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Qqs Orphan Gene And Its Interactor Nf‐Yc4 Reduce Susceptibility To Pathogens And Pests, Mingsheng Qi, Wenguang Zheng, Xuefeng Zhao, Jessica D. Hohenstein, Yuba Kandel, Seth O’Conner, Yifan Wang, Chuanlong Du, Dan Nettleton, Gustavo C. Macintosh, Gregory L. Tylka, Eve Syrkin Wurtele, Steven A. Whitham, Ling Li Aug 2019

Qqs Orphan Gene And Its Interactor Nf‐Yc4 Reduce Susceptibility To Pathogens And Pests, Mingsheng Qi, Wenguang Zheng, Xuefeng Zhao, Jessica D. Hohenstein, Yuba Kandel, Seth O’Conner, Yifan Wang, Chuanlong Du, Dan Nettleton, Gustavo C. Macintosh, Gregory L. Tylka, Eve Syrkin Wurtele, Steven A. Whitham, Ling Li

Ling Li

Enhancing the nutritional quality and disease resistance of crops without sacrificing productivity is a key issue for developing varieties that are valuable to farmers and for simultaneously improving food security and sustainability. Expression of the Arabidopsis thaliana species‐specific AtQQS (Qua‐Quine Starch) orphan gene or its interactor, NF‐YC4 (Nuclear Factor Y, subunit C4), has been shown to increase levels of leaf/seed protein without affecting the growth and yield of agronomic species. Here, we demonstrate that overexpression of AtQQS and NF‐YC4 in Arabidopsis and soybean enhances resistance/reduces susceptibility to viruses, bacteria, fungi, aphids, and soybean cyst ...


B.R. Wells Arkansas Rice Research Studies, R. J. Norman, K. A.K. Moldenhauer Aug 2019

B.R. Wells Arkansas Rice Research Studies, R. J. Norman, K. A.K. Moldenhauer

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The Database Of Identified Root-Specific Genes And Their Promoters In Maize, Sorghum, And Soybean, Gleb Moisseyev, Divith Rajagopal, Alix Cui, Kiyoul Park, Edgar B. Cahoon, Chi Zhang Aug 2019

The Database Of Identified Root-Specific Genes And Their Promoters In Maize, Sorghum, And Soybean, Gleb Moisseyev, Divith Rajagopal, Alix Cui, Kiyoul Park, Edgar B. Cahoon, Chi Zhang

Faculty Publications from the Center for Plant Science Innovation

Root genes are essential to plants as they dictate factors such as the strength of the plant, reproductivity success, etc. However, in status quo studies on roots genes are simply inefficient. To be more specific, currently there are very few online databases of roots genes and promoters, which essentially deters root gene studies from being successful. To fix this problem, our lab constructed and coded an online database that contains information about the roots of maize, soybean, and sorghum. We collected 1200 root genes and assessed the strength and success of a given gene. This online database of these crops ...


A Sugarcane Mosaic Virus Vector For Gene Expression In Maize, Yu Mei, Guanjun Liu, Chunquan Zhang, John H. Hill, Steven A. Whitham Aug 2019

A Sugarcane Mosaic Virus Vector For Gene Expression In Maize, Yu Mei, Guanjun Liu, Chunquan Zhang, John H. Hill, Steven A. Whitham

Plant Pathology and Microbiology Publications

Zea mays L. ssp. mays (maize) is an important crop plant as well as model system for genetics and plant biology. The ability to select among different virus‐based platforms for transient gene silencing or protein expression experiments is expected to facilitate studies of gene function in maize and complement experiments with stable transgenes. Here, we describe the development of a sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV) vector for the purpose of protein expression in maize. An infectious SCMV cDNA clone was constructed, and heterologous genetic elements were placed between the protein 1 (P1) and helper component‐proteinase (HC‐Pro) cistrons in ...


Gene Expression Programs During Shoot, Root, And Callus Development In Arabidopsis Tissue Culture, Ping Che, Sonia Lall, Dan Nettleton, Stephen H. Howell Jul 2019

Gene Expression Programs During Shoot, Root, And Callus Development In Arabidopsis Tissue Culture, Ping Che, Sonia Lall, Dan Nettleton, Stephen H. Howell

Dan Nettleton

Shoots can be regenerated from Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) root explants in tissue culture through a two-step process requiring preincubation on an auxin-rich callus induction medium. Regenerating tissues can be directed along different developmental pathways leading to the formation of shoots, new roots, or callus by transferring to the appropriate organ induction medium. Using gene-profiling methods, we identified groups of genes that serve as molecular signatures of the different developmental processes, i.e. genes that were specifically up- or down-regulated on one developmental pathway, but not on others. One transcription factor gene that was up-regulated during early shoot development was RAP2 ...


