Nov 5, 2018

Transcriptomic response to divergent selection for flowering time in maize reveals convergence and key players of the underlying gene regulatory network

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Maud I TenaillonChristine Dillmann


Artificial selection experiments are designed to investigate phenotypic evolution of complex traits and its genetic basis. Here we focused on flowering time, a trait of key importance for plant adaptation and life-cycle shifts. We undertook divergent selection experiments from two maize inbred lines. After 13 generations of selection, we obtained a time-lag of roughly two weeks between Early- and Late- populations. We used this material to characterize the genome-wide transcriptomic response to selection in the shoot apical meristem before, during and after floral transition in field conditions during two consecutive years. We validated the reliability of performing RNA-sequencing in uncontrolled conditions. We found that roughly half of maize genes were expressed in the shoot apical meristem, 59.3% of which were differentially expressed. We detected a majority of genes with differential expression between inbreds and across meristem status, and retrieved a subset of 2,451 genes involved in the response to selection. Among these, we found a significant enrichment for genes with known function in maize flowering time. Furthermore, they were more often shared between inbreds than expected by chance, suggesting convergence of gene...Continue Reading

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