Advancing Cell Biology and Functional Genomics in Maize Using Fluorescent Protein-Tagged Lines

Mohanty, A., Luo, A., DeBlasio, S. L., Ling, X., Yang, Y., Tuthill, D. E., Williams, K. E., Hill, D., Zadrozny, T., Chan, A., Sylvester, A. W., Jackson, D. P. (February 2009) Advancing Cell Biology and Functional Genomics in Maize Using Fluorescent Protein-Tagged Lines. Plant Physiol., 149 (2). pp. 601-605.

DOI: 10.1104/pp.108.130146


Genomic resources have significantly impacted plant biology research in recent years. Cell biology has been further enabled by an ongoing revolution in visualization technologies. Using fluorescent proteins (FPs), we now have unprecedented views of cellular architecture, and we can study real-time dynamics of cell structure, function, and protein localization. To date, these technologies have been most widely used in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana); however, the grasses provide a unique opportunity to study the underlying mechanisms and inter-related controls of cell growth, morphogenesis, and physiology in leading crop models. Here, we present a resource that leverages the emerging maize (Zea mays) genome sequence to develop tools to study protein structure and function in a cellular context. Traditionally, such studies relied on fixed tissue or FP fusions driven by constitutive promoters, which can lead to significant artifacts. The maize genome sequence now provides access to regulatory regions that can be used to drive native expression. We have developed streamlined methods to generate maize FP-tagged lines using these regulatory elements, allowing analysis of tissue-specific expression and localized function. Identification of diverse proteins that function in specific subcellular compartments will provide the tools for understanding basic developmental, biochemical, and physiological processes in maize, with direct application potential for crop improvement.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: organism description > plant > maize
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification > protein types > green fluorescent protein
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Communities: CSHL labs > Jackson lab
Depositing User: CSHL Librarian
Date: 1 February 2009
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 18:49
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2021 15:28
PMCID: PMC2633859
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