Plant Cell Reports

, 30:1959 | Cite as

Epigenetic repressor-like genes are differentially regulated during grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.) development

  • Rubén AlmadaEmail author
  • Nuri Cabrera
  • José A. Casaretto
  • Hugo Peña-Cortés
  • Simón Ruiz-Lara
  • Enrique González Villanueva
Original Paper


Grapevine sexual reproduction involves a seasonal separation between inflorescence primordia (flowering induction) and flower development. We hypothesized that a repression mechanism implicating epigenetic changes could play a role in the seasonal separation of these two developmental processes in grapevine. Therefore, the expression of five grapevine genes with homology to the Arabidopsis epigenetic repressor genes FERTILIZATION INDEPENDENT ENDOSPERM (FIE), EMBRYONIC FLOWER 2 (EMF2), CURLY LEAF (CLF), MULTICOPY SUPPRESSOR OF IRA 1 (MSI1) and SWINGER (SWN) was analyzed during the development of buds and vegetative and reproductive organs. During bud development, the putative grapevine epigenetic repressor genes VvCLF, VvEMF2, VvMSI1, VvSWN and VvFIE are mainly expressed in latent buds at the flowering induction period, but also detected during bud burst and inflorescence/flower development. The overlapping expression patterns of grapevine PcG-like genes in buds suggest that chromatin remodeling mechanisms could be operating during grapevine bud development for controlling processes such as seasonal flowering, dormancy and bud burst. Furthermore, the expression of grapevine PcG-like genes was also detected in fruits and vegetative organs, suggesting that epigenetic changes could be at the basis of the regulation of various proliferation–differentiation cell transitions that occur during grapevine development.


Bud development Dormancy Flowering Polycomb genes Vitis vinifera 



This work was funded by grants from Consorcio Biofrutales. R.A. and N.C. were supported by the Universidad de Talca doctoral fellowship.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rubén Almada
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Nuri Cabrera
    • 1
  • José A. Casaretto
    • 1
  • Hugo Peña-Cortés
    • 3
  • Simón Ruiz-Lara
    • 1
  • Enrique González Villanueva
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Biología Vegetal y BiotecnologíaUniversidad de TalcaTalcaChile
  2. 2.Centro de Estudios Avanzados en FruticulturaInstituto de Investigaciones Agropecuarias, CRI-RayentuéRengoChile
  3. 3.Centro de BiotecnologíaUniversidad Técnica Federico Santa MaríaValparaísoChile

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