Cochaperonin CPN20 negatively regulates abscisic acid signaling in Arabidopsis

Cochaperonin CPN20 negatively regulates abscisic acid signaling in Arabidopsis Previous study showed that the magnesium-protoporphyrin IX chelatase H subunit (CHLH/ABAR) positively regulates abscisic acid (ABA) signaling. Here, we investigated the functions of a CHLH/ABAR interaction protein, the chloroplast co-chaperonin 20 (CPN20) in ABA signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. We showed that down-expression of the CPN20 gene increases, but overexpression of the CPN20 gene reduces, ABA sensitivity in the major ABA responses including ABA-induced seed germination inhibition, postgermination growth arrest, promotion of stomatal closure and inhibition of stomatal opening. Genetic evidence supports that CPN20 functions downstream or at the same node of CHLH/ABAR, but upstream of the WRKY40 transcription factor. The other CPN20 interaction partners CPN10 and CPN60 are not involved in ABA signaling. Our findings show that CPN20 functions negatively in the ABAR-WRKY40 coupled ABA signaling independently of its co-chaperonin role, and provide a new insight into the role of co-chaperones in the regulation of plant responses to environmental cues. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

Cochaperonin CPN20 negatively regulates abscisic acid signaling in Arabidopsis

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 by The Author(s)
Subject
Life Sciences; Plant Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Pathology
ISSN
0167-4412
eISSN
1573-5028
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11103-013-0082-8
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Abstract

Previous study showed that the magnesium-protoporphyrin IX chelatase H subunit (CHLH/ABAR) positively regulates abscisic acid (ABA) signaling. Here, we investigated the functions of a CHLH/ABAR interaction protein, the chloroplast co-chaperonin 20 (CPN20) in ABA signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. We showed that down-expression of the CPN20 gene increases, but overexpression of the CPN20 gene reduces, ABA sensitivity in the major ABA responses including ABA-induced seed germination inhibition, postgermination growth arrest, promotion of stomatal closure and inhibition of stomatal opening. Genetic evidence supports that CPN20 functions downstream or at the same node of CHLH/ABAR, but upstream of the WRKY40 transcription factor. The other CPN20 interaction partners CPN10 and CPN60 are not involved in ABA signaling. Our findings show that CPN20 functions negatively in the ABAR-WRKY40 coupled ABA signaling independently of its co-chaperonin role, and provide a new insight into the role of co-chaperones in the regulation of plant responses to environmental cues.

Journal

Plant Molecular BiologySpringer Journals

Published: Jun 20, 2013

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