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The cotton XLIM protein (GhXLIM6) is required for fiber development via maintaining dynamic F-actin cytoskeleton and modulating cellulose biosynthe…

A new interesting article has been published in Plant J. 2018 Sep 26. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14108. and titled:

The cotton XLIM protein (GhXLIM6) is required for fiber development via maintaining dynamic F-actin cytoskeleton and modulating cellulose biosynthe…

Authors of this article are:
Li Y Wang NN Wang Y Liu D Gao Y Li L Li XB.

A summary of the article is shown below:
LIM domain proteins are cysteine-rich proteins and are often considered as actin bundlers and transcription factors in plants. However, the roles of XLIM proteins in plants (especially in cotton) remain unexplored in detail so far. In this study, we identified a cotton XLIM protein (GhXLIM6) that is preferentially expressed in cotton fiber during whole elongation stage and early secondary cell wall (SCW) synthesis stage. The GhXLIM6-silenced transgenic cotton produces shorter fibers with thinner cell walls, compared with wild type. GhXLIM6 protein could directly bind F-actin and promote actin polymerization both in vitro and in vivo. It also acts as a transcription factor to suppress GhKNL1 expression through binding the PAL-box element of GhKNL1 promoter, and subsequently regulate expression of CesA genes related to cellulose biosynthesis and deposition in SCWs of cotton fibers. The cellulose content in fibers of GhXLIM6 RNAi cotton is lower than that in wild type. Taken together, these data reveal the dual roles of GhXLIM6 in fiber development. On one hand, GhXLIM6 functions in fiber elongation through binding to F-actin to maintain the dynamic F-actin cytoskeleton. On the other hand, GhXLIM6 fine-tunes fiber SCW formation, probably through directly suppressing transcription of GhKNL1 to promote cellulose biosynthesis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum);F-actin binding;Fiber elongation;Secondary cell wall (SCW) formation;Transcriptional regulation;XLIM protein.

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