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The plastid redox insensitive 2 mutant of Arabidopsis is impaired in PEP activity and high light-dependent plastid redox signalling to the nucleus
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
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2012 (English)In: The Plant Journal, ISSN 0960-7412, E-ISSN 1365-313X, Vol. 70, no 2, 279-291 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The photosynthetic apparatus is composed of proteins encoded by genes from both the nuclear and the chloroplastic genomes. The activities of the nuclear and chloroplast genomes must therefore be closely coordinated through intracellular signalling. The plastids produce multiple retrograde signals at different times of their development, and in response to changes in the environment. These signals regulate the expression of nuclear-encoded photosynthesis genes to match the current status of the plastids. Using forward genetics we identified PLASTID REDOX INSENSITIVE 2 (PRIN2), a chloroplast component involved in redox-mediated retrograde signalling. The allelic mutants prin2-1 and prin2-2 demonstrated a misregulation of photosynthesis-associated nuclear gene expression in response to excess light, and an inhibition of photosynthetic electron transport. As a consequence of the misregulation of LHCB1.1 and LHCB2.4, the prin2 mutants displayed a high irradiance-sensitive phenotype with significant photoinactivation of photosystem II, indicated by a reduced variable to maximal fluorescence ratio (Fv/Fm). PRIN2 is localized to the nucleoids, and plastid transcriptome analyses demonstrated that PRIN2 is required for full expression of genes transcribed by the plastid-encoded RNA polymerase (PEP). Similarly to the prin2 mutants, the ys1 mutant with impaired PEP activity also demonstrated a misregulation of LHCB1.1 and LHCB2.4 expression in response to excess light, suggesting a direct role for PEP activity in redox-mediated retrograde signalling. Taken together, our results indicate that PRIN2 is part of the PEP machinery, and that the PEP complex responds to photosynthetic electron transport and generates a retrograde signal, enabling the plant to synchronize the expression of photosynthetic genes from both the nuclear and plastidic genomes.

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2012. Vol. 70, no 2, 279-291 p.
Keyword [en]
chloroplast, redox, signalling, PEP, photosynthesis, LHCB
National Category
Biological Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55360DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04865.xISI: 000302300100008OAI: diva2:529827

In accordance with a correction published in The Plant Journal vol. 70, issue 2, page 366 (available at Tatjana Kleine has been added to the list of authors for this paper.

Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-05-14 Last updated: 2015-05-06Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Get in tune: chloroplast and nucleus harmony
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2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
I samklang : harmoni mellan cellens kloroplaster och kärna
Abstract [en]

Photosynthetic eukaryots emerged as a result of several billion years of evolution between proeukaryotic cell and ancestral cyanobacteria that formed modern chloroplasts. The symbiotic relationship led to significant rearrangements in the genomes of the plastid and the nucleus: as many as 90 % of all the plastid genes were transferred to the nucleus. The gene transfer has been accompanied by the development of sophisticated regulatory signaling networks originating in the organelle (retrograde) and in the nucleus (anterograde) that coordinate development of the plastid and ensure adequate cell responses to stress signals. In this thesis I have demonstrated that transcriptional activity of PEP in the chloroplast is essential for proper embryo and seedling development in Arabidopsis thaliana. The function of PEP is dependent on the nuclear encoded PEPassociated factor PRIN2 that is able to sense the redox status of the plastid during seedling development and different stress. In response to the plastid status PRIN2 modulates the transcription activity of the PEP enzyme complex. We further established that PRIN2, as an essential component for full PEP activity, is also required to emit the Plastid Gene Expression (PGE) retrograde signal to regulate the Photosynthesis-Associated Nuclear Genes (PhANG) in the nucleus during early seedling growth via GUN1. On the other hand, regulation of PhANG expression during the High Light (HL) conditions requires functional PRIN2 and PEP activity but is GUN1-independent. Another retrograde signal produced by the developing chloroplast is associated with the tetrapyrrole biosynthesis pathway. We have established that accumulation of the chlorophyll intermediate MgProtoIX-ME in the crd mutant triggers repression of the PhANG expression, and this negative signal is mediated by a cytoplasmic protein complex containing the PAPP5 phosphatase. The nuclear targets that receive the tetrapyrrole mediated signal are GLK1 and GLK2 transcription factors that control the PhANG expression and the expression of the enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of chlorophyll.

Abstract [sv]

Fotosyntetiserande eukaryoter uppstod från en endosymbiotisk interaktion under några miljarder år mellan en ur-eukaryot och kloroplastens förfader, den prokaryota cyanobakterien. Den symbiotiska händelsen ledde till att kloroplastens och kärnans genom blev väsentligt förändrade. Så småningom överförde kloroplasten så många som 90 % av dess gener till cellkärnan. För att koordinera genutrycket från de två genomen utvecklade växtcellen ett sofistikerat signalsystemen som inkluderar: plastid-kärn (retrograd) och kärn-plastid (anterograd) signalering som styr kloroplastens utveckling och förmåga att anpassa sig till stressförhållanden. Den här avhandlingen beskriver kloroplastens maskineri för genuttryck (PEP) som en nödvändig komponent för embryo- och växtutvecklingen hos Arabidopsis thaliana. PEP funktionen är beroende av det kärnkodade kloroplastproteinet PRIN2 som är associerat med PEP. PRIN2 mottar redox signaler från plastiden och förändrar genuttrycksaktivitet under kloroplastens utvecklingen eller under olika stressförhållanden. Jag visar dessutom att PRIN2 spelar en viktig roll i överföring av kloroplastens signal som kommunicerar genuttrycksaktivitet (PGE) via GUN1 till kärnan där den styr uttryck av de kärnkodade fotosyntetesgenerna (PhANG). Under högljus stressförhållanden styrs dock PhANG-uttrycket av signaler som uppstår från PEP-aktivitet och PRIN2 men som är oberoende av GUN1. Vidare finns det en annan retrograd signal som har sitt ursprung i biosyntesen av tetrapyrroler. Jag har visat att ackumuleringen av tetrapyrrolen MgProtoIX-ME i crd-mutanten framkallar nedreglering av PhANG-uttryck genom interaktion med ett fosfatas (PAPP5) i cytosolen. GLK1 and GLK2 är två transkriptionsfaktorer som tar emot den tetrapyrrole-medierade signalen i sin tur styr biosyntes av chlorofyll och PhANG uttryck.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2014. 87 p.
Arabidopsis thaliana, chloroplast, development, gene expression
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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Developmental Biology Other Biological Topics
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-96171 (URN)978-91-7601-172-0 (ISBN)
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2014-12-03, KBC-huset, Stora hörsalen, KB3B1, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-11-12 Created: 2014-11-11 Last updated: 2015-05-06Bibliographically approved

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