Hierarchical Modeling And Differential Expression Analysis For Rna-Seq Experiments With Inbred And Hybrid Genotypes, Andrew Lithio, Dan Nettleton Jul 2019

Hierarchical Modeling And Differential Expression Analysis For Rna-Seq Experiments With Inbred And Hybrid Genotypes, Andrew Lithio, Dan Nettleton

Dan Nettleton

The performance of inbred and hybrid genotypes is of interest in plant breeding and genetics. High-throughput sequencing of RNA (RNA-seq) has proven to be a useful tool in the study of the molecular genetic responses of inbreds and hybrids to environmental stresses. Commonly used experimental designs and sequencing methods lead to complex data structures that require careful attention in data analysis. We demonstrate an analysis of RNA-seq data from a split-plot design involving drought stress applied to two inbred genotypes and two hybrids formed by crosses between the inbreds. Our generalized linear modeling strategy incorporates random effects for whole-plot experimental ...


Nested Hierarchical Functional Data Modeling And Inference For The Analysis Of Functional Plant Phenotypes, Yuhang Xu, Yehua Li, Dan Nettleton Jul 2019

Nested Hierarchical Functional Data Modeling And Inference For The Analysis Of Functional Plant Phenotypes, Yuhang Xu, Yehua Li, Dan Nettleton

Dan Nettleton

In a plant science Root Image Study, the process of seedling roots bending in response to gravity is recorded using digital cameras, and the bending rates are modeled as functional plant phenotype data. The functional phenotypes are collected from seeds representing a large variety of genotypes and have a three-level nested hierarchical structure, with seeds nested in groups nested in genotypes. The seeds are imaged on different days of the lunar cycle, and an important scientific question is whether there are lunar effects on root bending. We allow the mean function of the bending rate to depend on the lunar ...


Root Type-Specific Reprogramming Of Maize Pericycle Transcriptomes By Local High Nitrate Results In Disparate Lateral Root Branching Patterns, Peng Yu, Jutta A. Baldauf, Andrew Lithio, Caroline Marcon, Dan Nettleton, Chunjian Li, Frank Hochholdinger Jul 2019

Root Type-Specific Reprogramming Of Maize Pericycle Transcriptomes By Local High Nitrate Results In Disparate Lateral Root Branching Patterns, Peng Yu, Jutta A. Baldauf, Andrew Lithio, Caroline Marcon, Dan Nettleton, Chunjian Li, Frank Hochholdinger

Dan Nettleton

The adaptability of root system architecture to unevenly distributed mineral nutrients in soil is a key determinant of plant performance. The molecular mechanisms underlying nitrate dependent plasticity of lateral root branching across the different root types of maize are only poorly understood. In this study, detailed morphological and anatomical analyses together with cell type-specific transcriptome profiling experiments combining laser capture microdissection with RNA-seq were performed to unravel the molecular signatures of lateral root formation in primary, seminal, crown, and brace roots of maize (Zea mays) upon local high nitrate stimulation. The four maize root types displayed divergent branching patterns of ...


Stability Of Single-Parent Gene Expression Complementation In Maize Hybrids Upon Water Deficit Stress, Caroline Marcon, Anja Paschold, Waqas Ahmed Malik, Andrew Lithio, Jutta A. Baldauf, Lena Altrogge, Nina Opitz, Christa Lanz, Heiko Schoof, Dan Nettleton, Hans-Peter Piepho, Frank Hochholdinger Jul 2019

Stability Of Single-Parent Gene Expression Complementation In Maize Hybrids Upon Water Deficit Stress, Caroline Marcon, Anja Paschold, Waqas Ahmed Malik, Andrew Lithio, Jutta A. Baldauf, Lena Altrogge, Nina Opitz, Christa Lanz, Heiko Schoof, Dan Nettleton, Hans-Peter Piepho, Frank Hochholdinger

Dan Nettleton

Heterosis is the superior performance of F1 hybrids compared with their homozygous, genetically distinct parents. In this study, we monitored the transcriptomic divergence of the maize (Zea mays) inbred lines B73 and Mo17 and their reciprocal F1 hybrid progeny in primary roots under control and water deficit conditions simulated by polyethylene glycol treatment. Single-parent expression (SPE) of genes is an extreme instance of gene expression complementation, in which genes are active in only one of two parents but are expressed in both reciprocal hybrids. In this study, 1,997 genes only expressed in B73 and 2,024 genes only expressed ...


