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Two bifunctional inositol pyrophosphate kinases/phosphatases control plant phosphate homeostasis

  1. Jinsheng Zhu
  2. Kelvin Lau
  3. Robert Puschmann
  4. Robert K Harmel
  5. Youjun Zhang
  6. Verena Pries
  7. Philipp Gaugler
  8. Larissa Broger
  9. Amit K Dutta
  10. Henning J Jessen
  11. Gabriel Schaaf
  12. Alisdair R Fernie
  13. Ludwig A Hothorn
  14. Dorothea Fiedler
  15. Michael Hothorn  Is a corresponding author
  1. University of Geneva, Switzerland
  2. Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Germany
  3. Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
  4. University of Bonn, Germany
  5. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
  6. Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Germany
  7. Leibniz University, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e43582 doi: 10.7554/eLife.43582

Abstract

Many eukaryotic proteins regulating phosphate (Pi) homeostasis contain SPX domains that are receptors for inositol pyrophosphates (PP-InsP), suggesting that PP-InsPs may regulate Pi homeostasis. Here we report that deletion of two diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate kinases VIH1/2 impairs plant growth and leads to constitutive Pi starvation responses. Deletion of phosphate starvation response transcription factors partially rescues vih1 vih2 mutant phenotypes, placing diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate kinases in plant Pi signal transduction cascades. VIH1/2 are bifunctional enzymes able to generate and break-down PP-InsPs. Mutations in the kinase active site lead to increased Pi levels and constitutive Pi starvation responses. ATP levels change significantly in different Pi growth conditions. ATP-Mg2+ concentrations shift the relative kinase and phosphatase activities of diphosphoinositol pentakisphosphate kinases in vitro. Pi inhibits the phosphatase activity of the enzyme. Thus, VIH1 and VIH2 relay changes in cellular ATP and Pi concentrations to changes in PP-InsP levels, allowing plants to maintain sufficient Pi levels.

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  1. Jinsheng Zhu

    Structural Plant Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-8131-1876
  2. Kelvin Lau

    Structural Plant Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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  3. Robert Puschmann

    Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Berlin, Germany
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-6443-2326
  4. Robert K Harmel

    Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Berlin, Germany
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  5. Youjun Zhang

    Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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  6. Verena Pries

    Department of Plant Nutrition, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
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  7. Philipp Gaugler

    Department of Plant Nutrition, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
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  8. Larissa Broger

    Structural Plant Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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  9. Amit K Dutta

    Institute of Organic Chemistry, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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  10. Henning J Jessen

    Institute of Organic Chemistry, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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  11. Gabriel Schaaf

    Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation, Department of Plant Nutrition, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany
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  12. Alisdair R Fernie

    Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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  13. Ludwig A Hothorn

    Institute of Biostatistics, Leibniz University, Hannover, Germany
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  14. Dorothea Fiedler

    Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie, Berlin, Germany
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  15. Michael Hothorn

    Structural Plant Biology Laboratory, Department of Botany and Plant Biology, University of Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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    michael.hothorn@unige.ch
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Funding

H2020 European Research Council (310856)

  • Michael Hothorn

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (CRSII5_170925)

  • Dorothea Fiedler
  • Michael Hothorn

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (55008733)

  • Michael Hothorn

European Molecular Biology Organization (ALTF 493-2015)

  • Kelvin Lau

Leibniz-Gemeinschaft (SAW-2017-FMP-1)

  • Dorothea Fiedler

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (SCHA 1274/4-1)

  • Gabriel Schaaf

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

  • Youjun Zhang
  • Alisdair R Fernie

Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (PlantaSYST)

  • Youjun Zhang
  • Alisdair R Fernie

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria

Publication history

  1. Received: November 12, 2018
  2. Accepted: August 21, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: August 22, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: September 6, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Zhu et al.

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