Characterisation of the trans-membrane nucleoporins GP210 and NDC1 in Arabidopsis thaliana

Patrick P. Collins, Ronan C. Broad, Krithika Yogeeswaran, Arvind Varsani, Anthony M. Poole, David A. Collings*

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    The nuclear pore is structurally conserved across eukaryotes as are many of the pore's constituent proteins. The transmembrane nuclear pore proteins GP210 and NDC1 span the nuclear envelope holding the nuclear pore in place. Orthologues of GP210 and NDC1 in Arabidopsis were investigated through characterisation of T-DNA insertional mutants. While the T-DNA insert into GP210 reduced expression of the gene, the insert in the NDC1 gene resulted in increased expression in both the ndc1 mutant as well as the ndc1/gp210 double mutant. The ndc1 and gp210 individual mutants showed little phenotypic difference from wild-type plants, but the ndc1/gp210 mutant showed a range of phenotypic effects. As with many plant nuclear pore protein mutants, these effects included non-nuclear phenotypes such as reduced pollen viability, reduced growth and glabrous leaves in mature plants. Importantly, however, ndc1/gp210 exhibited nuclear-specific effects including modifications to nuclear shape in different cell types. We also observed functional changes to nuclear transport in ndc1/gp210 plants, with low levels of cytoplasmic fluorescence observed in cells expressing nuclear-targeted GFP. The lack of phenotypes in individual insertional lines, and the relatively mild phenotype suggests that additional transmembrane nucleoporins, such as the recently-discovered CPR5, likely compensate for their loss.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number111719
    JournalPlant Science
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2023


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