Ontogeny Of The Maize Shoot Apical Meristem, Elizabeth M. Takacs, Jie Li, Chuanlong Du, Lalit Ponnala, Diane Janick-Buckner, Jianming Yu, Gary J. Muehlbauer, Patrick S. Schnable, Marja C. P. Timmermans, Qi Sun, Dan Nettleton, Michael J. Scanlon Jul 2019

Ontogeny Of The Maize Shoot Apical Meristem, Elizabeth M. Takacs, Jie Li, Chuanlong Du, Lalit Ponnala, Diane Janick-Buckner, Jianming Yu, Gary J. Muehlbauer, Patrick S. Schnable, Marja C. P. Timmermans, Qi Sun, Dan Nettleton, Michael J. Scanlon

Dan Nettleton

The maize (Zea mays) shoot apical meristem (SAM) arises early in embryogenesis and functions during stem cell maintenance and organogenesis to generate all the aboveground organs of the plant. Despite its integral role in maize shoot development, little is known about the molecular mechanisms of SAM initiation. Laser microdissection of apical domains from developing maize embryos and seedlings was combined with RNA sequencing for transcriptomic analyses of SAMontogeny. Molecular markers of key events during maize embryogenesis are described, and comprehensive transcriptional data from six stages in maize shoot development are generated. Transcriptomic profiling before and after SAM initiation indicates ...


Nonsyntenic Genes Drive Highly Dynamic Complementation Of Gene Expression In Maize Hybrids, Anja Paschold, Nick B. Larson, Caroline Marcon, James C. Schnable, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Christa Lanz, Dan Nettleton, Hans-Peter Piepho, Patrick S. Schnable, Frank Hochholdinger Jul 2019

Nonsyntenic Genes Drive Highly Dynamic Complementation Of Gene Expression In Maize Hybrids, Anja Paschold, Nick B. Larson, Caroline Marcon, James C. Schnable, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Christa Lanz, Dan Nettleton, Hans-Peter Piepho, Patrick S. Schnable, Frank Hochholdinger

Dan Nettleton

Maize (Zea mays) displays an exceptional level of structural genomic diversity, which is likely unique among higher eukaryotes. In this study, we surveyed how the genetic divergence of two maize inbred lines affects the transcriptomic landscape in four different primary root tissues of their F1-hybrid progeny. An extreme instance of complementation was frequently observed: genes that were expressed in only one parent but in both reciprocal hybrids. This single-parent expression (SPE) pattern was detected for 2341 genes with up to 1287 SPE patterns per tissue. As a consequence, the number of active genes in hybrids exceeded that of their parents ...


Interaction-Dependent Gene Expression In Mla-Specified Response To Barley Powdery Mildew, Rico A. Caldo, Dan Nettleton, Roger P. Wise Jul 2019

Interaction-Dependent Gene Expression In Mla-Specified Response To Barley Powdery Mildew, Rico A. Caldo, Dan Nettleton, Roger P. Wise

Dan Nettleton

Plant recognition of pathogen-derived molecules influences attack and counterattack strategies that affect the outcome of host–microbe interactions. To ascertain the global framework of host gene expression during biotrophic pathogen invasion, we analyzed in parallel the mRNA abundance of 22,792 host genes throughout 36 (genotype × pathogen × time) interactions between barley (Hordeum vulgare) and Blumeria graminis f. sp hordei (Bgh), the causal agent of powdery mildew disease. A split-split-plot design was used to investigate near-isogenic barley lines with introgressed Mla6, Mla13, and Mla1 coiled-coil, nucleotide binding site, Leu-rich repeat resistance alleles challenged with Bgh isolates 5874 (AvrMla6 and AvrMla1) and ...


Barleybase—An Expression Profiling Database For Plant Genomics, Lishuang Shen, Jian Gong, Rico A. Caldo, Dan Nettleton, Dianne Cook, Roger P. Wise, Julie A. Dickerson Jul 2019

Barleybase—An Expression Profiling Database For Plant Genomics, Lishuang Shen, Jian Gong, Rico A. Caldo, Dan Nettleton, Dianne Cook, Roger P. Wise, Julie A. Dickerson

Dan Nettleton

BarleyBase (BB) ( www.barleybase.org ) is an online database for plant microarrays with integrated tools for data visualization and statistical analysis. BB houses raw and normalized expression data from the two publicly available Affymetrix genome arrays, Barley1 and Arabidopsis ATH1 with plans to include the new Affymetrix 61K wheat, maize, soybean and rice arrays, as they become available. BB contains a broad set of query and display options at all data levels, ranging from experiments to individual hybridizations to probe sets down to individual probes. Users can perform cross-experiment queries on probe sets based on observed expression profiles and/or ...


