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The WRKY gene family has been suggested to play important roles in the regulation of transcriptional reprogramming associated with plant stress responses. Modification of the expression patterns of WRKY genes and/or changes in their activity contribute to the elaboration of various signaling pathways and regulatory networks. Furthermore, a single WRKY gene(More)
microRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of negative regulators that take part in many processes such as growth and development, stress responses, and metabolism in plants. Recently, miRNAs were shown to function in plant nutrient metabolism. Moreover, several miRNAs were identified in the response to nitrogen (N) deficiency. To investigate the functions of other(More)
RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRPs) have been implicated in posttranscriptional gene silencing (PTGS) and antiviral defense. An Arabidopsis RdRP (SDE1/SGS2) has been previously shown to be required for transgene-induced PTGS but has no general role in antiviral defense. On the other hand, we have recently shown that transgenic tobacco deficient in an(More)
  • Yanru Hu, Liqun Jiang, Fang Wang, Diqiu Yu
  • The Plant cell
  • 2013
The inducer of cbf expression (ICE)-C-repeat binding factor/DRE binding factor1 (CBF/DREB1) transcriptional pathway plays a critical role in modulating cold stress responses in Arabidopsis thaliana. Dissecting crucial upstream regulatory signals or components of the ICE-CBF/DREB1 cascade will enhance our understanding of plant cold-tolerance mechanisms.(More)
Limited information is available regarding the exact function of specific WRKY transcription factors in plant responses to heat stress. We analyzed the roles of WRKY25, WRKY26, and WRKY33, three types of group I WRKY proteins, in the regulation of resistance to heat stress. Expression of WRKY25 and WRKY26 was induced upon treatment with high temperature,(More)
Sulfur is a macronutrient that is necessary for plant growth and development. Sulfate, a major source of sulfur, is taken up by plant roots and transported into various tissues for assimilation. During sulfate limitation, expression of miR395 is significantly up-regulated. miR395 targets two families of genes, ATP sulfurylases (encoded by APS genes) and(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are comprised of approximately 21 nucleotide (nt) RNAs that play important regulatory roles in growth and development by targeting mRNAs for cleavage or translational repression. In Arabidopsis, more than one hundred miRNAs have been identified but the biological functions of only a limited number of them have been determined by molecular(More)
Plant WRKY DNA-binding transcription factors are key regulators in certain developmental programs. A number of studies have suggested that WRKY genes may mediate seed germination and postgermination growth. However, it is unclear whether WRKY genes mediate ABA-dependent seed germination and postgermination growth arrest. To determine directly the role of(More)
The WRKY family is one of the major groups of plant-specific transcriptional regulators. Arabidopsis thaliana WRKY25, which is induced by heat stress, is one of the group I WRKY proteins and responds to both abiotic and biotic stress. This study has examined the regulatory role of WRKY25 using wrky25 mutant and over-expressing WRKY25 transgenic A. thaliana.(More)
The WRKY family of plant transcription factors controls several types of plant stress responses. Arabidopsis WRKY8, localized to the nucleus, is mainly induced by abscissic acid, H(2)O(2), wounding, Pseudomonas syringae and Botrytis cinerea infection, and aphid and maggot feeding. To determine its biological functions, we isolated loss-of-function T-DNA(More)