Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, Vol.533, No.1, 104-109, 2020
Arabidopsis NRT1.2 interacts with the PHOSPHOLIPASE D alpha 1 (PLD alpha 1) to positively regulate seed germination and seedling development in response to ABA treatment
NRT1.2 has been characterized as a low-affinity nitrate transporter and an abscisic acid (ABA) transporter in Arabidopsis. In this study, we demonstrate that NRT1.2 positively regulated the ABA response during germination and seedling development. The transgenic Arabidopsis NRT1.2-over-expressionors showed increased sensitivity to ABA during these processes. qRT-PCR assays indicated that NRT1.2 overproduction in 7-days-old seedlings up-regulated the expression of ABA-responsive genes: ABI1, ABI2, ABI3, ABI4, ABI5, RAB18, RD29A, and RD29B and PHOSPHOLIPASE D alpha 1 (PLD alpha 1). The expression of these genes was suppressed in the nrt12 mutant in comparison with the wild type following ABA treatment. Importantly, bimolecular fluorescence complementation assays indicated that NRT1.2 interacts with PLD alpha 1 at the plasma membrane. Their interaction was further confirmed by using yeast two hybrid (Y2H) experiments with the mating-based split ubiquitin system (MbSUS). Moreover, genetic assays indicated that PLD alpha 1 acts epistatically on NRT1.2 to affect ABA signaling. Taken together, our results provide detailed mechanisms of NRT1.2 in ABA-mediated seed germination and seedling development. (C) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.