triggers the unfolded protein response (UPR). Assays for activation of the UPR in plants include Tunicamycin (Tm)- or dithiothreitol (DTT)-mediated root growth inhibition, analysis of splicing of the UPR-responsive transcription factor bZIP60 (basic Leucine Zipper Domain 60), and upregulation of relevant UPR genes. We provide here a quick and robust method to detect UPR signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana protoplasts. This assay can also be applied to other ...


Autophagy In Crop Plants: What's New Beyond Arabidopsis?, Jie Tang, Diane C. Bassham Dec 2018

Autophagy In Crop Plants: What's New Beyond Arabidopsis?, Jie Tang, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Autophagy is a major degradation and recycling pathway in plants. It functions to maintain cellular homeostasis and is induced by environmental cues and developmental stimuli. Over the past decade, the study of autophagy has expanded from model plants to crop species. Many features of the core machinery and physiological functions of autophagy are conserved among diverse organisms. However, several novel functions and regulators of autophagy have been characterized in individual plant species. In light of its critical role in development and stress responses, a better understanding of autophagy in crop plants may eventually lead to beneficial agricultural applications. Here, we ...


Ire1b Degrades Rnas Encoding Proteins That Interfere With The Induction Of Autophagy By Er Stress In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yan Bao, Yunting Pu, Xiang Yu, Brian D. Gregory, Renu Srivastava, Stephen H. Howell, Diane C. Bassham Aug 2018

Ire1b Degrades Rnas Encoding Proteins That Interfere With The Induction Of Autophagy By Er Stress In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yan Bao, Yunting Pu, Xiang Yu, Brian D. Gregory, Renu Srivastava, Stephen H. Howell, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Macroautophagy/autophagy is a conserved process in eukaryotes that contributes to cell survival in response to stress. Previously, we found that endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress induces autophagy in plants via a pathway dependent upon AT5G24360/IRE1B (INOSITOL REQUIRING 1–1), an ER membrane-anchored factor involved in the splicing of AT1G42990/BZIP60 (basic leucine zipper protein 60) mRNA. IRE1B is a dual protein kinase and ribonuclease, and here we determined the involvement of the protein kinase catalytic domain, nucleotide binding and RNase domains of IRE1B in activating autophagy. We found that the nucleotide binding and RNase activity of IRE1B, but not ...


Dynamics Of Autophagosome Formation, Junmarie Soto-Burgos, Xiaohong Zhuang, Liwen Jiang, Diane C. Bassham Jan 2018

Dynamics Of Autophagosome Formation, Junmarie Soto-Burgos, Xiaohong Zhuang, Liwen Jiang, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Autophagy, literally defined as “self-eating,” functions as a degradation process by recycling cytoplasmic contents under stress conditions or during development. Upon activation of autophagy, a membrane structure known as a phagophore forms and expands, finally closing to form a double-membrane vesicle called an autophagosome (Fig. 1; Lamb et al., 2013; Yin et al., 2016). The completed autophagosome, which contains the autophagic cargo, is delivered to the vacuole (plants and yeast) or lysosome (animals). The outer membrane fuses with the vacuolar/lysosomal membrane, and the inner membrane and contents are released into the vacuole/lysosome as an autophagic body and are ...


Cellular Dynamics: Cellular Systems In The Time Domain, Dan Szymanski, Diane Bassham, Teun Munnik, Wataru Sakamoto Jan 2018

Cellular Dynamics: Cellular Systems In The Time Domain, Dan Szymanski, Diane Bassham, Teun Munnik, Wataru Sakamoto

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Plant cells are the fundamental building blocks of growth and development. For each cell type, the size, shape, and mechanical properties of the cell wall are customized for particular physiological functions (Szymanski and Cosgrove, 2009; Winship et al., 2011). The morphogenesis of highly polarized cell types such as trichoblasts and pollen tubes is internally programmed and occurs largely in the absence of a neighbor. Most cell types differentiate in the context of a tissue. Therefore, their growth and shape change can operate at larger spatial scales to influence tissue- and organ-level processes. Because plant cells grow symplastically and are mechanically ...


