Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Protein Function and Regulation in Agricultural Organisms

Guangzhou, China

Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Protein Function and Regulation in Agricultural Organisms

Guangzhou, China
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Ni C.,South China Agricultural University | Yu X.,South China Agricultural University | Fang Z.,South China Agricultural University | Huang J.,South China Agricultural University | And 3 more authors.
Molecular Pharmaceutics | Year: 2017

Organic anion-transporting polypeptides play important roles in the uptake of various endogenous and exogenous compounds. It has been proposed that OATP family members, as membrane proteins, may form oligomers. However, oligomerization status of OATPs is still largely unclear. In the present study, HEK293 cells stably expressing OATP1B1 were generated to investigate the oligomerization status of the transporter. Chemical cross-linking and coimmunoprecipitation experiments revealed that OATP1B1 may form homo-oligomers, possibly through disulfide bonds. When wild-type OATP1B1 was coexpressed with a loss-of-function mutant W258A, cells showed reduced uptake of prototypic substrate estrone-3-sulfate (ES). Interestingly, such a coexpression did not affect OATP1B1 transport activity of high concentrations ES, implicating that oligomerization status may affect only the high affinity component of ES. OATP1B1 possesses three GXXXG motifs that have been associated with protein dimerization in other membrane proteins. When glycine residues were replaced with alanine, G219A and G393A showed drastically reduced uptake function. Further studies revealed that G219A has a similar association capability to that of the wild-type, while mutation at Gly393 may affect oligomerization status of the transporter. Kinetic analysis showed that both G219A and G393A have a dramatically reduced Vmax for ES uptake. Km of G219A was increased while that of G393A exhibited a decreased value for high affinity component of ES binding. Our studies demonstrated that OATP1B1 may function as oligomers in the high affinity site of ES while acting as monomers for the low affinity binding component of the substrate.


Tang H.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | Tang H.,Key Laboratory Of Plant Funct Genom And Biotech Of Guangdong Provincial Higher Education Institutions | Tang H.,South China Agricultural University | Zheng X.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | And 33 more authors.
Cell Research | Year: 2017

New gene origination is a major source of genomic innovations that confer phenotypic changes and biological diversity. Generation of new mitochondrial genes in plants may cause cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS), which can promote outcrossing and increase fitness. However, how mitochondrial genes originate and evolve in structure and function remains unclear. The rice Wild Abortive type of CMS is conferred by the mitochondrial gene WA352c (previously named WA352) and has been widely exploited in hybrid rice breeding. Here, we reconstruct the evolutionary trajectory of WA352c by the identification and analyses of 11 mitochondrial genomic recombinant structures related to WA352c in wild and cultivated rice. We deduce that these structures arose through multiple rearrangements among conserved mitochondrial sequences in the mitochondrial genome of the wild rice Oryza rufipogon, coupled with substoichiometric shifting and sequence variation. We identify two expressed but nonfunctional protogenes among these structures, and show that they could evolve into functional CMS genes via sequence variations that could relieve the self-inhibitory potential of the proteins. These sequence changes would endow the proteins the ability to interact with the nucleus-encoded mitochondrial protein COX11, resulting in premature programmed cell death in the anther tapetum and male sterility. Furthermore, we show that the sequences that encode the COX11-interaction domains in these WA352c-related genes have experienced purifying selection during evolution. We propose a model for the formation and evolution of new CMS genes via a "multi-recombination/protogene formation/functionalization" mechanism involving gradual variations in the structure, sequence, copy number, and function. © 2017 IBCB, SIBS, CAS. All rights reserved.


Zhu Q.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | Zhu Q.,Guangdong Provincial Higher Education Institutions | Zhu Q.,South China Agricultural University | Yu S.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | And 41 more authors.
Molecular Plant | Year: 2017

Anthocyanins have high antioxidant activities, and engineering of anthocyanin biosynthesis in staple crops, such as rice (Oryza sativa L.), could provide health-promoting foods for improving human health. However, engineering metabolic pathways for biofortification remains difficult, and previous attempts to engineer anthocyanin production in rice endosperm failed because of the sophisticated genetic regulatory network of its biosynthetic pathway. In this study, we developed a high-efficiency vector system for transgene stacking and used it to engineer anthocyanin biosynthesis in rice endosperm. We made a construct containing eight anthocyanin-related genes (two regulatory genes from maize and six structural genes from Coleus) driven by the endosperm-specific promoters,plus a selectable marker and a gene for marker excision. Transformation of rice with this construct generated a novel biofortified germplasm “Purple Endosperm Rice” (called “Zijingmi” in Chinese), which has high anthocyanin contents and antioxidant activity in the endosperm. This anthocyanin production results from expression of the transgenes and the resulting activation (or enhancement) of expression of 13 endogenous anthocyanin biosynthesis genes that are silenced or expressed at low levels in wild-type rice endosperm. This study provides an efficient, versatile toolkit for transgene stacking and demonstrates its use for successful engineering of a sophisticated biological pathway, suggesting the potential utility of this toolkit for synthetic biology and improvement of agronomic traits in plants. © 2017 The Author


