Elena Vidal

Elena Vidal
Universidad Mayor · Centro de Genómica y Bioinformática

PhD

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RNA interference is an ancient mechanism with many regulatory roles in eukaryotic genomes, with small RNAs acting as their functional element. While there is a wide array of classes of small-RNA-producing loci, those resulting from stem-loop structures (hairpins) have received profuse attention. Such is the case of microRNAs (miRNAs), which have di...
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LSU proteins belong to a plant-specific gene family initially characterized by their strong induction in response to sulfate (S) deficiency. In the last few years, LSUs have arisen as relevant hubs in protein–protein interaction networks, in which they play relevant roles in the response to abiotic and biotic stresses. Most of our knowledge on LSU...
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Iron is an essential micronutrient for humans and other organisms. Its deficiency is one of the leading causes of anemia worldwide. The world health organization has proposed that an alternative to increasing iron content in food is through crop biofortification. One of the most consumed part of crops is the seed, however, little is known about how...
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LSU (RESPONSE TO LOW SULFUR) proteins belong to a plant-specific gene family initially characterized by their strong induction in response to sulfate (S) deficiency. However, little is known about the LSU gene repertoire and evolution of this family in land plants. In this work, a total of 270 LSU family members were identified using 134 land plant...
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Significance We analyzed the nitrate-responsive transcriptome of the Arabidopsis thaliana root at a spatial and temporal resolution. Our work provides evidence that the response to nitrate is dynamic and highly localized, orchestrating a root response that is finely coordinated in space and time. Gene regulatory network analysis allowed for identif...
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Botrytis cinerea and Trichoderma atroviride are two relevant fungi in agricultural systems. To gain insights into these organisms’ transcriptional gene regulatory networks (GRNs), we generated a manually curated transcription factor (TF) dataset for each of them, followed by a GRN inference utilizing available sequence motifs describing DNA-binding...
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Plants possess a robust metabolic network for sensing and controlling reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels upon stress conditions. Evidence shown here supports a role for TGA class II transcription factors as critical regulators of genes controlling ROS levels in the tolerance response to UV-B stress in Arabidopsis. First, tga256 mutant plants show...
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During mating, males provide not only the spermatozoa to fertilize the oocyte but also other stimuli that are essential for initiating and maintaining the reproductive programme in females. In the mammalian oviduct, mating regulates sperm storage, egg transport, fertilization, early embryonic development, and oestradiol metabolism. However, the mai...
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Background: Sulfur is a major component of biological molecules and thus an essential element for plants. Deficiency of sulfate, the main source of sulfur in soils, negatively influences plant growth and crop yield. The effect of sulfate deficiency on plants has been well characterized at the physiological, transcriptomic and metabolomic levels in...
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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that are key players in the regulation of gene expression. In the last decade, with the increasing accessibility of high-throughput sequencing technologies, different methods have been developed to identify miRNAs, most of which rely on pre-existing reference genomes. However, when a reference genome is...
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Plants possess a diversity of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS)-processing enzymes involved in sensing and controlling ROS levels under basal and stressful conditions. There is little information on the transcriptional regulators that control the expression of these ROS-processing enzymes, particularly at the onset of the defense response to abiotic st...
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Background: Sulfur (S) is a major component of biological molecules and thus an essential element for plants. Although the biochemistry and metabolism of sulfate is well understood, little is known about the regulatory mechanisms underlying plant responses to sulfate deprivation, especially in crop plants such as tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). In t...
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Background: Sulfur is a major component of biological molecules and thus an essential element for plants. Deficiency of sulfate, the main source of sulfur in soils, negatively influences plant growth and crop yield. The effect of sulfate deficiency on plants has been well characterized at the physiological, transcriptomic and metabolomic levels in...
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Background: Sulfur is a major component of biological molecules and thus an essential element for plants. Deficiency of sulfate, the main source of sulfur in soils, negatively influences plant growth and crop yield. The effect of sulfate deficiency on plants has been well characterized at the physiological, transcriptomic and metabolomic levels in...
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Nitrogen (N) is an essential macronutrient for plants, and a major limiting factor for plant growth and crop production. Nitrate is the main source of N available for plants in agricultural soils and in many natural environments. Sustaining agricultural productivity is of paramount importance in the current scenario of increasing world population,...
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Whole human genome sequencing initiatives help us understand population history and the basis of genetic diseases. Current data mostly focuses on Old World populations, and the information of the genomic structure of Native Americans, especially those from the Southern Cone is scant. Here we present annotation and variant discovery from high-qualit...
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Studies conducted in rodents subjected to chronic stress and some observations in humans after psychosocial stress, have allowed to establish a link between stress and the susceptibility to many complex diseases, including mood disorders. The studies in rodents have revealed that chronic exposure to stress negatively affects synaptic plasticity by...
