DOI: 10.1101/453944Oct 26, 2018Paper

Hypermorphic SERK1 mutations function via a SOBIR1 pathway to activate floral abscission signaling

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Isaiah TaylorJohn C Walker


In Arabidopsis, the abscission of floral organs is regulated by two related receptor-like protein kinases (RLKs), HAESA and HAESA-like 2 (HAE/HSL2). HAE/HSL2, in complex with members of the SERK family of coreceptor protein kinases, are activated by the binding of the proteolytically processed peptide ligand IDA. This leads to expression of genes encoding secreted cell wall remodeling and hydrolase enzymes. hae hsl2 mutants fail to induce expression of these genes and retain floral organs indefinitely. In this paper we report identification of an allelic series of hae hsl2 suppressor mutations in the SERK1 coreceptor protein kinase gene. Genetic and transcriptomic evidence indicates these alleles represent a novel class of gain of function mutations that activate signaling independent of HAE/HSL2. We show that the suppression effect surprisingly does not rely on protein kinase activity of SERK1, and that activation of signaling relies on the RLK gene SOBIR1. The effect of these mutations can be mimicked by loss of function of BIR1, a known negative regulator of SERK-SOBIR1 signaling. These results suggest BIR1 functions to negatively regulate SERK-SOBIR1 signaling during abscission, and that the identified SERK1 mutations likel...Continue Reading

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