In vivo identification of putative CPK5 substrates in Arabidopsis thaliana

Tiffany Yip Delormel, Liliana Avila-Ospina, Marlène Davanture, Michel Zivy, Julien Lang, Nicolas Valentin, Naganand Rayapuram, Heribert Hirt, Jean Colcombet, Marie Boudsocq

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Calcium signaling mediates most developmental processes and stress responses in plants. Among plant calcium sensors, the calcium-dependent protein kinases display a unique structure harboring both calcium sensing and kinase responding activities. AtCPK5 is an essential member of this family in Arabidopsis that regulates immunity and abiotic stress tolerance. To understand the underlying molecular mechanisms, we implemented a biochemical approach to identify in vivo substrates of AtCPK5. We generated transgenic lines expressing a constitutively active form of AtCPK5 under the control of a dexamethasone-inducible promoter. Lines expressing a kinase-dead version were used as a negative control. By comparing the phosphoproteome of the kinase-active and kinase-dead lines upon dexamethasone treatment, we identified 5 phosphopeptides whose abundance increased specifically in the kinase-active lines. Importantly, we showed that all 5 proteins were phosphorylated in vitro by AtCPK5 in a calcium-dependent manner, suggesting that they are direct targets of AtCPK5. We also detected several interaction patterns between the kinase and the candidates in the cytosol, membranes or nucleus, consistent with the ubiquitous localization of AtCPK5. Finally, we further validated the two phosphosites S245 and S280 targeted by AtCPK5 in the E3 ubiquitin ligase ATL31. Altogether, those results open new perspectives to decipher AtCPK5 biological functions.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111121
JournalPlant Science
StatePublished - Nov 17 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-12-14
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche to M.B. (ANR-15-CE20-0003-01) and the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche to T.Y.D. (MERS, doctoral grant). The IPS2 benefits from the support of the LabEx Saclay Plant Sciences-SPS (ANR-10-LABX-0040-SPS).


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