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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: The Phytochrome-Interacting Transcription Factor, Pif3, Acts Early, Selectively, and Positively in Light-Induced Chloroplast Development

Authors
item Monte, Elena - ARS-UCB PLNT GENE EXP CTR
item Tepperman, James - ARS-UCB PLNT GENE EXP CTR
item Al-Sady, Bassem - ARS-UCB PLNT GENE EXP CTR
item Kaczorowski, Karen - ARS-UCB PLNT GENE EXP CTR
item Alonso, Jose - SALK INST BIOL STUDIES
item Ecker, Joseph - SALK INST BIOL STUDIES
item Li, Xin - MAXYGEN REDWOOD CITY CA
item Zhang, Yuelin - MAXYGEN REDWOOD CITY CA
item Quail, Peter - ARS-UCB PLNT GENE EXP CTR

Submitted to: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 30, 2004
Publication Date: October 25, 2004
Repository URL: http://www.pnas.org/content/101/46/16091.full.pdf+html
Citation: Monte, E., Tepperman, J.M., Al-Sady, B., Kaczorowski, K.A., Alonso, J.M., Ecker, J.R., Li, X., Zhang, Y., Quail, P.H. 2004. The phytochrome-interacting transcription factor, PIF3, acts early, selectively, and positively in light-induced chloroplast development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 101(46):16091-16098.

Interpretive Summary: The phytochrome (phy) family of sensory photoreceptors transduce informational light signals to selected nuclear genes, inducing plant growth and developmental responses appropriate to the environment. Existing data suggest that one signaling pathway by which this occurs involves direct, intranuclear interaction of the photoactivated phy molecule with PIF3, a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor. We provide evidence that PIF3 is necessary for early chloroplast greening and rapid phy-induced expression of nuclear genes encoding chloroplast components upon first exposure of seedlings to light, a critical facet of the early seedling development, the generation of a functional photosynthetic apparatus. The data suggest that PIF3 may function in early phy signaling at the dark-to-light transition, not only during initial seedling establishment, but daily at dawn under natural light-dark cycles.

Technical Abstract: The phytochrome (phy) family of sensory photoreceptors transduce informational light signals to selected nuclear genes, inducing plant growth and developmental responses appropriate to the environment. Existing data suggest that one signaling pathway by which this occurs involves direct, intranuclear interaction of the photoactivated phy molecule with PIF3, a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor. Here, we provide evidence from recently identified pif3 mutant alleles that PIF3 is necessary for early chloroplast greening and rapid phy-induced expression of nuclear genes encoding chloroplast components upon first exposure of seedlings to light. Therefore, these data indicate that PIF3 functions to transduce phy signals to genes involved in a critical facet of the early seedling deetiolation process, the generation of a functional photosynthetic apparatus. When transgenically expressed GUS:PIF3 fusion protein constructs were used, we found that PIF3 protein levels are rapidly and reversibly modulated by the photoreceptor over diurnal cycles in Arabidopsis seedlings. The PIF3 protein declines rapidly to a basal steady-state level upon initial light exposure, but reaccumulates to preirradiation levels in darkness during the subsequent night period. These data suggest that PIF3 may function in early phy signaling at the dark-to-light transition, not only during initial seedling deetiolation, but daily at dawn under diurnal light-dark cycles.

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