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See detailIsolation and analysis of a putative FLC orthologue in Sinapis alba L.
D'Aloia, Maria ULg; Melzer, Siegbert; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Acta Physiologiae Plantarum (2004), 26(3), 23-24

In many plant species, flowering is promoted by a long exposure to low temperature, a process known as vernalization. Some plants even have an absolute requirement for winter cold before being able to ... [more ▼]

In many plant species, flowering is promoted by a long exposure to low temperature, a process known as vernalization. Some plants even have an absolute requirement for winter cold before being able to flower the next summer, hence behave as biennials or winter crops. A recent breakthrough in the understanding of the molecular bases of vernalization has been the cloning of the FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC) gene in Arabidopsis thaliana (Michaels S.D. & Amasino R.M., 1999). FLC encodes a repressor of flowering and is downregulated by vernalization. So vernalization relieves the inhibitory role that FLC plays on downstream genes involved in the floral transition of the shoot apical meristem (SAM). Although vernalization has been shown, by physiological studies, to be sensed by the SAM, molecular evidences are missing. Such analyses are impaired in Arabidopsis by the small size of the plant and the rosette growth habit. We therefore cloned a FLC homologue in a caulescent relative Brassicaceae: mustard (Sinapis alba L.). We identified two clones by screening a cDNA library made from leaf mRNA. One of them, SaFLC1, was used for in situ hybridizations on SAM sections. Preliminary results are shown. Because of its agronomical importance, we have also tried to manipulate the vernalization process in crops. By using a transgenic approach, we have attempted to bypass the strict vernalization requirement of winter colza (Brassica napus L.). We have over-expressed SaMADS A, a gene which is repressed by FLC in wild type, and observed that the transgenics did not require vernalization any more. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel high efficiency, low maintenance, hydroponic system for synchronous growth and flowering of Arabidopsis thaliana.
Tocquin, Pierre ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Havelange, Andrée ULg et al

in BMC Plant Biology (2003), 3(2), 302003

Background: Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental ... [more ▼]

Background: Arabidopsis thaliana is now the model organism for genetic and molecular plant studies, but growing conditions may still impair the significance and reproducibility of the experimental strategies developed. Besides the use of phytotronic cabinets, controlling plant nutrition may be critical and could be achieved in hydroponics. The availability of such a system would also greatly facilitate studies dealing with root development. However, because of its small size and rosette growth habit, Arabidopsis is hardly grown in standard hydroponic devices and the systems described in the last years are still difficult to transpose at a large scale. Our aim was to design and optimize an up-scalable device that would be adaptable to any experimental conditions. Results: An hydroponic system was designed for Arabidopsis, which is based on two units: a seed-holder and a 1-L tank with its cover. The original agar-containing seed-holder allows the plants to grow from sowing to seed set, without transplanting step and with minimal waste. The optimum nitrate supply was determined for vegetative growth, and the flowering response to photoperiod and vernalization was characterized to show the feasibility and reproducibility of experiments extending over the whole life cycle. How this equipment allowed to overcome experimental problems is illustrated by the analysis of developmental effects of nitrate reductase deficiency in nia1nia2 mutants. Conclusion: The hydroponic device described in this paper allows to drive small and large scale cultures of homogeneously growing Arabidopsis plants. Its major advantages are its flexibility, easy handling, fast maintenance and low cost. It should be suitable for many experimental purposes. [less ▲]

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See detailGuide des travaux pratiques de Physiologie végétale
Périlleux, Claire ULg

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See detailCytokinin levels in leaves, leaf exudate and shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana during floral transition
Corbesier, Laurent; Prinsen, Els; Jacqmard, Annie ULg et al

in Journal of Experimental Botany (2003), 54(392), 2511-2517

Understanding the complete picture of floral transition is still impaired by the fact that physiological studies mainly concern plant species whose genetics is poorly known, and vice versa. Arabidopsis ... [more ▼]

