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Epigenetic silencing of a multifunctional plant stress regulator

  1. Mark Zander
  2. Björn C Willige
  3. Yupeng He
  4. Thu A Nguyen
  5. Amber E Langford
  6. Ramlah Nehring
  7. Elizabeth Howell
  8. Robert McGrath
  9. Anna Bartlett
  10. Rosa Castanon
  11. Joseph R Nery
  12. Huaming Chen
  13. Zhuzhu Zhang
  14. Florian Jupe
  15. Anna Stepanova
  16. Robert J Schmitz
  17. Mathew Lewsey
  18. Joanne Chory
  19. Joseph R Ecker  Is a corresponding author
  1. Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States
  2. Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e47835 doi: 10.7554/eLife.47835

Abstract

The central regulator of the ethylene (ET) signaling pathway, which controls a plethora of developmental programs and responses to environmental cues in plants, is ETHYLENE-INSENSITIVE2 (EIN2). Here we identify a chromatin-dependent regulatory mechanism at EIN2 requiring two genes: ETHYLENE-INSENSITIVE6 (EIN6), which is a H3K27me3 demethylase also known as RELATIVE OF EARLY FLOWERING6 (REF6), and EIN6 ENHANCER (EEN), the Arabidopsis homolog of the yeast INO80 chromatin remodeling complex subunit IES6 (INO EIGHTY SUBUNIT). Strikingly, EIN6 (REF6) and the INO80 complex redundantly control the level and the localization of the repressive histone modification H3K27me3 and the histone variant H2A.Z at the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) intron of EIN2. Concomitant loss of EIN6 (REF6) and the INO80 complex shifts the chromatin landscape at EIN2 to a repressive state causing a dramatic reduction of EIN2 expression. These results uncover a unique type of chromatin regulation which safeguards the expression of an essential multifunctional plant stress regulator.

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  1. Mark Zander

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  2. Björn C Willige

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  3. Yupeng He

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  4. Thu A Nguyen

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  5. Amber E Langford

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  6. Ramlah Nehring

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  7. Elizabeth Howell

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  8. Robert McGrath

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  9. Anna Bartlett

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  10. Rosa Castanon

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  11. Joseph R Nery

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  12. Huaming Chen

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  13. Zhuzhu Zhang

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  14. Florian Jupe

    Genomic Analysis Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  15. Anna Stepanova

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  16. Robert J Schmitz

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-7538-6663
  17. Mathew Lewsey

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-2631-4337
  18. Joanne Chory

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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  19. Joseph R Ecker

    Plant Biology Laboratory, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, United States
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    ecker@salk.edu
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Funding

National Science Foundation (MCB-1024999)

  • Joseph R Ecker

National Institutes of Health (5R35 GM122604)

  • Joanne Chory

Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences (DE-FG02-04ER15517)

  • Joseph R Ecker

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF3034)

  • Joseph R Ecker

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Joseph R Ecker

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (Za-730/1-1)

  • Mark Zander

Salk Pioneer Postdoctoral Endowment Fund

  • Mark Zander

Human Frontier Science Program (LT000222/2013-L)

  • Björn C Willige

EU Marie Curie FP7 International Outgoing Fellowship (252475)

  • Mathew Lewsey

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Joanne Chory

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. Daniel Zilberman, John Innes Centre, United Kingdom

Publication history

  1. Received: April 20, 2019
  2. Accepted: August 15, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: August 16, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: September 10, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Zander et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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