Single Cell Transcriptome Profiling Of Developing Chick Retinal Cells, Lauren A. Laboissonniere, Gregory M. Martin, Jillian J. Goetz, Ran Bi, Brock Pope, Kallie Weinand, Laura Ellson, Diane Fru, Miranda Lee, Andrea K. Wester, Peng Liu, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi Aug 2017

Single Cell Transcriptome Profiling Of Developing Chick Retinal Cells, Lauren A. Laboissonniere, Gregory M. Martin, Jillian J. Goetz, Ran Bi, Brock Pope, Kallie Weinand, Laura Ellson, Diane Fru, Miranda Lee, Andrea K. Wester, Peng Liu, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The vertebrate retina is a specialized photosensitive tissue comprised of six neuronal and one glial cell types, each of which develops in prescribed proportions at overlapping timepoints from a common progenitor pool. While each of these cells has a specific function contributing to proper vision in the mature animal, their differential representation in the retina as well as the presence of distinctive cellular subtypes makes identifying the transcriptomic signatures that lead to each retinal cell’s fate determination and development challenging. We have analyzed transcriptomes from individual cells isolated from the chick retina throughout retinogenesis. While we focused our efforts ...


Snrk1 Activates Autophagy Via The Tor Signaling Pathway In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Junmarie Soto-Burgos, Diane C. Bassham Aug 2017

Snrk1 Activates Autophagy Via The Tor Signaling Pathway In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Junmarie Soto-Burgos, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Autophagy is a degradation process in which cells break down and recycle their cytoplasmic contents when subjected to environmental stress or during cellular remodeling. The Arabidopsis thaliana SnRK1 complex is a protein kinase that senses changes in energy levels and triggers downstream responses to enable survival. Its mammalian ortholog, AMPK, and yeast ortholog, Snf-1, activate autophagy in response to low energy conditions. We therefore hypothesized that SnRK1 may play a role in the regulation of autophagy in response to nutrient or energy deficiency in Arabidopsis. To test this hypothesis, we determined the effect of overexpression or knockout of the SnRK1 ...


Lasting Retinal Injury In A Mouse Model Of Blast-Induced Trauma, Najiba Mammadova, Shivani Ghaisas, Gary Zenitsky, Donald S. Sakaguchi, Anumantha Kanthasamy, Justin J. Greenlee, M. Heather West Greenlee Jul 2017

Lasting Retinal Injury In A Mouse Model Of Blast-Induced Trauma, Najiba Mammadova, Shivani Ghaisas, Gary Zenitsky, Donald S. Sakaguchi, Anumantha Kanthasamy, Justin J. Greenlee, M. Heather West Greenlee

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Traumatic brain injury due to blast exposure is currently the most prevalent of war injuries. Although secondary ocular blast injuries due to flying debris are more common, primary ocular blast exposure resulting from blast wave pressure has been reported among survivors of explosions, but with limited understanding of the resulting retinal pathologies. Using a compressed air-driven shock tube system, adult male and female C57BL/6 mice were exposed to blast wave pressure of 300 kPa (43.5 psi) per day for 3 successive days, and euthanized 30 days after injury. We assessed retinal tissues using immunofluorescence for glial fibrillary acidic ...


Tor-Dependent And -Independent Pathways Regulate Autophagy In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yunting Pu, Xinjuan Luo, Diane C. Bassham Jul 2017

Tor-Dependent And -Independent Pathways Regulate Autophagy In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yunting Pu, Xinjuan Luo, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Autophagy is a critical process for recycling of cytoplasmic materials during environmental stress, senescence and cellular remodeling. It is upregulated under a wide range of abiotic stress conditions and is important for stress tolerance. Autophagy is repressed by the protein kinase target of rapamycin (TOR), which is activated in response to nutrients and in turn upregulates cell growth and translation and inhibits autophagy. Down-regulation of TOR in Arabidopsis thaliana leads to constitutive autophagy and to decreased growth, but the relationship to stress conditions is unclear. Here, we assess the extent to which TOR controls autophagy activation by abiotic stress. Overexpression ...


