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  Z. Q Liu , J Gao , A. W Dong and W. H. Shen

Chromatin remodeling is thought to have crucial roles in plant adaptive response to environmental stimulus. Here, we report that, in Arabidopsis, the evolutionarily conserved histone chaperone, NUCLEOSOME ASSEMBLY PROTEIN 1 (NAP1), is involved in plant response to abscisic acid (ABA), a phytohormone important in stress adaptation. We show that simultaneous loss-of-function of AtNAP1;1, AtNAP1;2, and AtNAP1;3 (the triple mutant m123-1) caused a slight hypersensitive response to ABA in seedling growth. Strikingly, the other triple mutant m123-2 containing a different mutant allele of AtNAP1;3, the Atnap1;3-2 allele, showed a hyposensitive response to ABA and a decreased tolerance to salt stress. This ABA-hyposensitive and salt response phenotype specifically associated with the Atnap1;3-2 mutant allele. We show that this mutant allele produced a truncated protein, AtNAP1;3T, which lacks 34 amino acids at the C-terminus compared to the wild-type protein AtNAP1;3. We further show that the heterozygous plants containing the Atnap1;3-2 mutant allele as well as transgenic plants overexpressing AtNAP1;3T exhibit ABA-hyposensitive phenotype. It thus indicates that AtNAP1;3T functions as a dominant negative factor in ABA response. The expression of some ABA-responsive genes, including genes encoding protein kinases and transcription regulators, was found perturbed in the mutant and in the AtNAP1;3T transgenic plants. Taken together, our study uncovered AtNAP1 proteins as positive regulators and AtNAP1;3T as a negative regulator in ABA signaling pathways, providing a novel link of chromatin remodeling to hormonal and stress responses.

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