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SNOWY COTYLEDON 2 promotes chloroplast development and has a role in leaf variegation in both Lotus japonicus and Arabidopsis thaliana

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  • Nicola Zagari
  • Omar Alejandro Sandoval Ibáñez
  • Niels Sandal
  • Junyi Su
  • Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion
  • Jens Stougaard
  • Pribil, Mathias
  • Dario Michael Leister
  • Pablo Pulido

Plants contain various factors that transiently interact with subunits or intermediates of the thylakoid multiprotein complexes, promoting their stable association and integration. Hence, assembly factors are essential for chloroplast development and the transition from heterotrophic to phototrophic growth. Snowy cotyledon 2 (SCO2) is a DNAJ-like protein involved in thylakoid membrane biogenesis, and it interacts with the light-harvesting chlorophyll-binding protein LHCB1. In Arabidopsis thaliana, SCO2 function was described to be restricted to cotyledons, but here we show that in Lotus japonicus absence of SCO2 results not only in paler cotyledons but also in variegated true leaves. Furthermore, smaller and pale-green true leaves can also be observed in A. thaliana sco2 (atsco2) mutants under short-day conditions. In both species, SCO2 is required for proper accumulation of PSII-LHCII complexes. In contrast to other variegated mutants, inhibition of chloroplastic translation strongly affects L. japonicus sco2 mutant development and fails to suppress their variegated phenotype. Furthermore, inactivation of the suppressor of variegation AtClpR1 in the atsco2 background results in an additive double mutant phenotype with variegated true leaves. Therefore, SCO2 has a distinct role in PSII assembly or repair and constitutes a novel factor involved in leaf variegation.

TidsskriftMolecular Plant
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)721-734
Antal sider14
StatusUdgivet - 2017

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