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5-Azacitidine Induces Cell Death in a Tissue Culture of Brachypodium distachyon

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Department of Plant Anatomy and Cytology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, 40-032 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Cell Biology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, 40-032 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Animal Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, 40-032 Katowice, Poland
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Department of Genetics, Faculty of Biology and Environmental Protection, University of Silesia in Katowice, 40-032 Katowice, Poland
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(6), 1806; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19061806
Received: 24 April 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 19 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Molecular Plant Sciences)
Morphological and histological observations revealed that, at a concentration of 50 µM, 5-azacitidine (5-azaC) totally inhibited the induction of embryogenic masses (EM), while the cultivation of explants (zygotic embryos; ZEs) in the presence of 5 µM of 5-azaC led to the formation of a callus with EM in 10% of the cases. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyzes revealed the presence of the morphological and ultrastructural features that are typical for the vacuolar type of cell death in the callus cells that were treated. A TUNEL assay confirmed the presence of DNA double-strand breaks for the callus cells that had been treated with both 5 and 50 µM 5-azaC concentrations. Analysis of the gene expression of selected cell death markers demonstrated a reduced expression of metacaspase, protein executer 1 (EX1), and thioredoxin (TRX) in the callus cells that had been treated compared to the control culture. The strongest increase in the gene activity was characteristic for glutathione S-transferase (GST). Our studies also included an analysis of the distribution of some arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) and extensin epitopes, which can be used as markers of cells that are undergoing death in a Brachypodium distachyon tissue culture. View Full-Text
Keywords: Brachypodium; 5-azacitidine; cell death; tissue culture Brachypodium; 5-azacitidine; cell death; tissue culture
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Betekhtin, A.; Milewska-Hendel, A.; Chajec, L.; Rojek, M.; Nowak, K.; Kwasniewska, J.; Wolny, E.; Kurczynska, E.; Hasterok, R. 5-Azacitidine Induces Cell Death in a Tissue Culture of Brachypodium distachyon. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1806.

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