Introduction: Molecular factors are differentially observed in various bent sectors of poplar (Populus nigra) woody taproots. Responses to stress are modulated by a complex interplay among different hormones and signal transduction pathways. In recent years, metabolomics has been recognized as a powerful tool to characterize metabolic network regulation, and it has been widely applied to investigate plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. Objectives: In this paper we used metabolomics to understand if long term-bending stress induces a “spatial” and a “temporal” metabolic reprogramming in woody poplar roots. Methods: By NMR spectroscopy and statistical analysis we investigated the unstressed and three portions of stressed root (above-bent, bent, and below-bent) sectors collected at 12 (T0), 13 (T1) and 14 (T2) months after stress induction. Results: The data indicate a clear between-class separation of control and stressed regions, based on the metabolites regulation, during both spatial and temporal changes. We found that taproots, as a consequence of the stress, try to restore homeostasis and normal metabolic fluxes thorough the synthesis and/or accumulation of specific compounds related to mechanical forces distribution along the bent taproot. Conclusion: The data demonstrate that the impact of mechanical stress on plant biology can efficiently be studied by NMR-based metabolomics.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11306-016-0995-8|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000372156700006|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-84960417406|
|Titolo:||Monitoring spatial and temporal metabolic dynamics of woody poplar root under mechanical stress conditions by NMR-based metabolomics|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|