Inositol trisphosphate-induced ca2+ signaling modulates auxin transport and pin polarity

Jing Zhang, Steffen Vanneste, Philip B. Brewer, Marta Michniewicz, Peter Grones, Jürgen Kleine-Vehn, Christian Löfke, Thomas Teichmann, Agnieszka Bielach, Bernard Cannoot, Klára Hoyerová, Xu Chen, Hong Wei Xue, Eva Benková, Eva Zažímalová, Jiří Friml*

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The phytohormone auxin is an important determinant of plant development. Directional auxin flow within tissues depends on polar localization of PIN auxin transporters. To explore regulation of PIN-mediated auxin transport, we screened for suppressors of PIN1 overexpression (supo) and identified an inositol polyphosphate 1-phosphatase mutant (supo1), with elevated inositol trisphosphate (InsP3) and cytosolic Ca2+ levels. Pharmacological and genetic increases in InsP3 or Ca2+ levels also suppressed the PIN1 gain-of-function phenotypes and caused defects in basal PIN localization, auxin transport and auxin-mediated development. In contrast, the reductions in InsP3 levels and Ca2+ signaling antagonized the effects of the supo1 mutation and disrupted preferentially apical PIN localization. InsP3 and Ca2+ are evolutionarily conserved second messengers involved in various cellular functions, particularly stress responses. Our findings implicate them as modifiers of cell polarity and polar auxin transport, and highlight a potential integration point through which Ca2+ signaling-related stimuli could influence auxin-mediated development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-866
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


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