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J Genet Genomics. 2015 Feb 20;42(2):71-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jgg.2014.12.005. Epub 2015 Jan 12.

MONOCULM 3, an ortholog of WUSCHEL in rice, is required for tiller bud formation.

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1
State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics and National Center for Plant Gene Research (Beijing), Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China.
2
State Key Laboratory of Plant Genomics and National Center for Plant Gene Research (Beijing), Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China. Electronic address: jyli@genetics.ac.cn.

Abstract

WUSCHEL (WUS) plays an essential role for the maintenance of meristem activity in dicots, but its function is still elusive in monocots. We isolated a new monoculm mutant, monoculm 3 (moc3), in which a point mutation causes the premature termination of rice O. sativa WUS (OsWUS). Morphological observation revealed that the formation of tiller buds was disrupted in moc3. MOC3 was localized in the nuclear and could interact with TOPLESS-RELATED PROTEINS (TPRs). The expression of MOC3 was induced by cytokinins and defection of MOC3 affected the expression of several two-component cytokinin response regulators, OsRRs and ORRs. Our results suggest that MOC3 is required for the formation of axillary buds and has a complex relationship with cytokinins.

KEYWORDS:

Cytokinins; MOC3; Oryza sativa L; Tiller bud formation; WUSCHEL

PMID:
25697101
DOI:
10.1016/j.jgg.2014.12.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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