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TamiR159 Directed Wheat TaGAMYB Cleavage and Its Involvement in Anther Development and Heat Response

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DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048445
  • Research Article
  • Agriculture
  • Crops
  • Cereals
  • Rice
  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Transgenic Plants
  • Ecology
  • Plant Ecology
  • Plant-Environment Interactions
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Signal Transduction
  • Signaling In Selected Disciplines
  • Plant Signaling
  • Plant Science


In Arabidopsis and rice, miR159-regulated GAMYB-like family transcription factors function in flower development and gibberellin (GA) signaling in cereal aleurone cells. In this study, the involvement of miR159 in the regulation of its putative target TaGAMYB and its relationship to wheat development were investigated. First, we demonstrated that cleavage of TaGAMYB1 and TaGAMYB2 was directed by miR159 using 5′-RACE and a transient expression system. Second, we overexpressed TamiR159, TaGAMYB1 and mTaGAMYB1 (impaired in the miR159 binding site) in transgenic rice, revealing that the accumulation in rice of mature miR159 derived from the precursor of wheat resulted in delayed heading time and male sterility. In addition, the number of tillers and primary branches in rice overexpressing mTaGAMYB1 increased relative to the wild type. Our previous study reported that TamiR159 was downregulated after two hours of heat stress treatment in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Most notably, the TamiR159 overexpression rice lines were more sensitive to heat stress relative to the wild type, indicating that the downregulation of TamiR159 in wheat after heat stress might participate in a heat stress-related signaling pathway, in turn contributing to heat stress tolerance.

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