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See detailTranscriptomic analysis of Arabidopsis roots during floral induction by photoperiod
D'Aloia, Maria ULg; Lamoureux, Thibaut ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg et al

Poster (2011, June)

Contribution of the root system to the flowering process remains poorly studied. Part of the problem resides in its difficult isolation from the substrate, especially on adult plants. We used an ... [more ▼]

Contribution of the root system to the flowering process remains poorly studied. Part of the problem resides in its difficult isolation from the substrate, especially on adult plants. We used an hydroponic device that allows synchronous growth and flowering of Arabidopsis and performed global transcript profiling of roots. Samples were harvested during the extension period of a single long day (LD), and in non inductive short day. Microarray data were validated by real-time RT-PCR, and the expression patterns of selected probes were further analyzed in shoots and roots. Some of the genes that were differentially expressed in the roots during the inductive LD did not show the same variations in the shoot, indicating that root transcriptome undergoes specific changes at floral transition. These genes include, for example, GIGANTEA. T-DNA mutants from selected candidate genes are being studied. Both the expression analysis and the reverse genetic approach provide new insights into the contribution of the roots to the flowering process. [less ▲]

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See detailA cytokinin route to flowering in Arabidopsis
Bouché, Frédéric ULg; André, Julie ULg; D'Aloia, Maria ULg et al

Poster (2011, June)

Cytokinins (CKs) are involved in many physiological processes. We observed that the application of N6-benzylaminopurine (BAP) to the roots of hydroponically grown plants of Arabidopsis thaliana promotes ... [more ▼]

Cytokinins (CKs) are involved in many physiological processes. We observed that the application of N6-benzylaminopurine (BAP) to the roots of hydroponically grown plants of Arabidopsis thaliana promotes flowering in non-inductive short days. The response to BAP treatment does no require FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT), but activates its paralogue TWIN SISTER OF FT (TSF), as well as FD and SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CO1 (SOC1) (D'Aloia et al., 2011). We present here complementary data obtained with transgenic plants overexpressing a catalytic CK OXIDASE/DEHYDROGENASE (CKX) in the roots. The high efficiency of BAP in promoting flowering in our experimental system contrasts with the variability that emerges from studies gathered in literature. Many factors, either experimental or inherent to plant material, might explain these discrepancies and we are interested in identifying endogenous regulators that might provide a mechanistic explanation. We are therefore investigating whether the endogenous pathways underlying plant developmental phase changes might regulate the relative contribution of CKs to flowering. [less ▲]

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See detailRoot Signalling at floral transition
Périlleux, Claire ULg

Conference (2011, January 27)

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See detailCytokinin promotes flowering of Arabidopsis via transcriptional activation of the FT paralogue TSF
D'Aloia, Maria ULg; Bonhomme, Delphine ULg; Bouché, Frédéric ULg et al

in Plant Journal (The) (2011), 65

Cytokinins are involved in many aspects of plant growth and development and physiological evidence also indicates that they have a role in floral transition. In order to integrate these phytohormones into ... [more ▼]

Cytokinins are involved in many aspects of plant growth and development and physiological evidence also indicates that they have a role in floral transition. In order to integrate these phytohormones into the current knowledge of genetically defined molecular pathways to flowering, we performed exogenous treatments of adult wild-type and mutant Arabidopsis plants and analysed the expression of candidate genes. We used a hydroponic system that enables synchronous growth and flowering of Arabidopsis and allows precise application of chemicals to the roots for defined periods of time. We show that application of N6-benzylaminopurine (BAP) promotes flowering of plants grown in non-inductive short days. The response to cytokinin treatment does not require FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) but activates its paralogue TWIN SISTER OF FT (TSF), as well as FD, which encodes a partner protein of TSF, and the downstream gene SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CONSTANS1 (SOC1). Treatment of selected mutants confirmed that TSF and SOC1 are necessary for the flowering response to BAP while the activation cascade might partially act independently of FD. These experiments provide a mechanistic basis for the role of cytokinins in flowering and demonstrate that the redundant genes FT and TSF are differently regulated by distinct floral inducing signals. [less ▲]

