Secretory and glandular trichomes (SGTs) are found on the surfaces of above ground plant tissues of approximately one third of all vascular plant species. Humans are familiar with these structures because they contain the essential oils that give cooking herbs their distinctive smell and taste. In addition to making foods taste better, these uni- and multi-cellular appendages are proposed to play a critical role in plant protection against various environmental stresses including herbivore attack, pathogen infection, extreme temperature, and excessive light.
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The ninth annual Plant Genomics @ Michigan State University Summer Undergraduate Research Program will run summer 2014. For information click here.
Recent publications from the project:
NEWEST: Kang, J-H., E. Gonzales-Vigil, Y. Matsuki, E. Pichersky and C. Barry. 2013. Determination of reidues responsible for substrate and product specificity of Solanum habrochaites short-chain cis-prenyltransferases. Plant Physiol. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.113.230466
- Li, C., Z. Wang and A.D. Jones. 2013 Chemical imaging of trichome specialized metabolites using contact printing and laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. Anal. and Bioanal. Chem. doi:10.1007/s00216-013-7444-6
- Ghosh, B., T.C. Westbrook, T.C. and A.D. Jones. 2013. Comparative structural profiling of trichome specialized metabolites in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and S. habrochaites: acylsugar profiles revealed by UHPLC/MS and NMR. Metabolomics. doi: 10.1007/s11306-013-0585-y
- Li, C., A. Schmidt, E. Pichersky, F. Shi, and A. D. Jones. 2013. Identification of methylated flavonoid regioisomeric metabolites using enzymatic semisynthesis and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry, Metabolomics, 9: S92-S101. doi: 10.1007/s11306-012-0451-3.
- Matsuba, Y, Nguyen, T.T., Wiegert, K., Falara, V., Gonzales-Vigil, E., Leong, B., Schafer, P., Kudrna, D., Wing, R.A., Bolger, A.M., Usadel, B., Tissier, A., Fernie, A.R., Barry, C.S., and Pichersky, E. 2013. Evolution of a complex locus for terpene biosynthesis in Solanum. 25: 2022-2036. doi:10.1105/tpc.113.111013.
- Akhtar, T.A., Matsuba, Y., Schauvinhold, I., Yu, G., Lees, H.A., Klein, S.E. and Pichersky, E. 2013. The tomato cis-prenyltransferase gene family. Plant J., 73(4):640-52. doi: 10.1111/tpj.12063.
- Kim, J., K. Kang, E. Gonzales-Vigil, F. Shi, C.S. Barry, A.D. Jones and R.L. Last. 2012. Mass spectrometry reveals strong diversity in glandular trichome acylsugars of the wild tomato Solanum habrochaites. Plant Physiol. 160 (4), 1854-1870. doi:10.1104/pp.112.204735
- Schilmiller, A.L., A.L. Charbonneau and R.L. Last. 2012. Identification of a BAHD acetyltransferase that produces protective acyl sugars in tomato trichomes. Proc. Natl. Acad. U.S.A. 109:16377-16382. doi:10.1073/pnas.1207906109.
- Milo, R. and R.L. Last. 2012. Achieving diversity in the face of constraints - lessons from metabolism. Science. 336:1663-1667. doi: 10.1126/science.1217665
- Gonzales-Vigil, E., D.E. Hufnagel, J. Kim, R.L. Last and C.S. Barry. (2012) Evolution of TPS20-related terpene synthases influences chemical diversity in the glandular trichomes of the wild tomato relative Solanum habrochaites. Plant J.71: 921–935. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2012.05040.x
- Characterization of a flavonol 3-O-methyltransferase in the trichomes of the wild tomato species Solanum habrochaites. 2012. Planta. 236(3):839-49. doi: 10.1007/s00425-012-1676-0.
- Schilmiller , A.L., E. Pichersky and R.L. Last. (2012) Taming the hydra of specialized metabolism: how systems biology and comparative approaches are revolutionizing plant biochemistry. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. Published Online 12 January. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2011.12.005
- L. W. Sumner, D. S. Yang, B. J. Bench, B. S. Watson, C. Li, and A. D. Jones. Spatially resolved plant metabolomics. inBiology of Plant Metabolomics, Annual Plant Reviews, Volume 43, R. Hall, Ed., Chapter 11, pp. 344-366, Wiley/Blackwell, 2011. doi: 10.1002/9781444339956.ch11
- Falara, V., T. Akhtar, T.H. Nguyen, E.A. Spyropoulou, P.M. Bleeker, I. Schauvinhold, Y. Matsuba, M.E. Bonini, A.L. Schilmiller, R.L. Last, R.C. Schuurink and E. Pichersky. (2011) Plant Physiol. 157 (2), 770-789. doi: 10.1104/pp.111.179648
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LiveScience.Com piece on the AT2 gene. An article on the project can be found here.
RNA-seq data from trichome RNA isolated from seven S. habrochaites accessions is available in Genbank (SRX159744, SRX159100, SRX159765, SRX159766, SRX159767, SRX159768, and SRX159769). See Kim et al. (2012) for details.
S. lycopersicum trichome proteomics data now in GenBank.
2.3 Million project EST sequences available in GenBank.
ESTs of total trichomes of S. lycopersicum LA3475 (M82 cultivated tomato) are available as experiment SRX004021.
ESTs of type VI glands of S. lycopersicum LA3475 (M82 cultivated tomato) are available as experiment SRX004022.
ESTs of total trichomes of S. pennellii LA0716 are available as experiment SRX011590.
ESTs of total trichomes of S. habrochaites LA1777 are available as experiment SRX011591.
ESTs of type VI glands of S. habrochaites LA1777 are available as experiment SRX011592.
ESTs of type VI glands of S. pimpinellifolium LA1589 are available as experiment SRX011593.
ESTs of type VI glands of S. arcanum LA1708 are available as experiment SRX011594.
A total of 26,000 Sanger EST sequences from the project are available from GenBank. These are from S. habrochaites PI126449 type VI glands, S. habrochaites LA1777 types I and IV glands, S. lycopersicum LA3475 types I and VII and S. pennellii LA0716 types IV and VI glands.
Computer assembled consensus assemblies for these trichome ESTs are available for search here. Note that these contigs have not been assessed by human annotation or experimentally validated.