INSTITUTO DE INVESTIGACIONES EN CIENCIAS AGRARIAS DE ROSARIO
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
A common genetic mechanism underlies morphological diversity in fruits and other plant organs
ZHANG, BIYAO; KIM, HYUN JUNG; TAITANO, NATHAN K.; PAN, YUPENG; BUELL, C. ROBIN; VAN ECK, HERMAN; MEULIA, TEA; WU, SHAN; RODRÍGUEZ, GUSTAVO R.; ILLA-BERENGUER, EUDALD; DÍAZ, AURORA; HALTERMAN, DENNIS; JANSKY, SHELLEY H.; MONFORTE, ANTONIO J.; KEYHANINEJAD, NEDA; CHAKRABARTI, MANOHAR; GONZALO, M. J; LEISNER, COURTNEY P.; WENG, YIQUN; WILLEMSEN, JOHAN; VAN DER KNAAP, ESTHER
Año: 2018 vol. 9
Shapes of edible plant organs vary dramatically among and within crop plants. To explain and ultimately employ this variation towards crop improvement, we determined the genetic, molecular and cellular bases of fruit shape diversity in tomato. Through positional cloning, protein interaction studies, and genome editing, we report that OVATE Family Proteins and TONNEAU1 Recruiting Motif proteins regulate cell division patterns in ovary development to alter ﬁnal fruit shape. The physical interactions between the members of these two families are necessary for dynamic relocalization of the protein complexes to different cellular compartments when expressed in tobacco leaf cells. Together with data from other domesticated crops and model plant species, the protein interaction studies provide possible mechanistic insights into the regulation of morphological variation in plants and a framework that may apply to organ growth in all plant species.