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Extracellular ATP targets Arabidopsis RIBONUCLEASE 1 to suppress mycotoxin stress-induced cell death

Goodman, Heather L.; Kroon, Johan T.M.; Tomé, Daniel F.A.; Hamilton, John M.U.; Alqarni, Ali O.; Chivasa, Stephen

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Heather L. Goodman

Daniel F.A. Tomé

John M.U. Hamilton

Ali Alqarni
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy


Extracellular ATP is a purinergic signal with important functions in regulating plant growth and stress-adaptive responses, including programmed cell death. While signalling events proximate to receptor activation at the plasma membrane have been characterised, downstream protein targets and the mechanism of cell death activation/regulation are unknown. We designed a proteomic screen to identify ATP-responsive proteins in Arabidopsis cell cultures exposed to mycotoxin stress via fumonisin B1 (FB1) application. Arabidopsis RIBONUCLEASE 1 (RNS1) was identified by the screen and transgenic plants overexpressing native RNS1showed greater susceptibility to FB1, while a gene knockout rns1 mutant and antisense RNS1 transgenic plants were resistant to FB1-induced cell death. Native RNS1 complemented rns1 mutants and restored cell death response to FB1, while a catalytically inactive version of the ribonuclease could not. The FB1 resistance of salicylic acid-depleted nahG-expressing plants was abolished by transformation with native RNS1, but not the catalytically dead version. The mechanism of FB1-induced cell death is activation of RNS1-dependent RNA cleavage, which is blocked by ATP via RNS1 suppression, or enhanced by salicylic acid (SA) through induction of RNS1 expression. Our study reveals RNS1 as a previously unknown convergence point of ATP and SA signalling in the regulation of stress-induced cell death.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 29, 2022
Online Publication Date May 31, 2022
Publication Date 2022-08
Deposit Date May 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jul 25, 2022
Journal New Phytologist
Print ISSN 0028-646X
Electronic ISSN 1469-8137
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 235
Issue 4
Pages 1531-1542
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