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Flavonols accumulate asymmetrically and affect auxin transport in Arabidopsis.

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Kuhn Benjamin M, Geisler Markus, Bigler Laurent, Ringli Christoph,
Project Different levels of regulation of cell growth and cell wall formation in Arabidopsis: The plant TOR pathway and flavonols modulate cell development
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Plant Physiology
Volume (Issue) 156(2)
Page(s) 585 - 95
Title of proceedings Plant Physiology
DOI 10.1104/pp.111.175976

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


Flavonoids represent a class of secondary metabolites with diverse functions in plants including ultraviolet protection, pathogen defense, and interspecies communication. They are also known as modulators of signaling processes in plant and animal systems and therefore are considered to have beneficial effects as nutraceuticals. The rol1-2 (for repressor of lrx1) mutation of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) induces aberrant accumulation of flavonols and a cell-growth phenotype in the shoot. The hyponastic cotyledons, aberrant shape of pavement cells, and deformed trichomes in rol1-2 mutants are suppressed by blocking flavonoid biosynthesis, suggesting that the altered flavonol accumulation in these plants induces the shoot phenotype. Indeed, the identification of several transparent testa, myb, and fls1 (for flavonol synthase1) alleles in a rol1-2 suppressor screen provides genetic evidence that flavonols interfere with shoot development in rol1-2 seedlings. The increased accumulation of auxin in rol1-2 seedlings appears to be caused by a flavonol-induced modification of auxin transport. Quantification of auxin export from mesophyll protoplasts revealed that naphthalene-1-acetic acid but not indole-3-acetic acid transport is affected by the rol1-2 mutation. Inhibition of flavonol biosynthesis in rol1-2 fls1-3 restores naphthalene-1-acetic acid transport to wild-type levels, indicating a very specific mode of action of flavonols on the auxin transport machinery.