Molecular Plant • Volume 1 • Number 1 • Pages 15–26 • January 2008Leaf Positioning of Arabidopsis in Response toBlue LightShin-ichiro Inouea, Toshinori Kinoshitaa,2, Atsushi Takemiyaa, Michio Doib and Ken-ichiro Shimazakia,1a Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Kyushu University, Ropponmatsu, Fukuoka, 810-8560 Japanb Research and Development Center for Higher Education, Kyushu University, Ropponmatsu, Fukuoka, 810-8560 JapanABSTRACT Appropriate leaf positioning is essential for optimizing photosynthesis and plant growth. However, it has notbeen elucidated how green leaves reach and maintain their position for capturing light. We show here the regulation of leafpositioning under blue light stimuli. When 1-week-old Arabidopsis seedlings grown under white light were transferred tored light (25 mmol m22 s21) for 5 d, new petioles that appeared were almost horizontal and their leaves were curled andslanted downward. However, when a weak blue light from above (0.1 mmol m22 s21) was superimposed on red light, the Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012new petioles grew obliquely upward and the leaves were ﬂat and horizontal. The leaf positioning required both photo-tropin1 (phot1) and nonphototropic hypocotyl 3 (NPH3), and resulted in enhanced plant growth. In an nph3 mutant, neitheroptimal leaf positioning nor leaf ﬂattening by blue light was found, and blue light-induced growth enhancement was dras-tically reduced. When blue light was increased from 0.1 to 5 mmol m22 s21, normal leaf positioning and leaf ﬂattening wereinduced in both phot1 and nph3 mutants, suggesting that phot2 signaling became functional and that the signaling wasindependent of phot1 and NPH3 in these responses. When plants were irradiated with blue light (0.1 mmol m22 s21) from theside and red light from above, the new leaves became oriented toward the source of blue light. When we transferred theseplants to both blue light and red light from above, the leaf surface changed its orientation to the new blue light sourcewithin a few hours, whereas the petioles initially were unchanged but then gradually rotated, suggesting the plasticity ofleaf positioning in response to blue light. We showed the tissue expression of NPH3 and its plasma membrane localizationvia the coiled-coil domain and the C-terminal region. We conclude that NPH3-mediated phototropin signaling optimizes theefﬁciency of light perception by inducing both optimal leaf positioning and leaf ﬂattening, and enhances plant growth.INTRODUCTION cotyl growth inhibition in response to blue light (Ahmad andPlants respond appropriately to ever-changing environments Cashmore, 1993), and later it turned out to act as an animalby morphogenesis, movement, changes in cellular compo- blue light receptor to regulate the circadian clock and othernents, and metabolic activity, thereby optimizing growth in responses (Cashmore et al., 1999). Cryptochromes (cry1 andnatural environments. Plants respond by sensing changes in cry2) in plants act together with the red/far-red light receptorlight, gravity, temperature, salt, and water status through in- phytochromes to regulate photomorphogenic responsesdividual receptors. Light is the most important factor inﬂuenc- based on multiple gene expression (Lin, 2002; Nemhausering plant life, and wide ranges in wavelength from UV-A to far- and Chory, 2002; Wang and Deng, 2002).red light are perceived by several photoreceptors to recognize Phototropin1 (phot1) was identiﬁed as a plant-speciﬁc bluethe light environment. Blue light induces various developmen- light receptor using an Arabidopsis mutant that showed im-tal and movement responses, including phototropic bending, paired phototropic bending in response to blue light (Liscumcotyledon opening, photoperiodic ﬂowering, leaf ﬂattening, and Briggs, 1995; Huala et al., 1997). Phototropin is a serine/de-etiolation, stomatal opening, chloroplast movements, threonine protein kinase in the C-terminus, with two LOVanthocyanin accumulation, gene expression, and the inhibi-tion of hypocotyl elongation (Cashmore et al., 1999; Briggs 1and Christie, 2002; Lin, 2002; Wang and Deng, 2002). In Arabi- To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail email@example.com. kyushu-u.ac.jp, fax 81-92-726-4758.dopsis plants, three classes of major blue light receptors—cryp- 2 Present address: Division of Biological Science, Graduate School of Science,tochromes, phototropins, and FKF1/ZTL/LKP2 (Imaizumi et al., Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya, 464-8602, Japan.2003)—are responsible for the responses mentioned above. ª The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of CSPP Cryptochrome was identiﬁed as the ﬁrst plant blue light re- and IPPE, SIBS, CAS.ceptor using an Arabidopsis mutant that did not show hypo- doi: 10.1093/mp/ssm001, Advance Access publication 7 June 2007