Selective Autophagy Of Bes1 Mediated By Dsk2 Balances Plant Growth And Survival, Trevor M. Nolan, Benjamin Brennan, Mengran Yang, Jiani Chen, Mingcai Zhang, Zhaohu Li, Xuelu Wang, Diane C. Bassham, Justin Walley, Yanhai Yin Apr 2017

Selective Autophagy Of Bes1 Mediated By Dsk2 Balances Plant Growth And Survival, Trevor M. Nolan, Benjamin Brennan, Mengran Yang, Jiani Chen, Mingcai Zhang, Zhaohu Li, Xuelu Wang, Diane C. Bassham, Justin Walley, Yanhai Yin

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Plants encounter a variety of stresses and must fine-tune their growth and stress-response programs to best suit their environment. BES1 functions as a master regulator in the brassinosteroid (BR) pathway that promotes plant growth. Here, we show that BES1 interacts with the ubiquitin receptor protein DSK2 and is targeted to the autophagy pathway during stress via the interaction of DSK2 with ATG8, a ubiquitin-like protein directing autophagosome formation and cargo recruitment. Additionally, DSK2 is phosphorylated by the GSK3-like kinase BIN2, a negative regulator in the BR pathway. BIN2 phosphorylation of DSK2 flanking its ATG8 interacting motifs (AIMs) promotes DSK2-ATG8 interaction ...


Tno1, A Tgn-Localized Snare-Interacting Protein, Modulates Root Skewing In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Rahul Roy, Diane C. Bassham Jan 2017

Tno1, A Tgn-Localized Snare-Interacting Protein, Modulates Root Skewing In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Rahul Roy, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Background: The movement of plant roots within the soil is key to their ability to interact with the environment and maximize anchorage and nutrient acquisition. Directional growth of roots occurs by a combination of sensing external cues, hormonal signaling and cytoskeletal changes in the root cells. Roots growing on slanted, impenetrable growth medium display a characteristic waving and skewing, and mutants with deviations in these phenotypes assist in identifying genes required for root movement. Our study identifies a role for a trans-Golgi network-localized protein in root skewing.

Results: We found that Arabidopsis thaliana TNO1 (TGN-localized SYP41-interacting protein), a putative tethering ...


Mutations In Tubb8 And Human Oocyte Meiotic Arrest, Ruizhi Feng, Qing Sang, Yanping Kuang, Xiaoxi Sun, Zheng Yan, Shaozhen Zhang, Juanzi Shi, Guoling Tian, Anna Luchniak, Yusuke Fukuda, Bin Li, Min Yu, Junling Chen, Yao Xu, Luo Guo, Ronggui Qu, Xueqian Wang, Zhaogui Sun, Miao Liu, Huijuan Shi, Hongyan Wang, Yi Feng, Ruijin Shao, Renjie Chai, Qiaoli Li, Qinghe Xing, Rui Zhang, Eva Nogales, Li Jin, Lin He, Mohan L. Gupta Jr., Nicholas J. Cowan, Lei Wang Jan 2016

Mutations In Tubb8 And Human Oocyte Meiotic Arrest, Ruizhi Feng, Qing Sang, Yanping Kuang, Xiaoxi Sun, Zheng Yan, Shaozhen Zhang, Juanzi Shi, Guoling Tian, Anna Luchniak, Yusuke Fukuda, Bin Li, Min Yu, Junling Chen, Yao Xu, Luo Guo, Ronggui Qu, Xueqian Wang, Zhaogui Sun, Miao Liu, Huijuan Shi, Hongyan Wang, Yi Feng, Ruijin Shao, Renjie Chai, Qiaoli Li, Qinghe Xing, Rui Zhang, Eva Nogales, Li Jin, Lin He, Mohan L. Gupta Jr., Nicholas J. Cowan, Lei Wang

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

BACKGROUND Human reproduction depends on the fusion of a mature oocyte with a sperm cell to form a fertilized egg. The genetic events that lead to the arrest of human oocyte maturation are unknown.

