From Alcohol to Aldehyde: Characterization of Monolignol Oxidoreductases in Arabidopsis thaliana and Their Possible Involvement in the Extracellular Phenolics Pool

Reinmar Stefan Eggers, Peter Macheroux

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The Berberine bridge enzyme-like (BBE-like) protein family are flavoproteins that are present in bacteria, fungi and plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, seven subgroups have been identified with a total of 27 genes encoding BBE-like enzymes (AtBBE-like). AtBBE-like proteins are involved in stress-induced plant responses as well as developmental processes. Our work focusses on AtBBE-like subgroup six, from which two members have been found to oxidize monolignols. We therefore hypothesize an involvement of AtBBE-like enzymes in the regulation of the extracellular monolignol pool in planta.
In order to unravel spatiotemporal expression patterns of the five genes from AtBBE-like subgroup 6 on the tissue level, we generated transcriptional reporter lines and found expression in roots, where the individual genes show different expression patterns on the tissue level. Additionally, AtBBE-like 15, 24 and 26 reporter lines show expression during flower development. For all genes from subgroup 6, qRT-PCR revealed high levels of expression in roots. Phenotyping of T-DNA insertion lines do not exhibit an obvious phenotype.
Further phenotypic characterization of loss-of-function mutants generated with CRISPR/Cas9, detailed description of reporter lines and generation of fluorescent reporter lines will widen our understanding of subgroup six of the AtBBE-like protein family.
Translated title of the contributionVon Alkohol zu Aldehyd: Charakerisierung von Monolignol Oxidoreductasen und deren mögliche Involvierung in die Regulation des extrazellulären Phenolpools
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2022
Event2022 New Phytologist Next Generation Scientist's Meeting - Delta Centre, Tartu, Estonia
Duration: 19 Jul 202222 Jul 2022


Conference2022 New Phytologist Next Generation Scientist's Meeting
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