Tissue-specific transcriptome profiling of the Arabidopsis inflorescence stem reveals local cellular signatures.
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Genome-wide gene expression maps with a high spatial resolution have substantially accelerated plant molecular science. However, the number of characterized tissues and growth stages is still small due to the limited accessibility of most tissues for protoplast isolation. Here, we provide gene expression profiles of the mature inflorescence stem of Arabidopsis thaliana covering a comprehensive set of distinct tissues. By combining fluorescence-activated nucleus sorting and laser-capture microdissection with next-generation RNA sequencing, we characterized the transcriptomes of xylem vessels, fibers, the proximal and distal cambium, phloem, phloem cap, pith, starch sheath, and epidermis cells. Our analyses classified more than 15,000 genes as being differentially expressed among different stem tissues and revealed known and novel tissue-specific cellular signatures. By determining overrepresented transcription factor binding regions in the promoters of differentially expressed genes, we identified candidate tissue-specific transcriptional regulators. Our datasets predict the expression profiles of an exceptional number of genes and allow hypotheses to be generated about the spatial organization of physiological processes. Moreover, we demonstrate that information about gene expression in a broad range of mature plant tissues can be established at high spatial resolution by nuclear mRNA profiling. Tissue-specific gene expression values can be accessed online at https://arabidopsis-stem.cos.uni-heidelberg.de/.



MeSH terms

Binding Sites
Cell Nucleus
Databases, Genetic
Gene Expression Profiling
Gene Expression Regulation, Plant
Green Fluorescent Proteins
Organ Specificity
Plant Stems
Promoter Regions, Genetic
RNA, Messenger
Species Specificity
Transcription Factors


Shi, Dongbo
Jouannet, Virginie
Agustí, Javier
Kaul, Verena
Levitsky, Victor
Sanchez, Pablo
Mironova, Victoria V
Greb, Thomas

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