METHODS We sequenced the exomes of five members of a four-generation family, three of whom had infertility due to oocyte meiosis I arrest. We performed Sanger sequencing of a candidate gene, TUBB8, in DNA samples from these members, additional family members, and members of 23 other affected families. The expression of TUBB8 and all other β-tubulin isotypes was assessed in human oocytes, early embryos, sperm cells ...


Identification Of G Protein-Coupled Receptors Required For Vitellogenin Uptake Into The Oocytes Of The Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium Castaneum, Hua Bai, Subba R. Palli Jan 2016

Identification Of G Protein-Coupled Receptors Required For Vitellogenin Uptake Into The Oocytes Of The Red Flour Beetle, Tribolium Castaneum, Hua Bai, Subba R. Palli

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Previous studies suggested that a membrane receptor might be involved in mediating vitellogenin (Vg) uptake and juvenile hormone (JH)-regulated remodeling of follicular epithelium (also called ‘patency’). G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) family is one of the largest membrane receptor protein families and controls many key physiological processes. To investigate the role of GPCRs in insect reproduction and juvenile hormone-regulated Vg uptake, we performed a comprehensive RNA interference (RNAi) screen targeting GPCRs in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. Out of 112 GPCRs tested, knockdown of 41 GPCRs resulted in a reduction in fecundity. Interestingly, RNAi against two GPCRs (a Rhodopsin-like ...


Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (Mscs) Stimulate Neurite Outgrowth From Differentiating Adult Hippocampal Progenitor Cells, Eun-Ah Ye, Sagar S. Chawla, Michael Z. Khan, Donald S. Sakaguchi Jan 2016

Bone Marrow-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells (Mscs) Stimulate Neurite Outgrowth From Differentiating Adult Hippocampal Progenitor Cells, Eun-Ah Ye, Sagar S. Chawla, Michael Z. Khan, Donald S. Sakaguchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Background: Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have emerged as beneficial cellular vehicles for nervous system rescue and repair. A better understanding how MSCs are involved in mediating neural repair will facilitate development of novel therapeutic strategies.

Methods: In the present study bone marrow-derived MSCs were isolated and characterized from Brown Norway rats. The capacity of the MSCs to influence the differentiation of adult hippocampal progenitor cells (AHPCs) was investigated using contact and non-contact co-culture configurations.

Results: These MSCs showed a stable and consistent growth rate, retained short population doubling time (PDT) and showed high capacity of cell proliferation. Co-culturing ...


Polycaprolactone Microfibrous Scaffolds To Navigate Neural Stem Cells, Farrokh Sharifi, Bhavika B. Patel, Adam K. Dzuilko, Reza Montazami, Donald S. Sakaguchi, Nastaran Hashemi Jan 2016

Polycaprolactone Microfibrous Scaffolds To Navigate Neural Stem Cells, Farrokh Sharifi, Bhavika B. Patel, Adam K. Dzuilko, Reza Montazami, Donald S. Sakaguchi, Nastaran Hashemi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Fibrous scaffolds have shown promise in tissue engineering due to their ability to improve cell alignment and migration. In this paper, poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fibers are fabricated in different sizes using a microfluidic platform. By using this approach, we demonstrated considerable flexibility in ability to control the size of the fibers. It was shown that the average diameter of the fibers was obtained in the range of 2.6–36.5 μm by selecting the PCL solution flow rate from 1 to 5 μL min–1 and the sheath flow rate from 20 to 400 μL min–1 in the ...


Microbial Community And Chemical Characteristics Of Swine Manure During Maturation, Steven L. Trabue, Brian J. Kerr, Bradley L. Bearson, Manhoi Hur, Timothy Parkin, Eve S. Wurtele, Cherrie J. Ziemer Jan 2016

Microbial Community And Chemical Characteristics Of Swine Manure During Maturation, Steven L. Trabue, Brian J. Kerr, Bradley L. Bearson, Manhoi Hur, Timothy Parkin, Eve S. Wurtele, Cherrie J. Ziemer

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Swine diet formulations have the potential to lower animal emissions, including odor and ammonia (NH3). The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of manure storage duration on manure chemical and microbial properties in swine feeding trials. Three groups of 12 pigs were fed a standard corn–soybean meal diet over a 13-wk period. Urine and feces were collected at each feeding and transferred to 12 manure storage tanks. Manure chemical characteristics and headspace gas concentrations were monitored for NH3, hydrogen sulfide (H2S), volatile fatty acids, phenols, and indoles. Microbial analysis of the stored ...


