The identification of genes involved in the stomatal response to reduced atmospheric relative humidity.

Xie, Xiaodong D. and Wang, Yibing B. and Williamson, Lisa and Holroyd, Geoff H. and Tagliavia, Cecilia and Murchie, Erik and Theobald, Julian C. and Knight, Marc R. and Davies, William J. and Leyser, H. M. Ottoline and Hetherington, Alistair M. (2006) The identification of genes involved in the stomatal response to reduced atmospheric relative humidity. Current Biology, 16 (9). pp. 882-887. ISSN 0960-9822

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Stomatal pores of higher plants close in response to decreases in atmospheric relative humidity (RH). This is believed to be a mechanism that prevents the plant from losing excess water when exposed to a dry atmosphere and as such is likely to have been of evolutionary significance during the colonization of terrestrial environments by the embryophytes. We have conducted a genetic screen, based on infrared thermal imaging, to identify Arabidopsis genes involved in the stomatal response to reduced RH. Here we report the characterization of two genes, identified during this screen, which are involved in the guard cell reduced RH signaling pathway. Both genes encode proteins known to be involved in guard cell ABA signaling. OST1 encodes a protein kinase involved in ABA-mediated stomatal closure while ABA2 encodes an enzyme involved in ABA biosynthesis. These results suggest, in contrast to previously published work, that ABA plays a role in the signal transduction pathway connecting decreases in RH to reductions in stomatal aperture. The identification of OST1 as a component required in stomatal RH and ABA signal transduction supports the proposition that guard cell signaling is organized as a network in which some intracellular signaling proteins are shared among different stimuli.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Current Biology
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/libraryofcongress/qk
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
VC's Office
Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
ID Code: 33922
Deposited By: Dr Julian C Theobald
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2010 15:35
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 04:12

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