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    1. Plant Biology

    A multifaceted analysis reveals two distinct phases of chloroplast biogenesis during de-etiolation in Arabidopsis

    Rosa Pipitone et al.
    Serial-Block-Face Scanning Electron Microscopy (SBF-SEM) associated with biomolecular analysis show that chloroplast differentiation proceeds by distinct ‘structure establishment’ and ‘chloroplast proliferation’ phases, each with differential protein and lipid regulation.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Plant Biology

    The Arabidopsis active demethylase ROS1 cis-regulates defence genes by erasing DNA methylation at promoter-regulatory regions

    Thierry Halter et al.
    Active DNA demethylation at some defence gene promoters is causal for DNA binding of WRKY transcription factors as well as for transcriptional activation of these genes during plant immune response.
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    A fungal member of the Arabidopsis thaliana phyllosphere antagonizes Albugo laibachii via a GH25 lysozyme

    Katharina Eitzen et al.
    A basidiomycete yeast closely related to fungal smuts is an antagonistic microbe in the Arabidopsis leaf phyllosphere that inhibits infection by Albugo laibachii via a GH25 hydrolase with lysozyme activity.
    1. Plant Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Identification of distinct pH- and zeaxanthin-dependent quenching in LHCSR3 from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Julianne M Troiano et al.
    Light-harvesting complex stress-related is a protein from photosynthetic green algae that prevents damage from sunlight via two distinct conformational processes, which protect against different timescales of solar fluctuations.
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    Temperature-dependent fasciation mutants provide a link between mitochondrial RNA processing and lateral root morphogenesis

    Kurataka Otsuka et al.
    Temperature-dependent fasciation mutants of Arabidopsis unexpectedly connect mitochondrial RNA processing to the control of cell proliferation during lateral root morphogenesis via electron transport chain activity and reactive oxygen species production.
    1. Plant Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Enzymes: The two roles of complex III in plants

    Hans-Peter Braun
    Atomic structures of mitochondrial enzyme complexes in plants are shedding light on their multiple functions.
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    Atomic structures of respiratory complex III2, complex IV, and supercomplex III2-IV from vascular plants

    Maria Maldonado et al.
    The structures of plant CIII2, CIV, and SC III2+IV challenge long-standing assumptions, generate new mechanistic hypotheses and allow for the generation of more selective agricultural inhibitors.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    A digital 3D reference atlas reveals cellular growth patterns shaping the Arabidopsis ovule

    Athul Vijayan et al.
    Deep imaging, machine-learning-based segmentation, and tissue annotation resulted in a developmental series of 3D digital ovules with cellular resolution allowing next-level analysis of the ontogenesis of this complex organ.
    1. Plant Biology

    Regulation of shoot meristem shape by photoperiodic signaling and phytohormones during floral induction of Arabidopsis

    Atsuko Kinoshita et al.
    The shoot meristem becomes domed in shape during floral transition and this is controlled by flowering pathways and the phytohormone gibberellin causing increases in cell size and number.
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    Altered N-glycan composition impacts flagella-mediated adhesion in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Nannan Xu et al.
    Adhesion force measurements reveal that proper N-glycosylation of flagellar membrane proteins is crucial for adhering C. reinhardtii cells onto surfaces.