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Articles by Andrew J. Millar in JoVE
Genomic Transformation of the Picoeukaryote Ostreococcus tauri
Gerben van Ooijen1, Kirsten Knox1, Katalin Kis1, François-Yves Bouget2,3, Andrew J. Millar1
1SynthSys, University of Edinburgh, 2Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 06, 3UMR 7621, Laboratoire d'Océanographie Microbienne, Observatoire Océanologique, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 06
This article describes genetic transformation of the unicellular marine alga Ostreococcus tauri by electroporation. This eukaryotic organism is an effective model platform for higher plants, possesing greatly reduced genomic and cellular complexity and being readily amenable to both cell culture and chemical biology.
Other articles by Andrew J. Millar on PubMed
Plant Physiology. Jun, 2003 | Pubmed ID: 12805602
Response Regulator Homologues Have Complementary, Light-dependent Functions in the Arabidopsis Circadian Clock
Planta. Nov, 2003 | Pubmed ID: 12955513
TIMING OF CAB EXPRESSION 1 ( TOC1) functions with CIRCADIAN CLOCK-ASSOCIATED 1 (CCA1) in a transcriptional feedback loop that is important for the circadian clock in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. TOC1 and its four paralogues, the Arabidopsis PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATOR (PRR) genes, are expressed in an intriguing daily sequence. This was proposed to form a second feedback loop, similar to the interlocking clock gene circuits in other taxa. We show that prr9 and prr5 null mutants have reciprocal period defects for multiple circadian rhythms, consistent with subtly altered expression patterns of CCA1 and TOC1. The period defects are conditional on light quality and combine additively in double-mutant plants. Thus PRR9 and PRR5 modulate light input to the circadian clock but are neither uniquely required for rhythm generation nor form a linear series of mutual PRR gene regulation.
Plant Physiology. Mar, 2006 | Pubmed ID: 16428597
The circadian system of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) includes feedback loops of gene regulation that generate 24-h oscillations. Components of these loops remain to be identified; none of the known components is completely understood, including ZEITLUPE (ZTL), a gene implicated in regulated protein degradation. ztl mutations affect both circadian and developmental responses to red light, possibly through ZTL interaction with PHYTOCHROME B (PHYB). We conducted a large-scale genetic screen that identified additional clock-affecting loci. Other mutants recovered include 11 new ztl alleles encompassing mutations in each of the ZTL protein domains. Each mutation lengthened the circadian period, even in dark-grown seedlings entrained to temperature cycles. A mutation of the LIGHT, OXYGEN, VOLTAGE (LOV)/Period-ARNT-Sim (PAS) domain was unique in retaining wild-type responses to red light both for the circadian period and for control of hypocotyl elongation. This uncoupling of ztl phenotypes indicates that interactions of ZTL protein with multiple factors must be disrupted to generate the full ztl mutant phenotype. Protein interaction assays showed that the ztl mutant phenotypes were not fully explained by impaired interactions with previously described partner proteins Arabidopsis S-phase kinase-related protein 1, TIMING OF CAB EXPRESSION 1, and PHYB. Interaction with PHYB was unaffected by mutation of any ZTL domain. Mutation of the kelch repeat domain affected protein binding at both the LOV/PAS and the F-box domains, indicating that interaction among ZTL domains leads to the strong phenotypes of kelch mutations. Forward genetics continues to provide insight regarding both known and newly discovered components of the circadian system, although current approaches have saturated mutations at some loci.
The Contributions of Interlocking Loops and Extensive Nonlinearity to the Properties of Circadian Clock Models
PloS One. 2010 | Pubmed ID: 21152419
Sensitivity and robustness are essential properties of circadian clock systems, enabling them to respond to the environment but resist noisy variations. These properties should be recapitulated in computational models of the circadian clock. Highly nonlinear kinetics and multiple loops are often incorporated into models to match experimental time-series data, but these also impact on model properties for clock models.
Consistent Robustness Analysis (CRA) Identifies Biologically Relevant Properties of Regulatory Network Models
PloS One. 2010 | Pubmed ID: 21179566
A number of studies have previously demonstrated that "goodness of fit" is insufficient in reliably classifying the credibility of a biological model. Robustness and/or sensitivity analysis is commonly employed as a secondary method for evaluating the suitability of a particular model. The results of such analyses invariably depend on the particular parameter set tested, yet many parameter values for biological models are uncertain.
Partners in Time: EARLY BIRD Associates with ZEITLUPE and Regulates the Speed of the Arabidopsis Clock
Plant Physiology. Apr, 2011 | Pubmed ID: 21300918
The circadian clock of the model plant Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) is made up of a complex series of interacting feedback loops whereby proteins regulate their own expression across day and night. early bird (ebi) is a circadian mutation that causes the clock to speed up: ebi plants have short circadian periods, early phase of clock gene expression, and are early flowering. We show that EBI associates with ZEITLUPE (ZTL), known to act in the plant clock as a posttranslational mediator of protein degradation. However, EBI is not degraded by its interaction with ZTL. Instead, ZTL counteracts the effect of EBI during the day and increases it at night, modulating the expression of key circadian components. The partnership of EBI with ZTL reveals a novel mechanism involved in controlling the complex transcription-translation feedback loops of the clock. This work highlights the importance of cross talk between the ubiquitination pathway and transcriptional control for regulation of the plant clock.
Genome Biology. 2011 | Pubmed ID: 21429190
Map based cloning in Arabidopsis thaliana can be a difficult and time-consuming process, specifically if the phenotype is subtle and scoring labour intensive. Here, we have re-sequenced the 120-Mb genome of a novel Arabidopsis clock mutant early bird (ebi-1) in Wassilewskija (Ws-2). We demonstrate the utility of sequencing a backcrossed line in limiting the number of SNPs considered. We identify a SNP in the gene AtNFXL-2 as the likely cause of the ebi-1 phenotype.