Chloroplasts are integral to sensing biotic and abiotic stress in plants, but their role in transducing Ca2+-mediated stress signals remains poorly understood1,2. Here we identify cMCU, a member of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) family, as an ion channel mediating Ca2+ flux into chloroplasts in vivo. Using a toolkit of aequorin reporters targeted to chloroplast stroma and the cytosol in cMCU wild-type and knockout lines, we provide evidence that stress-stimulus-specific Ca2+ dynamics in the chloroplast stroma correlate with expression of the channel. Fast downstream signalling events triggered by osmotic stress, involving activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) MAPK3 and MAPK6, and the transcription factors MYB60 and ethylene-response factor 6 (ERF6), are influenced by cMCU activity. Relative to wild-type plants, cMCU knockouts display increased resistance to long-term water deficit and improved recovery on rewatering. Modulation of stromal Ca2+ in specific processing of stress signals identifies cMCU as a component of plant environmental sensing.

A chloroplast-localized mitochondrial calcium uniporter transduces osmotic stress in Arabidopsis

Enrico Teardo;Luca Carraretto;Roberto Moscatiello;Enrico Cortese;Mattia Vicario;FESTA, MARGHERITA;Lorenzo Maso;DE BORTOLI, SARA;Tito Calì;Elide Formentin
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Laura Cendron;Lorella Navazio
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Ildikò Szabò
2019

Abstract

Chloroplasts are integral to sensing biotic and abiotic stress in plants, but their role in transducing Ca2+-mediated stress signals remains poorly understood1,2. Here we identify cMCU, a member of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) family, as an ion channel mediating Ca2+ flux into chloroplasts in vivo. Using a toolkit of aequorin reporters targeted to chloroplast stroma and the cytosol in cMCU wild-type and knockout lines, we provide evidence that stress-stimulus-specific Ca2+ dynamics in the chloroplast stroma correlate with expression of the channel. Fast downstream signalling events triggered by osmotic stress, involving activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPK) MAPK3 and MAPK6, and the transcription factors MYB60 and ethylene-response factor 6 (ERF6), are influenced by cMCU activity. Relative to wild-type plants, cMCU knockouts display increased resistance to long-term water deficit and improved recovery on rewatering. Modulation of stromal Ca2+ in specific processing of stress signals identifies cMCU as a component of plant environmental sensing.
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