A model of differential growth-guided apical hook formation in plants

Petra Žádníková, Krzysztof Wabnik, Anas Abuzeineh, Marçal Gallemi, Dominique Van Der Straeten, Richard S. Smith, Dirk Inzé, Jiří Friml, Przemysław Prusinkiewicz, Eva Benková

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Differential cell growth enables flexible organ bending in the presence of environmental signals such as light or gravity. A prominent example of the developmental processes based on differential cell growth is the formation of the apical hook that protects the fragile shoot apical meristem when it breaks through the soil during germination. Here, we combined in silico and in vivo approaches to identify a minimal mechanism producing auxin gradient-guided differential growth during the establishment of the apical hook in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Computer simulation models based on experimental data demonstrate that asymmetric expression of the PIN-FORMED auxin efflux carrier at the concave (inner) versus convex (outer) side of the hook suffices to establish an auxin maximum in the epidermis at the concave side of the apical hook. Furthermore, we propose a mechanism that translates this maximum into differential growth, and thus curvature, of the apical hook. Through a combination of experimental and in silico computational approaches, we have identified the individual contributions of differential cell elongation and proliferation to defining the apical hook and reveal the role of auxin-ethylene crosstalk in balancing these two processes.

Idioma originalAnglès
Pàgines (de-a)2464-2477
Nombre de pàgines14
RevistaPlant Cell
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - d’oct. 2016
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