16 | Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning(light, oxygen, voltage) domains as the binding sites of the plants each had a pair of open cotyledons and undevelopedchromophore ﬂavin mononucleotide (FMN) in the N-terminus. ﬁrst true leaves (data not shown). We then transferred theseLater, phototropin2 (phot2) was found as a photoreceptor that green plants to red light from above at 25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 with ormediates the photoavoidance response of chloroplasts to pre- without low-intensity blue light (0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) and keptvent strong light from damaging the photosynthetic machin- them growing for 5 d to allow the appearance of new ﬁrst trueery (Jarillo et al., 2001; Kagawa et al., 2001; Kasahara et al., leaves. Slightly arched new petioles grew nearly horizontally,2002). In general, phot1 functions under a low intensity of blue and the ﬁrst true leaﬂets slanted down without blue light (Fig-light, and phot2 under a relatively high intensity. Phot1 and ure 1A, left). However, straight new petioles grew obliquelyphot2 act redundantly and cover wide ranges of light intensity upward, and the new leaﬂets faced toward the light sourcein phototropism, chloroplast accumulation, stomatal opening, when the blue light was supplemented with red light (Figureand leaf ﬂattening (Kagawa et al., 2001; Kinoshita et al., 2001; 1A, right). These results suggest that blue light from above ori-Sakai et al., 2001; Sakamoto and Briggs, 2002). Furthermore, ented the leaf surface perpendicular to the light direction byphot1 alone acts as a blue light receptor in the rapid inhibition inducing both the straight and upward growth of petioles. Weof hypocotyl elongation, followed by the cryptochrome action refer to these responses as leaf positioning.in the much slower response (Folta and Spalding, 2001), and We measured the angle of a petiole of a ﬁrst true leaf fromis required for blue light-mediated destabilization of Lhcb the horizontal (h), illustrated in Figure 1B, to express an index ofand rbcL transcripts at high intensities (Folta and Kaufman, leaf positioning. The angles were nearly 45° in the presence of2003). All these responses probably serve to optimize photosyn- blue light and ,10° in the absence of blue light. The blue light- Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012thesis, and a dramatic plant growth enhancement mediated by dependent leaf positioning increased the area of light inter-phototropin is demonstrated under a low intensity of photo- ception 2-fold in each ﬁrst leaf when the blue light was pro-synthetically active radiation (PAR) (Takemiya et al., 2005). vided together with red light from the top (Figure 1C and D). Extensive studies on phototropism were done using etio- We next illuminated the plants with blue light (0.1 lmol mÀ2 À1lated hypocotyls and coleoptiles as model systems, and in s ) from the side but red light from the top as before. Newmany cases blue light was provided from the lateral side be- petioles emerged and the new leaﬂets became oriented towardcause it is easy to measure and analyze the responses (Fank- the blue light source, but the face of the leaf was not completelyhauser and Casal, 2004; Vandenbussche et al., 2005). These perpendicular to that source (Figure 1E, solid arrowheads). Theinvestigations have provided detailed information on photo- surface of a pair of open cotyledons became partially oriented totropic bending at the physiological and biochemical levels. the blue light (Figure 1E, open arrowheads).Although phototropism, together with other phototropin- From these results, we conclude that the plant determinesmediated responses, has an important role in maximizing light the orientation of a newly developed leaf through the percep-capture by green leaves, most of the experimental work has tion of blue light.been done without considering green leaf behavior and devel-opment. Therefore, it becomes important to elucidate the Phototropin1 (phot1) Mediates the Optimal Leaffunctional roles of blue light in more developed stages of Positioning Under Low Blue Lightplants with green leaves. However, the behavior of green Phototropins optimize photosynthesis and promote plantleaves in response to blue light has not been investigated, growth by inducing blue light-mediated multiple physiologi-nor has an attempt been made to formulate the optimal po- cal responses at the same time (Briggs and Christie, 2002; Take-sition to maximize photosynthesis in response to blue light miya et al., 2005). We thus expected that phototropins mightwhen leaves are newly developed. function in the leaf-positioning response shown above. To test In this study, we established the experimental conditions this hypothesis, we grew phototropin mutant plants under thethat allow the appearance of new leaves, and investigated same growth conditions. As expected, the optimal leaf posi-blue light’s effects on the development of green leaves when tioning for capturing light was not found in either a phot1the light was provided from above. We showed that, in phot2 double mutant (phot1-5 phot2-1) or a phot1 mutantresponse to a weak blue light, newly emerged leaves exhibit (phot1-5), but was found in phot2 (phot2-1) and cry1 cry2 dou-the appropriate positioning and leaf ﬂattening to increase ble mutants (hy4-3 cry2-1) (Figure 2B and C). Without bluelight capturing efﬁciency. We also showed that these light, none of these plants showed the normal leaf positioningresponses are mediated by nonphototropic hypocotyl 3 and their leaves slanted down (Figure 2A). These results indi-(NPH3) via the phot1 pathway and probably enhance growth. cate that the blue light-induced leaf positioning is mediated by phot1, and neither phot2 nor cryptochromes are involvedRESULTS in the response under our growth conditions.Blue Light-Dependent Leaf Positioning Increases NPH3 Mediates Phot1-Dependent Leaf PositioningLight Capture Since blue light-dependent leaf positioning is mediated byWe grew Arabidopsis seedlings under white light at 50 lmol phot1, we wished to identify the components downstreammÀ2 sÀ1 for 7 d and induced de-etiolation. The de-etiolated of phot1 by isolating the mutants that lack the upward petiole
Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning | 17 Figure 1. Leaf Positioning in Response to a Very Low Intensity of Blue Light. Wild-type (Col-0) plants of Arabidopsis were grown under white light (50 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) for 7 d and then transferred to red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) with or without blue light (0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1). The plants were further grown for 5 d. The supplemental blue light was applied from above (A–D) or from the side (E). White solid arrowheads show the ﬁrst true leaves. White open arrowheads show cotyledons. White arrows Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012 show the direction of blue light. (A) Side view of plants after growth for 5 d with or without blue light. The white bar represents 1 cm. (B) Angles (h) of petioles from the horizontal line. Values presented are means of 25 seedlings with standard errors. (C) Pictures taken from above. The black bar rep- resents 1 cm. (D) Area of light perception in the ﬁrst leaf. Areas of projections by the ﬁrst leaves were measured by taking pictures from above. Bars represent means 6 SE (n = 32). (E) Side view of plants after growth for 5 d. Side view is perpendicular to the applied blue light. Right view is from the same direction as the blue light source.growth. We obtained two mutant lines: an ethylmethane sul- sitioning with upward petioles (Figure 3D). The results demon-fonate (EMS)-mutagenized plant and a T-DNA insertional strate that our mutants are allelic to the nph3 mutant and thatplant, both of which showed impairment in the upward pet- NPH3 functions as a signal component in phot1-mediated leafiole growth (Figure 3A). By crossing the two mutants, we positioning. We thus named the EMS-mutagenized and thefound that the two mutations are allelic to each other. T-DNA insertional mutants as nph3-201 and nph3-202, respec- To identify the mutated gene, we performed thermal asym- tively (Figure 3).metric interlaced (TAIL)-PCR using the genomic DNA preparedfrom the T-DNA insertional mutant. We found that T-DNA was Expression of NPH3in the ﬁfth exon of the NPH3 gene and conﬁrmed that this line We investigated the expression of NPH3 mRNA by RT-PCR usingwas a null nph3 mutant by reverse transcription (RT)-PCR (Fig- wild-type Arabidopsis plants. The NPH3 mRNA was highlyure 3B and C). Because the EMS-mutagenized mutant is allelic expressed in mesophyll cells, leaves, stems, and roots, but onlyto the T-DNA insertional line, we cloned and sequenced the a small amount was expressed in guard cells (Figure 4A). Thefull-length NPH3 cDNA from the EMS-mutagenized mutant results agree with observations that NPH3 functions mainly inand found that the mutant had a single nucleotide substitu- the leaf and petiole (Figure 3A), and that NPH3 does not act intion of cytosine to thymine in the last exon (Figure 3B). This stomata (Inada et al., 2004).substitution produced a stop codon on Gln681 in the coiled-coil domain of the NPH3 protein. Subcellular Localization of NPH3 We tested the functional complementation of the nph3 mu- To investigate the subcellular localization of NPH3 protein, wetation by the wild-type genomic NPH3 gene. A 5400 bp geno- transiently expressed NPH3 fused with green ﬂuorescent pro-mic NPH3 fragment containing the 5’ and 3’ noncoding tein (GFP) in epidermal cells and guard cells of Vicia faba by par-regions was introduced into the two distinct mutants. The ticle bombardment. The ﬂuorescence from full-length NPH3transformed lines in the T3 generation restored normal leaf po- was found on the periphery of both epidermal and guard cells,
18 | Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012Figure 2. Leaf Positioning Mediated by phot1.Wild-type (gl1 and WS), phot1-5, phot2-1, phot1-5 pho2-1, and hy4-3cry2-1 plants were grown and transferred as described in Figure 1.(A) Plants grown under red light at 25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1.(B) Plants grown under red light with blue light at 0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1.(C) Angles of petioles in these plants. The measurements were doneas in Figure 1. Values are the means of 25–38 seedlings with stan-dard errors. White bars represent 1 cm. Figure 3. Involvement of NPH3 in Leaf Positioning.suggesting plasma membrane localization of NPH3 as described (A) Isolation of mutants impaired in upward petiole growth underpreviously (Motchoulski and Liscum, 1999; Lariguet et al., 2006; the low blue light condition. The picture shows mutant plants grown under red light with low blue light. The white bar representsFigure 4B, full length). We then investigated the localization in 1 cm.more detail using guard cells because the transient expression of (B) Determination of the mutated gene in the isolated mutants. TheNPH3 is much easier in them than in epidermal cells. The ﬂuores- genomic structure of NPH3 on chromosome 5 is shown. Black boxescence of mutant NPH3-201 protein from nph3-201 was observed and bold lines represent exons and introns, respectively. An nph3-as many particles in cytosolic compartments (Figure 4B, NPH3- 201 mutant has a C-to-T nucleotide substitution in the last exon. This nucleotide change causes the substitution of Gln681 by the201). Since the mutant NPH3-201 protein may lack a C-terminal stop codon. T-DNA insertion in nph3-202 was identiﬁed in the ﬁfthregion downstream from the coiled-coil domain (Figure 3B), it is exon.possible that this region is required for the membrane localiza- (C) Expression of NPH3 and TUB2 (b-tubulin) mRNAs analyzed bytion of NPH3. To test this, we expressed the NPH3 C-terminal RT-PCR in 2-week-old seedlings of wild-type (Col and WS) plantsfragment containing the coiled-coil