Polo-Like Kinase 3 Appears Dispensable For Normal Retinal Development Despite Robust Embryonic Expression, Jillian J. Goetz, Lauren A. Laboissonniere, Andrea K. Wester, Madison R. Lynch, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi Jan 2016

Polo-Like Kinase 3 Appears Dispensable For Normal Retinal Development Despite Robust Embryonic Expression, Jillian J. Goetz, Lauren A. Laboissonniere, Andrea K. Wester, Madison R. Lynch, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

During retinogenesis seven different cell types are generated in distinct yet overlapping timepoints from a population of retinal progenitor cells. Previously, we performed single cell transcriptome analyses of retinal progenitor cells to identify candidate genes that may play roles in the generation of early-born retinal neurons. Based on its expression pattern in subsets of early retinal cells, polo-like kinase 3 (Plk3) was identified as one such candidate gene. Further characterization of Plk3 expression by in situ hybridization revealed that this gene is expressed as cells exit the cell cycle. We obtained a Plk3 deficient mouse and investigated changes in the ...


Gravitropism And Lateral Root Emergence Are Dependent On The Trans-Golgi Network Protein Tn01, Rahul Roy, Diane C. Bassham Nov 2015

Gravitropism And Lateral Root Emergence Are Dependent On The Trans-Golgi Network Protein Tn01, Rahul Roy, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The trans-Golgi network (TGN) is a dynamic organelle that functions as a relay station for receiving endocytosed cargo, directing secretory cargo, and trafficking to the vacuole. TGN-localized SYP41-interacting protein (TNO1) is a large, TGN-localized, coiled-coil protein that associates with the membrane fusion protein SYP41, a target SNARE, and is required for efficient protein trafficking to the vacuole. Here, we show that a tno1 mutant has auxin transport-related defects. Mutant roots have delayed lateral root emergence, decreased gravitropic bending of plant organs and increased sensitivity to the auxin analog 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid and the natural auxin 3-indoleacetic acid. Auxin asymmetry ...


Transcriptomic Analyses Of Onecut1 And Onecut2 Deficient Retinas, Jillian J. Goetz, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi Jun 2015

Transcriptomic Analyses Of Onecut1 And Onecut2 Deficient Retinas, Jillian J. Goetz, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

In this article, we further explore the data generated for the research article “Onecut1 and Onecut2 play critical roles in the development of the mouse retina”. To better understand the functionality of the Onecut family of transcription factors in retinogenesis, we investigated the retinal transcriptomes of developing and mature mice to identify genes with differential expression. This data article reports the full transcriptomes resulting from these experiments and provides tables detailing the differentially expressed genes between wildtype and Onecut1 or 2 deficient retinas. The raw array data of our transcriptomes as generated using Affymetrix microarrays are available on the NCBI ...


Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy Imaging Of Microtubule Arrays In Intact Arabidopsis Thaliana Seedling, Bin Dong, Xiaochen Yang, Shaobin Zhu, Diane C. Bassham, Ning Fang Jan 2015

Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy Imaging Of Microtubule Arrays In Intact Arabidopsis Thaliana Seedling, Bin Dong, Xiaochen Yang, Shaobin Zhu, Diane C. Bassham, Ning Fang

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy has generated tremendous success in revealing detailed subcellular structures in animal cells. However, its application to plant cell biology remains extremely limited due to numerous technical challenges, including the generally high fluorescence background of plant cells and the presence of the cell wall. In the current study, stochastic optical reconstruction microscopy (STORM) imaging of intact Arabidopsis thaliana seedling roots with a spatial resolution of 20–40 nm was demonstrated. Using the super-resolution images, the spatial organization of cortical microtubules in different parts of a whole Arabidopsis root tip was analyzed quantitatively, and the results show the dramatic ...


