An integrated analysis of cell-type specific gene expression reveals genes regulated by REVOLUTA and KANADI1 in the Arabidopsis shoot apical meristem

Hasthi Ram, Sudeep Sahadevan, Nittaya Gale, Monica Pia Caggiano, Xiulian Yu, Carolyn Ohno, Marcus G. Heisler

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In the Arabidopsis thaliana shoot apical meristem (SAM) the expression domains of Class III Homeodomain Leucine Zipper (HD-ZIPIII) and KANADI (KAN) genes are separated by a narrow boundary region from which new organs are initiated. Disruption of this boundary through either loss of function or ectopic expression of HD-ZIPIII and KAN causes ectopic or suppression of organ formation respectively, raising the question of how these transcription factors regulate organogenesis at a molecular level. In this study we develop a multi-channel FACS/RNA-seq approach to characterize global patterns of gene expression across the HD-ZIPIII-KAN1 SAM boundary. We then combine FACS, RNA-seq and perturbations of HD-ZIPIII and KAN expression to identify genes that are both responsive to REV and KAN1 and normally expressed in patterns that correlate with REV and KAN1. Our data reveal that a significant number of genes responsive to REV are regulated in opposite ways depending on time after induction, with genes associated with auxin response and synthesis upregulated initially, but later repressed. We also characterize the cell type specific expression patterns of auxin responsive genes and identify a set of genes involved in organogenesis repressed by both REV and KAN1.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1008661
Number of pages34
JournalPLoS Genetics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Auxins
  • gene expression
  • gene regulation
  • Meristems
  • Organogenesis
  • epidermis
  • gene ontologies
  • cyokinins

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