domain (coiled-coil-C) and of two nph3 mutants (nph3-201 and nph3-202). (D) Functional complementation of nph3-201 and nph3-202 mutantsfused with GFP. As expected, the ﬂuorescent signal of this region with wild-type genomic NPH3 genes. Plants of nph3-201, nph3-201was found on the plasma membrane (Figure 4B, coiled-coil-C). transformed with wild-type genomic NPH3 (201-G), nph3-202, andWe then divided this coiled-coil-C into a coiled-coil domain nph3-202 transformed with wild-type genomic NPH3 (202-G) were(coiled-coil) and a C-terminal region (C-terminus) and expressed grown as in Figure 1. The white bar represents 1 cm.these as above. The GFP ﬂuorescence of the coiled-coil domainwas detected mainly in the plasma membrane and slightly in thecytoplasm (Figure 4B, Coiled-coil). The ﬂuorescence of the C-ter- and the membrane localization may be needed for the functionminus was found in both the cytosol and the plasma membrane of NPH3 (Figure 3A).(Figure 4B, C-terminus), and the distribution was different fromthat of GFP alone, which showed a clear cytosolic localization Recovery of Leaf Positioning in nph3 Mutants Under(Figure 4B, sGFP). These observations suggest that both the con- High Intensity Blue Lightserved coiled-coil domain and the C-terminal region probably We found that the petioles in nph3-201 and nph3-202 grewfunction to localize NPH3 protein on the plasma membrane, upward and exhibited almost wild-type leaf positioning when
Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning | 19 supplemented blue light was increased to 5 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 from 0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 (Figure 5A). Quantitative data indicate that phot1-5, nph3-201, and nph3-202 largely restored the wild- type leaf positioning at relatively high ﬂuence rates of blue light, whereas phot1-5 phot2-1 did not (Figure 5B). These results suggest that phot2 becomes functional and mediates the leaf positioning in response to the higher intensity of blue light. They also suggest that NPH3 functions principally through the phot1-dependent pathway in the response. NPH3 Mediates Leaf Flattening Only Under Low Blue Light Under our low blue light growth conditions (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 red light with 0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 blue light), leaves of nph3-201 and nph3-202 curled, as did leaves of phot1-5 and phot1-5 phot2-1 mutants. This phenotype became more prominent when these plants were further grown for another 5 d (Figure 6A). In contrast, gl1, Col, WS, and phot2-1 exhibited ﬂattened Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012 leaves under the same conditions. All of these plants showed curled leaves under red light alone (data not shown). These results suggest that NPH3 functions in leaf ﬂattening through the phot1-mediated pathway. When the intensity of supplemental blue light was in- creased to 5 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1, leaves of nph3-201, nph3-202, and phot1-5 became ﬂattened, but those of the phot1-5 phot2-1 double mutant remained curled (Figure 6B). These results indicate that leaf ﬂattening is mediated by phot2 underFigure 4. Expression of NPH3 mRNAs and Subcellular Localizationof NPH3 Protein.(A) Expression of NPH3 mRNAs in guard cell protoplasts (GCPs), me-sophyll cell protoplasts (MCPs), leaves, stems, and roots from 4-week-old plants analyzed by RT-PCR. The purities of GCPs and MCPs were98 and 99%, respectively, on a cell number basis. ACT8 was used asan internal standard for cDNA amounts. Two separate experimentsgave similar results.(B) Transient expression of NPH3–GFP proteins in Vicia epidermalcells and guard cells. The primary structure of NPH3 protein andstructures of fusion proteins are illustrated. Four conserved domainsin the NPH3/RPT2 family are shown in light gray open blocks as de-scribed in Liscum (2002). The BTB (broad complex, tramtrack, bric a `brac)/POZ (pox virus and zinc ﬁnger) domain and the coiled-coil do- Figure 5. Rescue of Leaf Positioning Under a Relatively High Inten-main are shown in the dark gray block and black block, respectively. sity of Blue Light in phot1-5 and nph3 Mutants.The full length and fragments of NPH3 proteins were fused in-frame Wild-type (gl1, Col-0, and WS) plants and phot1-5, phot2-1, phot1-5to the N-terminal end of sGFP and were expressed transiently by par- phot2-1, nph3-201, and nph3-202 plants were grown under whiteticle bombardment under the control of the CaMV 35S promoter. light at 50 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 from ﬂuorescent lamps for 7 d and thenFull length, full-length NPH3 protein fused to GFP; NPH3-201, transferred under red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) with blue light andNPH3 fragment of the N-terminus fused to GFP on Met680; allowed to grow for an additional 5 d for the determination of theCoiled-coil-C, NPH3 fragment of Phe645 to the C-terminus fused petiole angles.to GFP; Coiled-coil, NPH3 fragment from Phe645 to Ser696 fused (A) Pictures indicate the leaf positioning in the mutant plants underto GFP; C-terminus, NPH3 fragment from Thr693 to the C-terminus 5 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 of blue light.fused to GFP; sGFP, GFP protein. Epidermal cells and guard cells (B) Angles of petioles were measured under 0.1 or 5 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 ofexpressing these proteins were inspected by GFP ﬂuorescence using blue light as in Figure 1. Values are means of 21–28 seedlings with stan-a confocal laser microscope. All pictures are cross-sectional. dard errors.
