Alternative splicing and its regulatory role in woody plants

Mo Xian Chen, Kai Lu Zhang, Min Zhang, Debatosh Das, Yan Ming Fang, Lei Dai, Jianhua ZHANG*, Fu Yuan Zhu

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Abstract

Alternative splicing (AS) is an important post-transcriptional process to enhance proteome diversity in eukaryotic organisms. In plants, numerous reports have primarily focused on AS analysis in model plant species or herbaceous plants, leading to a notable lack of research on AS in woody plants. More importantly, emerging evidence indicates that many important traits, including wood formation and stress resistance, in woody plants are controlled by AS. In this review article, we summarize the current progress of all kinds of AS studies in different tree species at various stages of development and in response to various stresses, revealing the significant role played by AS in woody plants, as well as the similar properties and differential regulation within their herbaceous counterparts. Furthermore, we propose several potential strategies to facilitate the functional characterization of splicing factors in woody plants and evaluate a general pipeline for the systematic characterization of splicing isoforms in a complex AS regulatory network. The utilization of genetic studies and high-throughput omics integration approaches to analyze AS genes and splicing factors is likely to further advance our understanding of AS modulation in woody plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1475-1486
Number of pages12
JournalTree Physiology
Volume40
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Large-scale profiling
  • Plant development
  • Post-transcriptional control
  • Stress response
  • Tree

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