Yang Tao, Dan Chen, Ting Zou, Jing Zeng, Fengyan Gao, Zhongshan He, Dan Zhou, Zhiyuan He, Guoqiang Yuan, Miaomiao Liu, Hongfeng Zhao, Qiming Deng, Shiquan Wang, Aiping Zheng, Jun Zhu, Yueyang Liang, Lingxia Wang, Ping Li*, Shuangcheng Li*
The Plant Journal（IF=5.775，TOP），2019，99：556-570
Meiosis is critical for sexual reproduction and the generation of new allelic variations in most eukaryotes. In this study, we report the isolation of a meiotic gene, DLC1, using a map‐based cloning strategy. The dlc1 mutant is sterile in both male and female gametophytes due to an earlier defect in the leptotene chromosome and subsequent abnormalities at later stages. DLC1 is strongly expressed in the pollen mother cells (PMCs) and tapetum and encodes a nucleus‐located rice type‐B response regulator (RR) with transcriptional activity. Further investigations showed that DLC1 interacts with all five putative rice histidine phosphotransfer proteins (HPs) in yeast and planta cells, suggesting a possible participation of the two‐component signalling systems (TCS) in rice meiosis. Our results demonstrated that DLC1 is required for rice meiosis and fertility, providing useful information for the role of TCS in rice meiosis.