Entries by Plant Cell

Pectin Maturation is Fine-tuned by an ERF-MYB Complex

Ding et al. investigate the transcriptional regulation mechanism underlying the degree of pectin methylesterification using the mucilage that surrounds Arabidopsis thaliana seeds. Anming Ding, Tobacco Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) BY:  Yingzhen Kong, College of Agronomy, Qingdao Agricultural University  Background: Pectin is a major component of the plant cell wall. Pectin synthesis […]

An asymptomatic crop holds the clues for healthy roots

Baetsen-Young et al. explore the root transcriptomes of soybean and maize plants infected with a fungus. The Plant Cell By Amy Baetsen-Young and Brad Day, Michigan State University  Background: Diverged plant species respond to microbial interactions through different processes, the outcome of which underscores plant immunity or susceptibility, including the programming of asymptomatic or symptomatic […]

Crosstalk Between Light Harvesting and Photoprotection Is Mediated by a Regulatory sRNA

Zhan and Steglich et al. investigate the small RNA-mediated regulation of the photoprotective Orange Carotenoid Protein in cyanobacteria. https://bit.ly/3d3AqY0 By Jiao Zhan1,2, Wolfgang Hess3 and Diana Kirilovsky1 1 Université Paris-Saclay, CEA, CNRS, Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell, 91198 Gif sur Yvette, France 2 Key Laboratory of Algal Biology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy […]

Neolignans: treasure shields in seeds

Keiko Yonekura-Sakakibara, Masaomi Yamamura et al. identify factors that play essential roles in the biosynthesis of seed-coat protective neolignans. Plant Cell. http://bit.ly/3mseqae By Keiko Yonekura-Sakakibara and Kazuki Saito, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Background: Neolignans are specialized plant metabolites with various biological activities including anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and anti-tumor properties. For example, Honokiol, the neolignan […]

Gene expression signatures during leaf development

Martinez et al. use laser capture microdissection and transcriptomic sequencing to explore how gene expression patterns regulate early morphogenesis of the compound tomato leaf. http://bit.ly/3nehiZu  By Ciera Martinez, University of California, Berkeley Neelima Sinha, University of California, Davis  Background: Leaf development involves cell division, expansion, and cellular specialization in specific positions along the middle to […]