Plant Cell 2020 12 30;32(12):3939-3960. Epub 2020 Sep 30.
Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 63130
Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P) is an essential membrane signature for both autophagy and endosomal sorting that is synthesized in plants by the class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) complex, consisting of the VPS34 kinase, together with ATG6, VPS15, and either VPS38 or ATG14 as the fourth subunit. Although Arabidopsis () plants missing the three core subunits are infertile, mutants are viable but have aberrant leaf, root, and seed development, Suc sensing, and endosomal trafficking, suggesting that VPS38 and ATG14 are nonredundant. Here, we evaluated the role of ATG14 through a collection of clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 and T-DNA insertion mutants disrupting the two Arabidopsis paralogs. Read More