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Expression levels of inositol phosphorylceramide synthase modulate plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress in Arabidopsis thaliana

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This research was undertaken to investigate the global role of inositol phosphorylceramide synthase (IPCS) activity in plants and reveal its potential as a herbicide target. The non-mammalian enzyme is a key component in the plant sphingolipid biosynthetic pathway and is shown here to be a possible herbicide target. RNA-Seq analyses demonstrated that over-expression of inositol phosphorylceramide synthase isoforms AtIPCS1, 2 or 3 in Arabidopsis thaliana resulted in the down-regulation of genes involved in plant response to pathogens. In addition, genes associated with the abiotic stress response to salinity, cold and drought were found to be similarly down-regulated. Detailed analyses of transgenic lines over-expressing AtIPCS1-3 at various levels revealed that the degree of down-regulation is specifically correlated with the level of IPCS expression. Singular enrichment analysis of these down-regulated genes showed that AtIPCS1-3 expression affects biological signaling pathways involved in plant response to biotic and abiotic stress. The up-regulation of genes involved in photosynthesis and lipid localization was also observed in the over-expressing lines. Overall design: Two biological replicates were analyzed for each AtPCS isoform (three IPCS isoforms; two levels of AtIPCS expression per isoform)
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