Zhiyang Zhai

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Double-stranded (ds)RNA interference (RNAi) is widely used for functional analysis of plant genes and is achieved via generating stable transformants expressing dsRNA in planta. This study demonstrated that RNAi can also be utilized to examine gene functions in protoplasts. Because protoplasts are nongrowing cells, effective RNAi-triggered gene silencing(More)
In vitro cultured shoot-tips of four grape (Vitis vinifera) cultivars and one kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa) cultivar were cryopreserved using the encapsulation-dehydration method. Genomic DNA of plantlets regenerated directly from cryopreserved shoot-tips was extracted and analyzed using the RAPD (Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA) technique. The RAPD profiles(More)
Iron is essential for both plant growth and human health and nutrition. Knowledge of the signaling mechanisms that communicate iron demand from shoots to roots to regulate iron uptake as well as the transport systems mediating iron partitioning into edible plant tissues is critical for the development of crop biofortification strategies. Here, we report(More)
Protoplasts are plant cells that have had their cell walls enzymatically removed. Isolation of protoplasts from different plant tissues was first reported more than 40 years ago and has since been adapted to study a variety of cellular processes, such as subcellular localization of proteins, isolation of intact organelles and targeted gene-inactivation by(More)
Elevating the lipid content in vegetative tissues has emerged as a new strategy for increasing energy density and biofuel yield of crops. Storage lipids in contrast to structural and signaling lipids are mainly composed of glycerol esters of fatty acids, also known as triacylglycerol (TAG). TAGs are one of the most energy-rich and abundant forms of reduced(More)
Phytochelatins mediate tolerance to heavy metals in plants and some fungi by sequestering phytochelatin-metal complexes into vacuoles. To date, only Schizosaccharomyces pombe Hmt1 has been described as a phytochelatin transporter and attempts to identify orthologous phytochelatin transporters in plants and other organisms have failed. Furthermore, recent(More)
WRINKLED1 (WRI1), a member of the APETALA2 (AP2) class of transcription factors, positively regulates glycolysis and lipid biosynthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana Here, we identify mechanistic links between KIN10, the major SUCROSE NON-FERMENTATION1-RELATED KINASE1 involved in sugar/energy homeostasis, and the posttranslational regulation of WRI1. Transient(More)
The biogenesis of photosynthetic membranes in the plastids of higher plants requires an extensive supply of lipid precursors from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Four TRIGALACTOSYLDIACYLGLYCEROL (TGD) proteins (TGD1,2,3,4) have thus far been implicated in this lipid transfer process. While TGD1, TGD2, and TGD3 constitute an ATP binding cassette transporter(More)
Iron (Fe) is essential for plant growth and development. However, alkaline soils, which occupy approximately 30% of the world's arable lands, are considered Fe-limiting for plant growth because insoluble Fe (III) chelates prevail under these conditions. In contrast, high bioavailability of Fe in acidic soils can be toxic to plants due to the ability of Fe(More)
The protoplast transient assay system has been widely used for rapid functional analyses of genes using cellular and biochemical approaches. This system has been increasingly employed for functional genetic studies using double-stranded (ds) RNA interference (RNAi). Here, we describe a modified procedure for the isolation of protoplasts from leaf mesophyll(More)