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ABA Receptor Subfamily III Enhances Abscisic Acid Sensitivity and Improves the Drought Tolerance of Arabidopsis

Key Laboratory of Bio-Resources and Eco-Environment of Ministry of Education, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(7), 1938; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19071938
Received: 25 May 2018 / Revised: 27 June 2018 / Accepted: 29 June 2018 / Published: 2 July 2018
The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) regulates plant growth, the developmental process, and abiotic stresses. ABA signaling is induced in response to mediate plant acclimation to environmental challenges, including high salinity and drought. The ABA-binding receptors (RCAR/PYR1/PYL), composing of 14 members, are the core components of the ABA-signaling pathway. Here, we observed that the three subfamilies within the RCARs showed different expression patterns at the basal and exogenous ABA levels. Subsequently, we generated transgenic plants overexpressing subfamily III, RCAR11–RCAR14, respectively. The transgenic plants showed increased ABA sensitivity in seed germination and post-germination seedling establishment and root length. Further studies revealed that the overexpressing subfamily III transgenic plants enhanced drought resistance, increased water-use efficiency, and accelerated stress-responsive gene expression compared with the wild-type plants. These findings confirm that the subfamily III plays a key role in ABA-mediated developmental processes and, more importantly, is involved in drought tolerance in the ABA-dependent pathway. View Full-Text
Keywords: abscisic acid; ABA signaling; abiotic stress; drought tolerance; ABA receptor abscisic acid; ABA signaling; abiotic stress; drought tolerance; ABA receptor
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Li, X.; Li, G.; Li, Y.; Kong, X.; Zhang, L.; Wang, J.; Li, X.; Yang, Y. ABA Receptor Subfamily III Enhances Abscisic Acid Sensitivity and Improves the Drought Tolerance of Arabidopsis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 1938. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19071938

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Li X, Li G, Li Y, Kong X, Zhang L, Wang J, Li X, Yang Y. ABA Receptor Subfamily III Enhances Abscisic Acid Sensitivity and Improves the Drought Tolerance of Arabidopsis. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2018; 19(7):1938. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19071938

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Li, Xiaoyi; Li, Gaoming; Li, Ying; Kong, Xiangge; Zhang, Liang; Wang, Jianmei; Li, Xufeng; Yang, Yi. 2018. "ABA Receptor Subfamily III Enhances Abscisic Acid Sensitivity and Improves the Drought Tolerance of Arabidopsis" Int. J. Mol. Sci. 19, no. 7: 1938. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19071938

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