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    1. Plant Biology

    Decoys provide a scalable platform for the identification of plant E3 ubiquitin ligases that regulate circadian function

    Ann Feke et al.
    The F-box and U-box E3 ubiquitin ligase decoy library is a powerful tool for the functional characterization of redundant E3 ubiquitin ligases, like MAC3A and MAC3B, novel circadian clock regulators.
    1. Plant Biology

    Plant Stress: Hitting pause on the cell cycle

    Thomas Eekhout, Lieven De Veylder
    Two recently discovered transcription factors stop cells from dividing when plants face extreme heat and DNA damage.
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    A regulatory module controlling stress-induced cell cycle arrest in Arabidopsis

    Naoki Takahashi et al.
    Arabidopsis deploys the core signalling module that perceives distinct stress signals, such as DNA damage and heat stresses, and represses G2/M-specific genes, thereby causing cell cycle arrest.
    1. Plant Biology

    Non-canonical RNA-directed DNA methylation participates in maternal and environmental control of seed dormancy

    Mayumi Iwasaki et al.
    Seed-specific and cold-induced DNA methylation is deposited in the seed progeny to form a transient and transgenerational memory of past environmental conditions to optimize seed germination timing.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Kinetochore protein depletion underlies cytokinesis failure and somatic polyploidization in the moss Physcomitrella patens

    Elena Kozgunova et al.
    Lagging chromosomes in anaphase inhibits cytokinesis in plant cells.
    1. Plant Biology

    Multiple pairs of allelic MLA immune receptor-powdery mildew AVRA effectors argue for a direct recognition mechanism

    Isabel ML Saur et al.
    Allelic MLA immune receptors have an exceptional propensity to directly detect sequence-unrelated pathogen effectors and this feature might have facilitated functional diversification of the receptor in the host population.
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    Arabidopsis RCD1 coordinates chloroplast and mitochondrial functions through interaction with ANAC transcription factors

    Alexey Shapiguzov et al.
    Signalling and metabolic interactions of the plant energy organelles, chloroplasts and mitochondria, depend on the nuclear regulatory protein RCD1.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Pyrophosphate modulates plant stress responses via SUMOylation

    M Görkem Patir-Nebioglu et al.
    In vivo inhibition of SUMO activating E1-enzymes by pyrophosphate reveals a mode of integrating metabolism and stress tolerance that is conserved across kingdoms.
    1. Plant Biology

    Convergent recruitment of TALE homeodomain life cycle regulators to direct sporophyte development in land plants and brown algae

    Alok Arun et al.
    TALE homeodomain transcription factors have been independently recruited to regulate gametophyte to sporophyte transitions in two complex multicellular eukaryotic supergroups, land plants in Archaeplastida and brown algae in Chromalveolata.
    1. Plant Biology

    Identification and characterisation of hypomethylated DNA loci controlling quantitative resistance in Arabidopsis

    Leonardo Furci et al.
    Analysis of epigenetic recombinant inbred lines of Arabidopsis identified four hypomethylated DNA loci controlling quantitative disease resistance, which is associated with genome-wide priming of defence genes without affecting plant growth.