Possible role of light in the maintenance of EIN3/EIL1 stability in Arabidopsis seedlings

Jae Hoon Lee, Xing Wang Deng, Woo Taek Kim

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To examine the mechanism of EIN3-mediated gene expression by ethylene, the expression patterns of ethylene-inducible genes by ethylene were monitored in Col-0 and ethylene signaling mutants. In Col-0, the inducibility of ACC oxidase by ethylene in light-grown seedlings was much higher than in dark-grown seedlings. While the expression of ACC oxidase was highly increased by ethylene not only in Col-0 but in ein3-1 under light treatment, this pattern was completely abrogated in etiolated ein3-1 seedlings, suggesting the expression of EIN3-mediated ACC oxidase genes could be affected by light. To check if the level of EIN3 and EIL1 was regulated by light, cell-free degradation assays were performed. This resulted in the rapid degradation of these proteins within 1 h after adding dark-grown cell extracts and this degradation was retarded by light-grown extracts. Here, we propose that light may act as a negative regulator in the destabilization of EIN3/EIL1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-491
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Nov 17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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