A G protein alpha null mutation confers prolificacy potential in maize

Urano, D., Jackson, D., Jones, A. M. (May 2015) A G protein alpha null mutation confers prolificacy potential in maize. Journal of Experimental Botany, 66 (15). pp. 4511-4515. ISSN 0022-0957

URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25948706
DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erv215


Plasticity in plant development is controlled by environmental signals through largely unknown signalling networks. Signalling coupled by the heterotrimeric G protein complex underlies various developmental pathways in plants. The morphology of two plastic developmental pathways, root system architecture and female inflorescence formation, was quantitatively assessed in a mutant compact plant 2 (ct2) lacking the alpha subunit of the heterotrimeric G protein complex in maize. The ct2 mutant partially compensated for a reduced shoot height by increased total leaf number, and had far more ears, even in the presence of pollination signals. The maize heterotrimeric G protein complex is important in some plastic developmental traits in maize. In particular, the maize Galpha subunit is required to dampen the overproduction of female inflorescences.

Item Type: Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cell division G protein development ear maize signalling.
Subjects: organism description > plant > maize
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > cell types and functions > cell functions > cell division
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification > protein types > G protein
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Communities: CSHL labs > Jackson lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: 6 May 2015
Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 18:51
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2015 19:20
PMCID: PMC4507758
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URI: https://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/31533

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