Transient expression of AtNCED3 and AAO3 genes in guard cells causes stomatal closure in Vicia faba
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Abscisic acid (ABA) regulates stomatal closure in response to water loss. Here, we examined the competence of guard cells to synthesize ABA, using two Arabidopsis ABA biosynthetic enzymes. 35S pro::AtNCED3-GFP and AAO3-GFP were introduced into guard cells of broad bean leaves. AtNCED3-GFP expression was detected at the chloroplasts, whereas green fluorescent protein (GFP) and AAO3-GFP were in the cytosol. The stomatal aperture was decreased in AtNCED3-GFP- and AAO3-GFP-transformed guard cells. This indicated that ABA biosynthesis is stimulated by heterologous expression of AtNCED3 and Arabidopsis aldehyde oxidase 3 (AAO3) proteins, which both seem to be regulatory enzymes for ABA biosynthesis in these cells. Furthermore, stomatal closure by the expression of AtNCED3 and AAO3 suggested that the substrates of the enzymes are present and native ABA-biosynthesis enzymes are active in guard cells.
KeywordsAbscisic acid Arabidopsis aldehyde oxidase 3 (AAO3) Broad bean 9-cis-epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase (NCED) Stomatal closure Transient expression
We thank Dr. Y. Niwa (University of Shizuoka, Japan) for providing the GFP expression vector [35S::GFP pUC18 and pblue-sGFP (S65T) nos KS].
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