Plant Molecular Biology

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Arabidopsis acyl-CoA-binding protein ACBP6 localizes in the phloem and affects jasmonate composition

  • Zi-Wei Ye
  • Shiu-Cheung Lung
  • Tai-Hua Hu
  • Qin-Fang Chen
  • Yung-Lee Suen
  • Mingfu Wang
  • Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
  • Edward Yeung
  • Mee-Len Chye


Arabidopsis thaliana ACYL-COA-BINDING PROTEIN6 (AtACBP6) encodes a cytosolic 10-kDa AtACBP. It confers freezing tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis, possibly by its interaction with lipids as indicated by the binding of acyl-CoA esters and phosphatidylcholine to recombinant AtACBP6. Herein, transgenic Arabidopsis transformed with an AtACBP6 promoter-driven β-glucuronidase (GUS) construct exhibited strong GUS activity in the vascular tissues. Immunoelectron microscopy using anti-AtACBP6 antibodies showed AtACBP6 localization in the phloem especially in the companion cells and sieve elements. Also, the presence of gold grains in the plasmodesmata indicated its potential role in systemic trafficking. The AtACBP6 protein, but not its mRNA, was found in phloem exudate of wild-type Arabidopsis. Fatty acid profiling using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry revealed an increase in the jasmonic acid (JA) precursor, 12-oxo-cis,cis-10,15-phytodienoic acid (cis-OPDA), and a reduction in JA and/or its derivatives in acbp6 phloem exudates in comparison to the wild type. Quantitative real-time PCR showed down-regulation of COMATOSE (CTS) in acbp6 rosettes suggesting that AtACBP6 affects CTS function. AtACBP6 appeared to affect the content of JA and/or its derivatives in the sieve tubes, which is consistent with its role in pathogen-defense and in its wound-inducibility of AtACBP6pro::GUS. Taken together, our results suggest the involvement of AtACBP6 in JA-biosynthesis in Arabidopsis phloem tissues.


Acyl-CoA-binding protein Arabidopsis Companion cell OPDA Phloem exudates Sieve elements 





Acyl-CoA-binding protein


Acyl-CoA oxidase


Allene oxide cyclase


Allene oxide synthesis


Bovine serum albumin


Companion cell


12-oxo-cis,cis-10,15-phytodienoic acid




Dinor-oxo-phytodienoic acid


Fatty acid


Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry




Isothermal titration calorimetry


Jasmonic acid




12-Oxophytoenoic acid


4-Cl-like CoA-ligase


12-oxo-phytodienoic acid reductase3


Phosphatidic acid




Phloem parenchyma


Quantitative real-time PCR


Reverse transcription-PCR


Sieve element



We thank Wing-Sung Lee (Electron Microscope Unit, the University of Hong Kong) for help with EM, and Dan-Ni Nie (the University of Hong Kong) for phloem exudate collection. This work was supported by the Wilson and Amelia Wong Endowment Fund and the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (HKU765813M). ZWY was supported by a University Postgraduate Fellowship, THH, QFC and YLS by HKU Postgraduate Studentships, and SCL by a postdoctoral fellowship. SHB was supported by NSF-IOS Grant #1144391.

Author contributions

This study was designed, directed and coordinated by MLC and EY. MLC provided the conceptual and technical guidance through the project. ZWY planned and carried out the western blot and qRT-PCR analysis, wounding experiments and immunoelectron microscopy; SCL and QFC performed the GUS-sectioning and microscopy; ZWY, THH and YLS carried out GC-MS analysis; MW and SHB contributed to the lipid analysis. The manuscript was written by ZWY and MLC and commented by all authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zi-Wei Ye
    • 1
  • Shiu-Cheung Lung
    • 1
  • Tai-Hua Hu
    • 1
  • Qin-Fang Chen
    • 1
  • Yung-Lee Suen
    • 1
  • Mingfu Wang
    • 1
  • Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
    • 2
  • Edward Yeung
    • 3
  • Mee-Len Chye
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesThe University of Hong KongHong KongChina
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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