Overexpression of the NAC transcription factor family gene ANAC036 results in a dwarf phenotype in Arabidopsis thaliana.
ABSTRACT NAC proteins comprise one of the largest families of transcription factors in the plant genome. They are known to be involved in various aspects of plant development, but the functions of most of them have not yet been determined. ANAC036, a member of the Arabidopsis NAC transcription factor family, contains unique sequences that are conserved among various NAC proteins found in other plant species. Expression analysis of the ANAC036 gene indicated that this gene was strongly expressed in leaves. Transgenic plants overexpressing the ANAC036 gene showed a semidwarf phenotype. The lengths of leaf blades, petioles and stems of these plants were smaller than those in wild-type plants. Microscopy revealed that cell sizes in leaves and stems of these plants were smaller than those in wild-type plants. These findings suggested that ANAC036 and its orthologues are involved in the growth of leaf cells.
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ABSTRACT: NAM, ATAF, and CUC (NAC) genes are plant-specific transcription factors (TFs) that play key roles in plant growth, development, and stress tolerance. To date, none of the ramie NAC (BnNAC) genes had been identified, even though ramie is one of the most important natural fiber crops. In order to mine the BnNAC TFs and identify their potential function, the search for BnNAC genes against two pools of unigenes de novo assembled from the RNA-seq in our two previous studies was performed, and a total of 32 full-length BnNAC genes were identified in this study. Forty-seven function-known NAC proteins published in other species, in concert with these 32 BnNAC proteins were subjected to phylogenetic analysis, and the result showed that all the 79 NAC proteins can be divided into eight groups (NAC-I-VIII). Among the 32 BnNAC genes, 24, 2, and 1 gene showed higher expression in stem xylem, leaf, and flower, respectively. Furthermore, the expression of 14, 11 and 4 BnNAC genes was regulated by drought, cadmium stress, and infection by root lesion nematode, respectively. Interestingly, there were five BnNAC TFs which showed high homology with the NAC TFs of other species involved in regulating the secondary wall synthesis, and their expressions were not regulated by drought and cadmium stress. These results suggested that the BnNAC family might have a functional diversity. The identification of these 32 full-length BnNAC genes and the characterization of their expression pattern provide a basis for future clarification of their functions in ramie growth and development.MGG Molecular & General Genetics 04/2014; · 2.58 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Plants have evolved several molecular mechanisms to cope with biotic and abiotic stresses. Successful adaptation to stress is regulated through the activation or repression of the effects of transcription factors on specific target genes. The NAC (NAM, ATAF and CUC) transcription factors (TFs), which constitute one of the largest plant-specific transcription factor family, have been reported to be involved in plant development, biotic and abiotic stress regulation. Thus NAC TFs might be promising candidates for improving plants’ stress tolerance. Ongoing research on this transcription factor family has greatly broadened our knowledge in terms of its structure, functions, interaction with phytohormones, evolution and usage. This review focuses on the current status of NACs as regulators of stress.Acta Physiologiae Plantarum 05/2013; 35(5). · 1.31 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Engineering C4 photosynthetic metabolism into C3 crops is regarded as a major strategy to increase crop productivity, and clarification of the evolutionary processes of C4 photosynthesis can help the better use of this strategy. Here, Eleocharis baldwinii, a species in which C4 photosynthesis can be induced from a C3 -C4 state under either environmental or ABA treatments, was used to identify the major transcriptional modifications during the process from C3 -C4 to C4. The transcriptomic comparison suggested that in addition to the major differences in C4 core pathway, the pathways of glycolysis, citrate acid metabolism and protein synthesis were dramatically modified during the inducement of C4 photosynthetic states. Transcripts of many transporters, including not only metabolite transporters but also ion transporters, were dramatically increased in C4 photosynthetic state. Many candidate regulatory genes with unidentified functions were differentially expressed in C3 -C4 and C4 photosynthetic states. Finally, it was indicated that ABA, auxin signaling and DNA methylation play critical roles in the regulation of C4 photosynthesis. In summary, by studying the different photosynthetic states of the same species, this work provides the major transcriptional differences between C3 -C4 and C4 photosynthesis, and many of the transcriptional differences are potentially related to C4 development and therefore are the potential targets for reverse genetics studies.Plant molecular biology. 07/2014;