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Role of cell cycle inhibitors in plant responses to abiotic stresses. – CKI-stress

Can plants grow with limited soil water content or salt excess in the soil?

It is predicetd that global climate change will increase the<br />occurrence and extend the distribution of drought stresses that affect plant development and yield. This study aims at identifying proteins that would allow a better maintain of plant growth in response to environmental stresses, mainly drought stress.

Identifying proteins that would allow plants to grow or survive when facing stressing conditions.

When plants are grown in water limited conditions, their whole shoot growth is reduced. This is caused by a reduction in individual leaf areas and the number of cells produced in each leaf. Identifying molecular actors that drive these responses would allow to set the base for future agronomical projects, e.g. the breeding of crops adopted for growth under advert conditions such as higher temperatures, salt or drought.

Whole shoot growth is measured with a multi-scale approach on a large number of genotypes grown in a high-throuput phenotyping platform. Environmental conditions are rigorously controlled and stresses scenario are reproducible and identical for all plants. The 'growth phenotype' is characterised by the relative amount of transcrits and proteins (for different candidate genes and proteins), the extent of endoreduplication, the number and size of cells in leaves, the individual leaf areas, and the whole shoot area and biomass.

With the aim to identify genes and proteins that control the number of leaf cells and their reduction by drought, we performed a transcript analyses on the SIM/SMR and ICK/KRP, families. This analysis has been combined with a precise phenotyping of mutants. Both analyses allowed us to rapidly identify genes and proteins that control cell number during leaf ontogeny in optimal growing conditions, and others that control cell number reduction in response to drought stress.

Cell cycle inhibitor proteins will be analysed more in depth : how their amount change over time, over growth and in response to various drought stress treatments. This analysis at the protein scale will complete the transcripts and phenotypical analyses to have a complete picture of plant shoot growth control.

Betsch Léo (2013) Rôles des CKIs (Cyclin Kinase Inhibitor) dans la régulation du cycle cellulaire et l’adaptation au stress hydrique chez Arabidopsis thaliana. Rapport de stage de Master 1 parcours: Biologie fonctionnelle des plantes. 24 pages.
Bach L, Betsch L, Lamy G, Selden K, Berger N, Granier C, Genschik P (2013) Plant CDK inhibitors: Key players in plant growth reduction and stress tolerance under drougth? Poster présenté lors du congrés de « The Society for Experimental Biology » 2 - 6 juillet, Valence, Espagne.

Understanding how plants adapt to stressing conditions, and what the genetic bases of this adaptation are, is essential to accurately predict plant behaviors in response to environmental changes. Plants in nature and crop fields are simultaneously exposed to numerous environmental stresses that could exert significant selection. As a consequence, plants have adapted their development to a remarkable large range of environmental conditions including biotic and abiotic stresses. Preserving plant growth and development in the climatic change context is a real challenge. It is well-established that a large part of plant development plasticity is related to changes in cell cycle activity, as shown by robust relationships between organ size and their cell number in different species and many environmental scenarios. Identification of the molecular basis controlling cell cycle plasticity could foster a better understanding of how plants respond to their environment. In addition, it could be a potential source of adaptation to stressing conditions by manipulating cell cycle regulation.
The molecular network acting at the G1-to-S cell cycle transition is reported as a crucial limiting factor when cell cycle is lengthened by environmental stresses. Abiotic stresses induce the expression of cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors (CKI) that reduce cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) activities, reduce cell proliferation and thus, plant growth. In the CKI-stress project, we will focus on this family of genes mainly because some of them have previously been identified as major control of the cell cycle progression in response to stresses. Several complementary genetic and molecular approaches will be combined with the aim to allow a better understanding of the plant CKI role and function in plant stress responses. In particular we will focus our work on salt, drought and temperature stresses. Arabidopsis will be used as a model system to take advantage of available or potential genetic material as well as an automated platform for reproducible phenotyping of plant responses to stress. Multiple loss-of-function mutants affected on KRPs and SIM-related members known to be stress-induced will be subjected to abiotic stress conditions and analysed with a multi-scale phenotyping approach from cellular processes (cell division, endoreduplication…) to whole plant regulation (leaf expansion, floral transition…). These phenotypical analyses will be completed by molecular and biochemical approaches to reveal post-translational regulations on SIM/SMRs in stress responses, including “degron” mapping of selected SIM/SMRs and the identification of novel E3s involved in SIM/SMRs turnover. Thus we aim to identify all members of the SIM/SMR family involved in these abiotic stress responses. Moreover, we will investigate how these genes are regulated by the gibberellin-regulated DELLA proteins and also by ABA or other stress hormones that impact on cell proliferation.

Project coordinator

Madame christine GRANIER (Laboratoire d'Ecophysiologie des Plantes sous Stress Environnementaux, UMR759) –

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


BPMP UMR Biochimie et Physiologie Moléculaire des Plantes
LEPSE Laboratoire d'Ecophysiologie des Plantes sous Stress Environnementaux, UMR759

Help of the ANR 379,921 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: January 2013 - 48 Months

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