The Qqs Orphan Gene Of Arabidopsis Modulates Carbon And Nitrogen Allocation In Soybean, Ling Li, Eve S. Wurtele Jan 2015

The Qqs Orphan Gene Of Arabidopsis Modulates Carbon And Nitrogen Allocation In Soybean, Ling Li, Eve S. Wurtele

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The genome of each species contains as high as 8% of genes that are uniquely present in that species. Little is known about the functional significance of these so-called species specific or orphan genes. The Arabidopsis thaliana gene Qua-Quine Starch (QQS) is species specific. Here, we show that altering QQS expression in Arabidopsis affects carbon partitioning to both starch and protein. We hypothesized QQS may be conserved in a feature other than primary sequence, and as such could function to impact composition in another species. To test the potential of QQS in affecting composition in an ectopic species, we introduced ...


Modifications Of Membrane Lipids In Response To Wounding Of Arabidopsis Thaliana Leaves, Hieu Sy Vu, Rebecca Roston, Sunitha Shiva, Manhoi Hur, Eve S. Wurtele, Xuemin Wang, Jyoti Shah, Ruth Welti Jan 2015

Modifications Of Membrane Lipids In Response To Wounding Of Arabidopsis Thaliana Leaves, Hieu Sy Vu, Rebecca Roston, Sunitha Shiva, Manhoi Hur, Eve S. Wurtele, Xuemin Wang, Jyoti Shah, Ruth Welti

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Mechanical wounding of Arabidopsis thaliana leaves results in modifications of most membrane lipids within 6 hours. Here, we discuss the lipid changes, their underlying biochemistry, and possible relationships among activated pathways. New evidence is presented supporting the role of the processive galactosylating enzyme SENSITIVE TO FREEZING2 in the wounding response.


Autophagy In Plants And Algae, Diane C. Bassham, Jose L. Crespo Dec 2014

Autophagy In Plants And Algae, Diane C. Bassham, Jose L. Crespo

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Autophagy is a major cellular degradation pathway in which materials are delivered to the vacuole in double-membrane vesicles known as autophagosomes, broken down, and recycled (Li and Vierstra, 2012; Liu and Bassham, 2012). In photosynthetic organisms, the pathway is strongly activated by biotic and abiotic stresses, including nutrient limitation, oxidative, salt and drought stress and pathogen infection, and during senescence (Perez-Perez et al., 2012; Lv et al., 2014). Mutation of genes required for autophagy causes hypersensitivity to stress, indicating that autophagy is important for tolerance of multiple stresses. While autophagy is often non-selective, a growing number of examples of selectivity ...


Onecut1 And Onecut2 Play Critical Roles In The Development Of The Mouse Retina, Jillian J. Goetz, Gregory M. Martin, Rebecca Chowdhury, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi Jan 2014

Onecut1 And Onecut2 Play Critical Roles In The Development Of The Mouse Retina, Jillian J. Goetz, Gregory M. Martin, Rebecca Chowdhury, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

The entire repertoire of intrinsic factors that control the cell fate determination process of specific retinal neurons has yet to be fully identified. Single cell transcriptome profiling experiments of retinal progenitor cells revealed considerable gene expression heterogeneity between individual cells, especially among different classes of transcription factors. In this study, we show that two of those factors, Onecut1 and Onecut2, are expressed during mouse retinal development. Using mice that are deficient for each of these transcription factors, we further demonstrate a significant loss (∼70–80%) of horizontal cells in the absence of either of these proteins, while the other retinal ...


Loss Of Gq/11 Genes Does Not Abolish Melanopsin Phototransduction, Kylie S. Chew, Tiffany M. Schmidt, Alan C. Rupp, Paulo Kofuji, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi Jan 2014

Loss Of Gq/11 Genes Does Not Abolish Melanopsin Phototransduction, Kylie S. Chew, Tiffany M. Schmidt, Alan C. Rupp, Paulo Kofuji, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

In mammals, a subset of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) expresses the photopigment melanopsin, which renders them intrinsically photosensitive (ipRGCs). These ipRGCs mediate various non-image-forming visual functions such as circadian photoentrainment and the pupillary light reflex (PLR). Melanopsin phototransduction begins with activation of a heterotrimeric G protein of unknown identity. Several studies of melanopsin phototransduction have implicated a G-protein of the Gq/11 family, which consists of Gna11, Gna14, Gnaq and Gna15, in melanopsin-evoked depolarization. However, the exact identity of the Gq/11 gene involved in this process has remained elusive. Additionally, whether Gq/11 G-proteins are necessary for melanopsin phototransduction ...


