High-temperature stress during grain filling hastens the growth rate of endosperm and causes grain chalkiness. Scanning microscopy of chalky areas reveals loosely packed, rounded starch granules with occasional small pits. Intensive investigation of the transcriptome, proteome, and metabolome in developing caryopses under high-temperature stress revealed the downregulation of starch synthesis enzymes and the upregulation of α-amylases. High-temperature ripening may unbalance the synthesis and degradation of starch in the developing endosperm cells. In addition to starches, storage proteins are synthesized, assembled, and stored in developing seeds. Several lines of evidence suggest that redox regulation affects seed maturation, including the accumulation of storage starches and proteins, and thus grain quality. A heat-tolerant cultivar of rice shows a characteristic high expression of superoxide dismutase (SOD). H_2O_2 produced by SOD under hightemperature stress possibly acts as a signal that rapidly can promote the expression of stressresponse proteins. Herein, we will discuss the possible molecular physiology of grain chalking under high-temperature stress.
starch synthesis and degradation
reactive oxygen species
Plant Production Science
The Crop Science Society of Japan
Taylor & Francis
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