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  Two-dimensional patterning by a trapping/depletion mechanism: the role of TTG1 and GL3 in Arabidopsis trichome formation

Bouyer, D., Geier, F., Kragler, F., Schnittger, A., Pesch, M., Wester, K., et al. (2008). Two-dimensional patterning by a trapping/depletion mechanism: the role of TTG1 and GL3 in Arabidopsis trichome formation. PLoS Biology, 6(6), e141. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060141.

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Bouyer, D.1, Author
Geier, F.1, Author
Kragler, F.1, Author              
Schnittger, A.1, Author
Pesch, M.1, Author
Wester, K.1, Author
Balkunde, R.1, Author
Timmer, J.1, Author
Fleck, C.1, Author
Hulskamp, M.1, Author
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Free keywords: Arabidopsis/cytology/*growth & development/metabolism Arabidopsis Proteins/*metabolism Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors/*metabolism Body Patterning/physiology Genes, Plant Models, Biological Molecular Sequence Data Plant Proteins/genetics/metabolism
 Abstract: Trichome patterning in Arabidopsis serves as a model system to study how single cells are selected within a field of initially equivalent cells. Current models explain this pattern by an activator-inhibitor feedback loop. Here, we report that also a newly discovered mechanism is involved by which patterning is governed by the removal of the trichome-promoting factor TRANSPARENT TESTA GLABRA1 (TTG1) from non-trichome cells. We demonstrate by clonal analysis and misexpression studies that Arabidopsis TTG1 can act non-cell-autonomously and by microinjection experiments that TTG1 protein moves between cells. While TTG1 is expressed ubiquitously, TTG1-YFP protein accumulates in trichomes and is depleted in the surrounding cells. TTG1-YFP depletion depends on GLABRA3 (GL3), suggesting that the depletion is governed by a trapping mechanism. To study the potential of the observed trapping/depletion mechanism, we formulated a mathematical model enabling us to evaluate the relevance of each parameter and to identify parameters explaining the paradoxical genetic finding that strong ttg1 alleles are glabrous, while weak alleles exhibit trichome clusters.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2008-06-132008
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