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Background Whole human genome sequencing initiatives provide a compendium of genetic variants that help us understand population history and the basis of genetic diseases. Current data mostly focuses on Old World populations and information on the genomic structure of Native Americans, especially those from the Southern Cone is scant. Results Here...
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The reproductive success of plants largely depends on the correct programming of developmental phase transitions, particularly the shift from vegetative to reproductive growth. The timing of this transition is finely regulated by the integration of an array of environmental and endogenous factors. Nitrogen is the mineral macronutrient that plants r...
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GENIUS is a user-friendly web server that uses a novel machine learning algorithm to infer functional gene networks focused on specific genes and experimental conditions that are relevant to biological functions of interest. These functions may have different levels of complexity, from specific biological processes to complex traits that involve se...
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Development of crops with improved nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is essential for sustainable agriculture. However, achieving this goal has proven difficult due to NUE is a complex trait encompassing physiological and developmental processes. We thought to tackle this problem by taking a systems biology approach to identify candidate target genes....
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Understanding how plants sense and respond to changes in nitrogen (N) availability is the first step towards developing strategies for biotechnological applications such as to improve nitrogen-use efficiency. However, components involved in N signaling pathways remain poorly characterized. Calcium is a second messenger in signal transduction pathwa...
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Technological advances in the last decade have enabled biologists to produce increasing amounts of information for the transcriptome, proteome, interactome, and other -omics data sets in many model organisms. A major challenge is integration and biological interpretation of these massive data sets in order to generate testable hypotheses about gene...
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Nitrogen (N) is an essential macronutrient and a key structural component of macromolecules in plants. N nutrients and metabolites can act as signals that impact on many aspects of plant biology. The plant life cycle involves a series of developmental phase transitions that must be tightly coordinated to external and internal cues in order to ensur...
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Nitrate acts as a potent signal to control global gene expression in Arabidopsis. Using an integrative bioinformatics approach we identified TGA1 and TGA4 as putative regulatory factors that mediate nitrate responses in Arabidopsis roots. We showed that both TGA1 and TGA4 mRNAs accumulate strongly after nitrate treatments in roots. Global gene expr...
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Nitrogen is an essential macronutrient for plants and its availability is a major limiting factor for plant growth and crop production. Nitrate is the main source of inorganic N for plants in aerobic soils and can act as a potent signal to control global gene expression. We found that gene expression in response to nitrate treatment of the AFB3 aux...
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Nitrate and other nitrogen metabolites can act as signals that regulate global gene expression in plants. Adaptive changes in plant morphology and physiology triggered by changes in nitrate availability are partly explained by these changes in gene expression. Despite several genome-wide efforts to identify nitrate-regulated genes, no comprehensive...
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Auxin is a key phytohormone regulating central processes in plants. Although the mechanism by which auxin triggers changes in gene expression is well understood, little is known about the specific role of the individual members of the TIR1/AFB auxin receptors, Aux/IAA repressors, and ARF transcription factors and/or molecular pathways acting downst...
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Nitrogen (N) is an essential macronutrient and a signal that has profound impacts on plant growth and development. In order to cope with changing N regimes in the soil, plants have developed complex regulatory mechanisms that involve short-range and long-range signaling pathways. These pathways act at the cellular and whole plant scale to coordinat...
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Nitrogen (N) is an essential macronutrient for plants. In nature, N cycles between different inorganic and organic forms some of which can serve as nutrients for plants. The inorganic N forms nitrate and ammonium are the most important sources of N for plants. However, plants can also uptake and use organic N forms such as amino acids and urea. Bes...
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One of the most striking examples of plant developmental plasticity to changing environmental conditions is the modulation of root system architecture (RSA) in response to nitrate supply. Despite the fundamental and applied significance of understanding this process, the molecular mechanisms behind nitrate-regulated changes in developmental program...
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Nitrogen (N) is an essential macronutrient available to plants mainly as nitrate in agricultural soils. Besides its role as a nutrient, inorganic and organic N sources play key roles as signals that control genome-wide gene expression in Arabidopsis and other plant species. Genomics approaches have provided us with thousands of genes whose expressi...
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Casein kinase 2 (CK2) is a ubiquitous enzyme essential for the viability of eukaryotic cells. In the present work we analyzed the Arabidopsis thaliana genome in a search for the genes coding for all CK2 alpha and beta subunits. We found four alpha subunit and four beta subunit genes. Expression analysis showed that all CK2 subunit genes are express...
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Casein kinase 2 (CK2) is a ubiquitous enzyme essential for the viability of eukaryotic cells. In the present work we analyzed the Arabidopsis thaliana genome in a search for the genes coding for all CK2 alpha and beta subunits. We found four alpha subunit and four beta subunit genes. Expression analysis showed that all CK2 subunit genes are express...

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