Analysis Of The Genetic Architecture Of Maize Kernel Size Traits By Combined Linkage And Association Mapping, Min Liu, Xiaolong Tan, Yan Yang, Peng Liu, Xiaoxiang Zhang, Yinchao Zhang, Lei Wang, Yu Hu, Langlang Ma, Zhaoling Li, Yanling Zhang, Chaoying Zou, Haijian Lin, Shibin Gao, Michael Lee, Thomas Lubberstedt, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen Jul 2019

Analysis Of The Genetic Architecture Of Maize Kernel Size Traits By Combined Linkage And Association Mapping, Min Liu, Xiaolong Tan, Yan Yang, Peng Liu, Xiaoxiang Zhang, Yinchao Zhang, Lei Wang, Yu Hu, Langlang Ma, Zhaoling Li, Yanling Zhang, Chaoying Zou, Haijian Lin, Shibin Gao, Michael Lee, Thomas Lubberstedt, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen

Thomas Lubberstedt

Kernel size‐related traits are the most direct traits correlating with grain yield. The genetic basis of three kernel traits of maize, kernel length (KL), kernel width (KW) and kernel thickness (KT), was investigated in an association panel and a biparental population. A total of 21 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were detected to be most significantly (P < 2.25 × 10−6) associated with these three traits in the association panel under four environments. Furthermore, 50 quantitative trait loci (QTL) controlling these traits were detected in seven environments in the intermated B73 × Mo17 (IBM) Syn10 doubled haploid (DH) population, of which eight were repetitively identified in at least three environments. Combining the two mapping populations revealed that 56 SNPs (P < 1 × 10−3) fell within 18 of the QTL confidence intervals. According to the top significant SNPs, stable‐effect SNPs and the co‐localized SNPs by association analysis and linkage mapping, a total of 73 candidate genes were identified, regulating seed development. Additionally, seven miRNAs were found to situate within the linkage disequilibrium (LD) regions of the co‐localized SNPs, of which zma‐miR164e was demonstrated to cleave the mRNAs of Arabidopsis CUC1, CUC2 and NAC6 in vitro. Overexpression of zma‐miR164e resulted in the down‐regulation of these genes above and the failure of seed formation in Arabidopsis pods, with the increased branch number. These findings provide insights into the mechanism of ...


Laser Microdissection Of Narrow Sheath Mutant Maize Uncovers Novel Gene Expression In The Shoot Apical Meristem, Xiaolan Zhang, Shahinez Madi, Lisa Borsuk, Dan Nettleton, Robert J. Elshire, Brent Buckner, Diane Janick-Buckner, Jon Beck, Marja Timmermans, Patrick S. Schnable, Michael J. Scanlon Jul 2019

Laser Microdissection Of Narrow Sheath Mutant Maize Uncovers Novel Gene Expression In The Shoot Apical Meristem, Xiaolan Zhang, Shahinez Madi, Lisa Borsuk, Dan Nettleton, Robert J. Elshire, Brent Buckner, Diane Janick-Buckner, Jon Beck, Marja Timmermans, Patrick S. Schnable, Michael J. Scanlon

Dan Nettleton

Microarrays enable comparative analyses of gene expression on a genomic scale, however these experiments frequently identify an abundance of differentially expressed genes such that it may be difficult to identify discrete functional networks that are hidden within large microarray datasets. Microarray analyses in which mutant organisms are compared to nonmutant siblings can be especially problematic when the gene of interest is expressed in relatively few cells. Here, we describe the use of laser microdissection microarray to perform transcriptional profiling of the maize shoot apical meristem (SAM), a ~100-μm pillar of organogenic cells that is required for leaf initiation. Microarray analyses ...


