Séminaire IBIP
Les séminaires ont lieu sur le Campus Montpellier SupAgro/INRA de La Gaillarde (2, place P. Viala Montpellier)

Jeudi 20 janvier 2011
Amphi 208 (Cœur d’Ecole) à 14h

Use of ionomics to identify genes that play a role in Arabidopsis metal homeostasis

Joe Morrissey
Génomique, Environnementale et Evolutive – Paris

Understanding trace element homeostasis in plants has a direct impact on global health. Elucidating the mechanisms of uptake and availability of trace elements could speed the breeding of more nutritious crops that exclude the uptake of toxic metals. Our approach to identify the genes that control metal homeostasis is ionomics, which utilizes high-throughput elemental analysis of mutant lines and ecotypes. From several ionomic screens we identified and characterized genes that play a role in nickel tolerance, iron accumulation in seeds, and natural variation of cobalt accumulation.
By analyzing Arabidopsis ecotypes for variation in cobalt accumulation, we found that several cobalt accumulating ecotypes contained mutations in the FPN2 gene. Arabidopsis FPN2 and its paralog FPN1 are related to animal ferroportin protein, the sole iron efflux transporter in vertebrates. Our characterization of the Arabidopsis ferroportins revealed that they efflux both iron and cobalt, playing a role in iron homeostasis, in addition to controlling cobalt localization and tolerance.
From additional screens for altered metal accumulation in shoots and seeds of Arabidopsis, we identified ionomic phenotypes controlled by genes previously unknown to play a role in metal homeostasis. We found that the disruption of SQD2 and the sulfolipid biosynthesis pathway alters sulfur metabolism, resulting in nickel and cadmium tolerance. Additionally, we identified two fast neutron mutants with altered iron accumulation in the seeds: one mutant is able to thrive and accumulate seed iron under iron limiting conditions; while the other mutant shows increased sensitivity to iron limitation and cannot set seed when grown on alkaline soil. Ultimately, these results demonstrate that ionomics is an effective approach to identify genes that control metal homeostasis.

Contact : Alicia Sivitz

Contacts IBIP :
Sabine Zimmermann
Philippe Nacry
Christine Granier
Corinne Dasen
Chantal Baracco