20 | Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf PositioningFigure 6. Leaf Flattening in Wild Type and Various Mutants in Re-sponse to Low and High Intensities of Blue Light.Plants of the wild types (gl1, Col-0, and WS), phot1-5, phot2-1,phot1-5 phot2-1, nph3-201, and nph3-202 were initially grown un-der white light at 50 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 from ﬂuorescent lamps for 7 d.The plants were then transferred under red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1)with blue light of two different intensities and allowed to grow foran additional 10 d to determine the leaf ﬂattening. Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012(A) Leaf ﬂattening of the wild types and mutants with blue light at0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1.(B) Leaf ﬂattening of wild-types and mutants with blue light at5 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1. White bars represent 1 cm.a relatively high intensity of blue light, and that this phot2-dependent leaf ﬂattening is not mediated by NPH3.Contribution of NPH3 to Growth Enhancement UnderLow Blue LightNPH3 mediates both horizontal leaf positioning and leaf ﬂat-tening in response to very weak blue light (Figures 3A and 6A),but does not mediate chloroplast movement or stomatal open-ing (Inada et al., 2004). All these blue light responses areknown to increase photosynthesis and plant growth ina low-light environment in particular (Takemiya et al.,2005). Taking advantage of the properties of nph3 mutants,we evaluated the contributions of leaf positioning and ﬂatten-ing to growth enhancement. We measured the fresh weightsof the wild type (gl1) and of nph3-201, nph3-6, and phot1-5mutants that had been grown under our conditions for 5weeks. As shown in Figure 7A and B, the wild-type plantsshowed 2.5-fold growth enhancement by the addition of Figure 7. Growth Enhancement, Chloroplast Accumulation, and0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1 blue light to the red light, but no actual Stomatal Opening in Response to Low Intensity of Blue Light.growth enhancement was found in the phot1-5 mutant. Inter- Wild-type (gl1), phot1-5, nph3-201, and nph3-6 plants were grownestingly, the nph3-201 and nph3-6 mutants showed slight but for 5 weeks under red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) with or without blue light (0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1). The growth was determined as freshsigniﬁcant growth enhancement in response to very weak blue weight of green tissues.light (Figure 7B). This slight growth enhancement may have (A) Growth enhancement by blue light in wild-type and mutantbeen brought about by both chloroplast movement and sto- plants. Plants grown under red light (left) and red light with bluematal opening, because in the nph3 mutants chloroplasts light (right).gathered at the surface of mesophyll cells and stomata opened (B) Fresh weights of green tissues of plants. Bars represent means 6 SE (n = 25). Asterisks show signiﬁcant statistical differences by t-testin response to blue light (Figure 7C and D; Inada et al., 2004). (P ,0.05) in fresh weights.The growth difference between wild-type plants and nph3 (C) Distribution of chloroplasts in mesophyll cells of wild-type andmutants is probably provided by the leaf positioning and leaf mutant leaves under our growth conditions.ﬂattening that were mediated by NPH3. These results further (D) Stomatal aperture in leaves of the wild type and mutants undersuggest that growth enhancement in response to a weak blue our growth conditions. Apertures are expressed as the ratio of width to length of the guard cell pair, as described in Takemiyalight is brought about mainly through the function of NPH3, as et al. (2005). Bars represent means 6 SE (n = 25).both responses tend to maximize light interception.
Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning | 21Reversibility of Leaf Positioning in Response to Blue Light these plants to both red (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) and blue (0.1 lmolIt is unclear whether the leaf positioning responses shown mÀ2 sÀ1) light from above and kept them growing for anotherabove are reversible or not. To test this, we utilized plants that 5 d. After the second transfer, the leaf surface began to orienthad been grown under irradiation with blue light from the rapidly toward the new blue light source with a time delay ofside and red light from above, as indicated in Figure 1E. The 20 min (Figure 8B, leaf angle in left graph; hL), and began a rel-surfaces of the ﬁrst true leaves of the plants were oriented to- atively slower phase after about 2 h (Figure 8A and B, 2 h).ward the source of blue light (Figure 8A, 0 h). Such leaf orien- Then, the leaf surface gradually approached the maximum an-tation in response to blue light was not found in the mutants gle within 8 h (Figure 8B, leaf angle in left graph), and main-of phot1-5 or nph3-201 (data not shown). Then, we transferred tained this position thereafter with a very slight change Figure 8. Changes in Leaf Position in Re- sponse to Blue Light. Wild-type (gl1) plants were grown under Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012 white light (50 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) for 7 d and then transferred to red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) from above with blue light (0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) from the plant side, and were grown for 5 d, as indicated in Figure 1E. The plants were then transferred again and irradiated with blue light (0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) from above under the red light, and growth was allowed for an additional 5 d. (A) Side view of the plants after the second transfer. Pictures were taken at the indi- cated times from the perpendicular to the direction of the ﬁrst applied blue light, which had been derived from the left (up- per panels), and taken from the same di- rection of the blue light (lower panels). White solid arrowheads show the ﬁrst true leaves. White open arrowheads show cotyledons. The black arrow indicates the direction of the ﬁrst blue light treatment. The white arrow shows the direction of the second blue light treatment. (B) Angle of the ﬁrst leaf from the vertical (hL) and that of the ﬁrst leaf petiole from the vertical (hP). Typical changes in these angles in response to blue light are shown. The left illustration indicates the change of angles during 8 h with high time reso- lution. The right illustration shows the change of angles during 5 d. Gray ovals represent the ﬁrst leaves. White ovals show the cotyledons. (C) Rotation of the ﬁrst leaves which oc- curred after the initial leaf orientation. Pictures were taken at the indicated times from above. White solid arrowheads show the ﬁrst true leaves. Black arrows indi- cate the direction of blue light applied previously. (D) Petiole rotation. Typical changes in the angles of petioles (hR) in response to blue light are shown. Gray ovals repre- sent the ﬁrst leaves. White ovals show the cotyledons.
