Feeling every bit of winter - distributed temperature sensitivity in vernalization

Antoniou-Kourounioti, R. L. , Zhao, Y., Dean, C. and Howard, M. (2021) Feeling every bit of winter - distributed temperature sensitivity in vernalization. Frontiers in Plant Science, 12, 628726. (doi: 10.3389/fpls.2021.628726) (PMID:33584778) (PMCID:PMC7873433)

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Temperature intrinsically influences all aspects of biochemical and biophysical processes. Organisms have therefore evolved strategies to buffer themselves against thermal perturbations. Many organisms also use temperature signals as cues to align behavior and development with certain seasons. These developmentally important thermosensory mechanisms have generally been studied in constant temperature conditions. However, environmental temperature is an inherently noisy signal, and it has been unclear how organisms reliably extract specific temperature cues from fluctuating temperature profiles. In this context, we discuss plant thermosensory responses, focusing on temperature sensing throughout vernalization in Arabidopsis. We highlight many different timescales of sensing, which has led to the proposal of a distributed thermosensing paradigm. Within this paradigm, we suggest a classification system for thermosensors. Finally, we focus on the longest timescale, which is most important for sensing winter, and examine the different mechanisms in which memory of cold exposure can be achieved.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Vernalization, temperature-sensing, mathematical modeling, FLC, Arabidopsis, climate change, temperature fluctuations.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Antoniou Kourounioti, Dr Rea Laila
Authors: Antoniou-Kourounioti, R. L., Zhao, Y., Dean, C., and Howard, M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Molecular Biosciences
Journal Name:Frontiers in Plant Science
Publisher:Frontiers Media
ISSN (Online):1664-462X
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Antoniou-Kourounioti, Zhao, Dean and Howard
First Published:First published in Frontiers in Plant Science 12: 628726
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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