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  • 1.
    Ampomah, Osei Yaw
    et al.
    University of Tromso.
    Jensen, John Beck
    University of Tromso.
    Bhuvaneswari, T V
    University of Tromso.
    Lack of trehalose catabolism in Sinorhizobium species increases their nodulation competitiveness on certain host genotypes2008In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 179, no 2, 495-504 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The role of host and bacterial genotypes in determining the competitiveness of trehalose utilization mutants of Sinorhizobium meliloti and Sinorhizobium medicae was investigated here. Trehalose utilization mutants of S. meliloti and S. medicae were obtained by mutagenesis of their trehalose utilization gene thuB. The mutant strains and the wild type were coinoculated on three cultivars of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and two cultivars of Medicago truncatula and assessed for competitiveness in root colonization, and nodule occupancy. The thuB mutants formed more nodules than their parent strains on two of the three alfalfa lines tested and on one of the two M. truncatula lines tested. They were not more competitive on the other alfalfa and M. truncatula lines. Their competitiveness for nodule occupancy did not correlate positively with their ability to colonize these roots but correlated with the extent of thuB induction in the infection threads. Induction of thuB was shown to be dependent on the concentration of trehalose in the environment. These results suggest a direct role for host trehalose metabolism in early plant-symbiont interactions and show that the ability to manage host-induced stresses during infection, rather than the ability to colonize the root, is critical for competitive nodulation.

  • 2. Derba-Maceluch, Marta
    et al.
    Awano, Tatsuya
    Takahashi, Junko
    Lucenius, Jessica
    Ratke, Christine
    Kontro, Inkeri
    Busse-Wicher, Marta
    Kosik, Ondrej
    Tanaka, Ryo
    Winzell, Anders
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Glycoscience.
    Kallas, Åsa
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Glycoscience.
    Lesniewska, Joanna
    Berthold, Fredrik
    Immerzeel, Peter
    Teeri, Tuula T.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Glycoscience.
    Ezcurra, Ines
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Industrial Biotechnology.
    Dupree, Paul
    Serimaa, Ritva
    Mellerowicz, Ewa J.
    Suppression of xylan endotransglycosylase PtxtXyn10A affects cellulose microfibril angle in secondary wall in aspen wood2015In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 205, no 2, 666-681 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Certain xylanases from family GH10 are highly expressed during secondary wall deposition, but their function is unknown. We carried out functional analyses of the secondary-wall specific PtxtXyn10A in hybrid aspen (Populus tremulaxtremuloides).PtxtXyn10A function was analysed by expression studies, overexpression in Arabidopsis protoplasts and by downregulation in aspen.PtxtXyn10A overexpression in Arabidopsis protoplasts resulted in increased xylan endotransglycosylation rather than hydrolysis. In aspen, the enzyme was found to be proteolytically processed to a 68kDa peptide and residing in cell walls. Its downregulation resulted in a corresponding decrease in xylan endotransglycosylase activity and no change in xylanase activity. This did not alter xylan molecular weight or its branching pattern but affected the cellulose-microfibril angle in wood fibres, increased primary growth (stem elongation, leaf formation and enlargement) and reduced the tendency to form tension wood. Transcriptomes of transgenic plants showed downregulation of tension wood related genes and changes in stress-responsive genes. The data indicate that PtxtXyn10A acts as a xylan endotransglycosylase and its main function is to release tensional stresses arising during secondary wall deposition. Furthermore, they suggest that regulation of stresses in secondary walls plays a vital role in plant development.

  • 3. Douchkov, D.
    et al.
    Lueck, S.
    Hensel, G.
    Kumlehn, J.
    Rajaraman, J.
    Johrde, A.
    Doblin, M. S.
    Beahan, C. T.
    Kopischke, M.
    Fuchs, R.
    Lipka, V.
    Niks, R. E.
    Bulone, Vincent
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Glycoscience. Univ Adelaide, Australia.
    Chowdhury, J.
    Little, A.
    Burton, R. A.
    Bacic, A.
    Fincher, G. B.
    Schweizer, P.
    The barley (Hordeum vulgare) cellulose synthase-like D2 gene (HvCslD2) mediates penetration resistance to host-adapted and nonhost isolates of the powdery mildew fungus2016In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 212, no 2, 421-433 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Cell walls and cellular turgor pressure shape and suspend the bodies of all vascular plants. In response to attack by fungal and oomycete pathogens, which usually breach their host's cell walls by mechanical force or by secreting lytic enzymes, plants often form local cell wall appositions (papillae) as an important first line of defence. The involvement of cell wall biosynthetic enzymes in the formation of these papillae is still poorly understood, especially in cereal crops. To investigate the role in plant defence of a candidate gene from barley (Hordeum vulgare) encoding cellulose synthase-like D2 (HvCslD2), we generated transgenic barley plants in which HvCslD2 was silenced through RNA interference (RNAi). The transgenic plants showed no growth defects but their papillae were more successfully penetrated by host-adapted, virulent as well as avirulent nonhost isolates of the powdery mildew fungus Blumeria graminis. Papilla penetration was associated with lower contents of cellulose in epidermal cell walls and increased digestion by fungal cell wall degrading enzymes. The results suggest that HvCslD2-mediated cell wall changes in the epidermal layer represent an important defence reaction both for nonhost and for quantitative host resistance against nonadapted wheat and host-adapted barley powdery mildew pathogens, respectively.

