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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2016 Jun;31:83-90. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2016.03.007. Epub 2016 Apr 12.

Understanding metabolite transport and metabolism in C4 plants through RNA-seq.

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  • 1Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Cluster of Excellence on Plant Science (CEPLAS), Heinrich-Heine-University, Universitätsstrasse 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany.
  • 2Institute for Biology I, RWTH Aachen University, Worringer Weg 3, 52074 Aachen, Germany.
  • 3Institute of Plant Biochemistry and Cluster of Excellence on Plant Science (CEPLAS), Heinrich-Heine-University, Universitätsstrasse 1, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany. Electronic address: braeutigam@ipk-gatersleben.de.

Abstract

RNA-seq, the measurement of steady-state RNA levels by next generation sequencing, has enabled quantitative transcriptome analyses of complex traits in many species without requiring the parallel sequencing of their genomes. The complex trait of C4 photosynthesis, which increases photosynthetic efficiency via a biochemical pump that concentrates CO2 around RubisCO, has evolved convergently multiple times. Due to these interesting properties, C4 photosynthesis has been analyzed in a series of comparative RNA-seq projects. These projects compared both species with and without the C4 trait and different tissues or organs within a C4 plant. The RNA-seq studies were evaluated by comparing to earlier single gene studies. The studies confirmed the marked changes expected for C4 signature genes, but also revealed numerous new players in C4 metabolism showing that the C4 cycle is more complex than previously thought, and suggesting modes of integration into the underlying C3 metabolism.

PMID:
27082280
DOI:
10.1016/j.pbi.2016.03.007
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