Understanding the complete picture of floral transition is still impaired by the fact that physiological studies mainly concern plant species whose genetics is poorly known, and vice versa. Arabidopsis thaliana has been successfully used to unravel signalling pathways by genetic and molecular approaches, but analyses are still required to determine the physiological signals involved in the control of floral transition. In this work, the putative role of cytokinins was investigated using vegetative plants of Arabidopsis (Columbia) induced to flower synchronously by a single 22 h long day. Cytokinins were analysed in leaf extracts, leaf phloem exudate and in the shoot apical meristem at different times during floral transition. It was found that, in both the leaf tissues and leaf exudate, isopentenyladenine forms of cytokinins increased from 16 h after the start of the long day. At 30 h, the shoot apical meristem of induced plants contained more isopentenyladenine and zeatin than vegetative controls. These cytokinin increases correlate well with the early events of floral transition. [less ▲]

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See detailC : N ratio increases in the phloem sap during floral transition of the long-day plants Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana
Corbesier, Laurent; Bernier, Georges ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Plant & Cell Physiology (2002), 43(6), 684-688

In plants of Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana, leaf exudate (phloem sap) was analysed during and after a single long day inducing flowering and in control short days. The amounts of carbohydrates and ... [more ▼]

In plants of Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana, leaf exudate (phloem sap) was analysed during and after a single long day inducing flowering and in control short days. The amounts of carbohydrates and amino acids were measured to estimate the organic C : N ratio. In both species, the C : N ratio of the phloem sap increased markedly and early during the inductive treatment, suggesting that an inequality in organic C and N supply to the apical meristem may be important at floral transition. [less ▲]

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See detailThe control of flowering: do genetical and physiological approaches converge ?
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg

in O'Neill, S. D.; Roberts, J. A. (Eds.) Plant Reproduction (2002)

Since the early 1990s, Arabidopsis thaliana has been studied as the species of choice of 'flowering geneticists'. Several pathways that either repress or promote flowering have been identified on the ... [more ▼]

Since the early 1990s, Arabidopsis thaliana has been studied as the species of choice of 'flowering geneticists'. Several pathways that either repress or promote flowering have been identified on the basis of (1) the flowering response of different genotypes to environmental factors (vernalization and photoperiod), (2) epistasis analyses, and (3) expression patterns of cloned genes in various backgrounds. Models attempting to include all information have been proposed repeatedly and their complexity is increasing with the bulk of data. In this review, we shall attempt to integrate into this genetical framework the physiological knowledge accumulated on a variety of plants by generations of researchers before the amost overnight breakthrough of Arabidopsis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe flowering process: On the track of controlling factors in Sinapis alba
Bernier, Georges ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Russian Journal of Plant Physiology (2002), 49(4, JUL-AUG), 445-450

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of ... [more ▼]

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana are also summarized with a brief overview of the several pathways, each including several genes, identified. Clearly, both the experimental data of physiological experiments and the multiplicity of interacting genetic pathways best support the theory of the multifactorial control of flowering. This is further shown by the fact that a critical gene expressed in the shoot meristem at floral transition in S. alba, MADS A (orthologous to A. thaliana SOC1), can be upregulated by a single dose of a cytokinin or a gibberellin, without leading to flowering. This indicates that the floral shift requires upregulation of other genes by other factors. [less ▲]

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See detailN content of phloem and xylem exudates during the transition to flowering in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana
Corbesier, Laurent; Havelange, Andrée ULg; Lejeune, Pierre et al

in Plant, Cell & Environment (2001), 24

The involvement of nitrogenous substances in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia). Both species grown in short days (SD) are induced to flower ... [more ▼]

