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Liu Q.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Liu Q.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | Zhang S.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Zhang S.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | And 2 more authors.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2016

14-3-3 proteins (14-3-3s) are highly conserved regulatory proteins that are uniquely eukaryotic, and deeply involved in protein-protein interactions that mediate diverse signaling pathways. In plants, 14-3-3s have been validated to regulate many biological processes, such as metabolism, light and hormone signaling, cell-cycle control and protein trafficking. Recent years we have also witnessed an increasing number of reports describing the functions of 14-3-3s in plant stress responses through interactions with key proteins in both biotic and abiotic stresses. In this review, we highlight the advances that have been made in investigating the roles of 14-3-3s in plant abiotic stress tolerance. These advances provide a framework for our understanding of how signals are integrated to perceive and respond to the abiotic stresses in plants. © 2016 Elsevier Inc. Source


Liu Q.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | Liu Q.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Yang J.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Zhang S.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | And 17 more authors.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2016

Though GF14e has been reported to negatively regulate bacterial blight and sheath blight resistance in rice, its effect on panicle blast, the most destructive disease in rice is still unknown. In the present study, we identified that GF14e was highly expressed in panicles and was induced in panicles infected by blast pathogen. Overexpression of GF14e enhances resistance to panicle blast whereas silencing GF14e results in increased susceptibility to panicle blast, suggesting that GF14e plays a positive role in quantitative panicle blast resistance in rice. Our results also demonstrate that GF14e is regulated by WRKY71 and GF14e-mediated panicle blast resistance is related to activation of SA-dependent pathway and suppression of JA-dependent pathway. The functional confirmation of GF14e in panicle blast resistance makes it to be a promising target in molecular rice breeding. © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Liu Q.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | Liu Q.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Yang J.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Zhang S.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | And 17 more authors.
Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions | Year: 2016

Although 14-3-3 proteins have been reported to be involved in responses to biotic stresses in plants, their functions in rice blast, the most destructive disease in rice, are largely unknown. Only GF14e has been confirmed to negatively regulate leaf blast. We report that GF14b is highly expressed in seedlings and panicles during blast infection. Rice plants overexpressing GF14b show enhanced resistance to panicle blast but are susceptible to leaf blast. In contrast, GF14b-silenced plants show increased susceptibility to panicle blast but enhanced resistance to leaf blast. Yeast one-hybrid assays demonstrate that WRKY71 binds to the promoter of GF14b and modulates its expression. Overexpression of GF14b induces expression of jasmonic acid (JA) synthesis-related genes but suppresses expression of salicylic acid (SA) synthesis-related genes. In contrast, suppressed GF14b expression causes decreased expression of JA synthesis-related genes but activation of SA synthesis-related genes. These results suggest that GF14b positively regulates panicle blast resistance but negatively regulates leaf blast resistance, and that GF14b-mediated disease resistance is associated with the JA- And SA-dependent pathway. The different functions for 14-3-3 proteins in leaf and panicle blast provide new evidence that leaf and panicle blast resistance are controlled by different mechanisms. ©2016 The American Phytopathological Society. Source


Yang T.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | Yang T.,South China Agricultural University | Yang T.,Guangdong Key Laboratory of New Technology in Rice Breeding | Zhang S.,Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences | And 16 more authors.
Molecular Breeding | Year: 2016

Cold stress is one of the main constraints in rice production, and damage from cold can occur at different developmental stages in rice. Understanding the genetic basis of cold tolerance is the key for breeding cold-tolerant variety. In this study, we used single segment substitution lines (SSSLs) derived from a cross between cold-tolerant japonica variety “Nan-yang-zhan” and a popular indica variety “Hua-jing-xian 74” to detect and pyramid QTLs for cold tolerance at the bud bursting and the seedling stages. Evaluation of cold tolerance of these SSSLs and their recurrent parent helped identify two cold-tolerant QTLs (qCTBB-5 and qCTBB-6) at the bud bursting stage and two cold-tolerant QTLs (qCTS-6 and qCTS-12) at the seedling stage. The SSSLs carrying these QTLs showed stronger cold tolerance than their recurrent parent HJX74 did in three independent experiments. The qCTBB-6 and qCTS-6 were mapped to the same chromosomal region. QTL pyramiding was performed by intercrossing of SSSLs carrying the respective QTLs for cold tolerance at the bud bursting stage and the seedling stage and marker-assisted selection (MAS). The selected pyramiding line SC1-1 with different cold-tolerant QTLs showed cumulative effects on cold tolerance. Our results suggest that different genes (QTLs) control cold tolerance at bud bursting and seedling stages, and pyramiding of stable expression QTLs for cold tolerance at different developmental stages through MAS is a good strategy to prevent cold damage in rice. © 2016, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source

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