Age-related loss of rooting capability in Arabidopsis thaliana and its reversal by peptides containing the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) motif

Department of Plant Biology, University of Alcalá, ES-28871, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid, Spain 1Present address: Barberet & Blanc S.A., Camino Viejo, 205 ES-30890, Puerto Lumbreras, Murcia, Spain.
Physiologia Plantarum (Impact Factor: 3.14). 05/2002; 114(4):601-607. DOI: 10.1034/j.1399-3054.2002.1140414.x
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We describe here an experimental system to study the age-related decline of adventitious root formation in Arabidopsis thaliana L. (Heynh), ecotype Landsberg erecta (Ler). The system is based on the different rooting capacity of hypocotyls from de-rooted juvenile (12-day-old) and adult (26-day-old) plants. Hypocotyls from de-rooted juvenile plants rooted readily within a week of culture, and the rooting process was not dependent on exogenous auxin. In contrast, hypocotyls from de-rooted adult plants rooted poorly and only after longer periods of time. Exogenously applied auxin had no effect on rooting of hypocotyls from de-rooted adult plants. Rooting capacity, although correlated with the transition to flowering, did not depend on this transition. Root induction declined in a similar manner when the transition to flowering was delayed, either genetically with the fve mutant or physiologically with short days. The results showed that rooting of hypocotyls from de-rooted adult plants depended on the effect of peptides containing the RGD motif. Both the percentage of rooting and the number of roots were largely increased when the hypocotyls were treated transiently with the RGD peptide. The effect of the RGD peptide was a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for rooting of hypocotyls from de-rooted adult plants.

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    • "A protein with GTP-binding motifs, involved in regulating cell wall biosynthesis and actin organization, was associated with adventitious root formation and other processes requiring directional cell expansion, such as lateral root formation or the growth of root hairs, in poplar (Xu et al., 2012). In addition to the inductive effects of auxin, the effect of the RGD peptides is a necessary condition for rooting of hypocotyls from de-rooted adult plants of Arabidopsis (Díaz-Sala et al., 2002). These results provide support for the hypothesis that cell wall–plasma membrane–cytoskeleton interactions of specific cells could be involved in the rooting capacity of adult plants, perhaps by the stabilization of differentiation, cell division, and morphogenesis. "
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    • "Another useful model to study AR and the loss of rooting capacity is Arabidopsis thaliana. Using de-rooted hypocotyls of young (12 day old) and adult (26 day old) plants of the Landsberg ecotype, it was shown that AR was much slower in adult de-rooted plants and that endogenous polar auxin transport (evaluated with NPA application) was crucial for AR (Díaz-Sala et al., 2002). These authors also showed that rooting was not dependent on phase shift to reproductive phase, although a correlation was observed. "
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    • "In this study, both rooting and sprouting by coppice-shoot cuttings declined with increasing age of donor plants. Decreased rooting potential of cuttings due to aging/or maturity of donor plants has been previously reported in several plant species [6] [7] [8] [10] [28] [29] [30] which may be due to decreased sensitivity of aging tissues to rooting promoters or accumulation of inhibitory substances for rooting and/or decrease in the content of endogenous auxins responsible for root formation by cuttings [7] [8] [31]. "

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