Dissecting the contribution of microtubule behaviour in adventitious root induction

Mohamad Abu-Abied, Oksana Rogovoy, Inna Mordehaev, Marina Grumberg, Rivka Elbaum, Geoffrey O. Wasteneys, Einat Sadot*

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Induction of adventitious roots (ARs) in recalcitrant plants often culminates in cell division and callus formation rather than root differentiation. Evidence is provided here to suggest that microtubules (MTs) play a role in the shift from cell division to cell differentiation during AR induction. First, it was found that fewer ARs form in the temperature-sensitive mutant mor1-1, in which the MT-associated protein MOR1 is mutated, and in bot1-1, in which the MT-severing protein katanin is mutated. In the two latter mutants, MT dynamics and form are perturbed. By contrast, the number of ARs increased in RIC1-OX3 plants, in which MT bundling is enhanced and katanin is activated. In addition, any1 plants in which cell walls are perturbed made more ARs than wild-type plants. MT perturbations during AR induction in mor1-1 or in wild-type hypocotyls treated with oryzalin led to the formation of amorphous clusters of cells reminiscent of callus. In these cells a specific pattern of polarized light retardation by the cell walls was lost. PIN1 polarization and auxin maxima were hampered and differentiation of the epidermis was inhibited. It is concluded that a fine-tuned crosstalk between MTs, cell walls, and auxin transport is required for proper AR induction.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2813-2824
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 May 2015

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  • Adventitious roots
  • Arabidopsis
  • auxin
  • cell wall
  • microtubule
  • oryzalin


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