Special Issue "Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Legume Nodules: Metabolism and Regulatory Mechanisms"

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A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Lam-Son Phan Tran
Signaling Pathway Research Unit, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045, Japan
Website: http://www.csrs.riken.jp/en/labs/spru/index.html
E-Mail: tran@psc.riken.jp
Phone: +81 45 503 9593
Fax: +81 45 503 9591
Interests: plants; abiotic stress; hormones; transcription factors; gene identification and analysis; gene regulatory network; signal transduction

Guest Editor
Dr. Saad Sulieman
Signaling Pathway Research Unit, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, 1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, 230-0045, Japan
E-Mail: s.sulieman@psc.riken.jp
Interests: plant-microbe interactions; legumes; N2 fixation; abiotic stress; plant metabolism; plant adaptations; functional genomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symbiotic nitrogen fixation is important biological process in the development of sustainable agriculture by which the atmospheric nitrogen (N2) is converted to ammonia with the aid of a key enzyme called nitrogenase. It is achieved by bacteria inside the cells of de novo formed organs, the nodules, which usually develop on roots of various leguminous plants. This process is resulted from the complex interaction between the host plant and rhizobia (used as a colloquial reference to Rhizobium, Bradyrhizobium, Sinorhizobium and Mesorhizobium). This mutualistic relationship is beneficial for both symbiotic partners; the host plant provides the rhizobia with carbon and a source of energy for growth and functions while the rhizobia fix atmospheric N2 and provide the plant with a source of reduced nitrogen in the form of ammonium. To increase knowledge of this vital process of particular importance in sustainable agriculture, major emphasis should be laid on the nodule metabolism and various regulatory pathways. This special issue aims to cover, but not limited to, (i) identification and functional analyses of the genes responsible in rhizobia and legumes, (ii) the physiological and biochemical bases of legume-rhizobia communication, and (iii) the signal transduction pathways responsible for the finely orchestrated induction of the symbiosis-specific genes involved in nodule establishment, development and functioning. A highlighted awareness of such knowledge remains a key element in designing strategies to enhance the productivity of legume crops by genetic engineering for higher performance.

Dr. Lam-Son Phan Tran
Dr. Saad Sulieman
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • nitrogen fixation
  • legume
  • symbiosis
  • nitrogenase
  • nodule
  • carbon metabolism
  • nitrogen metabolism
  • oxygen supply
  • translocation

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p. 19389-19393
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(11), 19389-19393; doi:10.3390/ijms151119389
Received: 17 September 2014; in revised form: 17 October 2014 / Accepted: 22 October 2014 / Published: 24 October 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(8), 13596-13614; doi:10.3390/ijms150813596
Received: 29 May 2014; in revised form: 14 July 2014 / Accepted: 17 July 2014 / Published: 5 August 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(5), 7380-7397; doi:10.3390/ijms15057380
Received: 17 February 2014; in revised form: 25 March 2014 / Accepted: 25 March 2014 / Published: 29 April 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(4), 6031-6045; doi:10.3390/ijms15046031
Received: 2 February 2014; in revised form: 7 March 2014 / Accepted: 11 March 2014 / Published: 10 April 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(3), 4464-4480; doi:10.3390/ijms15034464
Received: 27 January 2014; in revised form: 4 March 2014 / Accepted: 5 March 2014 / Published: 13 March 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(3), 3660-3670; doi:10.3390/ijms15033660
Received: 27 January 2014; in revised form: 14 February 2014 / Accepted: 14 February 2014 / Published: 28 February 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(1), 1466-1480; doi:10.3390/ijms15011466
Received: 19 November 2013; in revised form: 15 January 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 21 January 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(12), 23711-23735; doi:10.3390/ijms141223711
Received: 7 October 2013; in revised form: 14 November 2013 / Accepted: 14 November 2013 / Published: 5 December 2013
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