cGMP in ozone and NO dependent responses

Luisa Ederli, Stuart Kurt Meier, Andrea Borgogni, Lara Reale, Francesco Ferranti, Chris Gehring, Stefania Pasqualini*

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We have recently reported that ozone (O3) can inhibit mitochondrial respiration and induce activation of the alternative oxidase (AOX) pathway and in particular AOX1a in tobacco. While O3 causes mitochondrial H2O2, early leaf nitric oxide (NO) as well as transient ethylene (ET) accumulation, the levels of jasmonic acid and 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid remained unchanged. It was shown that both, NO and ET dependent pathways can induce AOX1a transcription by O3. AOX plays a role in reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) which in turn are linked to biotic and abiotic plant stresses, much like the second messengers guanosine 3′, 5′-cyclic monophosphate (cGMP). The goal is to unravel specific cGMP signatures and induction pathways downstream from O3 and NO, including transcription of AOX1a. Here we propose that some late (>3 h) responses to NO, e.g., the accumulation of phenylalanine lyase (PAL) transcripts, are critically cGMP dependent, while the early (<2 h) responses, including AOX1a induction are not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-37
Number of pages2
JournalPlant Signaling and Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alternative oxidase (AOX)
  • Arabidopsis thaliana
  • Ethylene
  • Nicotiana tabacum L.
  • Nitric oxide
  • Ozone
  • cGMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science


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