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Plant Physiol. 2009 May;150(1):27-41. doi: 10.1104/pp.108.134882. Epub 2009 Mar 11.

System analysis of an Arabidopsis mutant altered in de novo fatty acid synthesis reveals diverse changes in seed composition and metabolism.

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  • 1Interdisciplinary Plant Group and Division of Biochemistry , Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211, USA.


Embryo-specific overexpression of biotin carboxyl carrier protein 2 (BCCP2) inhibited plastid acetyl-coenzyme A carboxylase (ACCase), resulting in altered oil, protein, and carbohydrate composition in mature Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) seed. To characterize gene and protein regulatory consequences of this mutation, global microarray, two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis, iTRAQ, and quantitative immunoblotting were performed in parallel. These analyses revealed that (1) transgenic overexpression of BCCP2 did not affect the expression of three other ACCase subunits; (2) four subunits to plastid pyruvate dehydrogenase complex were 25% to 70% down-regulated at protein but not transcript levels; (3) key glycolysis and de novo fatty acid/lipid synthesis enzymes were induced; (4) multiple storage proteins, but not cognate transcripts, were up-regulated; and (5) the biotin synthesis pathway was up-regulated at both transcript and protein levels. Biotin production appears closely matched to endogenous BCCP levels, since overexpression of BCCP2 produced mostly apo-BCCP2 and the resulting ACCase-compromised, low-oil phenotype. Differential expression of glycolysis, plastid pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, fatty acid, and lipid synthesis activities indicate multiple, complex regulatory responses including feedback as well as futile "feed-forward" elicitation in the case of fatty acid and lipid biosynthetic enzymes. Induction of storage proteins reveals that oil and protein synthesis share carbon intermediate(s) and that reducing malonyl-coenzyme A flow into fatty acids diverts carbon into amino acid and protein synthesis.

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