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  • Maize Terpene Synthase 8 (ZmTPS8) Contributes to a Complex Blend of Fungal-Elicited Antibiotics. Plants (Basel, Switzerland) Saldivar, E. V., Ding, Y., Poretsky, E., Bird, S., Block, A. K., Huffaker, A., Schmelz, E. A. 2023; 12 (5)


    In maize (Zea mays), fungal-elicited immune responses include the accumulation of terpene synthase (TPS) and cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYP) enzymes resulting in complex antibiotic arrays of sesquiterpenoids and diterpenoids, including alpha/beta-selinene derivatives, zealexins, kauralexins and dolabralexins. To uncover additional antibiotic families, we conducted metabolic profiling of elicited stem tissues in mapping populations, which included B73 * M162W recombinant inbred lines and the Goodman diversity panel. Five candidate sesquiterpenoids associated with a chromosome 1 locus spanning the location of ZmTPS27 and ZmTPS8. Heterologous enzyme co-expression studies of ZmTPS27 in Nicotiana benthamiana resulted in geraniol production while ZmTPS8 yielded alpha-copaene, delta-cadinene and sesquiterpene alcohols consistent with epi-cubebol, cubebol, copan-3-ol and copaborneol matching the association mapping efforts. ZmTPS8 is an established multiproduct alpha-copaene synthase; however, ZmTPS8-derived sesquiterpene alcohols are rarely encountered in maize tissues. A genome wide association study further linked an unknown sesquiterpene acid to ZmTPS8 and combined ZmTPS8-ZmCYP71Z19 heterologous enzyme co-expression studies yielded the same product. To consider defensive roles for ZmTPS8, in vitro bioassays with cubebol demonstrated significant antifungal activity against both Fusarium graminearum and Aspergillus parasiticus. As a genetically variable biochemical trait, ZmTPS8 contributes to the cocktail of terpenoid antibiotics present following complex interactions between wounding and fungal elicitation.

    View details for DOI 10.3390/plants12051111

    View details for PubMedID 36903970

  • Mapping the signaling network of BIN2 kinase using TurboID-mediated biotin labeling and phosphoproteomics. The Plant cell Kim, T., Park, C. H., Hsu, C., Kim, Y., Ko, Y., Zhang, Z., Zhu, J., Hsiao, Y., Branon, T., Kaasik, K., Saldivar, E., Li, K., Pasha, A., Provart, N. J., Burlingame, A. L., Xu, S., Ting, A. Y., Wang, Z. 2023


    Elucidating enzyme-substrate relationships in posttranslational modification (PTM) networks is crucial for understanding signal transduction pathways but is technically difficult because enzyme-substrate interactions tend to be transient. Here we demonstrate that TurboID-based proximity labeling (TbPL) effectively and specifically captures the substrates of kinases and phosphatases. TbPL-mass spectrometry (TbPL-MS) identified over four hundred proximal proteins of Arabidopsis thaliana BRASSINOSTEROID-INSENSITIVE2 (BIN2), a member of the GLYCOGEN SYNTHASE KINASE 3 (GSK3) family that integrates signaling pathways controlling diverse developmental and acclimation processes. A large portion of the BIN2 proximal proteins showed BIN2-dependent phosphorylation in vivo or in vitro, suggesting that these are BIN2 substrates. Protein-protein interaction network analysis showed that the BIN2 proximal proteins include interactors of BIN2 substrates, revealing a high level of interactions among the BIN2 proximal proteins. Our proteomic analysis establishes the BIN2 signaling network and uncovers BIN2 functions in regulating key cellular processes such as transcription, RNA processing, translation initiation, vesicle trafficking, and cytoskeleton organization. We further discovered significant overlap between the GSK3 phosphorylome and the O-GlcNAcylome, suggesting an evolutionarily ancient relationship between GSK3 and the nutrient-sensing O-glycosylation pathway. Our work presents a powerful method for mapping PTM networks, a large dataset of GSK3 kinase substrates, and important insights into the signaling network that controls key cellular functions underlying plant growth and acclimation.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/plcell/koad013

    View details for PubMedID 36660928

  • Signatures of plant defense response specificity mediated by herbivore-associated molecular patterns in legumes. The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology Steinbrenner, A. D., Saldivar, E., Hodges, N., Guayazan-Palacios, N., Chaparro, A. F., Schmelz, E. A. 2022


    Chewing herbivores activate plant defense responses through a combination of mechanical wounding and elicitation by herbivore associated molecular patterns (HAMPs). HAMPs are wound response amplifiers; however, specific defense outputs may also exist that strictly require HAMP-mediated defense signaling. To investigate HAMP-mediated signaling and defense responses, we characterized cowpea transcriptome changes following elicitation by inceptin, a peptide HAMP common in Lepidoptera larvae oral secretions. Following inceptin treatment, we observed large-scale reprogramming of the transcriptome consistent with 3 different response categories: 1) amplification of mechanical wound responses, 2) temporal extension through accelerated or prolonged responses, and 3) examples of inceptin-specific elicitation and suppression. At both early and late timepoints, namely 1 and 6 hours, large sets of transcripts specifically accumulated following inceptin elicitation. Further early inceptin-regulated transcripts were classified as reversing changes induced by wounding alone. Within key signaling and defense related gene families, inceptin-elicited responses included target subsets of wound-induced transcripts. Transcripts displaying the largest inceptin-elicited fold-changes included terpene synthases (TPS) and peroxidases (POX) that correspond with induced volatile production and increased peroxidase activity in cowpea. Characterization of inceptin-elicited cowpea defenses via heterologous expression in Nicotiana benthamiana demonstrated that specific cowpea TPS and POX were able to confer terpene emission and the reduced growth of beet armyworm (Spodoptera exigua) herbivores, respectively. Collectively, our present findings in cowpea support a model where HAMP-elicitation both amplifies concurrent wound responses and specifically contributes to the activation of selective outputs associated with direct and indirect anti-herbivore defenses.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/tpj.15732

    View details for PubMedID 35315556