Chin Bull Bot ›› 2018, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (1): 42-50.doi: 10.11983/CBB17058

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Histone Chaperone AtHIRA is Involved in Somatic Homologous Recombination and Salinity Response in Arabidopsis

Cheng Chen1,2, Aiwu Dong1,2, Wei Su1,2,*()   

  1. 1College of Life Sciences, Fudan University, Shanghai 200438, China
    2Department of Biochemistry, Fudan University, Shanghai 200438, China
  • Received:2017-03-22 Accepted:2017-08-30 Online:2018-08-10 Published:2018-01-01
  • Contact: Wei Su


Histone regulator (HIRA) is a specific chaperone for histone H3.3 and plays an important role in the incorporation of histone H3.3 into chromatin. HIRA is indispensable in mammalian embryo development and DNA damage repair process, but we have few studies of the function of an HIRA homolog in plants. Here, we studied the function of Arabidopsis thaliana AtHIRA in somatic homologous recombination (HR) and meiotic homologous recombination. We used the somatic HR system and the meiotic homologous recombination system in wild type and the hira-1 mutant, a loss- of-function mutant of AtHIRA. Both intramolecular and intermolecular HR frequency was lower in hira-1 than the wild type under normal growth conditions and under bleomycin or UV-C treatment, with no significant difference in the frequency of meiotic recombination of microsporocytes between the wild type and hira-1 mutant under normal growth conditions. As well, under normal growth conditions or bleomycin treatment, loss-of-function of AtHIRA in Arabidopsis did not affect the DNA damage level. On qRT-PCR, the expression of RAD51 and RAD54, two DNA repair-related genes, was higher in hira-1 than the wild type. In addition, hira-1 had a salt-sensitive phenotype as compared with the wild type under salt stress. AtHIRA may play a role in somatic HR and the salinity response in Arabidopsis.

Key words: HIRA, homologous recombination, DNA damage repair, meiotic, salt stress

Table 1

Primers used in this study"

Primer name Primer sequence (5′-3′)

Figure 1

hira1 mutant shows reduced homologus recombination frequency compared with Col-0 of Arabidopsis(A) Scheme of homologus recombination (HR) event in intramolecular line 1445. The two fragments of GUS gene can recombine to form a function GUS gene after a HR event; (B) Scheme of HR event in intermolecular line IC9C. The recombination of separated GUS fragments require intermolecular interaction to restore a functional GUS gene after a HR event; (C) Arabidopsis leaf with arrow labeled blue spots/sectors represent a functional GUS gene, which indicate an independent HR event (Bar=500 μm); (D) Comparison of intramolecular recombination frequency between Col-0 and hira-1; (E) Comparison of intermolecular recombination frequency between Col-0 and hira-1. WT: Wild type; HR: Homologus recombination. * P<0.05; ** P<0.01"

Figure 2

Effect of AtHIRA mutation on DNA damage level and expression level of DNA repair genes (means±SD)(A) Expression level of GUS gene in wild type and hira-1 mutant of Arabidopsis under normal conditions and bleomycin treatment; (B) Representative comet images of wild-type and hira-1 nuclei after bleomycin treatment (Bar=10 μm); (C) The average percentage of DNA in comet tails of wild type and hira-1 mutant. More than 100 individual nuclei were recorded and calculated; (D) Relative expression level of DNA repair genes by RT-qPCR between wild type and hira-1. Three biological repeats were analyzed."

Figure 3

Comparison of meiotic recombination frequency between wild type (WT) and hira-1 mutant of Arabidopsis using the fluorescent tagged line tetrad analysis system(A) Examples of tetrad fluorescent patterns including no cross over (NCO), two types of single cross overs (SCO-C-Y and SCO- Y-R) and one type of double cross over (DCO). The schematic representation of corresponding CO events is shown at right of each tetrad class (Bars=10 μm); (B) Number of each tetrad fluorescent patterns observed in wild type and hira-1."

Figure 4

Arabidopsis mutant hira-1 exhibited hypersensitivi- ty to salt stress (means±SD)(A) Phenotypes of 7-day-old seedlings of wild type (WT) and hira-1 grown on media containing 0, 50, 100, and 150 mmol·L-1 NaCl (Bar=1 cm); (B) Comparison of green cotyledon expansion rates of 7-day-old seedlings between wild type and hira-1. Over 100 seeds each genotype were recorded. Three biological repeats were analyzed."

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