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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 ...


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 ...


Two Components Of Maintaining Developmental Competence: Microrna-21 In The Maturing Oocyte And Autophagy Induction In The Follicular Stage Ovary, Benjamin J. Hale Jan 2017

Two Components Of Maintaining Developmental Competence: Microrna-21 In The Maturing Oocyte And Autophagy Induction In The Follicular Stage Ovary, Benjamin J. Hale

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation describes two processes that the oocyte and ovary potentially utilize to maintain reproductive competence: autophagy in response to heat stress and microRNA-21 function during meiotic maturation. Heat stress (HS) occurs when heat accumulation (from internal and external sources) exceeds heat dissipation. HS is associated with seasonal infertility and therefore is a production issue and profitability constraint in the swine industry. Autophagy is the process by which somatic cells recycle cellular components and it is activated by a variety of stressors. Therefore, characterizing autophagy in the ovary and oocyte is valuable because of the potential of autophagy to mitigate ...


Interaction Between Regulation Of Autophagy, Stress Responses And Growth In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yunting Pu Jan 2017

Interaction Between Regulation Of Autophagy, Stress Responses And Growth In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yunting Pu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Plants have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to balance between growth and stress tolerance upon changing environmental conditions. Autophagy is a critical process for recycling of cytoplasmic materials during nutrient remodeling and stress responses. Upon activation, the materials to be degraded are engulfed by a double-membrane vesicle called an autophagosome, which delivers the cargo to the vacuole for degradation and recycling. Studies in plants have revealed genes that are involved in the core machinery of autophagosome formation and delivery, and key regulators of autophagy. However, the upstream regulators of autophagy and the functions of autophagy in balancing growth and stress tolerance remain ...


Analysis Of The Function And The Regulation Of Autophagy In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yimo Liu Jan 2012

Analysis Of The Function And The Regulation Of Autophagy In Arabidopsis Thaliana, Yimo Liu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Plants have developed sophisticated mechanisms to survive under adverse growth conditions. Autophagy is activated in response to multiple abiotic stresses, pathogen infection and senescence in plants. Upon induction of autophagy, portions of cytoplasm are engulfed by double membrane structures termed autophagosomes and are delivered to vacuole for degradation. Over the past decade, the identification of many autophagy-related genes in plants has greatly enhanced our molecular and physiological understanding of plant autophagy. However, the upstream regulatory components in the autophagy pathway and the function of autophagy under various stresses are still unclear. This thesis summarizes my efforts in studying the function ...