Genes (Feb 2021)

Two Expansin Genes, <i>AtEXPA4</i> and <i>AtEXPB5</i>, Are Redundantly Required for Pollen Tube Growth and <i>AtEXPA4</i> Is Involved in Primary Root Elongation in <i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i>

  • Weimiao Liu,
  • Liai Xu,
  • Hui Lin,
  • Jiashu Cao

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 12, no. 249
p. 249


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The growth of plant cells is inseparable from relaxation and expansion of cell walls. Expansins are a class of cell wall binding proteins, which play important roles in the relaxation of cell walls. Although there are many members in expansin gene family, the functions of most expansin genes in plant growth and development are still poorly understood. In this study, the functions of two expansin genes, AtEXPA4 and AtEXPB5 were characterized in Arabidopsis thaliana. AtEXPA4 and AtEXPB5 displayed consistent expression patterns in mature pollen grains and pollen tubes, but AtEXPA4 also showed a high expression level in primary roots. Two single mutants, atexpa4 and atexpb5, showed normal reproductive development, whereas atexpa4atexpb5 double mutant was defective in pollen tube growth. Moreover, AtEXPA4 overexpression enhanced primary root elongation, on the contrary, knocking out AtEXPA4 made the growth of primary root slower. Our results indicated that AtEXPA4 and AtEXPB5 were redundantly involved in pollen tube growth and AtEXPA4 was required for primary root elongation.