The B73 Maize Genome: Complexity, Diversity, And Dynamics, Patrick S. Schnable, Doreen Ware, Kai Ying, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Scott J. Emrich, Yi Jia, Ananth Kalyanaraman, An-Ping Hsia, Yan Fu, Sanzhen Liu, Alan M. Myers, Dan Nettleton, Srinivas Aluru Jul 2019

The B73 Maize Genome: Complexity, Diversity, And Dynamics, Patrick S. Schnable, Doreen Ware, Kai Ying, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Scott J. Emrich, Yi Jia, Ananth Kalyanaraman, An-Ping Hsia, Yan Fu, Sanzhen Liu, Alan M. Myers, Dan Nettleton, Srinivas Aluru

Dan Nettleton

We report an improved draft nucleotide sequence of the 2.3-gigabase genome of maize, an important crop plant and model for biological research. Over 32,000 genes were predicted, of which 99.8% were placed on reference chromosomes. Nearly 85% of the genome is composed of hundreds of families of transposable elements, dispersed nonuniformly across the genome. These were responsible for the capture and amplification of numerous gene fragments and affect the composition, sizes, and positions of centromeres. We also report on the correlation of methylation-poor regions with Mu transposon insertions and recombination, and copy number variants with insertions and ...


Microdissection Of Shoot Meristem Functional Domains, Lionel Brooks Iii, Josh Strable, Xiaolan Zhang, Kazuhiro Ohtsu, Ruilian Zhou, Ananda Sarkar, Sarah Hargreaves, Robert J. Elshire, Douglas Eudy, Teresa Pawlowska, Doreen Ware, Diane Janick-Buckner, Brent Buckner, Marja C. P. Timmermans, Patrick S. Schnable, Dan Nettleton, Michael J. Scanlon Jul 2019

Microdissection Of Shoot Meristem Functional Domains, Lionel Brooks Iii, Josh Strable, Xiaolan Zhang, Kazuhiro Ohtsu, Ruilian Zhou, Ananda Sarkar, Sarah Hargreaves, Robert J. Elshire, Douglas Eudy, Teresa Pawlowska, Doreen Ware, Diane Janick-Buckner, Brent Buckner, Marja C. P. Timmermans, Patrick S. Schnable, Dan Nettleton, Michael J. Scanlon

Dan Nettleton

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) maintains a pool of indeterminate cells within the SAM proper, while lateral organs are initiated from the SAM periphery. Laser microdissection–microarray technology was used to compare transcriptional profiles within these SAM domains to identify novel maize genes that function during leaf development. Nine hundred and sixty-two differentially expressed maize genes were detected; control genes known to be upregulated in the initiating leaf (P0/P1) or in the SAM proper verified the precision of the microdissections. Genes involved in cell division/growth, cell wall biosynthesis, chromatin remodeling, RNA binding, and translation are especially upregulated in ...


Loss Of Rna–Dependent Rna Polymerase 2 (Rdr2) Function Causes Widespread And Unexpected Changes In The Expression Of Transposons, Genes, And 24-Nt Small Rnas, Yi Jia, Damon R. Lisch, Kazuhiro Ohtsu, Michael J. Scanlon, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable Jul 2019

Loss Of Rna–Dependent Rna Polymerase 2 (Rdr2) Function Causes Widespread And Unexpected Changes In The Expression Of Transposons, Genes, And 24-Nt Small Rnas, Yi Jia, Damon R. Lisch, Kazuhiro Ohtsu, Michael J. Scanlon, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable

Dan Nettleton

Transposable elements (TEs) comprise a substantial portion of many eukaryotic genomes and are typically transcriptionally silenced. RNA–dependent RNA polymerase 2 (RDR2) is a component of the RNA–directed DNA methylation (RdDM) silencing pathway. In maize, loss of mediator of paramutation1 (mop1) encoded RDR2 function results in reactivation of transcriptionally silenced Mu transposons and a substantial reduction in the accumulation of 24 nt short-interfering RNAs (siRNAs) that recruit RNA silencing components. An RNA–seq experiment conducted on shoot apical meristems (SAMs) revealed that, as expected based on a model in which RDR2 generates 24 nt siRNAs that suppress expression, most ...


Comparative Gene Expression Profiles Between Heterotic And Non-Heterotic Hybrids Of Tetraploid Medicago Sativa, Xuehui Li, Yanling Wei, Dan Nettleton, E. Charles Brummer Jul 2019

Comparative Gene Expression Profiles Between Heterotic And Non-Heterotic Hybrids Of Tetraploid Medicago Sativa, Xuehui Li, Yanling Wei, Dan Nettleton, E. Charles Brummer

Dan Nettleton

Background: Heterosis, the superior performance of hybrids relative to parents, has clear agricultural value, but its genetic control is unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that hybrids expressing heterosis for biomass yield would show more gene expression levels that were different from midparental values and outside the range of parental values than hybrids that do not exhibit heterosis.

