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Anh H. Ngo, Ying-Chen Lin, Yu-chi Liu, Katharina Gutbrod, Helga Peisker, Peter Dörmann and Yuki Nakamura* (2018) A pair of non-specific phospholipases C, NPC2 and NPC6, is involved in gametophyte development and glycerolipid metabolism in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist. 2018 April 14. doi: 10.1111/nph.15147.


Plant reproduction is a key to propagate species and rich harvest of agricultural product. A research team led by Dr. Nakamura discovered in Arabidopsis thaliana that successful gametogenesis requires a pair of non-specific phospholipase C (NPC), NPC2 and NPC6, a unique family of lipase found only in seed plants and certain bacterial species. Due to its potentially toxic activity to non-specifically degrades the cellular membrane lipids, this type of enzyme was thought to function only under certain stress conditions. Our finding on the function of NPC2 and NPC6, two last uncharacterized NPC family member, shed light on critical function of phospholipid catabolism in plant reproductive development. This work was conducted in collaboration with Prof. Peter Dörmann (University of Bonn, Germany).