Rice tillering dwarf mutant dwarf3 has increased leaf longevity during darkness-induced senescence or hydrogen peroxide-induced cell death

Haifang Yan, Hiroaki Saika, Masahiko Maekawa, Itsuro Takamure, Nobuhiro Tsutsumi, Junko Kyozuka, Mikio Nakazono

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Abstract

Senescence or cell death in plant leaves is known to be inducible by darkness or H2O2. When the Arabidopsis gene MAX2/ORE9 is disrupted, leaf senescence or cell death in response to the above stimuli is delayed. Because the rice (Oryza sativa L.) gene DWARF3 (D3) is orthologous to MAX2/ORE9, we wished to know whether disruption of D3 also results in increased longevity in leaves. We found that darkness-induced senescence or H 2O2-induced cell death in the third leaf [as measured by chlorophyll degradation, membrane ion leakage and expression of senescence-associated genes (SAGs)] in a d3 rice mutant was delayed by 1-3 d compared to that in its reference line Shiokari. Moreover, the mRNA levels of D3, HTD1 and D10, which are orthologs of Arabidopsis MAX2/ORE9, MAX3 and MAX4, respectively, increased during cell death. These results suggest that D3 protein in rice, like MAX2/ORE9 in Arabidopsis, is involved in leaf senescence or cell death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-366
Number of pages6
JournalGenes and Genetic Systems
Volume82
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Oct 10
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • MAX2/ORE9
  • Oryza sativa
  • Oxidative stress
  • Senescence
  • d3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics

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