  • 4.
    Guerriero, Gea
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Centres, Swedish Center for Biomimetic Fiber Engineering, BioMime.
    Martin, Nathalie
    Golovko, Anna
    Sundstrom, Jens F.
    Rask, Lars
    Ezcurra, Inés
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Centres, Swedish Center for Biomimetic Fiber Engineering, BioMime.
    The RY/Sph element mediates transcriptional repression of maturation genes from late maturation to early seedling growth2009In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 184, no 3, 552-565 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    P>In orthodox seeds, the transcriptional activator ABI3 regulates two major stages in embryo maturation: a mid-maturation (MAT) stage leading to accumulation of storage compounds, and a late maturation (LEA) stage leading to quiescence and desiccation tolerance. Our aim was to elucidate mechanisms for transcriptional shutdown of MAT genes during late maturation, to better understand phase transition between MAT and LEA stages. Using transgenic and transient approaches in Nicotiana, we examined activities of two ABI3-dependent reporter genes driven by multimeric RY and abscisic acid response elements (ABREs) from a Brassica napus napin gene, termed RY and ABRE, where the RY reporter requires ABI3 DNA binding. Expression of RY peaks during mid-maturation and drops during late maturation, mimicking the MAT gene program, and in Arabidopsis thaliana RY elements are over-represented in MAT, but not in LEA, genes. The ABI3 transactivation of RY is inhibited by staurosporine, by a PP2C phosphatase, and by a repressor of maturation genes, VAL1/HSI2. The RY element mediates repression of MAT genes, and we propose that transcriptional shutdown of the MAT program during late maturation involves inhibition of ABI3 DNA binding by dephosphorylation. Later, during seedling growth, VAL1/HSI2 family repressors silence MAT genes by binding RY elements. New Phytologist (2009)doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02977.x.

  • 5. Pawar, Prashant Mohan-Anupama
    et al.
    Ratke, Christine
    Balasubramanian, Vimal K.
    Chong, Sun-Li
    Gandla, Madhavi Latha
    Adriasola, Mathilda
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO).
    Sparrman, Tobias
    Hedenström, Mattias
    Szwaj, Klaudia
    Derba-Maceluch, Marta
    Gaertner, Cyril
    Mouille, Gregory
    Ezcurra, Ines
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Industrial Biotechnology.
    Tenkanen, Maija
    Jönsson, Leif J.
    Mellerowicz, Ewa J.
    Downregulation of RWA genes in hybrid aspen affects xylan acetylation and wood saccharification2017In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 214, no 4, 1491-1505 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    High acetylation of angiosperm wood hinders its conversion to sugars by glycoside hydrolases, subsequent ethanol fermentation and (hence) its use for biofuel production. We studied the REDUCED WALL ACETYLATION (RWA) gene family of the hardwood model Populus to evaluate its potential for improving saccharification. The family has two clades, AB and CD, containing two genes each. All four genes are expressed in developing wood but only RWA-A and -B are activated by master switches of the secondary cell wall PtNST1 and PtMYB21. Histochemical analysis of promoter:: GUS lines in hybrid aspen (Populus tremula x tremuloides) showed activation of RWA-A and -B promoters in the secondary wall formation zone, while RWA-C and -D promoter activity was diffuse. Ectopic downregulation of either clade reduced wood xylan and xyloglucan acetylation. Suppressing both clades simultaneously using the wood-specific promoter reduced wood acetylation by 25% and decreased acetylation at position 2 of Xylp in the dimethyl sulfoxide-extracted xylan. This did not affect plant growth but decreased xylose and increased glucose contents in the noncellulosic monosaccharide fraction, and increased glucose and xylose yields of wood enzymatic hydrolysis without pretreatment. Both RWA clades regulate wood xylan acetylation in aspen and are promising targets to improve wood saccharification.

  • 6. Sterck, L.
    et al.
    Rombauts, S.
    Jansson, S.
    Sterky, Fredrik
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Proteomics.
    Rouze, P.
    Van de Peer, Y.
    EST data suggest that poplar is an ancient polyploid2005In: New Phytologist, ISSN 0028-646X, E-ISSN 1469-8137, Vol. 167, no 1, 165-170 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We analysed the publicly available expressed sequence tag (EST) collections for the genus Populus to examine whether evidence can be found for large-scale gene-duplication events in the evolutionary past of this genus. The ESTs were clustered into unigenes for each poplar species examined. Gene families were constructed for all proteins deduced from these unigenes, and K-S dating was performed on all paralogs within a gene family. The fraction of paralogs was then plotted against the K-S values, which resulted in a distribution reflecting the age of duplicated genes in poplar. Sufficient EST data were available for seven different poplar species spanning four of the six sections of the genus Populus. For all these species, there was evidence that a large-scale gene-duplication event had occurred. From our analysis it is clear that all poplar species have shared the same large-scale gene-duplication event, suggesting that this event must have occurred in the ancestor of poplar, or at least very early in the evolution of the Populus genus.

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