MAP65-1a positively regulates H2O2 amplification and enhances brassinosteroid-induced antioxidant defence in maize

Yuan Zhu, Mingxing Zuo, Yali Liang, Mingyi Jiang, Jianhua ZHANG, Henrik Vibe Scheller, Mingpu Tan, Aying Zhang*

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Brassinosteroid (BR)-induced antioxidant defence has been shown to enhance stress tolerance. In this study, the role of the maize 65kDa microtubule-associated protein (MAP65), ZmMAP65-1a, in BR-induced antioxidant defence was investigated. Treatment with BR increased the expression of ZmMAP65-1a in maize (Zea mays) leaves and mesophyll protoplasts. Transient expression and RNA interference silencing of ZmMAP65-1a in mesophyll protoplasts further revealed that ZmMAP65-1a is required for the BR-induced increase in expression and activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and ascorbate peroxidase (APX). Both exogenous and BR-induced endogenous H2O2 increased the expression of ZmMAP65-1a. Conversely, transient expression of ZmMAP65-1a in maize mesophyll protoplasts enhanced BR-induced H 2O2 accumulation, while transient silencing of ZmMAP65-1a blocked the BR-induced expression of NADPH oxidase genes and inhibited BR-induced H2O2 accumulation. Inhibiting the activity and gene expression of ZmMPK5 significantly prevented the BR-induced expression of ZmMAP65-1a. Likewise, transient expression of ZmMPK5 enhanced BR-induced activities of the antioxidant defence enzymes SOD and APX in a ZmMAP65-1a-dependent manner. ZmMPK5 directly interacted with ZmMAP65-1a in vivo and phosphorylated ZmMAP65-1a in vitro. These results suggest that BR-induced antioxidant defence in maize operates through the interaction of ZmMPK5 with ZmMAP65-1a. Furthermore, ZmMAP65-1a functions in H2O2 self-propagation via regulation of the expression of NADPH oxidase genes in BR signalling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3787-3802
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Experimental Botany
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Physiology
  • Plant Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Antioxidant defence
  • brassinosteroid
  • HO
  • NADPH oxidase
  • ZmMAP65-1a
  • ZmMPK5


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