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See detailThe promotive impact of high temperature on flowering in root chicory (Cichorium intybus L.)
Mathieu, Anne-Sophie; Vandoorne, Bertrand; Quinet, Muriel et al

Poster (2011)

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See detailGenetic control of flowering time in maize
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Colasanti, J.; Irish, E.

in Prioul, J.-L.; Thévenot, C.; Molnar, T. (Eds.) Advances in Maize (2011)

Flowering in temperate maize occurs largely autonomously after the plant has accumulated a given amount of vegetative growth. Mutants affected in leaf initiation rate or in phyllotaxy however indicate ... [more ▼]

Flowering in temperate maize occurs largely autonomously after the plant has accumulated a given amount of vegetative growth. Mutants affected in leaf initiation rate or in phyllotaxy however indicate that total leaf number can vary independently of flowering time, e.g. in relation with cytokinin signalling. By contrast, heterochronic mutants in which juvenile-to-adult and/or adult vegetative-to-reproductive phase changes are abnormal aided in the identification of key regulators of endogenous developmental timing in maize. These regulators include gibberellins and micro-RNAs, such as miR156 and miR172, which have been identified more recently. Progress towards unravelling the maize flowering time genetic network is also emerging from comparison with other species. Although maize expansion beyond domestication centres implied reduction in photoperiod sensitivity, molecular genetic studies indicated conservation of genes which, in Arabidopsis or rice, act in a signalling cascade whereby flowering is controlled by photoperiod. Several gene sequences are now available to assess functionality of such a pathway in maize and evaluate its contribution to flowering time control. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscriptomic analysis of Arabidopsis roots during flowering
D'Aloia, Maria ULg; Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

Poster (2010, February)

Contribution of the root system to the flowering process remains poorly studied. Part of the problem resides in its difficult isolation from the substrate, especially on adult plants. Taking advantage of ... [more ▼]

Contribution of the root system to the flowering process remains poorly studied. Part of the problem resides in its difficult isolation from the substrate, especially on adult plants. Taking advantage of an hydroponic device that allows synchronous growth and flowering of Arabidopsis thaliana (Tocquin et al., 2003), we performed global transcript profiling of roots during induction of flowering by a single long day (LD). Results were validated by real-time RT-PCR, and the expression patterns of selected probes were further analyzed in shoots and roots. Some of the genes that were identified in the microarray experiment were already known to be involved in the photoperiodic pathway of flowering in Arabidopsis, and hence were activated in both roots and shoots during the LD. These genes include, for example, components of light signaling or circadian machinery (e.g. GIGANTEA). Other genes providing new insights into the control of flowering at the whole plant level will be presented. Tocquin et al., (2003). BMC Plant Biology, 3: 2. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysiologie végétale - BAC3 Bio
Périlleux, Claire ULg

Learning material (2010)

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See detailBiologie du développement - partim. végétal / Master 1 BBMC
Périlleux, Claire ULg

Learning material (2010)

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See detailL'évolution des plantes cultivées: une histoire peu naturelle ... de la domestication aux OGM
Périlleux, Claire ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2009)

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See detailPartenariat F.N.P.S.M.S. - ULg / Rapport ULg 2008
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Van Kerkhoven, Fabrizio; Gonzalez, Arnaud

Report (2009)

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See detailFunctional analysis of an FLC-LIKE gene in root chicory
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Pieltain, Alexandra ULg; D'Aloia, Maria ULg et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Physiology (2009), 153A(2/Suppl.), 198-199

Vernalization is known to promote flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana by inhibiting the expression of a strong repressor: FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). The recent cloning of an FLC-LIKE gene in sugar beet (Beta ... [more ▼]

Vernalization is known to promote flowering in Arabidopsis thaliana by inhibiting the expression of a strong repressor: FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). The recent cloning of an FLC-LIKE gene in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris; BvFL1) and – here – in root chicory (Cichorium intybus; CiFL1) suggests the conservation of FLC biological function during evolution of eudicots. Hence physiological questions that remain difficult to address in Arabidopsis can be studied in other species. We investigated the correlation between CiFL1 expression and plant-age dependent responsiveness to vernalization. We also studied the effect of post-vernalization growing temperature, which can stabilize or erase the vernalized state. [less ▲]