Plasma-Seq: A Novel Strategy For Metastatic Prostate Cancer Analysis, Caitlin Farris, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi Jan 2013

Plasma-Seq: A Novel Strategy For Metastatic Prostate Cancer Analysis, Caitlin Farris, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Personalized genomics will only be useful for monitoring the prognosis of patients with cancer when it becomes much more cost-effective and quicker to apply. A recent study brings this closer to reality with the development of plasma-seq, a rapid, low-cost method that sequences the circulating DNA present in the peripheral blood of patients with cancer. The power of this technique is demonstrated with the examination of tumor genomes from patients with prostate cancer.


Holocarboxylase Synthetase 1 Physically Interacts With Histone H3 In Arabidopsis, Xi Chen, Hui-Hsien Chou, Eve S. Wurtele Jan 2013

Holocarboxylase Synthetase 1 Physically Interacts With Histone H3 In Arabidopsis, Xi Chen, Hui-Hsien Chou, Eve S. Wurtele

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin required by all organisms, but only synthesized by plants and some bacterial and fungal species. As a cofactor, biotin is responsible for carbon dioxide transfer in all biotin-dependent carboxylases, including acetyl-CoA carboxylase, methylcrotonyl-CoA carboxylase, and pyruvate carboxylase. Adding biotin to carboxylases is catalyzed by the enzyme holocarboxylase synthetase (HCS). Biotin is also involved in gene regulation, and there is some indication that histones can be biotinylated in humans. Histone proteins and most histone modifications are highly conserved among eukaryotes. HCS1 is the only functional biotin ligase in Arabidopsis and has a high homology with human ...


Otx2 And Onecut1 Promote The Fates Of Cone Photoreceptors And Horizontal Cells And Repress Rod Photoreceptors, Mark M. Emerson, Natalia Surzenko, Jillian J. Goetz, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi, Constance L. Cepko Jan 2013

Otx2 And Onecut1 Promote The Fates Of Cone Photoreceptors And Horizontal Cells And Repress Rod Photoreceptors, Mark M. Emerson, Natalia Surzenko, Jillian J. Goetz, Jeffrey M. Trimarchi, Constance L. Cepko

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Cone photoreceptors carry out phototransduction in daylight conditions and provide the critical first step in color vision. Despite their importance, little is known about the developmental mechanisms involved in their generation, particularly how they are determined relative to rod photoreceptors, the cells that initiate vision in dim light. Here, we report the identification of a cisregulatory module (CRM) for the thyroid hormone receptor beta (Thrb) gene, an early cone marker. We found that ThrbCRM1 is active in progenitor cells biased to the production of cones and an interneuronal cell type, the horizontal cell (HC). Molecular analysis of ThrbCRM1 revealed that ...


Functional Redundancy Between Trans-Golgi Network Snare Family Members In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Sang-Jin Kim, Diane C. Bassham Jan 2013

Functional Redundancy Between Trans-Golgi Network Snare Family Members In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Sang-Jin Kim, Diane C. Bassham

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Background

Vesicle fusion is an essential process for maintaining the structure and function of the endomembrane system. Fusion is mediated by t-SNARE (soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor) fusion proteins on the target membrane and v-SNAREs on the vesicle membrane; v-and t-SNAREs interact with each other, driving vesicle fusion with the target membrane. The Arabidopsis thaliana trans-Golgi network resident SNAREs SYP41 and VTI12, along with YKT61/62, have been shown to function in vesicle fusion in vitro, consistent with immunoprecipitation results showing their interaction in Arabidopsis cell extracts. Conflicting published results have indicated that SYP4 family members are ...