SCM, a leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase, is required for root epidermal cells to appropriately interpret their location and generate the proper cell-type pattern during Arabidopsis root development. Here, via a screen for scm-like mutants we describe a new allele of the QKY gene. We find that QKY is required for the appropriate spatial expression of several epidermal cell fate regulators in a similar manner as SCM in roots, and that QKY and SCM are necessary for the efficient movement of CPC between epidermal cells. We also show that turnover of SCM is mediated by a vacuolar degradation pathway triggered by ubiquitination, and that QKY prevents this SCM ubiquitination through their physical interaction. These results suggest that QKY stabilizes SCM through interaction, and this complex facilitates CPC movement between the epidermal cells to help establish the cell-type pattern in the Arabidopsis root epidermis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)