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Title: Lemna minor plants chronically exposed to ionising radiation: RNA-seq analysis indicates a dose rate dependent shift from acclimation to survival strategies
Authors: Van Hoeck, Arne
Horemans, Nele
Nauts, Robin
Van Hees, May
Vandenhove, Hildegarde
Blust, Ronny
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD
Citation: PLANT SCIENCE, 257, p. 84-95
Abstract: Ecotoxicological research provides knowledge on ionising radiation-induced responses in different plant species. However, the sparse data currently available are mainly extracted from acute exposure treatments. To provide a better understanding of environmental exposure scenarios, the response to stress in plants must be followed in more natural relevant chronic conditions. We previously showed morphological and biochemical responses in Lemna minor plants continuously exposed for 7 days in a dose-rate dependent manner. In this study responses on molecular (gene expression) and physiological (photosynthetic) level are evaluated in Leminor plants exposed to ionising radiation. To enable this, we examined the gene expression profiles of irradiated Leminor plants by using an RNA-seq approach. The gene expression data reveal indications that Leminor plants exposed at lower dose rates, can tolerate the exposure by triggering acclimation responses. In contrast, at the highest dose rate tested, a high number of genes related to antioxidative defense systems, DNA repair and cell cycle were differentially expressed suggesting that only high dose rates of ionising radiation drive Leminor plants into survival strategies. Notably, the photosynthetic process seems to be unaffected in Leminor plants among the tested dose rates. This study, supported by our earlier work, clearly indicates that plants shift from acclimation responses towards survival responses at increasing dose rates of ionising radiation. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Van Hoeck, Arne; Horernans, Nele; Nauts, Robin; Van Hees, May; Vandenhove, Hildegarde] CEN SCK, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol, Belgium. [Van Hoeck, Arne; Blust, Ronny] Univ Antwerp, Dept Biol, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerp, Belgium. [Horernans, Nele] Univ Hasselt, Ctr Environm Res, Univ Laan 1, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/24182
DOI: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2017.01.010
ISI #: 000397373300008
ISSN: 0168-9452
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
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