The involvement of nitrogenous substances in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia). Both species grown in short days (SD) are induced to flower by one long day (LD). In S. alba, the phloem sap (leaf and apical exudates) and the xylem sap (root exudate) were analysed in LD versus SD. In A. thaliana, only the leaf exudate could be analysed but an alternative system for inducing flowering without day-length extension was used: the displaced SD (DSD). Significant results are: (i) in both species, the leaf exudate was enriched in Gln during the inductive LD, at a time compatible with export of the floral stimulus; (ii) in S. alba, the root export of amino acids decreased in LD, whereas the nitrate remained unchanged - thus the extra-Gln found in the leaf exudate should originate from the leaves; (iii) extra-Gln was also found very early in the apical exudate of S. alba in LD, together with more Glu; (iv) in A. thaliana induced by one DSD, the leaf export of Asn increased sharply, instead of Gln in LD. This agrees with Asn prevalence in C-limited plants. The putative role of amino acids in the transition to flowering is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSuppressor mutagenesis of over-expression of the CONSTANS gene in Arabidopsis
Onouchi, Hitoshi; Samach, Alon; Igeño, Isabel et al

in Plant & Cell Physiology (2000), 41(supplement), 127

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See detailChanges in amino acid content during floral induction in the leaf exudate collected form the long day plant Arabidopsis thaliana
Corbesier, Laurent; Lejeune, Pierre; Bernier, Georges et al

Poster (2000)

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See detailMutagenesis of plants overexpressing CONSTANS demonstrates novel interactions among Arabidopsis flowering-time genes.
Onouchi, Hitoshi; Igeno, M. Isabel; Périlleux, Claire ULg et al

in Plant Cell (2000), 12(6), 885-900

CONSTANS (CO) promotes flowering of Arabidopsis in response to long photoperiods. Transgenic plants carrying CO fused with the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter (35S::CO) flowered earlier than did the ... [more ▼]

CONSTANS (CO) promotes flowering of Arabidopsis in response to long photoperiods. Transgenic plants carrying CO fused with the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S promoter (35S::CO) flowered earlier than did the wild type and were almost completely insensitive to length of day. Genes required for CO to promote flowering were identified by screening for mutations that suppress the effect of 35S::CO. Four mutations were identified that partially suppressed the early-flowering phenotype caused by 35S::CO. One of these mutations, suppressor of overexpression of CO 1 (soc1), defines a new locus, demonstrating that the mutagenesis approach is effective in identifying novel flowering-time mutations. The other three suppressor mutations are allelic with previously described mutations that cause late flowering. Two of them are alleles of ft, indicating that FT is required for CO to promote early flowering and most likely acts after CO in the hierarchy of flowering-time genes. The fourth suppressor mutation is an allele of fwa, and fwa soc1 35S::CO plants flowered at approximately the same time as co mutants, suggesting that a combination of fwa and soc1 abolishes the promotion of flowering by CO. Besides delaying flowering, fwa acted synergistically with 35S::CO to repress floral development after bolting. The latter phenotype was not shown by any of the progenitors and was most probably caused by a reduction in the function of LEAFY. These genetic interactions suggest models for how CO, FWA, FT, and SOC1 interact during the transition to flowering. [less ▲]

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See detailAre CAB gene expression and flowering under the control of the same clock in Lolium temulentum Ceres ?
Hustin, Cécile; Bernier, Georges ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Biological Rhythm Research (1999), 30

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See detailGuide des travaux pratiques de Physiologie végétale
Périlleux, Claire ULg

Learning material (1999)

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See detailPhysiological analysis of the floral transition
Bernier, Georges ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Périlleux, Claire ULg et al

in Cockshull, K. E.; Gray, D.; Seymour, G. B. (Eds.) et al Genetic and Environmental Manipulation of Horticultural Crops (1998)

This chapter summarizes the changes in contents of the phloem sap that were found at the time of floral induction in different photoperiodic species: Arabidopsis thaliana, Sinapis alba, Lolium temulentum ... [more ▼]

This chapter summarizes the changes in contents of the phloem sap that were found at the time of floral induction in different photoperiodic species: Arabidopsis thaliana, Sinapis alba, Lolium temulentum and Xanthium strumarium. Changes affecting contents in carbohydrates, cytokinins, amino acids, polyamines and inorganis ions are discussed in the context of 'florigen quest'. [less ▲]

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