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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 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 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 detailLEAFY expression and temporal sequence of floral transition in Sinapis alba L.
Bonhomme, Delphine ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

Poster (2005)

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) of Sinapis alba can be switched from vegetative to reproductive fate by exposure of 2-month old plants to a single long day (LD). Floral transition then occurs in good ... [more ▼]

The shoot apical meristem (SAM) of Sinapis alba can be switched from vegetative to reproductive fate by exposure of 2-month old plants to a single long day (LD). Floral transition then occurs in good synchrony within a population, and a number of biochemical, cellular, and morphological changes have been described. Our aim is to integrate gene expression patterns into this timing. We report here the analysis of SaLFY, orthologous to the floral meristem identity gene LEAFY of Arabidopsis. Materials and Methods: Plants of Sinapis were grown in 8-h shorts days for two months before being induced to flower by one 22-h LD. Shoot apices were harvested 24, 32, 40, 48, 56 and 80h after start of the LD, and prepared for in situ hybridization (Melzer et al., 1999). Results and Conclusions: As expected, the expression of SaLFY was very strong in flower primordia. More surprisingly, SaLFY was expressed well before the initiation of flowers. First, a strong signal was detected in the tip of young leaf primordia of vegetative plants. Secondly, SaLFY was transiently expressed in the SAM of induced plants, from 32h after the start of the LD, when cell proliferation increased. The signal formed, in transverse sections, a discontinuous ring with activation where last leaves were to be initiated. Interestingly, this activation in the SAM matched in time and space early growth changes previously described during the transition to flowering, namely an increase of leaf primordia growth and an acceleration of last leaf initiation (Bernier, 1997), suggesting that SaLFY may have dual functions in fate specification during the floral transition of the SAM. References: Bernier G 1997. J Exp Bot 48; 1071-1077. Melzer S, Kampmann G, Chandler J, Apel K 1999. Plant J 18; 395-405. [less ▲]

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