Transcriptional profiling of the CAM plant Agave salmiana reveals conservation of a genetic program for regeneration

Sergio Alan Cervantes-Pérez, Annie Espinal-Centeno, Araceli Oropeza-Aburto, Juan Caballero-Pérez, Francisco Falcon, Alejandro Aragón-Raygoza, Lino Sánchez-Segura, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Andrés Cruz-Hernández, Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez

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In plants, the best characterized plant regeneration process is de novo organogenesis. This type of regeneration is characterized by the formation of a multicellular structure called callus. Calli are induced via phytohormone treatment of plant sections. The callus formation in plants like Agave species with Crassulacean Acid Metabolism (CAM) is poorly studied. In this study, we induced callus formation from Agave salmiana leaves and describe cell arrangement in this tissue. Moreover, we determined and analyzed the transcriptional program of calli, as well as those of differentiated root and leaf tissues, by using RNA-seq. We were able to reconstruct 170,844 transcripts of which 40,644 have a full Open Reading Frame (ORF). The global profile obtained by Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) reveals that several callus-enriched protein coding transcripts are orthologs of previously reported factors highly expressed in Arabidopsis calli. At least 62 genes were differentially expressed in Agave calli, 50 of which were up-regulated. Several of these are actively involved in the perception of, and response to, auxin and cytokinin. Not only are these the first results for the A. salmiana callus, but they provide novel data from roots and leaves of this Agave species, one of the largest non-tree plants in nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-39
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopmental Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2018


  • Agave salmiana
  • Callus
  • Conservation-CAM
  • RNAseq-cell reprogramming
  • Regeneration


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