Results: We tested these hypotheses in three Medicago sativa (alfalfa) genotypes and their three hybrids, two of which expressed heterosis for biomass yield and a third that did not, using Affymetrix M. truncatula GeneChip arrays. Alfalfa hybridized to approximately 47 ...


Complementation Contributes To Transcriptome Complexity In Maize (Zea Mays L.) Hybrids Relative To Their Inbred Parents, Anja Paschold, Yi Jia, Caroline Marcon, Steve Lund, Nick B. Larson, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Stephan Ossowski, Christa Lanz, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable, Frank Hochholdinger Jul 2019

Complementation Contributes To Transcriptome Complexity In Maize (Zea Mays L.) Hybrids Relative To Their Inbred Parents, Anja Paschold, Yi Jia, Caroline Marcon, Steve Lund, Nick B. Larson, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Stephan Ossowski, Christa Lanz, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable, Frank Hochholdinger

Dan Nettleton

Typically, F1-hybrids are more vigorous than their homozygous, genetically distinct parents, a phenomenon known as heterosis. In the present study, the transcriptomes of the reciprocal maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids B73×Mo17 and Mo17×B73 and their parental inbred lines B73 and Mo17 were surveyed in primary roots, early in the developmental manifestation of heterotic root traits. The application of statistical methods and a suitable experimental design established that 34,233 (i.e., 86%) of all high-confidence maize genes were expressed in at least one genotype. Nearly 70% of all expressed genes were differentially expressed between the two ...


Economic Contribution Of The Agricultural Sector To The Arkansas Economy In 2017, Leah English, Jennie Popp, Wayne Miller Jul 2019

Economic Contribution Of The Agricultural Sector To The Arkansas Economy In 2017, Leah English, Jennie Popp, Wayne Miller

Research Reports and Research Bulletins

Agriculture and associated agricultural activities are major contributors to the Arkansas economy. Agriculture is defined as the sum of agricultural production and processing activities, unless otherwise specified, and includes crop and animal production and processing, agricultural support industries, forestry and forest products, and textile goods. Agriculture contributes to the economy through direct agricultural production and value-added processing, and also leads to economic activity in other parts of the economy. This report is the eleventh in a series of reports examining agriculture’s economic contribution to the Arkansas economy. The total economic contribution of agriculture (direct, indirect, and induced effects) on ...


The Maize Brown Midrib2 (Bm2) Gene Encodes A Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase That Contributes To Lignin Accumulation, Ho Man Tang, Sanzhen Liu, Sarah Hill-Skinner, Wei Wu, Danielle Reed, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable Jun 2019

The Maize Brown Midrib2 (Bm2) Gene Encodes A Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase That Contributes To Lignin Accumulation, Ho Man Tang, Sanzhen Liu, Sarah Hill-Skinner, Wei Wu, Danielle Reed, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable

Dan Nettleton

The midribs of maize brown midrib (bm) mutants exhibit a reddish‐brown color associated with reductions in lignin concentration and alterations in lignin composition. Here, we report the mapping, cloning, and functional and biochemical analyses of the bm2 gene. The bm2 gene was mapped to a small region of chromosome 1 that contains a putative methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene, which is down‐regulated in bm2 mutant plants. Analyses of multiple Mu‐induced bm2‐Mu mutant alleles confirmed that this constitutively expressed gene is bm2. Yeast complementation experiments and a previously published biochemical characterization show that the bm2 gene encodes a ...


Extreme‐Phenotype Genome‐Wide Association Study (Xp‐Gwas): A Method For Identifying Trait‐Associated Variants By Sequencing Pools Of Individuals Selected From A Diversity Panel, Jinliang Yang, Haiying Jiang, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Jianming Yu, Jeffrey A. Jeddeloh, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable Jun 2019

Extreme‐Phenotype Genome‐Wide Association Study (Xp‐Gwas): A Method For Identifying Trait‐Associated Variants By Sequencing Pools Of Individuals Selected From A Diversity Panel, Jinliang Yang, Haiying Jiang, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Jianming Yu, Jeffrey A. Jeddeloh, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable

Dan Nettleton

Although approaches for performing genome‐wide association studies (GWAS) are well developed, conventional GWAS requires high‐density genotyping of large numbers of individuals from a diversity panel. Here we report a method for performing GWAS that does not require genotyping of large numbers of individuals. Instead XP‐GWAS (extreme‐phenotype GWAS) relies on genotyping pools of individuals from a diversity panel that have extreme phenotypes. This analysis measures allele frequencies in the extreme pools, enabling discovery of associations between genetic variants and traits of interest. This method was evaluated in maize (Zea mays) using the well‐characterized kernel row number ...


