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Feedback regulation of xylem cytokinin content is conserved in pea and Arabidopsis


Foo, E and Morris, SE and Parmenter, K and Young, N and Wang, H and Jones, A and Rameau, C and Turnbull, CGN and Beveridge, CA, Feedback regulation of xylem cytokinin content is conserved in pea and Arabidopsis, Plant Physiology, 143, (3) pp. 1418-1428. ISSN 0032-0889 (2007) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2007 American Society of Plant Biologists

DOI: doi:10.1104/pp.106.093708


Increased-branching mutants of garden pea (Pisum sativum; ramosus [rms]) and Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana; more axillary branches) were used to investigate control of cytokinin export from roots in relation to shoot branching. In particular, we tested the hypothesis that regulation of xylem sap cytokinin is dependent on a long-distance feedback signal moving from shoot to root. With the exception of rms2, branching mutants from both species had greatly reduced amounts of the major cytokinins zeatin riboside, zeatin, and isopentenyl adenosine in xylem sap compared with wild-type plants. Reciprocally grafted mutant and wild-type Arabidopsis plants gave similar results to those observed previously in pea, with xylem sap cytokinin down-regulated in all graft combinations possessing branched shoots, regardless of root genotype. This long-distance feedback mechanism thus appears to be conserved between pea and Arabidopsis. Experiments with grafted pea plants bearing two shoots of the same or different genotype revealed that regulation of root cytokinin export is probably mediated by an inhibitory signal. Moreover, the signaling mechanism appears independent of the number of growing axillary shoots because a suppressed axillary meristem mutation that prevents axillary meristem development at most nodes did not abolish long-distance regulation of root cytokinin export in rms4 plants. Based on double mutant and grafting experiments, we conclude that RMS2 is essential for long-distance feedback regulation of cytokinin export from roots. Finally, the startling disconnection between cytokinin content of xylem sap and shoot tissues of various rms mutants indicates that shoots possess powerful homeostatic mechanisms for regulation of cytokinin levels.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Plant biology
Research Field:Plant physiology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences
UTAS Author:Foo, E (Associate Professor Eloise Foo)
ID Code:50237
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:70
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2018-10-04

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