Overexpression of AtTTP affects ARF17 expression and leads to male sterility in Arabidopsis

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Abstract

Callose synthesis is critical for the formation of the pollen wall pattern. CalS5 is thought to be the major synthethase for the callose wall. In the Arabidopsis anther, ARF17 regulates the expression of CalS5 and is the target of miR160. Plants expressing miR160-resistant ARF17 (35S:5mARF17 lines) with increased ARF17 mRNA levels display male sterility. Here we report a zinc finger family gene, AtTTP, which is involved in miR160 maturation and callose synthesis in Arabidopsis. AtTTP is expressed in microsporocytes, tetrads and tapetal cells in the anther. Over-expression lines of AtTTP (AtTTP-OE line) exhibited reduced male fertility. CalS5 expression was tremendously reduced and the tetrad callose wall became much thinner in the AtTTP-OE line. Northern blotting hybridization and quantitative RT-PCR analysis revealed that miR160 was decreased, while the expression of ARF17 was increased in the AtTTP-OE line. Based on these results, we propose that AtTTP associates with miR160 in order to regulate the ARF17 expression needed for callose synthesis and pollen wall formation.

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Shi, Z. H., Zhang, C., Xu, X. F., Zhu, J., Zhou, Q., Ma, L. J., … Yang, Z. N. (2015). Overexpression of AtTTP affects ARF17 expression and leads to male sterility in Arabidopsis. PLoS ONE, 10(3). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117317

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