Complexity And Specificity Of The Maize (Zea Mays L.) Root Hair Transcriptome, Stefan Hey, Jutta Baldauf, Nina Opitz, Andrew Lithio, Asher Pasha, Nicholas Provart, Dan Nettleton, Frank Hochholdinger Jun 2019

Complexity And Specificity Of The Maize (Zea Mays L.) Root Hair Transcriptome, Stefan Hey, Jutta Baldauf, Nina Opitz, Andrew Lithio, Asher Pasha, Nicholas Provart, Dan Nettleton, Frank Hochholdinger

Dan Nettleton

Root hairs are tubular extensions of epidermis cells. Transcriptome profiling demonstrated that the single cell-type root hair transcriptome was less complex than the transcriptome of multiple cell-type primary roots without root hairs. In total, 831 genes were exclusively and 5585 genes were preferentially expressed in root hairs [false discovery rate (FDR) ≤1%]. Among those, the most significantly enriched Gene Ontology (GO) functional terms were related to energy metabolism, highlighting the high energy demand for the development and function of root hairs. Subsequently, the maize homologs for 138 Arabidopsis genes known to be involved in root hair development were identified and ...


Substantial Contribution Of Genetic Variation In The Expression Of Transcription Factors To Phenotypic Variation Revealed By Erd-Gwas, Hung-Ying Lin, Qiang Liu, Xiao Li, Jinliang Yang, Sanzhen Liu, Yinlian Huang, Michael J. Scanlon, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable Jun 2019

Substantial Contribution Of Genetic Variation In The Expression Of Transcription Factors To Phenotypic Variation Revealed By Erd-Gwas, Hung-Ying Lin, Qiang Liu, Xiao Li, Jinliang Yang, Sanzhen Liu, Yinlian Huang, Michael J. Scanlon, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable

Dan Nettleton

Background: There are significant limitations in existing methods for the genome-wide identification of genes whose expression patterns affect traits.

Results: The transcriptomes of five tissues from 27 genetically diverse maize inbred lines were deeply sequenced to identify genes exhibiting high and low levels of expression variation across tissues or genotypes. Transcription factors are enriched among genes with the most variation in expression across tissues, as well as among genes with higher-than-median levels of variation in expression across genotypes. In contrast, transcription factors are depleted among genes whose expression is either highly stable or highly variable across genotypes. We developed a ...


Spotted Cotton Oligonucleotide Microarrays For Gene Expression Analysis, Joshua A. Udall, Lex E. Flagel, Foo Cheung, Andrew W. Woodard, Ran Hovav, Ryan Adam Rapp, Jordan M. Swanson, Jinsuk J. Lee, Alan R. Gingle, Dan Nettleton, Christopher D. Town, Z. Jeffrey Chen, Jonathan F. Wendel Jun 2019

Spotted Cotton Oligonucleotide Microarrays For Gene Expression Analysis, Joshua A. Udall, Lex E. Flagel, Foo Cheung, Andrew W. Woodard, Ran Hovav, Ryan Adam Rapp, Jordan M. Swanson, Jinsuk J. Lee, Alan R. Gingle, Dan Nettleton, Christopher D. Town, Z. Jeffrey Chen, Jonathan F. Wendel

Dan Nettleton

Microarrays offer a powerful tool for diverse applications plant biology and crop improvement. Recently, two comprehensive assemblies of cotton ESTs were constructed based on three Gossypium species. Using these assemblies as templates, we describe the design and creation and of a publicly available oligonucleotide array for cotton, useful for all four of the cultivated species. Synthetic oligonucleotide probes were generated from exemplar sequences of a global assembly of 211,397 cotton ESTs derived from >50 different cDNA libraries representing many different tissue types and tissue treatments. A total of 22,787 oligonucleotide probes are included on the arrays, optimized to ...