22 | Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning(Figure 8A and B, right graph). The petiole angle in the pro- this study, we grew plants for 5 d under deﬁnite conditions andjected image of the ﬁrst leaf became almost zero in the time determined the positions of newly emergent leaves (Figure 1).course, similar to the light behavior of the leaﬂet (Figure 8A However, these experimental conditions did not produceand B, petiole angle; hP). The rate of the rapid leaﬂet orienta- a rapid change in position in response to blue light. To monitortion was 15° hÀ1, which is almost the same value as that for the changes, we investigated the leaf positioning by movingsolar-tracking responses as reported for Lavatera cretica leaves the blue light source: plants that had been irradiated from(Koller et al., 1985; Koller and Levitan, 1989; Koller, 2000). Our the side were now irradiated from above (Figure 8). We foundresults suggests that the rapid leaﬂet orientation might be a so- that the leaf changed its direction to the new blue light sourcelar-tracking response in Arabidopsis, and is mediated by phot1. within several hours, followed by a slow change in petiole di- During the leaf repositioning responses, the petiole was rection after 24 h. These results suggest that the plants pref-arch-shaped from 4 to 24 h, a conformation that facilitated ori- erentially change leaf direction, and that such rapid regulationenting the leaf surface perpendicular to the blue light from of leaf direction is suitable for maximizing light interception.above. The petiole subsequently became straight after 48 h The rapid leaf orientation Arabidopsis seems to be identical(Figure 8A). Although the leaf itself became oriented to the to the response reported as solar tracking in Lavatera leavesblue light source within 8 h, the petiole remained unchanged (Figure 8; Koller, 2000).and the adaxial side was still toward the original source of blue We recently reported that phototropins mediate the leaflight during this time (Figure 8A, 8 h; and C, 12 h). Afterwards, movement of kidney bean and that the response greatly in-the petiole gradually rotated from 24 to 96 h, and completed creased the light absorption of leaves (Inoue et al., 2005). Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012its rotation within 120 h (Figure 8D). The petioles with leaves The movement response is reversible and is completed inﬁnally became aligned directly opposite each other (Figure 8C, a short time (1.5 h), which is achieved by the water transport120 h; and D). These results suggested that the leaf positioning in specialized motor cells of the pulvinus (Inoue et al., 2005).is plastic in response to blue light and is comprised of both a rel- Although the physiological roles of both plant responses seematively rapid leaf orientation response (within 0.3–8 h) and to be similar (i.e. the enhancement of photosynthesis), and al-a slow petiole rotation response (within 24–120 h). In contrast though the responses are mediated by the same photorecep-to the ﬁrst true leaves, cotyledons maintained their original tors, the mechanisms between leaf positioning and leafangles irrespective of the change in blue light direction (Figure movement may differ, since the complete Arabidopsis leaf po-8A, 0–8 h). sitioning probably requires at least a few days to complete (Figure 8). Very recently it was shown that Arabidopsis petioles moveDISCUSSION upward and that the leaf surface becomes more vertical when the plants are placed in the dark. This movement is sug-Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning Promotes gested to be a shade-avoidance role in reaction to shading byLight-Capturing Efﬁciency neighboring leaves (Mullen et al., 2006); it is regulated byPlants control leaf position in response to environmental stim- phytochrome action (Mullen et al., 2006) and/or negative grav-uli, such as light, gravity, and the circadian rhythm, to optimize itropism (Mano et al., 2006), and is distinct from the responsestheir photosynthetic performance. However, it has not been shown here.elucidated how a plant maintains a leaf position that is opti- Interestingly, the three distinct responses (two movementsmal for capturing light energy efﬁciently for photosynthesis. In and positioning) mentioned above have a similar physiologicalthis study, we found that blue light induced the leaf surface role of increasing the light capture efﬁciency (Figure 1C–E;into a perpendicular orientation to the light source and that Mullen et al., 2006), but the reactions are induced by at leastthe response increased the light interception (Figure 1). We two different stimuli (blue light and darkness). It is likely thatalso demonstrated that the response is mediated by phototro- the appropriate leaf positioning is very important for plantpins (Figures 2 and 5). The leaf positioning was achieved by the survival and is ﬁnely controlled by the integration of variousregulation of the position of new emergent petioles and environmental stimuli including blue light, red/far-red light,leaves (Figure 1A and E). When the source of blue light was and gravity in natural environments through movementschanged from above to the side without changing the source and morphogenic processes.of red light, plants oriented the new leaf surface to the sourceof blue light (Figure 1E). These results suggest that plants uti- Involvement of NPH3 in Leaf Positioning andlize blue light to determine leaf direction. Leaf Flattening It has been demonstrated that NPH3 and its ortholog CPT1 areImportance of Leaf Positioning as a Means of responsible for hypocotyl and coleoptile phototropism in Ara-Capturing Light bidopsis and Oryza, respectively (Motchoulski and Liscum,The Arabidopsis leaf positioning might comprise both rapid 1999; Haga et al., 2005). Another example of NPH3 involve-movement and a slow growth process, requiring a long time ment is phot1-mediated destabilization of Lhcb and rbcL tran-(several days) to establish the response (Figures 1A and 8). In scripts (Folta and Kaufman, 2003). In the present study, we
Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioning | 23found for the ﬁrst time that NPH3 mediated both leaf position- ment and stomatal opening contribute only slightly to the en-ing and leaf ﬂattening in the phot1-dependent pathway (Fig- hancement of photosynthesis, particularly under the low lightures 5 and 6). In accord with these functional roles of NPH3, we environments.showed that NPH3 is localized on the plasma membrane,on which phot1 also localizes (Sakamoto and Briggs, 2002), Signaling Mechanism of Leaf Positioning andvia the coiled-coil domain and the C-terminus (Figure 4B). Leaf FlatteningThe co-localization of NPH3 and phot1 on the same mem- Without blue light, petioles were arched (Figure 1A, left). Thisbrane may facilitate phot1–NPH3 complex formation and sig- suggests that the upper side of the petiole might elongateing (Motchoulski and Liscum, 1999; Lariguet et al., 2006; more than the lower side. When blue light was superimposedFigure 3A). on red light, the epinastic growth of petioles was inhibited and NPH3 is suggested to function as a common signal com- caused the petioles to grow straight (Figure 1A, right). A sim-ponent in both phot1- and phot2-dependent pathways in ilar differential growth between irradiated and shaded sidesphototropism, since nph3 mutants showed no hypocotyl was previously reported in the coleoptile phototropism inphototropism under high irradiation with blue light (Sakai monocotyledons (Iino and Briggs, 1984; Haga et al., 2005).et al., 2000; Inada et al., 2004). Unexpectedly, we found that Such differential growth is induced by a lateral translocationthe leaf positioning and leaf ﬂattening responses were lost of auxin to the shaded side, and CPT1 is reported to function inin nph3 mutants under a very low intensity of blue light (Fig- this process (Friml et al., 2002; Haga et al., 2005). Moreover, theures 3A and 6A), but both responses were restored by high- mutants defective in auxin sensitivity, such as msg1/nph4 and Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012intensity blue light in both the nph3 and phot1 mutants axr4, have strongly curled leaves (Hobbie and Estelle, 1995;(Figures 5A and B, and 6B). These results suggest that the Watahiki and Yamamoto, 1997), as has been found in the phe-responses observed under a high blue light intensity might notype of the phot1 phot2 mutant (Sakai et al., 2001; Saka-be mediated by phot2, and that an additional signal compo- moto and Briggs, 2002). The leaf curling of the msg1/nph4nent other than NPH3 must be involved downstream from mutant is attributed to the differential growth between thephot2. upper and lower sides (Stowe-Evans et al., 1998). It is likely that the leaf positioning and leaf ﬂattening shown in this study areContribution of Responses to Phot1-Mediated also achieved by the differential growth in both the petiolesGrowth Enhancement and leaves, which might be achieved via the alteration of auxinWe demonstrated that the leaf positioning and leaf ﬂattening distribution. Further studies are needed to clarify the partici-responses actually contribute to blue light-dependent growth pation of auxin in these responses using transgenic plants inenhancement by increasing the amount of light captured which auxin distribution can be visualized (Friml et al., 2002).(Figures 1C–E and 7). Our ﬁndings add a means by which tooptimize photosynthesis through phototropin functions, inaddition to an understanding of the physiological and mor- METHODSphological changes in photosynthetic tissues under various Plant Materials and Growth Conditionslight environments (Niklas and Owens, 1989; Ballare and ´Scopel, 1997). Arabidopsis thaliana wild-type and mutants plants were In a previous work we demonstrated that phot1 dramati- grown under white ﬂuorescent lamps at 50 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1cally enhances plant growth in response to a very low intensity for 7 d under a 14/10 h light–dark cycle. The plants were thenof blue light, and that the enhancement is achieved by inte- transferred to red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) with or without bluegrating phot1-mediated responses, including those of chloro- light (0.1 or 5 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) under continuous light. All plantsplast accumulation (Jarillo et al., 2001; Kagawa et al., 2001; were grown at 24°C with a relative humidity of 55–75% inSakai et al., 2001), stomatal opening (Kinoshita et al., 2001; growth rooms. To determine growth, plants were grownDoi et al., 2004), and leaf ﬂattening (Sakamoto and Briggs, under red light (25 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1) with or without blue light2002; Takemiya et al., 2005). Although we suggested that leaf (0.1 lmol mÀ2 sÀ1). The T-DNA insertional mutant poolﬂattening was the largest factor responsible for growth en- CS22830, of M. Sussman and R. Amasino, was obtained fromhancement, we could not evaluate the contributions to the Arabidopsis Biological Research Center (The Ohio Stategrowth by these distinct responses. In the present study, we University, Columbus, OH, USA). We used nph3-6 as a null mu-found that NPH3 mediates leaf positioning and ﬂattening tant instead of the WS background nph3-202 mutant to com-but does not mediate chloroplast movement or stomatal open- pare growth on the Col background (Motchoulski and Liscum,ing. Taking advantage of this property of the nph3 mutant, we 1999; Figure 7).showed that this mutant slightly enhanced plant growth un-der our growth conditions, with active chloroplast movement Isolation of Mutants Lacking Blue Light-Inducedand stomatal opening in the mutant (Figure 7). These results Leaf Positioningindicate that leaf ﬂattening and positioning play an important We screened 34 000 EMS-mutagenized Arabidopsis seedlingsrole in maximizing photosynthesis, and that chloroplast move- of the M2 population and 30 000 T-DNA insertion seedlings
