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Mol Syst Biol. 2013;9:688. doi: 10.1038/msb.2013.40.

A map of cell type-specific auxin responses.

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1] Biology Department, Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, New York University, New York, NY, USA [2] Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, USA.

Abstract

In plants, changes in local auxin concentrations can trigger a range of developmental processes as distinct tissues respond differently to the same auxin stimulus. However, little is known about how auxin is interpreted by individual cell types. We performed a transcriptomic analysis of responses to auxin within four distinct tissues of the Arabidopsis thaliana root and demonstrate that different cell types show competence for discrete responses. The majority of auxin-responsive genes displayed a spatial bias in their induction or repression. The novel data set was used to examine how auxin influences tissue-specific transcriptional regulation of cell-identity markers. Additionally, the data were used in combination with spatial expression maps of the root to plot a transcriptomic auxin-response gradient across the apical and basal meristem. The readout revealed a strong correlation for thousands of genes between the relative response to auxin and expression along the longitudinal axis of the root. This data set and comparative analysis provide a transcriptome-level spatial breakdown of the response to auxin within an organ where this hormone mediates many aspects of development.

PMID:
24022006
PMCID:
PMC3792342
DOI:
10.1038/msb.2013.40
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