Herboxidiene triggers splicing repression and abiotic stress responses in plants

Sahar Alshareef, Yu Ling, Haroon Butt, Kiruthiga Mariappan, Moussa Benhamed, Magdy M. Mahfouz

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Background Constitutive and alternative splicing of pre-mRNAs from multiexonic genes controls the diversity of the proteome; these precisely regulated processes also fine-tune responses to cues related to growth, development, and stresses. Small-molecule inhibitors that perturb splicing provide invaluable tools for use as chemical probes to uncover the molecular underpinnings of splicing regulation and as potential anticancer compounds. Results Here, we show that herboxidiene (GEX1A) inhibits both constitutive and alternative splicing. Moreover, GEX1A activates genome-wide transcriptional patterns involved in abiotic stress responses in plants. GEX1A treatment -activated ABA-inducible promoters, and led to stomatal closure. Interestingly, GEX1A and pladienolide B (PB) elicited similar cellular changes, including alterations in the patterns of transcription and splicing, suggesting that these compounds might target the same spliceosome complex in plant cells. Conclusions Our study establishes GEX1A as a potent splicing inhibitor in plants that can be used to probe the assembly, dynamics, and molecular functions of the spliceosome and to study the interplay between splicing stress and abiotic stresses, as well as having potential biotechnological applications.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMC Genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 27 2017

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We wish to thank members of the Laboratory for Genome Engineering at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology for helpful discussions and comments on the manuscript. We wish to thank Pedro Rodriguez for providing Arabidopsis seeds for several ABA mutants. We wish to thank Paula Duque for providing Arabidopsis seeds for several sr45-1 mutants. We wish to thank Sean Cutler for providing Arabidopsis seeds of MAPKKK18


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