Special Issue "Plant Ribosome Biogenesis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Interests: plant molecular biology; protein homeostasis; ribosome biogenesis; membrane dynamics
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Nobody will argue against the importance of ribosome biogenesis. In general, ribosome maturation in bacteria and in, e.g., yeast is well described at a functional and structural level. However, we in the plant field are currently at an early but advancing state to understand the multiple dimensions of rRNA maturation in plants. Ever since the discussion of cytosolic ribosome maturation in plants started, certain distinctions to other systems have been described. This ranges from variations in the spacer regions of the rDNA for various functions, different processing orders, and intermediates of the rRNA, susceptibility of rRNA maturation to viroids and environmental stresses, and different numbers of ribosome biogenesis factors to the discovery of plant specific ribosome biogenesis factors. Moreover, recent discoveries show a high complexity of ribosome biogenesis in plants as it occurs three times in one cell—in the nucleus, mitochondria, and chloroplasts. Lately, it was, for example, suggested that mitochondrial ribosomes have an atypical structure or that a link between protein translocation and rRNA processing in chloroplasts exists. I feel the time is right to demonstrate these plant specific features in a Special Issue composed of original articles or reviews advancing the existing ones either by being complementary, more focused, and thus more detailed or by updating the models, including the new knowledge.
Thus, to enhance the visibility of the activity of the “Plant Ribosome Biogenesis Community”, a Special Issue has been organized. We aim to collect original research articles and reviews on recent topics in plant cytosolic, mitochondrial, and plastidic ribosome biogenesis, including but not limited to:
(a) Functional and structural analysis of ribosome biogenesis factors involved in maturation and transport of ribosomes in plant with, e.g., a focus in either plant-specific factors or factors with distinct features when compared to other systems;
(b) Cellular and physiological impact of ribosome biogenesis in plants with, e.g., a focus on phenotypes of rRNA processing deficient mutants and the impact on the nucleolus structure;
(c) Regulation of ribosome biogenesis by means of epigenomic control of genes involved in ribosome biogenesis, of transcriptional regulation of rRNAs, RBF-coding genes and ribosomal proteins including alternative splicing and of translational regulation of RBFs and RPs;
(d) Quality control processes during ribosome maturation in plants with respect to processes and factors involved;
(e) The regulatory function of the rDNA and intergenic region variability in ribosome biogenesis;
(f) Impact of RNAs on ribosome maturation in plants with, e.g., a focus on snoRNAs, viroids, lncRNAs;
(g) Impact of abiotic and biotic stresses on ribosome maturation and function in plants;
(h) The biogenesis of mitochondrial and plastidic ribosomes in plants. Original research, experimental as well as theoretical, both on model and crop plants is welcome.
Two remarks at the end: As the field is constantly growing, it would be very kind of you if you could pass this invitation to other interested, particularly newly-founded groups or groups that have recently turned into our field. Further, if you feel you should/could/want to provide a review article, please contact Enrico Schleiff in advance, as he is organizing the slots for the reviews.
To all of you: Have fun with premature ribosomes!
Prof. Dr. Enrico Schleiff
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- RNA polymerase
- ribosome biogenesis
- ribosome biogenesis factors
- quality control
- environmental stresses
- species-specific variations