Peer-Reviewed Publications

      PYL1- and PYL8-like ABA receptors of Nicotiana benthamiana play a key role in ABA response in seed and vegetative tissue

      Pizzio, G. A.; Mayordomo, C.; Lozano-Juste, J.; Garcia-Carpintero, V.; Vazquez-Vilar, M.; Nebauer, S. G.; Kaminski, K. P.; Ivanov, N. V.; Estevez, J. C.; Rivera-Moreno, M.; Albert, A.; Orzaez, D.; Rodriguez, P. L.

      Feb 24, 2022

      To face the challenges of climate change and sustainable food production, it is essential to develop crop genome editing techniques to pinpoint key genes involved in abiotic stress signaling. The identification of those prevailing abscisic acid (ABA) receptors that mediate plant-environment interactions is quite challenging in polyploid plants because of the high number of genes in the PYR/PYL/RCAR ABA receptor family. Nicotiana benthamiana is a biotechnological crop amenable to genome editing, and given the importance of ABA signaling in coping with drought stress, we initiated the analysis of its 23-member family of ABA receptors through multiplex CRISPR/Cas9-mediated editing. We generated several high-order mutants impaired in NbPYL1-like and NbPYL8-like receptors, which showed certain insensitivity to ABA for inhibition of seedling establishment, growth, and development of shoot and lateral roots as well as reduced sensitivity to the PYL1-agonist cyanabactin (CB). However, in these high-order mutants, regulation of transpiration was not affected and was responsive to ABA treatment. This reveals a robust and redundant control of transpiration in this allotetraploid plant that probably reflects its origin from the extreme habitat of central Australia.