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Metallothioneins (MTs) are low molecular mass and cysteine-rich metal-binding proteins known to be mainly involved in maintaining metal homeostasis and stress responses. But, their functions in higher plant development are scarcely studied. Here, we characterized rice (Oryza sativa) METALLOTHIONEIN2b (OsMT2b) molecularly and found that its expression was(More)
Auxin is an important plant growth regulator, and plays a key role in apical-basal axis formation and embryo differentiation, but the mechanism remains unclear. The level of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) during zygote and embryo development of Nicotiana tabacum L. is investigated here using the techniques of GC-SIM-MS analysis, immunolocalization, and the GUS(More)
Extensins are cell wall basic glycoproteins with a polypeptide backbone that is extremely rich in hydroxyproline. In this paper, the function of extensins in embryo development was studied in Nicotiana tabacum. By using Western blot and immunohistochemistry, the extensin JIM20 epitopes were found to express in different developmental stages of embryos, and(More)
In this paper, the promoter of a type 2 metallothionein gene OsMT2b was cloned in indica rice Jiayu948 and its function was analyzed in transgenic Arabidopsis plant and rice germinated embryo aided by a GUS reporter gene. The result shows that the full promoter drives GUS expression predominantly in the vascular tissues of Arabidopsis, and the expression(More)
Type 4 metallothionein (MT) genes are recognized for their specific expression in higher plant seeds, but their functions are still unclear. In this study, the functions of two Arabidopsis metallothionein genes, AtMT4a and AtMT4b, are investigated in seed development, germination and early seedling growth. Transcriptional analysis showed that these two(More)
Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) are a class of highly glycosylated, widely distributed proteins in higher plants. In the previous study, we found that the green fluorescence from JIM13-labeled AGPs was mainly distributed in embryo proper and the basal part of suspensor but gradually disappeared after the torpedo-stage embryos in Arabidopsis. And (β-d-Glc)3(More)
Leaf senescence in plants involves both positive and negative transcriptional regulation. In this work, we show evidence for the single-stranded DNA-binding protein WHIRLY1 (WHY1) that functions as an upstream suppressor of WRKY53 in a developmental stage-dependent manner during leaf senescence in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). The why1 mutant(More)
Chinese narcissus (Narcissus tazetta var. chinensis) is one of the ten traditional flowers in China and a famous bulb flower in the world flower market. However, only white color tepals are formed in mature flowers of the cultivated varieties, which constrains their applicable occasions. Unfortunately, for lack of genome information of narcissus species,(More)
Plastid-to-nucleus retrograde signaling is critical for normal growth and development in plants. The dual-function and dual-located ssDNA binding protein WHIRLY1 (WHY1) has been proposed to coordinate the retrograde signaling from plastids to the nucleus. However, the regulatory mechanism governing the functional switch of WHY1 for mediating(More)
Leaf senescence in plants involves both positive and negative transcriptional regulation. In this work, we show evidence for the single-stranded DNA-binding protein WHIRLY1 (WHY1) that functions as an upstream suppressor of WRKY53 in a developmental stage-dependent manner during leaf senescence in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). The why1 mutant(More)
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