AffiliationSchool of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona
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CitationTano, D. W., & Woodson, J. D. (2022). Putting the brakes on chloroplast stress signaling. Molecular Plant, 15(3), 388-390.
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AbstractAs sessile organisms, plants must be able to sense their surroundings and adjust. One way plants do this is by using their energy-producing organelles (chloroplasts and mitochondria). During environmental stress, these organelles experience metabolic changes that induce signals for acclimation. While many metabolites have been proposed as signaling factors, reactive oxygen species (ROS) are known to play prominent roles. In the chloroplast, the ROS singlet oxygen (1O2) is naturally produced during impaired photosynthesis and can lead to retrograde signaling to the nucleus (to control the expression of hundreds of genes), chloroplast degradation, and cell death. The mechanisms controlling these pathways have mostly remained obscure. Recently, Dogra et al., 2022 reported a new role for EXECUTER2 (EX2) in these chloroplast 1O2 signaling pathways, demonstrating that EX2 acts as a buffer to prevent premature activation of 1O2 signaling. These exciting findings reveal an unexpected complexity to chloroplast stress signaling, and identify a decoy mechanism to prevent early activation of cell death.
Note12 month embargo; published 07 March 2022
VersionFinal accepted manuscript