Molecular Profiling of Stomatal Meristemoids Reveals New Component of Asymmetric Cell Division and Commonalities among Stem Cell Populations in Arabidopsis

Department of Biology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA.
The Plant Cell (Impact Factor: 9.34). 09/2011; 23(9):3260-75. DOI: 10.1105/tpc.111.088583
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The balance between maintenance and differentiation of stem cells is a central question in developmental biology. Development of stomata in Arabidopsis thaliana begins with de novo asymmetric divisions producing meristemoids, proliferating precursor cells with stem cell-like properties. The transient and asynchronous nature of the meristemoid has made it difficult to study its molecular characteristics. Synthetic combination of stomatal differentiation mutants due to loss- or gain-of-function mutations in SPEECHLESS, MUTE, and SCREAM create seedlings with an epidermis overwhelmingly composed of pavement cells, meristemoids, or stomata, respectively. Through transcriptome analysis, we define and characterize the molecular signatures of meristemoids. The reporter localization studies of meristemoid-enriched proteins reveals pathways not previously associated with stomatal development. We identified a novel protein, POLAR, and demonstrate through time-lapse live imaging that it exhibits transient polar localization and segregates unevenly during meristemoid asymmetric divisions. The polar localization of POLAR requires BREAKING OF ASYMMETRY IN THE STOMATAL LINEAGE. Comparative bioinformatic analysis of the transcriptional profiles of a meristemoid with shoot and root apical meristems highlighted cytokinin signaling and the ERECTA family receptor-like kinases in the broad regulation of stem cell populations. Our work reveals molecular constituents of stomatal stem cells and illuminates a common theme among stem cell populations in plants.

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    • "ne JA - Ile is known to be involved in the repression of cell proliferation and cell size during leaf growth ( Noir et al . , 2013 ) , the relation of JA - Ile to PPD function is currently unclear . Interestingly , JAZ10 was also found to be upregulated in the meristemoid - enriched scrm - D ; mute mutant and is expressed in the stomatal lineage ( Pillitteri et al . , 2011 ) . KIX8 and KIX9 were also identified in Arabidopsis TIFY8 protein complexes and TIFY8 heterodimerized with PPD1 and PPD2 , but not with any JAZ protein ( Cuéllar Pérez et al . , 2014 ) . Although a TIFY8 ortholog can be found in the moss Physcomitrella patens , hinting at a more ancient evolutionary origin compared with PPD1 / 2 and K"
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    ABSTRACT: Cell number is an important determinant of final organ size. In the leaf, a large proportion of cells are derived from the stomatal lineage. Meristemoids, which are stem cell-like precursor cells, undergo asymmetric divisions, generating several pavement cells adjacent to the two guard cells. However, the mechanism controlling the asymmetric divisions of these stem cells prior to differentiation is not well understood. Here, we characterized PEAPOD (PPD) proteins, the only transcriptional regulators known to negatively regulate meristemoid division. PPD proteins interact with KIX8 and KIX9, which act as adaptor proteins for the corepressor TOPLESS. D3-type cyclin encoding genes were identified among direct targets of PPD2, being negatively regulated by PPDs and KIX8/9. Accordingly, kix8 kix9 mutants phenocopied PPD loss-of-function producing larger leaves resulting from increased meristemoid amplifying divisions. The identified conserved complex might be specific for leaf growth in the second dimension, since it is not present in Poaceae (grasses), which also lack the developmental program it controls. © 2015 American Society of Plant Biologists. All rights reserved.
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    • "The regulation of stomatal development also involves the mitogen-activated protein kinases cascade signal transduction chain (Bergmann et al., 2004; Shpak et al., 2005) and the action of the basic helix–loop–helix (bHLH) transcription factors SPEECHLESS, MUTE, and FAMA (Pillitteri and Torii, 2007), and SCREAM (SCRM) and SCRM2, which interact directly with and specify the consecutive action of the above-mentioned bHLH factors (Kanaoka et al., 2008). In addition, protein factors that regulate asymmetric (Bergmann et al., 2009; Dong et al., 2009; Pillitteri et al., 2011) and symmetric cell division, e.g. FLP and MYB88 factors (Yang and Sack, 1995; Lee et al., 2013, 2014) are key to executing the controlled morphogenesis of stomata. "
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    • "Typically organogenesis is evident either by the appearance of small precursor cell populations termed as meristemoids (Thorpe, 1993) and gradually, these meristemoids transform into shoot, root, or floral apical meristems. Thus, meristemoids can act as plant stem cells and they have transient self-renewing capacity (Pillitteri et al., 2011). "

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