The MADS Domain Protein DIANA Acts Together with AGAMOUS-LIKE80 to Specify the Central Cell in Arabidopsis Ovules

Bemer, M., Wolters-Arts, M., Grossniklaus, U., Angenent, G. C. (August 2008) The MADS Domain Protein DIANA Acts Together with AGAMOUS-LIKE80 to Specify the Central Cell in Arabidopsis Ovules. Plant Cell, 20 (8). pp. 2088-2101.

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URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18713950
DOI: 10.1105/tpc.108.058958

Abstract

MADS box genes in plants consist of MIKC-type and type I genes. While MIKC-type genes have been studied extensively, the functions of type I genes are still poorly understood. Evidence suggests that type I MADS box genes are involved in embryo sac and seed development. We investigated two independent T-DNA insertion alleles of the Arabidopsis thaliana type I MADS box gene AGAMOUS-LIKE61 (AGL61) and showed that in agl61 mutant ovules, the polar nuclei do not fuse and central cell morphology is aberrant. Furthermore, the central cell begins to degenerate before fertilization takes place. Although pollen tubes are attracted and perceived by the mutant ovules, neither endosperm development nor zygote formation occurs. AGL61 is expressed in the central cell during the final stages of embryo sac development. An AGL61:green fluorescent protein-{beta}-glucoronidase fusion protein localizes exclusively to the polar nuclei and the secondary nucleus of the central cell. Yeast two-hybrid analysis showed that AGL61 can form a heterodimer with AGL80 and that the nuclear localization of AGL61 is lost in the agl80 mutant. Thus, AGL61 and AGL80 appear to function together to differentiate the central cell in Arabidopsis. We renamed AGL61 DIANA, after the virginal Roman goddess of the hunt.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > plant > Arabidopsis
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification
organism description > plant
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification > protein types
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Communities: CSHL labs > Grossniklaus lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 1 August 2008
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2013 17:19
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 17:19
PMCID: PMC2553608
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/27563

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