Pre-mRNA alternative splicing as a modulator for heat stress response in plants

Yu Ling, Magdy M. Mahfouz, Shuangxi Zhou

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The molecular responses of plants to the important abiotic stress, heat stress (HS), have been extensively studied at the transcriptional level. Alternative splicing (AS) is a post-transcriptional regulatory process in which an intron-containing gene can generate more than one mRNA variant. The impact of HS on the premRNA splicing process has been reported in various eukaryotes but seldom discussed in-depth, especially in plants. Here, we review AS regulation in response to HS in different plant species. We discuss potential molecular mechanisms controlling heat-inducible AS regulation in plants and hypothesize that AS regulation participates in heat-priming establishment and HS memory maintenance. We propose that the pre-mRNA splicing variation is an important regulator of plant HS responses (HSRs).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1153-1170
Number of pages18
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jul 29 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-11-24
Acknowledgements: This study was funded by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangdong Province, China, No. 2021A1515012391, GDOU Innovation & University Improvement Program, No. 230419099 and GDOU Talent Introduction Project, No. R19015.

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  • Plant Science


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