Plant Growth Regulation

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 1–8 | Cite as

ROP-GEF signal transduction is involved in AtCAP1-regulated root hair growth

  • Chongzheng Huang
  • Xuemiao jiao
  • Ling Yang
  • Mimi Zhang
  • Mengmemg Dai
  • Li Wang
  • Kai Wang
  • Ling BaiEmail author
  • Chunpeng Song
Brief communication


CAP1 ([Ca2+] cyt-associated protein kinase) is a member of the Arabidopsis CrRLK1L receptor-like kinase family, which has been characterized as functioning in regulating root hair polar growth. A deficiency of CAP1 results in short root hairs. In order to understand the regulation mechanism of CAP1 in root hair growth, Y2H and BiFC assays were used, and guanine nucleotide exchange factor1 (GEF1) was identified as the interacting factor of CAP1. Overexpression of GEF1 can rescue cap1-1 short root hair to some extent. GEF can activate Rho-related GTPase of plants (ROPs), and ROPs play important roles in plant signal transduction and developmental regulation. The total ROP protein content of cap1-1 roots was less than that of the wild type. Overexpression of ROP2 or 6 can partially restore cap1-1 root hair growth. Our results thus suggest that the ROP-GEF signalling pathway is involved in CAP1-regulated root hair tip growth and development.


Arabidopsis CAP1 GEF ROP Root hair 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31570287).

Author contributions

LB and CPS conceived and directed the project. LB and CZH designed all experiments. CZH, XMJ, LY, MMZ, MMD, LW and KW did all of experiments on Arabidopsis. LB and CZH performed the integrated data analysis. LB and CZH wrote the manuscript with the assistance and approval of all authors.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chongzheng Huang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xuemiao jiao
    • 1
  • Ling Yang
    • 1
  • Mimi Zhang
    • 1
  • Mengmemg Dai
    • 1
  • Li Wang
    • 1
  • Kai Wang
    • 1
  • Ling Bai
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chunpeng Song
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Plant Stress Biology, State Key Laboratory of Cotton Biology, Department of BiologyHenan UniversityKaifengChina
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringPingdingshan UniversityPingdingshanChina

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