A plant microRNA regulates the adaptation of roots to drought stress.

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FEBS letters, ISSN: 1873-3468, Vol: 586, Issue: 12, Page: 1742-7

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http://scholars.library.tamu.edu/vivo/display/n329605SE; http://hdl.handle.net/10754/561405
Chen, Hao; Li, Zhuofu; Xiong, Liming
Wiley-Blackwell; Elsevier
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Abscisic acid; Auxin; Lateral root; MicroRNA; Osmotic stress
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Plants tend to restrict their horizontal root proliferation in response to drought stress, an adaptive response mediated by the phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) in antagonism with auxin through unknown mechanisms. Here, we found that stress-regulated miR393-guided cleavage of the transcripts encoding two auxin receptors, TIR1 and AFB2, was required for inhibition of lateral root growth by ABA or osmotic stress. Unlike in the control plants, the lateral root growth of seedlings expressing miR393-resistant TIR1 or AFB2 was no longer inhibited by ABA or osmotic stress. Our results indicate that miR393-mediated attenuation of auxin signaling modulates root adaptation to drought stress.