24 | Inoue et al. d Blue Light-Mediated Leaf Positioningby isolating the mutant lacking upward petiole growth under were designed at the right border of the T-DNA region onour experimental conditions. We obtained 32 mutants (23 lines the pD991 vector. For arbitrary degenerate primers, 5#-NTC-of the EMS-mutagenized population and nine lines of the T- GASTWTSGWGTT-3#, 5#-NGTCGASWGANAWGAA-3#, 5#-WGT-DNA insertional population) that showed horizontal petiole GNAGWANCANAGA-3#, 5#-TGWGNAGWANCASAGA-3#, 5#-growth. Of these, 11 lines were fertile and heritable pheno- AGWGNAGWANCAWAGG-3#, 5#-CAWCGICNGAIASGAA-3#, 5#-types in M3 generations. We found that one EMS mutant TCSTICGNACITWGGA-3#, and 5#-GTNCGASWCANAWGTT-3’and one T-DNA mutant expressed wild-type levels of phot1 were used. The ampliﬁed genomic DNA fragments wereprotein by immunoblotting using these mutants. The phot1 obtained by nested PCR twice, and were cloned into a pCR4-proteins in these two mutants exhibited autophosphorylation TOPO vector (Invitrogen) and sequenced.in response to blue light, and no mutation in the genomicPHOT1 of either mutant was found (data not shown). When Construction of Plant Transformation Vectorthe two mutants were crossed with each other, upward petiole To complement our nph3 mutants with the wild-type NPH3growth was impaired in all of the obtained F1 seedlings (data gene, we constructed a gene transfer vector bearing the geno-not shown), suggesting that the two mutations are allelic to mic NPH3 gene under the control of the native NPH3 promoter.each other. After three backcrosses to the wild type (Col-0 The genomic NPH3 gene, including 5’ and 3’ noncodingand WS, respectively), these two mutants were used in all sequences, was partially ampliﬁed by PCR from genomicexperiments. DNA of the wild type (Col-0) using oligonucleotide primers 5#-CCGGGAGCTCTCTCGCTAGCATAACCATAAACCCC-3’ and 5#- Downloaded from http://mplant.oxfordjournals.org/ by guest on June 8, 2012Preparation of Protoplasts from Guard Cells and TTGTTCGAATTGCATCCCTACGCG-3’ (for the ﬁrst half ofMesophyll Cells NPH3), and 5#-CGTCTTCTTAGAGCAGCAAACATGC-3’ and 5#-Protoplasts of guard and mesophyll cells from Arabidopsis CGCGGATCCGAAATCTGCAGACAGATAAGGCGTG-3’ (for thewere prepared enzymatically as reported by Ueno et al. second half of NPH3). These ampliﬁed DNA fragments were(2005) with slight modiﬁcations. The amount of protein was treated with SacI, or SacI and BamHI, respectively, and sub-determined as described previously (Bradford, 1976). cloned into pBluescript II KS (+) (Stratagene, La Jolla, CA, USA), respectively. The latter half of the NPH3 fragment wasExpression of NPH3 Transcripts Determined by RT-PCR cloned into the gene transfer vector pCAMBIA1300 (Cambia,Total RNAs were extracted from guard cell protoplasts, meso- Canberra, Australia) with SacI and BamHI sites. Then, the ﬁrstphyll cell protoplasts, leaves, stems, and roots of 4-week-old half of the NPH3 fragment was cloned into pCAMBIA1300 con-plants with ISOGEN (Nippon Gene, Tokyo, Japan). First-strand taining the latter half of the NPH3 fragment with the SacI site.cDNAs were synthesized from 5 lg of each total RNA by Super- The resulting vector was veriﬁed by DNA sequencing.Script III reverse transcriptase using oligo(dT)12–18 primer (Invi-trogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA). A 500 bp fragment of NPH3 cDNA Transformation of Arabidopsiswas ampliﬁed with the primers 5#-GGTTGGAGTTGGAGGTG- The gene transfer vector was introduced into AgrobacteriumGAG-3’ and 5#-GATCGTCGGGTCAGGATCTC-3#. As an internal tumefaciens (GV3101), and the Agrobacterium was trans-standard, a 350 bp fragment of ACT8 cDNA was used with formed into the nph3-201 and nph3-202 mutants by an A.the primers 5#-ACTTTACGCCAGTGGTCGTACAAC-3’ and 5#- tumefaciens-mediated method (Clough and Bent, 1998).AAGGACTTCTGGGCACCTGAATCT-3#. The PCR was obtained Transformed plants were selected on a half-strength MS plateafter 27 cycles for Figure 4A. containing 2% (w/v) sucrose and 30 lg mlÀ1 hygromycin. The For ampliﬁcation of the full-length NPH3 cDNA from the complementation test was performed using independentwild types (Col and WS) and from nph3-201 and nph3-202 transgenic lines from the T3 generation.mutants, total RNAs were prepared and ﬁrst-strand cDNAswere synthesized as described above. For PCRs, two pairs of Transient Expression Assays by Particle Bombardmentoligonucleotide primers were used: 5#-TTCCCTTGGTCCTTTCT- The cDNAs encoding the full-length, NPH3-201 fragment, andTGCTTCC-3’ and 5#-CTATCACTTCATGAAATTGAGTTCCTCC-3’ coiled-coil-C fragment of NPH3 protein were ampliﬁed by(for NPH3), and 5#-CTCAAGAGGTTCTCAGCAGTA-3’ and 5#- RT-PCR using the total RNA from wild-type seedlings withTCACCTTCTTCATCCGCAGTT-3’ (for TUB2). oligonucleotide primers 5#-CCATGGGGGAATCTGAGAGCGAC-3’ and 5#-CCGGCCATGGCTGAAATTGAGTTCCTCCATCGTCTTG-3’Thermal Asymmetric Interlaced (TAIL)-PCR (for full length), 5#-CCATGGGGGAATCTGAGAGCGAC-3’ andTo identify the T-DNA insertion site of the nph3-202 mutant, 5#- CCGGCCATGGCCATCACTTCCATCTCGTTCTGAAGC-3’ (forwe performed TAIL-PCR using genomic DNA from the mutant NPH3-201), and 5#-CCGGCCATGGCCTTTCAGGAAGGATGGGCT-seedlings. The PCR and thermal cycler programs were GCAG-3’ and 5#- CCGGCCATGGCTGAAATTGAGTTCCTCCATC-performed according to the method of Liu et al. (1995) with GTCTTG-3’ (for coiled-coil-C). The obtained cDNAs werea minor modiﬁcation. For the gene-speciﬁc primers, 5#-CCTA- cloned into the CaMV35S-sGFP(S65T)-NOS3’ vector with NcoITAAATACGACGGATCG-3#, 5#-ATAACGCTGCGGACATCTAC-3#, (Niwa et al., 1999). Plasmids expressing the coiled-coil andand 5#-TGATCCATGTAGATTTCCCG-3’ were used. The primers C-terminus fragments were constructed from the plasmid of
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