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Top 5 Articles of The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology in 2019 Based on Altmetric Scores

HAPPY NEW YEAR, PLANT BIOLOGY COMMUNITY! What a year 2019 was! So many wonderful things happened. ASPB hosted another successful Plant Biology meeting in San Jose, CA. We spent the year celebrating The Plant Cell's 30th anniversary (check out the hashtag #ThePlantCellebration30 for a year full of…

The γ-tubulin complex protein GCP6 in crucial for spindle morphogenesis but not essential for microtubule reorganization in Arabidopsis (OA)

During cell division, cells require to form mitotic spindle and these mitotic spindles are basically newly formed microtubules. The formation of new microtubules depends on γ-tubulin. Along with 5 GPCs (γ-tubulin protein complex), γ-tubulin form γTuRC (γ-tubulin ring complex) and it facilitates…

A membrane-bound cellulase in time and space

Nagashima et al. investigate molecular mechanisms for the sorting of a membrane protein KORRIGAN 1 (KOR1) in plant cells. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00714 By Y. Nagashima1, and H. Koiwa1,2 1Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center and Department of Horticultural Sciences, Texas…

A Key Upstream Regulator of the Iron Homeostasis Regulatory Network

Gao et al. identify a transcription factor that regulates the expression of the large majority of genes involved in the iron homeostasis regulatory cascade. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00541 By Fei Gao, Florence Vignols, and Christian Dubos BPMP, Univ Montpellier, CNRS, INRA, SupAgro,…

An Improved Recombineering Toolset for Plants

Brumos and Zhao et al. developed an improved set of genetic tools to make precise sequence modifications in large DNA fragments and used them to tag hundreds of plant genes, including those involved in auxin production. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00431 By Javier Brumos, Anna Stepanova,…

Tissue-specific Gene Elimination in Plants

Decaestecker and Buono et al. develop a system for tissue-specific gene knockout to enable phenotypic analysis of context-specific gene function. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00454 By Ward Decaestecker, Rafael Andrade Buono, Moritz Nowack and Thomas Jacobs Background: As plant molecular…

The Pattern of Alternative Polyadenylation

Yu et al. study the function of FY in alternative polyadenylation. The Plant Cell (2019) https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00545 Zhibo Yu, Juncheng Lin, Qingshun Quinn Li Background: Polyadenylation of eukaryotic messenger RNAs (mRNAs) involves the addition of a ‘tail’ of dozens to hundreds of…

An Unexpected Role of a Phosphatase-like Protein in Starch Degradation

Schreier et al. uncover the surprising role played by the glucan phosphatase family member, LIKE SEX4 1, as a protein scaffold on the starch granule surface that binds β-amylases. Plant Cell https://doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00089. By Tina B. Schreier1,2 and Samuel C. Zeeman1 1 Institute of Molecular…

A specialized metabolic network selectively modulates Arabidopsis root microbiota (Science)

Plants have evolved to adapt to varied environmental niches. The ability to produce specialized metabolites is one of the evolved characteristics which help plants to thrive through varied biotic and abiotic conditions. Plant-associated microbes are always known to have a drastic impact on plant growth…