Arabidopsis IAR4 Modulates Auxin Response by regulating auxin homeostasis1[OA]

Marcel Quint, Lana S. Barkawi, Kai Ting Fan, Jerry D. Cohen, William M. Gray

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In a screen for enhancers of tirl-1 auxin resistance, we identified two novel alleles of the putative mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase Ela-subunit, IAA-Alanine Résistante (IAR4). In addition to enhancing the auxin response defects of tirl-1, iar4 single mutants exhibit numerous auxin-related phenotypes including auxin-resistant root growth and reduced lateral root development, as well as defects in primary root growth, root hair initiation, and root hair elongation. Remarkably, all of these iar4 mutant phenotypes were rescued when endogenous indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) levels were increased by growth at high temperature or overexpression of the YUCCAl IAA biosynthetic enzyme, suggesting that iar4 mutations may alter IAA homeostasis rather than auxin response. Consistent with this possibility, iar4 mutants exhibit increased Aux/IAA stability compared to wild type under basal conditions, but not in response to an auxin treatment. Measurements of free IAA levels detected no significant difference between iar4-3 and wild-type controls. However, we consistently observed significantly higher levels of IAA-amino acid conjugates in the iar4-3 mutant. Furthermore, using stable isotope-labeled IAA precursors, we observed a significant increase in the relative utilization of the Trp-independent IAA biosynthetic pathway in iar4-3. We therefore suggest that the auxin phenotypes of ar4 mutants are the result of altered IAA homeostasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)748-758
Number of pages11
JournalPlant physiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2009


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