Entries by Min May Wong

A cross-kingdom conserved ER-phagy receptor maintains ER homeostasis during stress (eLIFE)

Quality control of the protein folding mechanism in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), which selectively eliminates or recycles unwanted cytoplasmic components, is recognized by specific autophagy receptors. Selective removal of certain ER domains by the autophagy pathway (termed as ER-phagy) is controlled by these receptors that recruit specific cargo through interaction with the Autophagy-related protein 8 […]

The transcription factor bZIP60 modulates the heat shock response in maize (Plant Cell)

During heat stress, heat shock transcription factors upregulate heat shock protein genes and give rise to the heat shock response (HSR) that occurs in the cytoplasm, while in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the unfolded protein response (UPR) is also activated during heat stress. Both HSR and UPR cause the accumulation of misfolded proteins, a condition […]

A protoxylem-specific NAC transcription factor modulates heat and drought stress in maize (PNAS)

Excessive heat and water deficit coincide with flowering and result in developmental defeats such as male floral organs browning, infertile pollen, and failure in fertilization: a syndrome known as “tassel blasting” in maize. The genetic pathway underlying tassel blasting is not well characterized. Dong et al. report the tissue-specific NAC transcription factor, Necrotic Upper Tips1 […]

A new node in mediating crosstalk between the proteasomal and autophagic degradation pathways (Plant Cell)

Protein degradation is mediated by several systems: the ubiquitin-proteasome system, multi-vesicle body-mediated vacuolar sorting (MVB), and the autophagy-vacuole pathway. However, the communication between these different protein degradation systems are less characterized. Here, Xia et al. report a new node in mediating crosstalk between the proteasomal and autophagic degradation pathways. They show that the SEVEN IN […]

The Apple miR171i and its target SCL26.1 enhance drought tolerance (Plant Physiol.)

Drought is one of the most important abiotic factors affecting plant growth and development. MicroRNAs are a class of small nuclear RNAs (snRNAs) consisting of 21-24 nucleotides, that play critical roles in many biological processes by regulating target gene expression. Apple is one of the most economically important fruits. It’s yield and quality are decreased […]

Trafficking of VHA-a isoforms in Arabidopsis thaliana (bioRxiv)

Vacuolar-type ATPase (V-ATPase) is a highly conserved enzyme but functionally diverse among eukaryotic cells. V-ATPases couple the energy released by ATP hydrolysis to pump protons across membranes of many cell types. In Arabidopsis, the V-ATPases containing different isoforms of V-ATPase catalytic subunit A (VHA-a) are sorted in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER); however, it is not […]

Conserved gene regulatory network integrated with stress response factors in radish and Arabidopsis root cambium (Curr. Biol.)

The cambium is a layer of actively dividing cells between xylem and phloem tissues that is responsible for the thickening of primary or lateral roots and stems. Root crops are tightly associated with the cambium regulatory mechanism which is less characterized in root as compared to shoot development. Hoang et al. generated the first high-resolution […]

MscS-like 10 as a cell swelling sensor and promotes hypo-osmotic shock responses (Curr. Biol.)

Optimal volume and turgor in the plant cell is important for metabolism, development and growth. Excessive diffusion of water into the cell will cause extreme swelling and a loss of cellular integrity. Members of the plasma membrane MscS-like (MSL) family of mechanosensitive (MS) ion channels play a role in osmotic homeostasis, but their direct function […]

RALF1-FERONIA complex affects splicing dynamics to modulate stress responses and growth in plants (Sci. Adv.)

Alternative splicing is a process that can produce two or more transcript isoforms from a single gene and can increase protein diversity. FERONIA (FER) is a receptor-like kinase that serves as a receptor for the rapid alkalinization factor (RALF) peptides that regulate multiple cellular activities in response to biotic and abiotic stresses. Wang et al. […]