Mu Transposon Insertion Sites And Meiotic Recombination Events Co-Localize With Epigenetic Marks For Open Chromatin Across The Maize Genome, Sanzhen Liu, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Tieming Ji, Kai Ying, Haiyan Wu, Ho Man Tang, Yan Fu, Daniel S. Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable Jun 2019

Mu Transposon Insertion Sites And Meiotic Recombination Events Co-Localize With Epigenetic Marks For Open Chromatin Across The Maize Genome, Sanzhen Liu, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Tieming Ji, Kai Ying, Haiyan Wu, Ho Man Tang, Yan Fu, Daniel S. Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable

Dan Nettleton

The Mu transposon system of maize is highly active, with each of the ∼50–100 copies transposing on average once each generation. The approximately one dozen distinct Mutransposons contain highly similar ∼215 bp terminal inverted repeats (TIRs) and generate 9-bp target site duplications (TSDs) upon insertion. Using a novel genome walking strategy that uses these conserved TIRs as primer binding sites, Mu insertion sites were amplified from Mu stocks and sequenced via 454 technology. 94% of ∼965,000 reads carried Mu TIRs, demonstrating the specificity of this strategy. Among these TIRs, 21 novel Mu TIRs were discovered, revealing additional ...


Maize Inbreds Exhibit High Levels Of Copy Number Variation (Cnv) And Presence/Absence Variation (Pav) In Genome Content, Nathan M. Springer, Kai Ying, Yan Fu, Tieming Ji, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Yi Jia, Wei Wu, Todd Richmond, Jacob Kitzman, Heidi Rosenbaum, A. Leonardo Iniguez, W. Brad Barbazuk, Jeffrey A. Jeddeloh, Daniel S. Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable Jun 2019

Maize Inbreds Exhibit High Levels Of Copy Number Variation (Cnv) And Presence/Absence Variation (Pav) In Genome Content, Nathan M. Springer, Kai Ying, Yan Fu, Tieming Ji, Cheng-Ting Yeh, Yi Jia, Wei Wu, Todd Richmond, Jacob Kitzman, Heidi Rosenbaum, A. Leonardo Iniguez, W. Brad Barbazuk, Jeffrey A. Jeddeloh, Daniel S. Nettleton, Patrick S. Schnable

Dan Nettleton

Following the domestication of maize over the past ∼10,000 years, breeders have exploited the extensive genetic diversity of this species to mold its phenotype to meet human needs. The extent of structural variation, including copy number variation (CNV) and presence/absence variation (PAV), which are thought to contribute to the extraordinary phenotypic diversity and plasticity of this important crop, have not been elucidated. Whole-genome, array-based, comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) revealed a level of structural diversity between the inbred lines B73 and Mo17 that is unprecedented among higher eukaryotes. A detailed analysis of altered segments of DNA conservatively estimates that ...


Duplicate Gene Expression In Allopolyploid Gossypium Reveals Two Temporally Distinct Phases Of Expression Evolution, Lex E. Flagel, Joshua A. Udall, Dan Nettleton, Jonathan F. Wendel Jun 2019

Duplicate Gene Expression In Allopolyploid Gossypium Reveals Two Temporally Distinct Phases Of Expression Evolution, Lex E. Flagel, Joshua A. Udall, Dan Nettleton, Jonathan F. Wendel

Dan Nettleton

Polyploidy has played a prominent role in shaping the genomic architecture of the angiosperms. Through allopolyploidization, several modern Gossypium (cotton) species contain two divergent, although largely redundant genomes. Owing to this redundancy, these genomes can play host to an array of evolutionary processes that act on duplicate genes. We compared homoeolog (genes duplicated by polyploidy) contributions to the transcriptome of a natural allopolyploid and a synthetic interspecific F1 hybrid, both derived from a merger between diploid species from the Gossypium A-genome and D-genome groups. Relative levels of A- and D-genome contributions to the petal transcriptome were determined for 1,383 ...


Comparison Of Transcript Profiles In Wild-Type And O2 Maize Endosperm In Different Genetic Backgrounds, Hongwu Jia, Dan Nettleton, Joan M. Peterson, Gricelda Vasquez-Carrillo, Jean-Luc Jannink, M. Paul Scott Jun 2019

Comparison Of Transcript Profiles In Wild-Type And O2 Maize Endosperm In Different Genetic Backgrounds, Hongwu Jia, Dan Nettleton, Joan M. Peterson, Gricelda Vasquez-Carrillo, Jean-Luc Jannink, M. Paul Scott

Dan Nettleton

Mutations in the Opaque2 (O2) gene of maize (Zea mays L.) improve the nutritional value of maize by reducing the level of zeins in the kernel. The phenotype of o2 grain is controlled by many modifier genes and is therefore strongly dependent on genetic background. We propose two hypotheses to explain differences in phenotypic severity in different genetic backgrounds: (i) Specific genes are differentially (o2 vs. wild-type) expressed only in certain genotypes, and (ii) A set of genes are differentially expressed in all backgrounds, but the degree of differential expression differs in different backgrounds. To determine the extent to which ...