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See detailGene activation cascade triggered by a single photoperiodic cycle inducing flowering in Sinapis alba
D'Aloia, Maria ULg; Tamseddak, Karim; Bonhomme, Delphine ULg et al

in The Plant Journal (2009), 59

Molecular genetic analyses in Arabidopsis disclosed a genetic pathway whereby flowering is induced by the photoperiod. This cascade is examined here within the time course of floral transition in the long ... [more ▼]

Molecular genetic analyses in Arabidopsis disclosed a genetic pathway whereby flowering is induced by the photoperiod. This cascade is examined here within the time course of floral transition in the long-day (LD) plant Sinapis alba induced by a single photoperiodic cycle. In addition to previously available sequences, the cloning of CONSTANS (SaCO) and FLOWERING LOCUS T (SaFT) homologues allowed expression analyses to be performed to follow the flowering process step by step. A diurnal rhythm in SaCO expression in the leaves was observed and transcripts of SaFT were detected when light was given in phase with SaCO kinetics only. This occurred when day length was extended or when a short day was shifted towards a ‘photophile phase’. The steady-state level of SaFT transcripts in the various physiological situations examined was found to correlate like a rheostat with floral induction strength. Kinetics of SaFT activation were also consistent with previous estimations of translocation of florigen out of leaves, which could actually occur after the inductive cycle. In response to one 22-h LD, initiation of floral meristems by the shoot apical meristem (SAM) started about 2 days after activation of SaFT and was marked by expression of APETALA1 (SaAP1). Meanwhile, LEAFY (SaLFY) was first up-regulated in leaf primordia and in the SAM. FRUITFULL (SaFUL) was later activated in the whole SAM but excluded from floral meristems. These patterns are integrated with previous observations concerning upregulation of SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CO1 (SaSOC1) to provide a temporal and spatial map of floral transition in Sinapis. [less ▲]

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See detailAn FLC-like gene is controlled by vernalization in root chicory
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Pieltain, Alexandra ULg; D'Aloia, Maria ULg et al

Poster (2008, September)

Vernalization is known to promote flowering in Arabidopsis via the repression by cold of the floral inhibitor gene FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). For long, FLC homologs have been found in Brassicaceae only but ... [more ▼]

Vernalization is known to promote flowering in Arabidopsis via the repression by cold of the floral inhibitor gene FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC). For long, FLC homologs have been found in Brassicaceae only but it was recently reported that in sugar beet, the FLC-like gene BvFL1 functions as a repressor of flowering and is downregulated in response to cold. We describe here the cloning of CiFL1 from root chicory (Cichorium intybus). Expression patterns were studied in two cultivars, differing in their sensitivity to vernalization. Transcript level analyzes were performed during the vernalization treatment of the seedlings and in different post-vernalization conditions. Our results give further support to conservation of the biological function of FLC-like genes in eudicot species. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of floral transition in maize
Van Kerkhoven, Fabrizio ULg; D'Aloia, Maria ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

Conference (2008, September)

Flowering time in plants is controlled by a number of environmental factors, among which photoperiod plays a key role. Maize ancestors are short-day (SD) plants, but breeding programs have selected ... [more ▼]

Flowering time in plants is controlled by a number of environmental factors, among which photoperiod plays a key role. Maize ancestors are short-day (SD) plants, but breeding programs have selected genotypes whose flowering is largely autonomous and occurs after production of a constant number of leaves regardless of photoperiod. Only few flowering time genes have been identified in maize; one of them is INDETERMINATE1 (ID1), cloned from a late-flowering mutant and encoding a zinc finger transcription factor. By contrast, the genetical control of flowering by photoperiod is best understood in the long-day (LD) dicot Arabidopsis and the SD monocot rice. A key regulator is the CONSTANS gene that mediates between the circadian clock – the time-keeper of the plant – and the synthesis of flowering signals. Here we report the analysis of a CONSTANS homolog in maize, ZmCO, in SD and in LD, and in different parts of the plant. Expression of ZmCO was found to be rhythmic and to be much higher in young leaf primordia than in mature leaf blades. Striking coincidence was observed with expression of ID1. [less ▲]

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