In this study,we characterized the function of WUSCHEL-RELATED HOMEOBOX 2 (WOX2) using overexpression,CRES-T,and VP16 fusion techniques. Although the function of WOX2 has been described mainly in embryogenesis,it was unclear whether it also plays a role in the post-embryogenic developmental stage. We found that WOX2 has transcriptional repression activity and that either overexpression of WOX2 or expression of its chimeric repressor causes severe growth defects and other morphological phenotypes by impairing plant organ formation and separation. By contrast,VP16-fused WOX2-expressing plants did not display such severe phenotypic defects. In addition,some of them displayed phenotypic defects such as fusion of organs and induction of undifferentiated cells in the boundary regions of organs where GUS staining was clearly observed in the proWOX2:GUS transgenic plants. We suggest that WOX2 is involved in regulation of lateral organ formation and separation during the post-embryogenic development processes.
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Agronomy and Crop Science
- Plant Science