Wang H.-Z.,South China Agricultural University | Wang H.-Z.,Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Protein Function and Regulation in Agricultural Organisms | Chu Z.-Z.,South China Agricultural University | Chu Z.-Z.,Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Protein Function and Regulation in Agricultural Organisms | And 18 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2015

Fusion tag is one of the best available tools to date for enhancement of the solubility or improvement of the expression level of recombinant proteins in Escherichia coli. Typically, two consecutive affinity purification steps are often necessitated for the purification of passenger proteins. As a fusion tag, acyl carrier protein (ACP) could greatly increase the soluble expression level of Glucokinase (GlcK), α-Amylase (Amy) and GFP. When fusion protein ACP-G2-GlcK-Histag and ACP-G2-Amy-Histag, in which a protease TEV recognition site was inserted between the fusion tag and passenger protein, were coexpressed with protease TEV respectively in E. coli, the efficient intracellular processing of fusion proteins was achieved. The resulting passenger protein GlcK-Histag and Amy-Histag accumulated predominantly in a soluble form, and could be conveniently purified by one-step Nichelating chromatography. However, the fusion protein ACP-GFP-Histag was processed incompletely by the protease TEV coexpressed in vivo, and a large portion of the resulting target protein GFP-Histag aggregated in insoluble form, indicating that the intracellular processing may affect the solubility of cleaved passenger protein. In this context, the soluble fusion protein ACP-GFP-Histag, contained in the supernatant of E. coli cell lysate, was directly subjected to cleavage in vitro by mixing it with the clarified cell lysate of E. coli overexpressing protease TEV. Consequently, the resulting target protein GFP-Histag could accumulate predominantly in a soluble form, and be purified conveniently by one-step Nichelating chromatography. The approaches presented here greatly simplify the purification process of passenger proteins, and eliminate the use of large amounts of pure site-specific proteases. © 2015 Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Chen W.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | Chen W.,Key Laboratory of Plant Functional Genomics and Biotechnology of Guangdong Provincial Higher Education Institutions | Chen W.,South China Agricultural University | Zeng D.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | And 19 more authors.
Biotechnology and Biotechnological Equipment | Year: 2016

Cloning of coding sequence (CDS) is an important step for gene function research. Here, we reported a simple and efficient strategy for assembling multiple-exon into an intron-free CDS from genomic DNA (gDNA) by an isothermal recombination reaction-based PCR (IRR-PCR) method. As an example, a 2067-bp full-length CDS of the anther-specific expression gene OsABCG15, which is composed of seven exons and six introns, was generated by IRR-PCR using genomic DNA of rice leaf as the template. Actually, this approach can be wildly applied to any DNA sequences assembly to achieve CDS cloning, gene fusion and multiple site-directed mutagenesis in functional genomics studies in vitro. © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group


Chen L.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | Chen L.,Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Protein Function and Regulation in Agricultural Organisms | Chen L.,South China Agricultural University | Liu Y.-G.,State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Subtropical Agro Bioresources | And 2 more authors.
Annual Review of Plant Biology | Year: 2014

In plants, male sterility can be caused either by mitochondrial genes with coupled nuclear genes or by nuclear genes alone; the resulting conditions are known as cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) and genic male sterility (GMS), respectively. CMS and GMS facilitate hybrid seed production for many crops and thus allow breeders to harness yield gains associated with hybrid vigor (heterosis). In CMS, layers of interaction between mitochondrial and nuclear genes control its male specificity, occurrence, and restoration of fertility. Environment-sensitive GMS (EGMS) mutants may involve epigenetic control by noncoding RNAs and can revert to fertility under different growth conditions, making them useful breeding materials in the hybrid seed industry. Here, we review recent research on CMS and EGMS systems in crops, summarize general models of male sterility and fertility restoration, and discuss the evolutionary significance of these reproductive systems. Copyright © 2014 by Annual Reviews.

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