Engineering Ribosomes to Alleviate Abiotic Stress in Plants: A Perspective

Leticia Dias-Fields, Katarzyna P. Adamala

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As the centerpiece of the biomass production process, ribosome activity is highly coordinated with environmental cues. Findings revealing ribosome subgroups responsive to adverse conditions suggest this tight coordination may be grounded in the induction of variant ribosome compositions and the differential translation outcomes they might produce. In this perspective, we go through the literature linking ribosome heterogeneity to plants’ abiotic stress response. Once unraveled, this crosstalk may serve as the foundation of novel strategies to custom cultivars tolerant to challenging environments without the yield penalty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number2097
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by NSF award 1840301 RoL:FELS:RAISE, Building and Modeling Synthetic Bacterial Cells, and the NSF Center for Genetically Encoded Materials.

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  • abiotic stress
  • genetic engineering
  • perspective
  • plant ribosome
  • ribosome heterogeneity
  • stress tolerance
  • synthetic biology

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  • Journal Article


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